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lens of our community » Hi, everyone, I’m Amna Nawaz On behalf of Vicky and myself, we are so happy to welcome you to the presidential town hall 2020 hosted by Asian and Pacific Islander vote, APIAVote » Let me take it from here, the presidential town hall is the most important form in which Asian-Americans, native Hawaiians, and Pacific islanders will be able to hear from the candidates and their surrogates They will in turn hear what matters from our perspective The campaigns will address key topics related to health care, discrimination, and racism in America. Immigration, as well as safeguarding the economy during this pandemic in it too separated, moderated discussions. 2020, as you all know, has been a historically challenging year. Often tragic all around the world. In our country and especially for Native Americans Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders We witnessed the murders of George Floyd, Lachman R Bree, Breonna Taylor, and so many others. Many Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders are committed to becoming better allies at a time when this is needed more than ever » That’s right, today’s unimportant conversation is the result of many community organizations and leaders making the case that our collective voices need to be heard Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders are all becoming more engaged both as voters and as elected officials. We help today’s program encourages you to find your voice and use that voice in your local communities Incredible challenges in America and throughout the world, we have to ask ourselves now what will be as Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders due in 2020? So first, I want to introduce our speakers. We are going to hear first from Christine Chen, executive director of our host organization APIAVote. And from Stephen Gong, executive director of the Center for Asian-American media. They we are grateful to them both. We are honored to have joining us from the AARP Vice President and multicultural leadership for the Asian-American audience, and Khelan Bhatia voter engagement director. First we’re going to hear from Christine Chen » Excited to welcome all of you, for the next two hours as we provide a platform for presidential candidates and campaigns to address and engage the concerns of the Asian-American I’m a native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. Since 2008, APIAVote has hosted a residential town hall every four years. This historic event is only made possible with the participation and organizing

efforts of over 250 national and local partners that exemplify the beauty of the diversity of our community. Whether it is by geography, age, gender, ethnicity, foreign-born or American-born. Today’s event is only made possible with the support of our sponsors, AARP, Comcast, and Nielsen. We’ll hear from AARP shortly. We’d also like to think the Center for Asian American Media, their pivotal role as coproducer of this presidential town hall. To kick off, let’s generate some of your participation. Everyone, please grab your smartphones and text APIAVote 272727, the code is now being displayed on your screen. This short survey will allow us to get a general I idea of who is tuning in. The code is APIAVote to the number 72727 It’s a sign of our times that Vice President Joe Biden and the Trump campaigns , it’s hard to ignore the countries fastest-growing racial group of voters. Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders are on the rise, we are gaining popularity, strength, institutional capacity capacity, political sophistication and expanded coalition and exciting new leaders. Led by members of the U.S. Congress and first-time candidates across the country, we cannot forget those running in local elections. They are transforming the political debate and landscape. We are expanding in the popular and new media. Using the Internet to challenge political ideas, mobilizing activists and helping to recruit and support candidates. So with that, confronting crisis isn’t new to Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders. The pandemic calamity, deepening recession, and Rachel outrage are stirring in our communities. Outrage and mobilization of an active base continued to build Asian-American and Pacific Islanders are using social media to organize and fight back against racially motivated attacks during the pandemic. For a group with a history of being scapegoated from Japanese-Americans, to a Chinese-American man , and to the attacks against South Asian-Americans after the tragedies of 9/11. There is an urgency to drown out both bigotry and apathy. By coming together for today’s event, this is only a testament that this community is using their relationships to activate their families, friends, neighbors, and communities to register and get out the vote. Thank you for your participation, let’s get on with the program » Hello, we at the Center for Asian-American media are honored to partner with APIAVote to present this historic presidential town hall. These are extraordinary times, with the covid-19 pandemic, rising unemployment, the increase in anti-Asian hate crimes, and a nationwide movement for racial justice and reform. All of these things make it more critical than ever for the Asian-American community to participate in the democratic process CAAM was founded 40 years ago any similar time of tremendous turmoil. We are drawing on decades of experience and public media and our mission to bring Asian-American stories to the broadest audience possible. So, we are proud to be here with APIAVote, both tubing the diverse Asian-American community together for these important conversations and also to ensure that our voices and perspectives are heard in discussions that will shape the future. Enjoy the town hall » Welcome, I’m Daphne Kwok with AARP. Empowerment, that is why we are all here today. That’s why AARP is so excited to be supporting APIAVote’s presidential town hall. We work to empower people to live as they age. There are over 4.3 million over the age of 50 now, in 40 years that number will go over 13 million. We are a critical block of voters, as we

all know family is a core value for our community. That means we all need to advocate for issues to improve the lives of all of our elders, be they LGBT or not This is June, which is pride month. In November, our future is on the ballot and we need to make sure language access, health care access, and deportability affordability, maintaining the dignity of all of our elders is on the ballot I want to invite you to pledge with me that every single one of us will do our civic duty to not only vote for a brighter future, but to make sure that our families vote as well. Thank you so much » Hi, I’m Khelan Bhatia. Thank you so much for the opportunity to sponsor your presidential forum and the opportunity to come speak to you today. AARP is a nonprofit nonpartisan organization representing people over the age of 50, the most powerful voting block in every election cycle. And during this time of COVID, the way we live our lives has changed from the way we work to the way we vote We are committed to making sure you know how you can vote safely this fall. You know which issues are on the line, including Social Security, Medicare, prescription drug prices, long-term care, and the economy For more information, please go to AARP.org/election 2020 and please remember to vote. Thank you » During the coronavirus pandemic, Asian-Americans rose to answer the call. As front liners, caregivers, truth seekers, truth tellers, providers, and modern-day heroes. We can’t say enough about how grateful and proud we are of you and the work you do Thank you to the speakers. As you heard many people mention, and just the past six months all of us have struggled to make sense of the pandemic that has changed the way we live, has taken the lives of more than 120,000 people here in the U.S., nearly 450,000 around the world We’ve also had to bear witness to the death of so many others stemming from police brutality So please join me now in a moment of silence to honor those loved ones lost to both the global health crisis and to our crisis of violence » Next, we’d like to share a video, one that highlights the work of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus or CAPAC which was established in 1994, following the video we are delighted to have with us Representative Judy Chu. She was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in July 2009, and now represents the 27 Congressional district in California. The first Chinese-American woman elected to Congress, representative Chu serves on the powerful house means committee, the house small business committee and is chair of the subcommittee on investigations oversight and regulations. But first, to the video » In 1994, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus was formed » It is my hope that this Caucus will serve as a foundation for future advances for our community » Laying a groundwork for growing AAPI leadership » We came together to have a greater voice in Washington, and ultimately throughout the country. We did this with the strong belief that everybody in America benefits when those making the decisions look like America » Today, for the first time in 130 years the house of Representatives will vote on a bill that expresses regret for the Chinese exclusion act of 1882, one of the most discriminatory acts in American history » With each passing year, our voices grow stronger on the issues we all care about » If we lose the belief that our education system can give every child a shot, I think our country’s democracy is in grave danger, that’s what I came here to fight for » If we lose sight of the

founding principles, we lose out on the innovations we have seen from immigrants » They are joined by the voices of rising new leaders. There are a lot of people who are hurting in America, they see a system that is not working for them » How do we structure trade deals that are actually beneficial to workers? And beneficial to our environment? » I rise today in support of taking action to lower health care costs. I heard from my neighbors but they are tired of the politics, they can’t afford the partisanship and they need Congress and the adults in the room and to act now » Together, we work to protect and advance the rights of all Americans. And fight for the policies and needs of the AAP I community » And joining us now is Congresswoman Judy Chu » Hello everybody. First, let me say thank you to Christine Chen and APIAVote for hosting today’s history making presidential town hall. As chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus or CAPAC, I am so gratified to see thousands of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders joining us virtually for this milestone event ready to engage in the 2020 election And I want to thank APIAVote for highlighting the history and growth of Québec CAPAC. It wasn’t too long ago that AAPI’s were so invisible at the U.S. Capitol that if you saw someone walking down the hall, you have to turn around and look it was so unusual. But thankfully, this is not the case anymore. AAPI’s are now the fastest growing racial population in the country and the fastest growing voting block. Over the past decade, we had more AAPI’s run for office and get elected than ever before. And as a result, we’ve now have a record 20 AAPI members of Congress, our highest number in history. Not only that that, AAPI’s have more than doubled voter registration numbers over the last decade with more than 11 million AAPI’s eligible to vote this year. And by 2044, we will have doubled even those numbers. We are also the swing vote in key swing states and districts all across the nation. That is why I like to say we’ve gone from being marginalized to the margin of victory. But in order to make a difference this November, we must do everything in our power to ensure that AAPI’s make our voices heard. That’s why, today’s presidential town hall is so important. Because the stakes have never been higher These are difficult and sobering times come up with this countries very health and economy at stake. Over 127,000 Americans are dead, over 40 million have filed for unemployment. The coronavirus has disproportionately impacted communities of color, who in California have three to four times the covid-19 mortality rate relative to the population Small business is a key to the American dream for so many AAPI families, they are struggling to stay open with language barriers making difficulty access to payment protection programs. We are also at a critical moment in our history about inclusivity and racism. Over the past month, Americans have taken to the streets to demand justice for the shocking murder of George Floyd and so many other victims Helping to kick-start a national conversation on racism and inequality that we have not seen in decades. On top of this, the coronavirus has incited intense anti-Asian xenophobia and hate crimes over the past few months that have threatened the safety of our community. It started in January with 30 looks, insults, and misinformation that Asian-Americans were more likely to have the disease and should be avoided. But in the last few months, it’s escalated to spitting, yelling, and physical attacks against Asian-Americans all across the nation. Including an incident in Texas where a man stabbed three Asian-Americans including two children ages 2 and 6. Saying that he wanted to kill Asian-Americans. This xenophobia has been exacerbated by political leaders who have used the racist term kung flu to refer to the coronavirus, even

