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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, July 21, at 3 p.m. ET.
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.