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“I Know The Pride You Feel About Her Nomination”: Joe Biden In His Op-Ed

“I know the pride you feel about her nomination because her story is your story, too. It’s an American story,” Joe Biden said referring to the Indian diaspora. 

Just a few days short of elections, both Republicans and Democrats are trying to woo Indian- American voters in the United States. In one such attempt to communicate with Indian diaspora, Democratic presidential nominee Jo Biden wrote an op-ed that talked about his main campaign issues – the botched pandemic response and rebuilding the economy – but also included diaspora specific messages, including his running mate Kamala Harris’s Indian origins, the Hindu reported.

“Four years ago in November, one of the last events I hosted at the Vice President’s residence was a Diwali reception. Here I was, an Irish Catholic Vice President opening my home for a holiday traditionally observed by Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, and Jains, and that night joined by Muslims, Christians, and Indian Americans of various backgrounds representing the diversity of the diaspora,” Joe Biden wrote.

Talking of his running mate Kamala Harris, Biden said: “Kamala is smart, tested, and prepared. But another thing that makes Kamala so inspiring is her mother, Shyamala Gopalan. We feel Kamala’s pride when she talks about her. She was from Chennai…”

“I know the pride you feel about her nomination because her story is your story, too. It’s an American story. And it’s why I’m asking Kamala to be what Barack Obama asked of me to be: the last person in the room and, together, to represent the belief in possibilities,” he added.

49% of Indian Americans, according to the recent Indian American Attitudes Survey, found that 49% of Indian Americans surveyed said the choice of Ms. Harris made them more enthusiastic about Mr. Biden’s candidacy, while 15% said it made them less enthusiastic about him.

 

 

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