though health experts have repeatedly warned not to associate the disease with a specific geographical location or ethnicity due to the stigma it causes, they officially use the scientific and neutral term covid-19. Regardless of which candidate you support or what your political affiliation may be, we all know that a violent and hateful rhetoric and policies targeting AAPI’s or any American has no place in our society. But simply condemning these remarks is not enough. We need to know what candidates will do to stop hate speech, address inequality, and protect the health and well-being of all Americans. Today, it is more important than ever that we elect leaders who can govern in times of crisis and move our country forward, AAPI’s can be the forefront of this. We can register people to vote, we can get those already registered to cast their votes in November. We can exercise the true power that we have as an AAP community to make a difference in this country. Together, we can make sure that AAPI voters are the margin of victory in November 2020 and beyond » Congresswoman Judy Chu, thank you so much for being with us here today and for your continued leadership. Now before we welcome our campaign speakers, we have one more short video for you. This one taps into the emerging power of the Asian-American Pacific Islander electorate » Let us be clear, we may have arrived in this country at different times and under different circumstances, but one thing is certain Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders have been a part of the fabric of this country since its very beginning. We may not have always been the most visible immunity, but our contributions have always had an impact that far outweighs our numbers. Today, we live in a world that barely resembles what it was even six months ago. Like many Americans, we face issues and challenges that deeply affect our communities from health care to hate crimes, from the census to social justice, from immigration to equity. Our stake in the next election has never been more personal. Let us be clear: AAPIs will be a part of the solution to these challenges, we will make that difference just like we always have. Today, we are mobilizing to meet the challenges we see and our communities vote will be the difference maker it already is in multiple key races throughout the country. We are a community that is more energized and politically active than ever before. So let us be clear: as the fastest-growing group in the country, our voting power has doubled over the last decade Our voice has never been louder, and our vote has never accounted for more. And that is something every candidate should be clear on » Does that get you excited for the 2020 election or what? We are almost there, we want to show you one more video which really showcases the diverse voices from across the country and the issues that these folks want to hear from our candidates through self recorded videos » I identify with Filipino American community » I identify with East Indian culture » I’m a Samoan American » I am a Vietnamese-American woman » I identify as an Indian American » I am Korean, Italian, American , and an adoptee » I am from California and I’m Tongan » We represent the South Asian community for the state of Texas » My family and I immigrated from van Gogh — in the early 90s » I was born and raised in Seoul South Korea » I’m first generation Asian-American, we immigrated from Hong Kong

» I belong to the Sikh community » My passion is serving and empowering my multigenerational Filipino American community » I’m proud to be part of the AAPI Caucus » We represent the Asian-American community » With the covid-19 global pandemic and of the protests over the murder of George Floyd, the political landscape has changed not only for Asian Pacific islanders but for everyone living in the United States » During a time of covid-19, we’ve also seen a rise in the use of anti-China and other xenophobic messaging that has led to an increase in discrimination against Asian-Americans » More recently, the Black Lives Matter movement has been heavy on my mind and how that’s hopefully ignited a revolution for the nation » » I want a candidate who will commit to the lives of folks in the Latin community and black community as well » Asian Pacific Americans are the fastest growing minority population in the United States, we have particularly low civic engagement. This needs to change » That’s why I’m going to do everything I can to make sure our community votes in November » Voting in this time is the first step to not only realizing but actualizing a world where future generations can heal, prosper, and have the right to the pursuit of happiness. To speak of it belongs to me, it belongs to you, it belongs to all of us. It belongs to the people » It has to transcend political parties, it can’t just be a conservative or liberal thing It has to be a human thing » My plan to do my part in electing individuals who will work to bring about positive change and move our nation forward » I’m voting for democracy and for the candidate that is best able to make true the promise of America » So please vote this November to make a change. Thank you » All right guys, let’s turn now to the campaign. Here’s how it’s going to work, in each case the candidate or surrogate will make a brief opening remarks, he will then take questions from the moderates and community. And of course, provide some answers Just as a reminder, we as the moderators are going to do everything we can to be respectful of everyone’s time, we ask all of you to please do the same. Help further ado, I am pleased now to introduce the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden. Mr. Biden, over to you » Thank you very much, I appreciate it. Thank you all at the APIAVote, all talking about voting for this organization has an opportunity to be together, I also want to thank Congressman Chu for her incredible leadership in the house of Representatives and her commitment to keeping the issues that matter to members of the Asian-American Pacific Islander community top of the mind for all of us. I’d like to start today by briefly addressing what I consider to be a horrifying revelation in “The New York Times” last night. Assuming the Times report is accurate, the U.S. intelligence report has assessed that a Russian military intelligence unit, the same unit that was behind the assassination of a former KGB agent in London five years ago, has been offering bounties to extremist groups in Afghanistan to kill U.S. troops. There is no bottom to the depth of Vladimir Putin and his depravity If that’s true, it is a shocking revelation that if the times report is true, I emphasize again, is that President Trump, commander in chief of American troops serving in a dangerous theater of war, has known about this for months according to the times. And done worse than nothing, not only has he failed to sanction or impose any kind of consequences on Russia with this egregious violation of international law, Donald Trump has continued his embarrassing campaign of deference and debasing himself before Vladimir Putin. He has had this information and yet, he offered to host Vladimir Putin in the United States. His entire presence has been a gift to Putin, this is beyond the pale It’s a betrayal of the most sacred duty we bear as a nation To protect and equip our troops one and we send them harm’s way, a betrayal of everything will American family with a loved one

serving in Afghanistan or anywhere overseas. Quite frankly I’m outraged by the report. If I’m elected president, make no mistake about it, Vladimir Putin will be confronted and will impose serious on Russia. I don’t think about this as a candidate for president, I think about this as a dad, a father who sent his son to serve in harm’s way for year in the Middle East and Iraq, I’m disgusted on behalf of those families whose loved ones are serving today. When your child volunteered to serve, putting their life on the line for the country, they take risks for this nation. But they should never, never, never face a threat like this. With their commander in chief turning a blind eye to a foreign power, putting a bounty on their heads If I’m president, this and so many other abuses will not stand stand. This is a difficult time for our country, more than 125,000 people have died because of covid-19. With millions more interactive. More than 20 million Americans are still out of work, and all of us are contending with how we can ensure a strong reopening of our economy and so many AAPI owned small businesses across the country. Without endangering the safety and health of ourselves, our families, and workers across America at the same time, Donald Trump is telling is a administration to “slow down testing.” Ending federal funding for test sites, he just reversed that today. It was going to end funding for federal test sites, Republican governors said don’t do it and he change his mind Fighting in court to strip people of their health care under the affordable care act And on top of all of this, Asian-Americans are being targeted with violence and subjected to senior phobia for the xenophobia from the mouth of the President himself. Instead of bringing our country together, he does everything he can to fan the flames of hate and division in this country The moment I launched this campaign, I have been speaking about the battle for the soul of our nation. This is part of the battle. In this moment of national and global crisis, where the racial inequities that plague our society aren’t are even more evident now than they have been. At this time we need a president who can address every aspect of this pandemic with urgency and seriousness Including anti-AAPI bias. No, Donald Trump only knows how to speak to people’s fears. Not to the better interest. He only ever speaks to place blame instead of claiming responsibility. That’s not who we are. We are so much better than this president can even conceive of us being. Look at how the AAPI community and so many others across this nation have responded to Trump’s racist acts the pandemic. By stepping up, doctors, nurses, researchers, front-line workers, grocery clerks, delivery drivers, restaurant owners. They are showing the best of America every single day, standing and filling in for Donald Trump’s complete lack of leadership when it comes to keeping Americans safe during this pandemic. Our AAPI community is essential, period. Period. Not just as essential workers, but essential to the very fabric of this nation. The AAPI community is essential to our American story I’m also asking for your support because this isn’t just a moment of crisis, it’s an incredible opportunity to build our country back. Build it back better, even stronger than it was before. I think the American people have had the blinders ripped off in so many ways. Ready to take on the deep systemic inequities that have plagued our society for much too long. I think we are ready to deliver some real fundamental long-overdue changes, we are ready to celebrate the incredible strength that we draw from our diversity. Harnessing everyone’s unique talents. I’m looking forward to working with the AAPI community to deliver the progress we need for all Americans. That’s what we did in the Obama and Biden administration. President Obama and I fought to expand opportunities and open the doors to more Americans including fighting for AAPI communities We established the White House initiative on Asian-American Pacific Islanders. We helped 2 million AAPI individuals gain health care coverage through the affordable care act. We

