On Friday, August 12, the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) hosted the Presidential Election Forum at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was a day of firsts.
The quad-partisan AAPI Presidential Election Forum was the first time during this election cycle that the top four leading presidential campaigns participated in an event together. It was also the first time that the Republican, Democratic, Libertarian, and Green Party presidential campaigns spoke at the same event to address the AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) community at large.
In addition, the Forum brought together the largest-ever gathering of AAPI national organizations across multiple sectors. Close to 3,000 leaders from business, real estate, journalism, health care, law, faith, and more were in Las Vegas for the Forum and conferences. Over 80 AAPI community Watch Parties were also held in 24 states across the country and joined this historic event digitally in real-time.
The election forum was streamed live on NBC Asian America’s digital platforms with a pre-show hosted by Politico’s Seung-Min Kim and NBC Asian America’s Traci G. Lee. Major portions of the forum were also nationally broadcast on MSNBC.
At the Forum, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) led by Representatives Judy Chu, Mike Honda and other members of Congress relayed a special message on how AAPI voters can swing this year’s election outcome as they have in the past two cycles.
View each candidate’s responses and speeches below:
Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson takes questions from MSNBC’s Richard Lui
Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein discusses her platform with MSNBC’s Richard Lui
Clinton Campaign surrogate, former President Bill Clinton speaks to the AAPI community
Trump Campaign surrogate, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes takes the floor
The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) teamed up with over twenty professional and community organizations to host the Presidential Election Forum with the 2016 presidential candidates, which took place during the 2016 AAJA National Convention August 10 – 13 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. AAJA would like to thank APIAVote and supporting organizations for helping to make this historic event a success and for their continued support.
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