Democrat candidate Tulsi Gabbard meets with Asian American community in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS —Democratic candidates in the 2020 presidential primary race are already showing their interest in the battleground state of Nevada.

According to the group Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Vegas has the third-largest population of Asian Americans in the west.

The group says Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are the fastest-growing racial groups in Vegas with Filipino Americans making the city’s largest Asian American ethnic group with a population of more than 110,000.

37-year-old Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who declared her 2020 bid in early February, spoke Monday at the Asian Cultural Center. She’s the first Hindu American to serve in the House of Representatives.

In an interview with BA, Tulsi acknowledges the Pinoy voting power, especially in her district in Hawaii.

“We have a large Filipino American in my home state of Hawaii, and I am well aware of the challenges that they are facing this community of people central among them is the broken and the outdated immigration system one that is very difficult for the members of the family to speak of being able to immigrate and being able to visit each other. This is something that we need to address talking about immigration reform understanding that there are many other people like the Filipino Americans in this country who are suffering as a result.”

Gabbard, a two-time combat veteran, says that one of her top priorities if elected to the White House in 2020 is to end military action in countries such as Iraq and Syria, and de-escalate tensions with nuclear-armed countries such as Russia and China.

The congresswoman said: she also wants to “improve policies on environmental protections, reform on criminal justice, an end to federal prohibition on marijuana and pass a Medicare for all health care plan.”

“Its’ really amazing to see the kind of energy the young people have especially in our politics today 2020 will be the first time the largest voting demographic in any age group in this country we have a great opportunity to reshape direction of our future towards the future we want to see.”

Some Fil-Am voters in the audience says that although they are still exploring their options, they liked what they heard from the congresswoman who is a first time visitor in Nevada.

So far, Gabbard’s fundraising is trailing behind her front runner opponents — Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris.

She told attendees that she must receive donations from 65,000 people in order to qualify for a spot in Democratic national committee debates this summer.

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  • Mario
    21 March 2019 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    TULSI GABBARD the darling of the Filipino voters from Hawaii the first husband was a Filipino. There are 2.5 Million HINDU’s and about 4M Filipino in the US. A combat officer,rank of a Major serve two tour in IRAQ. We will see if she can survive on the first round of primary debate.