protected thousands of Asian Pacific American dreamers by creating and expanding the DACA program. We worked to aggregate federal data to better beat the challenges facing the AAPI community. We secured a long overdue compensation for the proud World War II And we appointed Maurice more AAPI judges to the bench than any administration combined. I will build on this legacy and continue to fight for AAPI rights. I will make sure your voices and your interests are included from our courtrooms to the president’s cabinet. My administration will look like America. We’ll work together to ensure that the most sacred aspect of our democracy, the right to vote, is protected and accessible for all people There’s so much, so much we can do and it’s going to take a lot of work. It’s going to take leadership. The highest levels of our government and a sustained grassroots pressure, which you will provide. Nothing about this is going to be easy or automatic, but I believe we can do it together. So thank you again for having me, I’m looking forward to our conversation and again, thank you very much for your activism » Vice President Biden, thank you so much for those remarks And for being here and taking a time to answer our questions. I want to begin with one of my own, if you don’t mind. You mentioned some of those systemic issues, the inequalities we are still addressing as a nation. I would like to ask you about some questions you faced during the last election cycle, democratic candidates released staff diversity data almost quarterly You haven’t released yours yet Your senior most advisors have been reported are predominately white, there’s very few black and Latino senior advisors. My understanding is no Asian-American senior advisors, please correct me if I’m wrong When we look at dismantling systemic racism in America, campaigns are often among the worst offenders. What you say to the voters of color who worry that if you can’t lead the way on fixing this on your own team right now, then maybe you can’t lead the way onto fixing it in the rest of the country? When will you release that staff diversity date data? » I will release that will make it off the call, we have a very diverse staff. And we have a diverse staff that was across the board, and high level in senior positions. I will make sure we release it to you, it does include AAPI numbers as well is a significant number of African-Americans, significant number of women, and Latinos » Sir, just to clarify it when you say that we are talking about the seniormost members of your staff, not overall. The people with agency » That’s correct » Wonderful, thank you very much for your delete that » When this is over, pick up the phone immediately and call her » Thank you for that, sir Let’s turn to some community questions » My administration is going to look like America. Not just my staff, the administration. From the vice president straight down through cabinet members to major players within the White House and the court. It’s going to be reflection of who we are as a nation » Okay, let’s turn to those community questions. I want to bring in now joining us on zoom John Vang towel, a community organizer in Minnesota. Here’s the thing to know about him, Vice President Biden, he is a community organizer who was previously incarcerated for eight years, he now works for a regional government agency. He joins us now, I’m going to hand it over to him to ask his question directly to you » Hello, thank you. Last month, Minnesota and our nation was traumatized by the murder of George Floyd and the civil unrest that followed. As we all are looking for a new way forward, we must acknowledge that these events are a result of the inequities within our systems. Policies like tough on crime legislation has led to the over policing of four communities, including immigrant communities. And introducing them into the school to prison pipeline. Many people like me who have finished paying our debt to society, we often struggle to rebuild our lives and overcome systemic barriers after prison. I’ve some have been left with no other option but to start a new business Many of us have started families and became upstanding members in the community. Despite all of these accomplishments, ICE has been deporting us since 2002. We

are abandoning good people into countries that many have never stepped foot in. Issues like DACA are critical to my community. What will you do to ensure that all communities of color including Southeast Asians and other small ethnic groups are not left out of your discussions on which immigration reforms and policies to prioritize in your first 100 days? You » Thank you so much for your question, Vice President Biden over to you » By engaging your leadership, just like we did in our last administration. This pandemic has brought out the best in so many people, doctors, nurses, first responders, caregivers Heroic soldiers in the war against the virus, so many of them are Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders. This crisis has also brought out the worst, we’ve all heard about the horrible acts against Asian-Americans, blamed for the coronavirus, harassment, violence, conspiracy theories Blaming Asian-Americans for COVID. Dangerous smears including by Donald Trump. Words matter, the President’s words matter even more. I’m running to restore the soul of this country to make clear there is no safe harbor here. To stand up to anyone who has been left behind As President, I’m fighting every day to lead the change for significant change in all of our policies, and to make sure that every member of the diverse AAPI community is treated with dignity and has the same shot to succeed. I’m going to make sure it the AAPI community is represented in my administration administration. As I said under President Obama, we have forwarded more AAPI judges than any previous administration combined. Including four times more women of AAPI descent than any other president. Specific on the task force and the White House initiative, we held hundreds of stakeholder meetings and summits and work with 24 federal agents, the whole community to make sure they had federal resources. Trump got it all of that. As president, I am going to restart it and take it further. Let me go back to your comment about you having served your time in prison. We have to make a fundamental change in the way we deal with prison, that’s why in my view — this is what I propose — I’ve been pushing this for a while now, we should turn our system into one of from punishment to rehabilitation Once you have served your time, right now what happens if you get 25 bucks and a bus ticket. A lot of people don’t have anywhere to go except back to right where they were before. I believe that you should be entitled to every single solitary program that exists in the government. From access to housing, access to food, access to Pell grants, access to educational opportunities. It’s overwhelmingly in our interest that we do that. There’s much more to talk about in terms of dealing with the whole notion of prison reform, but the biggest reason that we have to do it is make sure the people have an opportunity to have a new start The idea that anybody — I get too excited about this one There’s a lot we can do, and I will do it » Vice President Biden, thank you for that. We have more questions from the community, I will hand it to my colleague Vicki » Let me just go ahead and start my video. Doing a lot of our own — how are you Vice President Biden? » I met my back porch. Did you ever think we would be doing this from home? » The strangest time, I must say strangest to be a journalist, and must be even more difficult and odd to be campaigning in a time of a pandemic. We’ve all been told to stay home, that has not stopped it. President Trump has been holding rallies, events, we haven’t seen much of you. Americans have not seen you as you try to convince voters to cast their ballot for you. What do you say to the silent majority who see you as an extension of President Obama, people who feel like this country is trending too far left. I have one more part of this question, and your first 100 days as president, what will you do to create a pathway to citizenship for many undocumented immigrants? That is a big issue for the AAPI community. 1.7 million face deportation, another 100,000 are young people who are affected by

