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Indian American Shares Stories of Working with Hillary Clinton

Neera Tanden
Neera Tanden is the president of the Center for American Progress

By Louis Chan
AsAmNews National Correspondent

The president of the Center for American Progress took to the stage at the Democratic National Convention to share stories of her time working with Hillary Clinton.

Indian American Neera Tanden helped to shape the policies of Clinton during her 2008 campaign and worked with her as well in the Senate.

“Hillary flipped her entire travel schedule so I’d make it to my daughter’s Pre-K graduation,” recalled a grateful Tanden. ” For decades Hillary has championed the issues that matter to working families, child care, paid leave and equal pay.”

Tanden is the daughter of parents who divorced at age 5. Her dad left both her mom and her forcing them to go on welfare. She credits the policies of the Democratic party for allowing her family to get an apartment and go to a good public school.

“I know first hand that the decisions our leaders make all the difference in people’s lies. That’s why I took a career in public policy.”

Tanden still remembers when Clinton was the second person to call her when when her first child was born and the first to call when her second child was born.

“She’s there for people. She has your back and that matters in Washington. What you do, not just what you say, matters for Hillary. Politics is about fighting for people.”

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