31 October, 2020

Primary Colours

Could the US have an Indian vice-prez?

Primary Colours

Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley, two Indian American rising stars on the US political firmament, are among the names being bandied about by political commentators as potential running mates for Republican nominee Mitt Romney in November’s presidential elections.

What Jindal and Haley have going for them is the fact that they are both conservative, non-white southerners who would add some diversity to the Republican ticket led by Romney, a white Mormon who is a former governor of the northern state of Massachusetts. Haley has the added advantage of her gender, which would be seen as a big plus since it further diversifies the ticket. In 2008, then Republican presidential nominee John McCain picked Alaska governor Sarah Palin in an attempt to woo female voters.

Locked in a tight race with Barack Obama, the US’s first African American president, the GOP is eager to attract minority voters and picking someone like Jindal or Haley could be the key to do just that. Both Haley and Jindal are children of Indian immigrants. Both...



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