the ICE program. What are you going to do to be more visible? What are you going to do about immigration when you get into office? » I thought Obama was a great president, even he acknowledges we can’t go back to what it was We have to go back and build it better. And so I have a program that is significantly different and builds upon where we left off and undoes the damage Trump has done. Number two, I campaigned from home about Biden hiding in his cellar, the truth of the matter is over 200 million people have watched me on television and they’ve watched and the more that Donald Trump is out, the worse he does I think it’s wonderful he goes out. I’m being a bit facetious, it’s dangerous what he’s doing with rallies. His numbers have dropped through the floor, they’ve dropped through the floor. Number two, I have done, I go out and I wear this mask when I go out. I went to Texas to be with the Floyd family for the funeral, I went up to Pennsylvania to meet with a group of people who in fact have Obamacare being ripped out from under them and they have pre-existing conditions. I’ve been down to Virginia, I’ve been around the country but I do it responsibly and I don’t hold rallies because it is the reason why we are in such trouble by not listening to the experts and scientists about social distancing and wearing masks Which I never do when I walk outside of the house. I never failed to do. On day one, I’m going to send the legislative immigration reform bill to Congress to provide a road map to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants who contribute so much to this country including 1.7 million AAPI. My immigration policy is built around keeping families together. Modernizing immigration by keeping families as pillars of our immigration system, which it used to be Ending Trump’s cruel and inhumane policy at the border to rip children from their mother’s arms, take immediate action to protect dreamers including the more than 100,000 eligible dreamers of East and South Asian descent. Rescinding the un-American Muslim Bam immediately Raising the target to a minimum 125,000 people a year in my first year. The average has been 95,000 a year. Working with Congress to establish a bipartisan legislation to ensure a minimum a mission of 95,000 refugees. That’s who we are, that’s how my great-great-grandfather got in a ship in the Irish Sea, never knowing whether he was going to make it and he made it through the United States of America. In 1848 — anyway, streamlining that process, make it easier for green card holders to move through the backlog, by the way, he just indicated he ended visas for the rest of the year. That will not be in my administration administration. They have built this country. You asked other parts of the question, I can’t remember what the other ones were. When I’m going to do about immigration, what was the other part? » Can you hear me? » I can hear you » What will you do specifically in that first 100 days when it comes to immigration » I have a bill written already to send it directly to the Congress. They one. They one » I appreciate it, Vice President Biden we are going to ask one of our community members to ask you a question. She is going to come to us from Zoom, she has a chef and small business owner. Go ahead Vimala Rajendran » She’s going to unmute herself herself. There you go. Go for it it » Hello, my name is Vimala Rajendran. I have lived in the United States for 40 years, and just got naturalized as a citizen in 2019. 2020 will be my

first — » Thanks for choosing the United States » Thank you, I feel so much at home here because of civic engagement has always been my calling. And I accidentally became a chef because of circumstances, not having papers to do professional work which was in media and education. I became a chef ten years ago, and I saw the American dream be fulfilled in front of me with the coming successful award-winning chef and restaurant in Chapel Hill North Carolina. My representative Congressman David Price has worked very closely with me to welcome refugees from about 19 countries right here at my restaurant. Hello and welcome home. What we have done since covid-19 is a small business is to reach out and continue our work to feed the hungry even though we are a for-profit business. We have believed in people over profit. I must say that getting into business as an Asian-American woman has been really hard, finding the capital was hard, getting PPP right now during covid-19 was extreme We got our $100,000 which we have to spend within 24 months, 24 weeks. I must ask you, Vice President Joe Biden, what would you do to help us rebuild the economy so that small businesses that are family owned and are enriching the local economy, building the new South because as you know, as the South goes, so goes the nation. What are you going to do, what can I do to rebuild the economy as we go back into post COVID days? » First of all, when they came up with the cares act it was supposed to be distributed, I pointed out that it was likely to be when I called “thethe Trump correct recovery.” 40% of the money did not go to small businesses, it went to large businesses. They don’t need the help, they are not the ones in need of help. And there’s also the mainstream proposal that had several billions of dollars in it, not one single penny has been distributed so far. I suggested in the very beginning that there’d be a proposal that the president initiate the Defense production act to insist that they watch the major banks to make sure they would distribute monies that didn’t cost them at all, they are covered, distribute those monies to small businesses which are the backbone of the country Guess what happened? The fact is that it didn’t happen. They did not get it. Those big banks don’t like lending money, so if you went to a big bank to get your access to the stimulus that was provided, they’d say do you have an account here? What is your credit standing? Do you have a credit card, et cetera It’s not supposed to be how it worked. In addition, you may recall the president fired the oversight board, a person who was supposed to watch and see how each of these dollars is expended. And to make sure that this administrator would look and make sure the program is working. He fired them, there is no Inspector General that was supposed to be there. First thing I’ll do as president is in a point and look where every single penny of the money got distributed and hold those accountable whether it’s violation of the rule and or there has been any chicanery With regard to PPP come up with everything from masks all the way to making sure that you’re able to open in ways that are safe and or keep your workforce safe, that is ridiculous that it’s not been available to you It’s ridiculous the president has been AWOL. He said AWOL, he does not take any responsibility. He’s leaving it to the states. Second part of what you said, make sure we have the diverse needs of this community Designing jobs programs and helping businesses get ahead because small businesses are the foundation of the community. Of

the country, of the American dream. And they are bearing the brunt, you’re bearing the brunt of the economic crisis today Including Asian-American communities. Trump corrupt recovery is focused on the wealthy. Not the millions of mom and pop that are out there forcing the back facing ruin 40% of the funds didn’t go to small business analysts, and the Main Street lending program has lent not a single dollar. Many of the AAPI businesses are cash operated, don’t have ties to banks, they are hard to find access to this paycheck protection program But here’s what I’ll do for small businesses, provide clear, consistent guidelines for safe reopening. Get the workers free testing PPE to stay safe Provide an ambitious restart package to help small businesses not only be able to reopen but rehire workers and cover the extra restart expenses. Make sure that stimulus funds are distributed fairly. As I said, I’m going to point and Inspector General on day one to make sure the funds actually get where they are supposed to go Reverse half the new PPP funds for small businesses with less than 50 employees, small businesses are technically over 500 employees. Have those funds should go to people with less than 50 employees. And even smaller. We have to focus on you have been the heartbeat of your community, and of a community across the country. The other thing is, you’re working with Congressman Price. We have to increase the numbers of refugees able to come to the United States of America. Speak up I’m going to stop you right there We need time for another community creation that Mike question. I’m going to toss it to Melissa Leyland, coming in with a question about health care » AAPIs are among the most visible of health care workers caring for covid-19 patients Pacific Islanders are contracting and dying from the virus at an alarming rate. Only to be largely forgotten in discussions of community impact Covid-19 has raised onto a pedestal health disparity for people of color, including AAPIs. Access to health care insurance is one of the biggest barriers are community faces due to language and policy barriers One-third of Asian-Americans have limited English skills, what are your plans to ensure that all AAPIs can update health coverage with language assistance in your administration? » Free for everyone, exponentially search the testing and make sure it reaches the community I would immediately shouldn’t be putting policies ahead of the safety of the American people. One of the things that you all know better than any group is that Obamacare was and is still a big deal, it covered 20 million uninsured. 2 million formerly uninsured a APIs. I’m going to build on it with a public option, slashing premiums and drug costs, automatically enrolling people eligible for Medicaid, doubled the funding for community health care centers and front-line care, and I’ll work to tear down the leg which barriers that keep AAPIs from quality care. During our administration we distribute health insurance information and seven Asian the bridges As president, I’m going to build on that important work and grant federal agencies new ways to increase access to federal programs for AAPIs community Including those with limited English proficiency. To ensure that the best practice is shared across departments and agencies That includes making sure the AAPI community has access to information about COVID. So far,

they’ve been translated into Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, but other resources like those released by the White House coronavirus task force are available only in English and Spanish. You will know the argument that most people give about the model minority. AAPI advocates across the country know that there is a section if you take it as one big group, it has the highest education achievement. We insisted for example, at the Department of Education integrated post-and secular education data system, and should be broken down by ethnicity because it changes dramatically. This administration hadn’t done that HHS has seven Asian-Americans and four Pacific Islanders. The permit of labor has on the same thing, this guy has not done that at all. You look out generically, you say okay, the AAPI community at large has a great achievement higher than any other group in America. But that misrepresents the fact that scores of ethnicities are in fact really being hurt and left behind. And we are supposed to be breaking that out so we know exactly where they are. That’s one of the priorities we will have in addition to access to eliminating the language barrier barrier » Be appreciated, thank you. I just want to say they won you said you would have immigration plan, you are going to you make your diversity data public after the town hall. As we’ve been saying, representation certainly matters in all facets of life, private and public. We appreciate very much your time today » We’re going to continue. This isn’t the end of the university, this is just the beginning. The administration will look like it. Thank you very much » Thank you, I’m going to transition and I’ll let you go Vice President Biden. We are going to bring in someone from the Trump campaign, we don’t have the pleasure of having the president here with us today but we are joined by someone equally special who will be speaking on behalf of the president. That is Governor Eddie Baza Calvo, the governor of Guam from January of 2011. He has worked in the private sector as a general manager for both Pacific construction company and the Pepsi-Cola bottling company. He is a graduate of the College of Notre Dame in Belmont California, and he and his wife Christine have six children. I’d like to welcome you Governor Calvo, can you hear me okay? » I can hear you fine, good morning from Guam » What time is at their question asked because it’s just about six in the morning For all our Asian-American and Pacific Islanders, I’m going to read you in our language » Let me ask you, President Trump continues calling the coronavirus the kung flu, he has objected to having a black 50 on fifth Avenue in front of his building. The hate incidents against Asian-Americans has gone up tremendously since the coronavirus started and since we’ve started hearing terms like trying out virus Some people are saying the president is going back to his playbook of using divisive language to appeal to his base A recent poll shows Americans are the unhappiest they have been in nearly 50 years, and partly because of the lockdown and pandemic. The President says he wants to keep America great, but his track record indicates he’s more of a divider than If he is reelected, what commitment will President Trump make to a diverse cabinet and appointees who have a history of understanding they are representing AAPI communities? » You mentioned the word kung flu, take a look at history That kung flu comment even came from the Obama administration. I want to correct you. To speak up true, sir. It actually came from people who were waging a public health campaign, it was not linked to the Obama campaign, it was used twice during his presidency » If you can please allow me to

