Haley And Ramaswamy: Big Dreams Not Reflected In Polls
WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) – A reason to stay optimistic about having an Indian American president is the rapid rise of the community in a country that has successfully elected Indian American local officials, judges, governors, and several Congressional representatives. But that time might not be now.
Two out of the three candidates who have tossed their hats for the Republican Presidential nomination are Indian Americans.
While two-time former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley announced her 2024 run by playing up on her Indian roots, her Republican rival and anti-woke crusader, Vivek Ramaswamy, speaks of restoring American values and the need to “put America first” – reminiscent of the third GOP candidate and former President Donald Trump.
Ideologically, both represent America First, and they understand — like their predecessor and former Louisiana Governor Piyush Bobby Jindal — that their ethnic background alone cannot win them an election.
If political observers are to be believed, both Haley and Ramaswamy will at best be marginal campaigns for it is difficult to clinch a presidential nomination in a party that is largely dominated by whites.
Just after Haley announced her presidential bid in February, prominent Pakistani-origin writer Wajahat Ali said that she is the “perfect Manchurian candidate” for white supremacists and bigots.
Ali also reacted to racially charged comments by Conservative pundit and author Ann Coulter, who called Haley a ‘bimbo’ and asked her to “go back to her own country”. “The reason I feel sad is because no matter what she does, it will never be enough. They will never love her. And if you don’t believe me, what did Ann Coulter tell proud American Nikki Haley two days ago? ‘Go back to your country’. Nikki, they’ll never love you. It isn’t worth it,” Ali had said.
While Haley faces a real challenge from her former boss Trump, history suggests that it is difficult for someone like Ramaswamy with no political experience to run for the White House. Ramaswamy thinks he can rewrite history, but according to some prominent Indian Americans, his “Quixotic campaign” lacks depth.
“He is a business guy and has a clean slate, but what are his promises? Does he care about medical care for the elderly? What are his plans for infrastructure spending? He doesn’t have fixed positions and has not articulated his policies yet,” the BBC reported Shekar Narasimhan, founder, and chairman of the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Victory Fund, as saying.
Among likely GOP primary voters, Trump comes out on top in a crowded field with almost 43 percent of the vote, while Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is likely to jump into the presidential fray as soon as mid-May, lands at just under 35 percent, according to polling firm Victory Insights. Ramaswamy, the youngest in the race, pulls in at a distant third with about four percent, while Haley has support of just over three percent.
A JL Partners poll shows Haley and Ramaswamy head-to-head getting three percent and two percent of GOP primary votes, while the Harvard-Harris poll gives four percent to Haley, and a mere two percent to Ramaswamy.
Even if Haley or Ramaswamy manage to edge past these polls, which is highly unlikely according to political pundits, Indian Americans — as observed previously — are more likely to vote for the Democrats.
A survey by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund found that 72 percent of Indian Americans voted for Joe Biden in the 2020 elections.
According to Wall Street Journal columnist Sadanand Dhume, the odds that either Haley or Ramaswamy will win the nomination “appear vanishingly small”.
“Nonetheless, their candidacies puncture the corrosive myth that America is a racist nation constantly threatened by the phantom of white supremacy,” Dhume said.
Both are sold out selfish morally bankrupt creatures. They stand for nothing except for themselves. They would soon join “also ran” group. One of them is dreaming of VP slot, if only that happens. Good luck dreamers!May 1, 2023
Both are running only to get Cabinet slots. Copying Buttigeg and Harris, etc. etc.May 1, 2023
Both should be DEPORTED to teach them a lesson and other Indian Americans who plan to do same