US polls: Trump plays safe, goes for subtle campaigns

US polls: Trump plays safe, goes for subtle campaigns

Washington, Nov 6: US President Donald Trump, who is rushing from one corner of the country to another to boost the morale of Republican candidates, is also ensuring that he is not to be blamed, if his party loses out to the Democrats in the eagerly-watched elections, scheduled for Tuesday.

At rallies and in public remarks, Mr Trump is seen engaging in a subtle effort meant to absolve him of blame, if Republicans lose the House, which his advisers are privately telling him, is likely to happen, The New York Times reported on Monday.

On Sunday, as the US President left the White House for rallies in Macon, Ga, and Chattanooga, Tenn, he told reporters that he cannot campaign for all Republican House members because there are too many, but boasted that his involvement has made a 'big difference' in as many as seven Senate campaigns.

Meanwhile, several Indian-Americans are in the fray for the Tuesday midterm elections, emerging as strong contenders.

While all eyes would be on the so-called 'Samosa Caucus,' the unofficial group of five Indian-Americans in the current Congress, the emergence of such a large number of young Indian-Americans reflects the growing desire of this small ethnic community, comprising one per cent of the US population.

"It has been incredible to see the rise of Indian-Americans in US politics," Rich Verma, the former US ambassador to India, said.

All the four Indian-American lawmakers in the present House of Representatives are expected to easily sail through in Tuesday's midterm polls.

These include three-term Congressman Ami Bera from the seventh Congressional district of California and three first timers, who are seeking their re-election: Ro Khanna from 17th Congressional District of California, Raja Krishnamoorthi from eighth Congressional District of Illinois and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal from seventh Congressional District of Washington State.

The four incumbents are joined by seven other Indian-Americans on the ballot for House of Representatives.

Successful entrepreneur Shiv Ayyadurai is the sole Indian-American to be running for Senate. He has pitched himself as an independent against the powerful Elizabeth Warren — a potential Democratic presidential candidate — for the Senate seat in Massachusetts.

But they are not all. According to some unofficial estimates, more than 100 Indian-Americans are running for various elected offices across the country.

"This year, nearly 100 Indian-Americans ran for office in all levels of government, including some who could flip House seats from red to blue," John Santos, Spokesperson of AAPI media of Democratic National Committee, said."From Arizona, to Texas, Ohio, Michigan and beyond, we have a great slate of Indian-American candidates. I hope that our number (in the Congress) increases,'' Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi said.

Krishnamoorthi, who has raised more than five million dollars, according to latest figures of the Federal Election Commission, had coined the term "Samosa Caucus" in the Congress.