continue, it came within the Obama administration. I can’t tell you with inclusion within the Trump campaign, I’m a part of it. If you look at the representation whether it’s on the White House advisory commission of Asian Pacific affairs, my chair is Elaine Chao. I’m here as an Asian-American and Pacific Islander to represent the Trump campaign. I have to tell you something about this division, if you take a look at what is happening throughout this nation, and you look at some of the events — by the way, as a member of the White House commission I have seen what is the impact on some of our Korean-American stores, our Vietnamese hair and nail shops, our Filipino restaurants that have been looted and people robbed as a result of the riots I can tell you, when you look at the destruction and whether it’s from looting, whether it’s rubbing, or burning a flag or tearing down statues, most of those people — not all — you aren’t going to vote for President Trump. Any of them are supporters of the Biden campaign. As you talk about division, I think especially those within the Biden campaign have to look in the mirror because a lot of the supporters are the ones responsible for this. I hope I’ve answered that question. Much of the damage is not happening from trump supporters or MAGA » In terms of what the President will do to have a diverse cabinet and appointees, I understand you are there and Elaine Chao is there but that is representation, but what will the president do moving forward if he is reelected? Even if it were to be used during the time when President Obama was in office, the term and kung flu are you saying that makes it right to continue using it now? Especially given the atmosphere of racism and hate that AAPI communities are reporting » I think words — you have to be very careful on words. My president is sometimes very unorthodox, he uses certain words. You also have to look at actions. When you take a look at the actions of the Trump administration should, whether it’s my participation or Secretary Chao. As we go into housing, some of the great ideas have come from Ben Carson who is secretary of HUD. You already see participation whether it’s from Asian-Americans or Pacific Islanders. I have to tell you, in our advisory commission — I’m talking the White House advisory commission of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders — you have two folks from the islands. Two from Guam, one from Samoa. It’s interesting how it expanded as well, not only do you have Asian-American and Pacific Islanders from America and of the Mike American Samoa and Hawaii, within this administration there has been an expansion to our compact states, these are nation-states that have a very intimate relation with the United States. I talk about the Republic of the Martian islands, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia. Which encompass an area of the Pacific larger than the United States, is in the Trump White House that there is actually effort to work with not only the Asian-American Pacific Islanders within America itself, but even with our special partners such as the compact states which have a very deep and intimate relationship with the United States. That’s another first for the trumpet administration » Do you know anything about what he’ll do when it comes to his cabinet or his legislative choices? You heard Vice President Biden talking about the number of judges that were appointed under his term with President Obama. Wondering if you could get more specific about what President Trump would like to do in his second term when it comes to AAPI representation » He’s already doing it from home, I was going to announce it in my opening speech but I am very proud that just two weeks ago, we had a virtual commission commission » I think somebody speaking over you » We had a commencement speech at our University of Guam, it was virtual, spoken to 500 new graduates of University of one to the Mike Guam. A young Korean woman that was born and raised

in Guam, her family immigrated to Guam years ago. She’s Korean-American, several weeks ago with President Trump appointing her as an ambassador The Senate ratifying it, she became the first Romanian to serve — the newest ambassador to the counselor court of the United States. That’s just a another first for the trumpet administration. I can’t predict what the president — with the president is going to a point in major cabinet positions but I can tell you, I’ve seen in my visits to the White House and meeting with those that are a part of the administration whether it’s in an official capacity or even in the campaign, I I have seen growing diversity in the campaign, I’ve seen a lot more Hispanics, African-Americans, Asian-Americans as well. I’m very confident about things. In the weeks ahead, I’m pretty sure the president and his people will announce any other types or any other new perspective cabinet members. Again, by the way, I’m one of them. I want to be given this opportunity, I want to think the president for giving me this opportunity to speak on his behalf. If you look at Guam, it’s a Pacific island but it’s just due south of Japan. I am an Asian Pacific Islander. I fit every part of the category. I’ve got about six different ethnicities running through my blood. I think I’m one of those » Governor Calvo, — » You will see more diversity » Thank you. We have several questions from the community for you, forgive me, I was so excited to get your questions I forgot to have you do your opening speech. It’s so early over there in Guam, thank you for waking up early to join us in the U.S. On the mainland, I should say. If you would, open up and let us know what to expect from a Trump 2020 campaign » Thank you so much for that introduction. As I told you earlier, I’ve given the greetings of several language is that make the constituency of the people of Guam. I can’t forget my fellow American Pacific Islanders, so as I greet you all I’d also like to say to my Samoan brothers and sisters and also to my friends and neighbors from Hawaii a little hot. I would like to think President Trump as will of as the organizers forgiving this opportunity to speak on behalf of President Trump and Mike Pence, I would also like to think former Vice President Joe Biden, Congresswoman Judy Chu, and thank them for not only their presence but also their public service. You know, for many Americans, most of their knowledge of Guam came in August of 2017. That’s the date that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced to the nation of the world that he would be launching ballistic missiles in our direction. But what most Americans didn’t know if that threat was just the latest in a long series of escalating rhetoric activities that had been building up since 2012. I came in January of 2011, so most of my term was filled by threats by Kim Jong Un. My perspective over belligerent North Korea is rather unique. I had the opportunity to serve as a governor of an American territory that was targeted by an adversary of the United States, both within the terms of former Vice President Biden and the first two years of President Trump. Under the previous administration from 2012-2016, every year the threats coming from North Korea became more and more dangerous. Every year from 2012 to 2016, the underground nuclear testing became more and more frequent and a stronger manner dude. Some experts suspected there may have been thermal nuclear detonations With those bigger explosions also came ballistic missile testing with longer and longer trajectories. It came to a point that not only Guam, Hawaii, and Alaska were within the bull’s-eye, but also potentially the states within the contiguous 48 North American continent Then came President Trump,

President Trump may not have tried and line in the sand, but he had drawn a line in the deep blue Pacific. No American territory or state would be threatened or attacked, if his warning was not heated, the consequences to North Korea would be traffic. That president’s blunt one it was also coupled with crippling sanctions. It is ironic. The end result, as I left public office, is that those incendiary threats ended. Nuclear testing ceased, there’s no more missile flights in a direction of Guam, Hawaii, or the mainland. I like to give you another perspective of President Trump. It’s also in his handling of the North Korean crisis, I think it’s very important. As the president completed that exhausting summit with German game in Singapore, he stopped by Guam on his way back to Washington, D.C. I still remember quite clearly meeting him on Air Force One, he hadn’t rested from his marathon summit and he needed to ask me something very important. The first thing the president asked me when we greeted, governor, how are the people of Guam doing? Are they fearful? And I said no Mr. President, there are number threats. There is no more tests. Then he get that smile and that confident Trump affirmative nod, he said “good.” The reason why I bring this up and why it’s relevant to each and every one of our Asian Pacific American constituents is that it shows a true story behind the term presidency, but I think is so unique and special special. All you folks, a lot of folks freaked out about the Tulsa Valley. Dangerous, too many people. I hope they listen to the context, folks like me who have been in politics for 20 years I have to admit, when I listen to that speech he is probably one of the most unorthodox presidents that I’ve ever seen in my life. Some may question or disagree with his style, the results speak for themselves. The clarity of what President Trump is all about, for me, was made manifested by one statement at the Valley. It stuck to me. I’m campaigning for the forgotten. It made it all very clear to me. I’m going to give a little geography and history lesson. Guam is the furthest American soil from our nation’s center of power in D.C We are a small U.S. territory, and our 168,000 citizens are not even eligible to vote for president, and yet he has called me here to represent the people, his campaign. If there’s any one place in America that could be described as forgotten, that could be Guam. This president had not slept in nearly 20 hours hours, he had to stop by Guam not just to see me but to inquire if our people were still living in fear. That’s probably why I witnessed more progress in our dealings with the federal government in two years working in the Trump administration and six years under the previous Democratic administration Whether it was increased Medicare reimbursements to public hospital, treating with Medicaid federal match on par with subsidies provided to the states, relief of federal lawsuits — there were a lot under the Obama administration — lower taxes, opening up of economic opportunity zones Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders have gone too long as “the forgotten ones.” President Trump change that. And President Trump’s first term precovid-19 Asian-Pacific entrepreneurship and jobs had grown, unemployment had dropped to record lows. Even with our nation in the throes of a pandemic, President Trump signed into law direct funding for subsidizing the unemployed, providing financial assistance to businesses hit hard as a result of the shutdown, and is paving the way for reopening the economy and stimulating record growth in these months and years ahead. Before I close, I want to just comment on some of the tragic events. I’m thousands of miles away, I’m watching on TV Starting with that senseless murder of George Floyd. And what led afterward, the sadness come at the morning, the outcry, division, violence. It seems to be engulfing our nation. Here in Guam, there is no majority. We are a compilation of minorities that did hold silent protests

