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Four AAPI Women Named as Possible Presidential Candidates

Tulsi Gabbard with Bernie Sanders supports
Bernie Sanders Supporters with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. By Darryl Yip
Kamala Harris
California Attorney General Kamala Harris (D-CA) took a seat in the U.S. Senate in January

Donald Trump hasn’t even taken the reigns of power yet and already the handicapping is underway on who will vie to replace him in 2020.

With America coming so close to electing its first women president and with nearly 3 million more voters backing Clinton rather than Trump, some are looking ahead to the next opportunity.

The New Yorker came up with a list of 13 women including four Asian American Pacific Islanders. The Washington Post listed 11 possible candidates, giving shout outs to three AAPI women.

Number three on the Washington Post’ list and number four in the New Yorker is first year Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA). Harris is the first Indian American ever to win a seat in the U.S. Senate and just the second Black women. As California’s Attorney General, she was a pain in the butt to corporations suspected of wrong doing and wrestled a major settlement from banks following the foreclosure crisis.

Rep Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) is number 3 on the New Yorker’s list and ranked number 5 by the Washington Post. She risked political suicide in her own party when she resigned as Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee to take a lead in Bernie Sanders campaign for President. That certainly will endear her to the young in the party whose enthusiasm for Clinton can be described as lukewarm at best. She is the first American Samoan and first Hindu to be elected to Congress.

Purple heart veteran Rep Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) merited a mention from both lists, number 9 by the Washington Post and 10 by the New Yorker.
Duckworth, whose mother is Thai Chinese, lost both legs fighting in the Iraq War.

Gov Nikki Halley (R-SC) will serve as Trump’s UN ambassador and is the only Republican to make the list (number 13, New Yorker). She opposed Trump in the primary, first supporting Marco Rubio and then Ted Cruz after Rubio dropped out. She earned Trump’s support when she ultimately supported him when it became clear he would be the presidential nominee. The New Yorker suspects the Indian American could potentially challenge Trump in the next primary. Look for her to resign as ambassador halfway into Trump’s term if she decides to run for president.

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