Democratic National Committee chairman on importance of the Filipino vote

The chairman of the Democratic National Committee Tom Perez speaks with Rommel Conclara about the voting impact of the Filipino American community, and shares his thoughts going into the 2020 presidential election.

Perez, the chair of the DNC, reached out to ABS-CBN, to personally thank the Filipino American community for their participation in the 2018 midterm elections.

“Jacky Rosen is Senator Rosen in no small measure because of the Filipino community. You look at New Jersey. You look in southern California with Congressman Cox. You look at so many other victories that are directly attributable to the engagement of the Filipino community. Arizona, another example.”

Perez, the former secretary of labor during the Obama administration, drew distinct contrasts between the democratic and republican parties on current issues like health care.

“The Republicans had two years to do something about the exorbitant cost of costs of prescription drugs and the only thing they did was a reckless tax cut for wealthy people and corporations that didn’t need it. So the questions voters are going to ask is who’s fighting for them? And I think we were able to demonstrate during these past two years we’re fighting for the issues that matter most to you. We have your back and frankly, Donald Trump has a knife in your back and they’re twisting it at every turn.”

Mr. Perez says he understands how the immigration issue continues to affect many Filipino families while continuing to denounce the actions of the Trump administration.

“We support comprehensive immigration reform that provides a firm but fair pathway to citizenship and it will return an orderliness to our immigration system. This policy of this administration is chaos. They go from one approach to the other approach and what they all have in common is that it’s the wrong approach. And they fire the homeland security secretary because they want to get tougher? Why don’t you get smarter.” 

Meanwhile — as the Filipino community continues to grow across the country, Perez says that the DNC is committed to addressing that matter to Fil-Ams.

“I appreciate the contributions of our Filipino brothers and sisters. We want to listen, learn, engage and make sure that everybody who is eligible to vote gets out there and vote. And I think when they kick the tires for candidates I think they’re going to vote democratic.”

As the field of Democratic presidential candidates grows more crowded, Perez says he is confident the DNC will have the best choice to go up against Trump in 2020 and win.

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