and they were helped because from every ethnicity and Guam, just to put a focus on a just cause, because of that evil act of somebody in a position of power and authority abusing his power and taking the life of his fellow man. Here in Guam, there was no violence. There is no destruction, there was no burning of an American flag. In Guam, for a lot of folks there is a record held to that flag Maybe it has a lot to do with our tragic history, let me tell you over history. 76 years ago, the penalty for any Romanian processing an American flag was to get their heads chopped off The reason being was Guam was under enemy occupation, I am blessed both my parents are still alive but after all these years, they still remember that fateful day when our island was bombed and invaded. They remember three long years of imperial occupation. They remember the slave labor and executions. They remember that raw emotion of fear. They woke up with that fear. Went through the whole day. Until the quiet of night. On this island, that there were still a bunch of people holding onto the American flag. It was preserved. All the done despite the extreme consequences of death if caught Some of these were asked why, that American flag represented hope. It was a symbol of America. That flag gave us that slim hope to persevere and it did work from one day to the next. That someday America would return, and treat our people from enslavement and death Those Guam survivors of World War II or those democracy protesters in Hong Kong who came out in the hundreds or thousands waving the American flag, all those college students where they have put the flag on the pavement who refused to step on it and desecrated, we all have one thing on common. That red, white, and blue is a symbol of America. America is a symbol for your help, that’s why that flag is cherished and honored by such a diverse group of citizens throughout the globe globe I have to tell you, I have a lot of friends out here that aren’t noncitizens in Guam. The pictures of American citizens wrapping and burning flags around statues is perplexing and troubling. But for President Trump, that American flag and what it stands for its still worth it. It’s worth cherishing and honoring. America is great, and if if you reelect Donald Trump as our president America will continue to prosper. And to be that beacon of hope and greatness for the world. Thank you, God bless America. And God bless those Stars & Stripes » Governor Calvo, thank you very much for giving us some insight into your role and your connection to President Trump as you called him an unorthodox leader. I want to turn it over to one of our questioners, her name is Kim Dinh. She is an immigrant rights advocate, she worked at the Pennsylvania immigration and citizenship correlation. Kim, we’d love for you to go ahead and ask her question live if you are ready Take it away » Thanks, hi my name is Kim Dinh I am working and living in Pennsylvania. I work with diverse communities including immigrants and refugees from many different backgrounds, as well as low income Asian and Pacific Islander workers. In recent weeks, we’ve witnessed covid-19 related xenophobia, hate rising, unappointed, foreclosures, we’ve seen health care gaps, continued incarceration despite the public health crisis and of course, the violence perpetrated by the police against black and brown people. All of this is not new, they are not separate issues This global pandemic just exposes the huge and existing crisis in America of systemic racism and poverty. There are so many injustices that I see and I truly believe that all of our injustices are linked. My question today is what steps and

policy changes will President Trump, if reelected, make in his first 100 days to end this cycle of hate, oppression, and systemic racism of people including Asian America and Pacific Islanders? » Thank you so much, as I mentioned earlier I’ve seen it firsthand with President Trump President Trump believes in the people. He doesn’t believe in whatever color it is, even our young ambassador Kim. When you take a look at what President Trump is doing, certain steps he’s pushing for, he’s pushing for school choice, he believes the educational opportunities of those living in these traditional underserved communities, you talk about the systemic racism or corruption, some of these feeling school systems he would like to see our people living in these communities have the school choice for themselves so that they can put their children into the school they believe they is best for them. It’s interesting listening to Vice President Biden, when President Trump signed the juvenile justice reform act, a lot of what that did was to fix the problems that were created by then Senator Biden when he pushed for that crime’s bill. Once that crime’s bill was passed in 1994 I believe, that was a one-way path for so many of minorities to prison. When you look at the details of this justice reform, your eliminating the three strikes, you’re giving more flexibility to judge us to make decisions on whether incarceration is even necessary, I took advantage of a governor I saw the graduates out of our prison, there was a group of women that had taken construction and heavy equipment classes and a lot of that is the vision of President Trump. He’s even expanded the Pell grants to help for the education of our prison Mike clients in prison There’s even partly the identifying of those prisoners coming out so that they have a job when they get in in. With President Trump, there is much that he has done in regards to — you know, I’m going to talk about systemic racism. He’s done a lot. I think when you get to the heart of the matter, it was best said a lot of stuff can be done at the federal level, but what can be done is most important in the local level And there was an interview made by the former mayor of Baltimore, it was her disappointment. There was a policing bill coming out — President championed this bill that would give incentives for the payment of body cams, the incentives for training, for use of nonchoke holds and left the life of a policeman was threatened. The mining and collection of data to track bad apples. I remember, again, it failed in Congress. God bless Senator Scott, President Trump was with him but he couldn’t get through the Senate. There was a statement made by the former mayor of Baltimore, and I can recall she said it has to happen in the local level. You have to clean out this racist, this corruption that’s within the system. Let me tell you, the city of Minneapolis that hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1972. You have the city of Atlanta that has not elected a Republican mayor since 1878. By the way, history, Guam was still a part of the Spanish Empire in 1878. St. Louis, the murder capital of America, it last elected a Republican mayor in 1944. World War II was raging and Guam at that time was part

of the Empire of Japan. We are in the middle of all these great empires. Chicago, the city with enough murders to be considered a war zone, hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1931 » Let me continue, President Trump and the republican party are to blame for the catastrophic failure of these cities. Some responsibility lies in those Democratic Party bosses that have had control of some of the cities for decades, some for centuries. The Soviet Union had one party rule but only for 72 years, Atlanta has had it for 140. Anyone that has blood on their hands, it’s those leaders from the murders, the looting, the anarchy that has arisen. I’m just going to tell you, it’s been the supporters of Joe Biden that have been responsible for this and it’s those party bosses that have perpetuated control of the city for decades and centuries » Governor Calvo, let’s be clear » I’m almost over, I think President Trump if we reelect him, that will be the first step in getting rid of this systemic corruption. But this election, you have to get rid of those party bosses that go to the same cocktail parties, the same fund-raisers, the same conventions that have controlled these cities that are collapsing and that all came from the Democratic corruption in these cities controlled by the Democrats for decades if not centuries » Governor Calvo, let’s get back on track. I want to make it clear, we don’t know — I mean on track in terms of answering the question which is why we are here. I do want to make it clear, the protesters we don’t know who they are voting for This is your opportunity to speak on behalf of the Trump campaign to this group of AAPI voters which is the largest and fastest growing group of minority voters. I want to bring in another life question » I don’t see much love letters to President Trump in reading graffiti. Continue » Let’s go ahead and bring in Shenlin Chen, joining us from Detroit Michigan. Are you there? We are happy you are taking part in this town hall, you have a question for the Trump campaign There you are, fantastic! Please go ahead and take it away, I know you by the president of the Association of Chinese Americans, thank for joining us » Hi governor, good morning to you. It’s an honor to meet you, I’m Shenlin Chen from Detroit Michigan. I’m the president of the Association of Chinese-Americans and think you for taking questions from the community. Detroit is home to a victim of a hate crime 38 years ago, just this past Tuesday Today, the AAPI community is being targeted, blamed for the spread of covid-19 despite our efforts including some loss of life to fight the pandemic on the front line. Asian-Americans have been identified as a model minority, however one-third of our population is limited English proficiency. And half of them are foreign-born. We all work, we see many underprivileged families and individuals, especially seniors, immigrants, we are afraid of getting sick So, my question for you, I know that you have mentioned this earlier but would you please elaborate a little bit on what are the plans at the national and federal level to ensure that all AAPI Americans can obtain affordable health coverage through either Medicaid or marketplace with appropriate leg which assistance as a priority in your administration? And, what specific actions when you take to help unify Americans? What message will you send to help the country heal physically and emotionally? » Thank you so much. It’s ironic you mentioned Detroit, I hate to rub it into the Democratic Party bosses but the last time Detroit had ever spoken the Republican mayor was 1962. You see Detroit has to do with the same folks that meet with President Biden When it comes to covert response, if you take a look at the president’s efforts in terms of health care the president invested $2 billion in community

