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Laotian-Americans Share Their Perspectives about Republican Presidential Tiket


The Republican Convention took place in St. Paul Minnesota after the Democrat finished their convention in Denver Colorado in August. The Republican created a big tide after announcing Sarah Palin, a governor of Alaska, to be a running mate with John McCain in the Election 2008 competing against Barack Obama and Joseph Biden of Democrat Party.

The Hurricane Gustav their hits the southern part of United States also affected the Republican convention-opening day. During the convention, Sarah Palin accepted her nomination as a Vice President candidate that will run along with president John McCain. Sarah Palin’s speech created a new wave and a wake up call for many Independence and Democrat supporters who are female and those that have a similar background.

Two Laotian American women who shared their point of views about the Republican Party are Sue or Khaopaseuth Akhasone of Virginia and Khameuy Phongthep of California. “This year, if I have to chose, I would choose Republican because John McCain selected Sarah Palin to be his running mate. He accepted her just the way she is. I also strongly believe that all mothers would do a great job once come to responsibilities and taking care of the domestic issues. We have patience and a will to take care the family in any circumstances,” said Sue.

Khameuy Phongthep, an Economic student from California also shared her point of view by saying “I agree with Republican party in leading the country. So far, every thing is getting better. I am a women just like Sarah Palin, I think it’s a very good idea to have a woman in the office, to bring a new idea to share our female perspective.”

John Noravong, an Executive Vice-President of the Timberland Bank of Washington State expressed his though… “I’ve always been a Republican since I became the citizen of this country. I came to the United Sates at age 15 from Laos. I’ve worked in the banking industry for over a decade and worked in several states prior taking position as a Vice President and a shareholder of the Timberland Bank in Seattle, Washington. I feel that being a good citizen of this great country we should all practice our civic duty by going out to vote. My concept about voting and supporting the Republican Party is because the party stands for what I believe in, especially selecting a woman-Sarah Palin. Republican Party always support women, I’ve no doubt Sarah Palin, and she has more executive experience than Barack Obama and even Joseph Biden.”

The next hard working eight weeks will be the crucial point for both parties to go down and to get closer to local people and the grassroots to come out to vote for them.

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