New Delhi: US democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and vice president candidate Kamala Harris have come out with a new advertisement campaign calling for an end to discrimination and hate against Indian-Americans.
In the new advertisement, three Indian men — a Hindu, a Muslim and a Sikh — are photographed with the caption “A Biden-Harris administration will curb hate and discrimination against Indian-Americans of all religions”.
New ad from Biden-Harris catering to the Indian American community –> https://t.co/XyATl24p3m
— Milan Vaishnav (@MilanV) October 21, 2020
Around 1.8 million Indian-Americans are eligible to vote for the upcoming presidential elections and both the Democrats and the Republicans are trying hard to woo this voter base.
Indian-Americans leaning towards Democrats
Recent studies by Indian American Attitude Survey (IAAS) and 2020 Asian American Voter (AAPI) indicate that Indian-Americans are displaying a strong Biden-Harris preference.
The AAPI survey stated that 65 per cent of Indian-origin voters are likely to pick Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden over incumbent president Donald Trump.
Furthermore, according to the IAAS, over 70 per cent of registered Indian-American voters plan to vote for Biden-Harris while only 22 per cent will vote for Trump as the next US President.
Earlier this week, Indian-Americans in California held a Get out the Vote rally, in support of Biden and Harris.
Harris, daughter of a Chennai-born mother Shyamala Gopalan and Jamaican-origin father Donald Harris, will become the first India-American vice president in the history of the US, if voted to power.
She is also the first person of Asian origin to enter the vice-presidential race. In August, Harris created headlines across India after she spoke about her mother, and her fondness for idlis and dosas. Her maternal grandfather P.V. Gopalan was a freedom fighter-turned-civil servant, who is also known for his fight against corruption.
Harris has always batted for strong India-US relations but has also been critical of some of the decisions made by the Modi government, including revocation of Article 370 and the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).