health centers, a lot of them minority and Asian Pacific Islanders. The president signed legislation to guarantee coronavirus testing free of cost , removing financial obstacles for Americans who would otherwise be unable to access them. $2 billion was devoted to support hospitals with high covid-19 admissions based on their Medicare and Medicaid disproportionate share and uncompensated care payments The federal government is also covering the cost of coronavirus treatment for those that can’t afford it. And health care, looking the most vulnerable. The president is committed to protecting Americans with pre-existing conditions, the president is signing into law historic right to try legislation, which is giving me terminally ill patients hope that they can try new experimental drugs. The president signed into law the childhood Cancer star act, that gives about $30 million every year for child cancer research The vice president mentioned Obamacare. Folks, you have to recall and look at the historic fact of Obamacare. The last three years of Obamacare under President Obama, the cost of premiums went up by 34%. A lot of that was on drugs. By the way, I’m in the insurance industry — the administration made their deal with lawyers and with big Pharma, so the scapegoat where the insurance companies. The only group that tries to do the managing and ensuring there’s a checks and balances so the health care providers and drug companies aren’t gagging us with prices that are going up. What President Trump has done focusing on bringing the drugs down, FDA has approved a record number of generic drugs for every year of the Trump presidency. They are increasing generic drug use from Americans has saved about $26 billion for the first two years of the demonstration. The president signed legislation eliminating the Pharma gag clause. At a gag clause prevented pharmacies from telling consumers about the lower-priced alternatives to expensive drugs. The president also pushing for drugmakers to show their prices on ads and taking steps toward importing less-expensive drugs from Canada Canada. If there’s any big difference between what the president is moving on and Obamacare, it’s about choice Obamacare was about single-payer, we tell you what to do and what to use. This expanded the use of short-term limited duration health insurance plans, which offer more choices and lower cost. We’ve expanded access to Association health plans, that makes it easier for small businesses to band together to offer better insurance and lower premiums. A lot of our Asian-American business are small, this allows them to come together to buy insurance plans. Demonstration also administrated the health reimbursement arrangements, HRA’s. This is interesting, it allows employees to use money from their employer to buy the insurance of her choice. That company is already providing a certain amount of money for insurance, will take that money and let us — I’m talking the employee — make that decision President Trump what I like about him, he understands intricacies of these complex challenges and provide meaningful and effective policies to ensure that Asian-Americans and Pacific Islander communities are treated equally. what I like especially about the Trump administration, it seems from the previous administration everything came from the top. That template from Washington D.C., that way of doing things was thrown to everybody. Whether it’s New York City or Guam. At the Trump administration is different, it’s about more focusing on economy, a decision-making at a local level. That in a nutshell is what happening and what we plan to see expand with President Trump reelected

» Governor, thank you for that information about HRA’s and the expanded access to those Association health plans. We appreciate that take. I imagine it must be difficult to speak on behalf of someone else. I’m going to turn it over to comoderator Amna Nawaz with more questions from the community » Thank you so much, Governor Calvo it is a pleasure to meet you. Thank you so much for being here. Before we go back to some additional questions from the community, I do have one of my own if you can indulge me. We are so grateful you took the time to be here. But we should note that President Trump opted not to come, nor to send a video message, instead to send you as a surrogate. According to the press reports, it appears he went golfing today according to his twitter account he’s been tweeting about health care, the affordable care act and retreating some conspiracy theorists. We are glad you’re here to take questions, but many are wondering why are you here instead of him? » I thought he made it very clear to me, it was directed to me. This organization is Asian-American Pacific Islanders Islanders. I’m thankful that the vice president has come here, but he’s not Asian-American nor Pacific Islander. I think what’s important for the Trump campaign is to have someone here that represents — you talked about representation and the cabinets, what better to represent the Trump campaign from a guy from warm who lives directly south of Tokyo who has Spanish, Filipino, Chinese blood. In reality, I guess I represent a microcosm of the Trump campaign What better person to speak for President Trump on Asian-American and Pacific Islander affairs than an Asian-American from the Pacific island of Guam » Just to follow-up on that, sir, if you don’t mind, many people saw Mr. Biden’s participation here as an acknowledgment of the growing importance of this communities voice and a chance to court them directly. By not hearing for President Trump directly, what is your message to Asian-American Pacific Islanders who are catch worker they want to vote for and were hoping to hear directly from the president? » The vice president was virtual too, there’s been a lot of people criticizing President Trump but he doesn’t stay in a basement. He goes out there. The folks that go to these rallies or these meetings that we’ve had, they are Asian-American Again, for all my Asian-American Pacific on the difference, there’s the optics of you thinking that he’s not here but then there’s reality that he’s out there and, well, you’re saying he went to a golf course but I do know he’s actually going out and meeting the people. He’s not afraid to answer tough questions. I want you to know that President Trump has so much confidence in Asian-American Pacific Islanders that he points me to be the surrogate. Have confidence in President Trump, because you know what, he doesn’t forget the forgotten ones previous at administration You’ll remember us. That’s my answer » Thank you for that, Governor Calvo. I do want more questions from the community, we have some folks waiting to get in here Man your towel will be delivering our next question, please do go ahead and put your question to Governor Calvo » Good afternoon governor, good morning. My name is Man yer Thao, I’m from Milwaukee Wisconsin representing the Asian-American Pacific Islander coalition of Wisconsin. I was the first in my question to have been born here in this country, my parents and older siblings came as refugees from the Vietnam War. A little known fact, the monk assisted the CIA during the Vietnam War in Laos, that’s how we came to be in this country. Governor come up much of my career has been spent in economic development and in affordable housing, especially in underserved communities such as our AAPI communities. As you can imagine, I’ve seen great disparities in these and underserved communities Especially during the pandemic, our businesses have suffered greatly because AAPI have been

unfairly blamed for the virus This has been a hard hit on our AAPI community, but also nearly three quarters of our AAPIs who currently live in poverty already, they continue to face extended unemployment. My question is what steps will President Trump take to ensure that our AAPI communities are included in the economic recovery and growth efforts? Thank you » Before I get into my answer, just another member of the advisory commission, a fellow named Pastor Herman mentor, I’ve never had the opportunity to meet someone personally from the monk community but in several of our meetings the focus of the pastor has been the monk community. And how to get the needed assistance to them. So you have an advocate in him. A little bit of history too, Juan has always been the place where it when some more happens, and those that aided America are in trouble, we seem to be the conduit. In the fall of Saigon, 100,000 Vietnamese came through Guam and were put up and camps Some of them chose to live in Guam, my God brother is married to a refugee from Vietnam. And of course, many traveled or made their way back to the United States. Would you believe the Kurds were in Guam? I still remember in the 1990s, our neighbor’s there was about five or 6,000 Kurds that came through here. As many people don’t know about Guam, a lot of our immigrants and those that refugees have come to our island being the ravages of war. All of America including my island home, prior to covid-19, were enjoying record and electoral growth. There was business creation and record unemployment unemployment. These same successes were also current within the AAPI community. We were at 4%, the United States was at 3% on a plumage. What President trumpeted was provided rapid and unprecedented support. If the island of Guam got a billion dollars in federal assistance. The White House also provided more than half a million African-Americans, Hispanic, and other minorities the comprehensive direct updates on preparedness, response and mitigation. The president directed the White House opportunity and revitalization counsel to focus on the underserved communities impacted by the virus. President signed legislation that provided $60 billion in loans under the paycheck protection program, and was targeted to support the minority and disadvantaged communities. The Department of Education temporarily delayed student loan payment and tilled interest rates to zero. I have six kids, by the way the last one just graduated two weeks ago. I saw for her there was a break, she doesn’t have to make your first payment this year So, they also provided $6 billion in emergency assistance to the students. The President signed into law $1 billion in funding for historically black colleges and universities, Hispanics, and many other minority serving institutions that had been hit hard by. The president signed into law $3.5 billion to keep the child care centers open for low income families and frontline workers The president halted evictions on federal government assisted housing and temporarily prevented foreclosures for some of those FHA insured mortgages His record is clear when it comes to assisting the minority communities. He’ll continue to deliver result in a way which I believe will benefit all AAPI communities through automation With him reelected, it will just get better » Governor Calvo, we thank you for that. We also thank Man yer Thao for her question. I want to play for you one more question, this one via video. It was submitted from Munir Meghjani Here is his question » Hi, my name is Munir Meghjani

