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PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGNS TO MAKE THEIR CASE TO ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER VOTERS AT NATIONAL FORUM IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA SATURDAY
Nation’s Fastest Growing Racial Group Demands Political Attention of Candidates; Thousands to Join Presidential Town Hall at Three Dozen Events in More Than A Dozen States
FAIRFAX, VA. – Thousands of Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders and voters will participate in a presidential town hall forum sponsored by APIAVote at George Mason University in Northern Virginia on Saturday.
Both President Obama and Governor Romney’s presidential campaigns have confirmed their participation. MSNBC anchor Richard Lui will moderate the forum while DNC Vice Chair Rep. Mike Honda represents Obama for America and former Rep. Tom Davis represents Mitt Romney for President.
Asian American and Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing racial group in the nation, according to recent Census figures, and close elections in important states like Virginia, Nevada, North Carolina and Florida could go to candidates who best engage the group. Presidential town hall viewing events are scheduled in Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and Virginia.
APIAVote executive director Christine Chen urged political leaders across the country to pay attention the demographic with increasing political clout.
“Asian American and Pacific Islander voters are still largely untapped by presidential candidates and their parties even though they are expected to vote in record numbers this fall,” said Chen. “Candidates and parties ignore Asian American voters at their own peril.”
President Obama addressed hundreds of minority leaders at the APAICS gala dinner in the nation’s capital and the NALEO conference in Florida this year. Governor Romney addressed minority leaders at the NAACP and NALEO conferences. Vice President Biden addressed minority voters at the NCLR conference in Nevada and also addressed the NAACP’s gathering.
ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER PRESIDENTIAL TOWN HALL
DATE: Saturday, July 19, 2012
TIME: 3:00 p.m. ET
Preset time: 2:30 p.m.
Final access: 3:30 p.m.
PLACE: George Mason University Concert Hall
373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax, VA
Truck parking: Concert Hall Plaza
Media parking: K Surface Lot
Cable run: 300 feet
Camera throw: 75 feet
PARTICIPANTS: Richard Lui, forum moderator and MSNBC anchor
Norman Mineta, former cabinet secretary
Rep. Mike Honda, vice chair, DNC and
representing Obama for America
Rep. Tom Davis, former congressman
representating Romney for President
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