By Louis Chan
AsAmNews National Correspondent
In advance of tonight’s first presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump, the GOP announced the formation of an Asian Pacific American Advisory Committee.
The move is part of Trump’s new found outreach to various minority communities. Analysts say its just as much of an effort to bring White moderate voters into his campaign as to attract voters of color.
Trump has been working hard to soften his image in the general election after appealing to the tea party and those on the extreme right in the Republican primaries.
Many from both the moderate and conservative voting population have been turned off by what they consider extreme rhetoric coming from Trump.
Hillary Clinton established her AAPI committee early in the primary season, so the Trump campaign has a lot of ground to make up.
“The Trump/Pence ticket will bring meaningful change to Washington,” said Lisa Shin who was a Trump delegate from New Mexico during the Republican convention. “No longer will DC bureaucrats decide what’s best for Asian American and Pacific Islander families. Supporting Mr. Trump and Governor Pence will allow AAPIs to truly have a voice in how we want to educate our families and raise our children.”
Governors Eddie Calvo and Ralph Torres of Guam and Northern Mariana Islands (NMI) respectively, will serve as the Council’s Co-Chairs.
“Mr. Trump’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Advisory Committee is a great addition to the vibrancy of his campaign,” said Brunswick, Ohio Mayor Ron Falconi. “His ability to connect with everyday Americans is a testament of his character, and what he wants to do to bring America forward from the past 8 years.”
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