I’m a commercial real estate on the mic agent and entrepreneur in Atlanta Georgia. My parents immigrated from India and Pakistan before I had even learned to walk. In hopes of a better future for me. They made sacrifices tearing away from their family and loved ones and swallow their pride and education, working physically excruciating and minimum wage jobs. While this is my story, the truth is this is not a unique one. It’s the story of every immigrant who makes unbelievable sacrifice, not for themselves but for the generations to come. We were still lucky. I had my parents nearby. As I look at what’s going on near the border, my heart aches for those families being torn apart. For Asian-Americans in the United States, DACA, family reunification, visas and deportation are all very critical issues. Thanks to the sacrifices made by my parents and all of those who came before them, I get to stand here today and ask you not only on behalf of my family, but for all who had a similar journey. What immigration policies will you champion? And what laws will you change that are currently separating American families? And will these be part of your first 100 days priorities? Thank you, and good luck » I’m going to answer it and touch on several topics. I want to touch on the most controversial first, then I’ll get into DACA. That’s the wall It has caused a lot of controversy in the United States, this building of the wall on the American southern border. Would you believe that what happens between Mexico and the United States , that Mexican-American border has a profound impact on places such as a Guam, such as the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas, such as Hawaii. You’re probably wondering to yourself how can this be? How can something that is happening in a desert somewhere in the Southwest have anything to do with Guam or the islands? But it does, there thousands and thousands of our families in the islands that are suffering as a result of what is happening I’ll tell you the reason why It’s because millions and millions of dollars worth of crystal meth amphetamine and cocaine are transported, it’s hard to believe but usually through the Postal Service or through shipping companies out to our places. You know where they come from? Places such as California, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado. Those American states aren’t where the east of the produced. Those drugs have come through the forest borders, they come north, they hit the states and they pollute the families in those states. Then they are sent to Guam. This year alone, for you folks that want to defund customs and border patrol, they seized 450,000 pounds of drugs That includes 92,000 pounds of crystal meth, some of that could have come to Guam. Over 1,000 pounds of mental, 3,000 pounds of heroin, almost 25,000 pounds of cocaine. We had cocaine floating on a barrel here. I don’t know what state that was sent from. Border officers have arrested and apprehended thousands of criminals at the border, including members of the MS-13 gang. President Trump is committed to securing our borders from drugs, gangs, human trafficking. Some of the issues about workplace abuse come because of undocumented immigrants that snuck through and are forced into slave labor by bad businesses. Putting a wall up will solve a lot of those issues. President Trump is committed to reform and he will prioritize bringing in high skilled workers to grow our nation, at the same time he was to protect American jobs. I recall as governor we had a skilled labor shortage, Guam only has 8% of our workforce and construction. We got about $1 billion in military construction for the next three years, we don’t have enough workers. We graduate may be 100 of our schools a year Felt it was under the Obama administration that a radical

180 degrees turn, 21% of our construction workforce was wiped out and kicked out. What it is was made the prices of housing go up by $100,000. And of course, for the budgets of the military, they weren’t going to keep the $8.6 billion budget for the movement of Marines to Guam That was an act of the Obama administration. Under President Trump, there’s been some flexibility and based on understanding that there was a need to fill, some of it is because of the military strategic importance of Guam but we’ve got those levels of H2 workers back to what they were I tell you, you heard about the pause and I can understand that from the perspective of President Trump, Guam was at 4% four. America was at 3.5. Now we are at 13.5% unblemished. The story changes, that’s why President Trump is making sure that all of you — you talked about people that need a job — all Americans get their jobs first. Let’s get back to full implement. Then we can move forward on expanding for work visas » If I may, I apologize for the interruption, just to put a finer point and follow-up on what he was asking. You mentioned the pause on those visas, the nonimmigrant work visas, we should note that Asian-Americans were disproportionately affected by the President’s executive order If you could very briefly addressed the thousands of Asian-American families who were affected by that, who will live there be forced to leave or be forced to stay separated as a family as a result of the president’s decision » I will reiterate the president’s number one goal is to move and get merit-based immigration. We need to skills in nation. He’s been committed to getting that back, there has been a pause and there is a guarantee that once we get full employment back, they will continue. It’s not about the immigrants, they are important His first and foremost priority is getting Americans back to work. Whether it’s Indian-American, whether it’s Chinese-American, Filipino-American, his first priority is to getting these thousands and thousands and thousands of people that are currently unemployed, these Americans back to work. I hope I have time to move on a DACA » We will have to leave it there, I know we spend a lot of time on a lot of different topics but we do appreciate you being here with us today. That’s governor Eddie Baza Calvo, governor of one. Thank you for waking up early to be with us » Thank you so much, thanks for remaining here. We do want to bring back in Christine Chen, she’s executive director of a APIAVote, she’s back with a special message » Thank you to Amna Nawaz and Vicky Nguyen for moderating our program and sharing expertise Many thanks to our sponsors AARP, Comcast, and Nielsen for supporting not only this presidential town hall but APIAVote and the community year-round. We must also think producer Don Young, and thank you to the APIAVote staff who have worked many long hours not only on the presidential town hall and the national Asian-American Pacific Islander leadership Summit. Our interns who have great design skills and many more of our volunteers. We also like to think all of you who have joined us. We have some of the results of the survey, we actually had over 36 states watching and taking our survey with the core of them from California. We have about 62% male and 40% female, 95% of all our attendees are registered to vote, which is amazing! Our viewership age is spread out evenly among 18-65, out of all our viewers 96% plan to vote and 64% will vote by mail this year The power is in your hands, ladies and gentlemen, each and every one if you have influence over your friends and family. If you can take action to ensure that AAPIs gets counted this year and are heard loud and clear. There are three things you can do today, start with your inner circle of friends and

family and use this town hall to start the conversation with them about what issues are important to them and help them connect the dots to the importance of casting the vote in November Make sure they are registered, it is as easy as texting Vicky Nguyen to 788683, text AAPI 278-8633. Share this text to five of your friends right now, API vote and the network of community organizations are hosting regional meetings on Sunday, you can meet others interested in organizing the vote in your own community. All next week on what the viewership Summit will feature sessions that help provide you with the tools to get out the vote this November. Come join us and be empowered to get out the vote Due to the pandemic, the response date for the U.S. Census has been extended to October 31st. We cannot assume that everyone we know has completed the census for their household, and that they registered and are ready to cast that vote as well. So be there to actually help them figure out that process. With that come up we wish you and your friends and family well Thank you » Every ten years, the U.S Census Bureau counts everyone living in the United States People like Mr. Lee. It doesn’t matter whether they are students, supers members, renters, employees, have green cards, work visas, or undocumented, have lived here a long time, or moved here recently, or temporarily Regardless of their age, height, income, or ethnicities, they all count. We all have unique stories that are part of this great nation, we need to be counted, recognized as a community to have our say in how public funding is distributed for hospitals, schools, and roads for the next generation and beyond. Starting April 1st, it’s time to do your part. Fill out the census » All right everyone, with catchy trends and from videos you all know TikTok is the hot new platform that young voters have taken by storm. We asked these voters to participate in our TikTok video competition to help get out the vote as a lead up to our town hall, we are ready to announce our top three winners ¶ ¶ ¶ ¶ ¶ ¶ ¶ ¶ ¶ ¶ ¶ ¶ » Girl, don’t do it, it’s not worth it. I’m not gonna do it, I was just thinking about it » I did it » Those were incredible. Can we agree? I will never make a TikTok video as good as those » They did a fantastic job, it was fun to see and it’s fun to see the young Asian-American voters getting energized » Absolutely. We just want to take a minute now to think everybody out there for joining us today, thank you to those TikTok videos but also thank you for the campaigns for recognizing the importance of the Asian-American native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. Let’s not forget, everybody, this year in presidential battleground races and states and local races across the country, Asian-American and Pacific Islander voters are poised to play a pivotal role in the 2020 election. I just want to say it has been my honor to serve as one of your moderators today, our job as journalists is to make sure you have the information to feel empowered, go participate in our democracy, Mike sincere hope we were able to do that today. Thank you for that that » The events of the past few weeks have really underscored there has been a formidable shift in priorities social and racial justice taking center stage for so many of us, along with the sense that all voices are now demanding to be heard

Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders are more forcefully exerting themselves throughout culture and society, we certainly hope that you’ve been inspired to use your voice prior to the election. I’m a Vicky Nguyen, on behalf of Amna Nawaz and APIAVote would like to extend a huge thank you to Vice President Biden, Governor Calvo, and of course all of you for joining us today