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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Least-Hawkish Candidate for Iranian Americans

BERKELEY, California, Feb 6 (IPS) - "We are witnessing a rather stark shift in the Iranian-American community," Trita Parsi, director of National Iranian American Council, a nationwide non-partisan institute based in Washington, told IPS. "The Republican Party has lost much support in the community, and it doesn't help that McCain is the likely Republican candidate, mindful of his singing about bombing Iran. This breaks a pattern in which the community has tended to support the Republican Party for fiscal reasons."

"Obama's momentum seems to be even stronger in the community than in the country in general. Many people I've spoken to tend to believe that the difference between Clinton and Bush isn't great enough," Parsi said. "Her vote in favour of the Kyl-Lieberman amendment [which threatens to "combat, contain and (stop)" Iran] has particularly hurt her in the community, and reinforced the perception of her proximity to the Bush foreign policy."

(Published in IPS New Agency)

5 Comments:

At 5:55 PM , Anonymous Nathan said...

interesting piece. how many of Iranian Americans can vote in the United States of in California though?

 
At 9:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 12:03 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

trita parsi cannot be trusted that holier than thou ignorant asshole cannot be trusted. other than that, this article is purly qualatative. i doubt anyone did any substantial empirical research to figure whether or notthe iranian-american community is voting for obama.

 
At 1:31 AM , Anonymous Sala.L said...

I think it i pretty much the same thing we can feel among the Iranian community. Iranians are not good with statistics. But it is obvious what the trend is. I can smell it. I've never seen such a piece any where else and that's good to show Americans who Iranian Americans do not war and will choose the least hawkish candidate.

 
At 12:26 PM , Anonymous Shar said...

Obama is the only candidate who has talked about direct negotiations with Iranian leaders. As you have mentioned Iranians are overwhelmed by the hawkish part of Republicans and Democrats. Obama's promise of change is beneficial for Iranian Americans.

 

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