Biden energizes Fil-Am Democrats at party’s California convention

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Vice President Joe Biden’s address was the highlight of the 2016 California Democratic Convention focusing on the party’s values and its goals for the future.

Biden also called out the Republican presidential candidates for not crediting the Obama administration for the country’s economic rebound.

“We Democrats know that our country works best when it works for everyone, but when you listen to the Republican candidates for president and you look at the Republicans and the Congress and their budget, they have a collective case of amnesia,” said Biden. “They continue to double down on the politics that caused the great recession.”

Biden defended Obamacare and the call for the tuition-free community college.  The vice president also supported raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, more child care benefits and restoring the middle class.

“And no one knows it better than California or New York, no one should work 40 hours a week and still live in poverty!” he said. “It’s wrong! It’s counterproductive!”

Earlier that day, the Filipino American Democratic Caucus of the California Democratic Party held a meeting to discuss policy and legislation related to the Fil-Am community. While many leaders–from Congress to city officials–spoke to the Fil-Am caucus, these kababayans hope to see more Pinoys represent them while taking up political offices.

“Our keynote speaker, Robert Bernardo of the San Mateo County Harbor Commission, said we represent a percentage of the state,” Fil-Am Democratic Caucus of California state chair Genevieve Jopanda said. “If we were to represent our population we should have over 600 elected officials all across the state but right now we only have 57 so that means we have a lot of work.”

These Democratic Pinoys are also backing their party in the race for the White House.

California Assemblymember Rob Bonta said they’re going to make sure a Democrat gets elected as the next president

“We need someone who is mature and thoughtful and has the right temperament and can lead and inspire the right way,” said Bonta. “I didn’t see any of that on stage at the last Republican debate. In fact, to me I thought it was embarrassing so I’m proud of our Democrats.”

After this weekend’s convention, these Californian Democrats say they will continue to campaign for their party and prepare to cast their vote in the state primary on Tuesday, June 7.

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