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With Joe Biden left as the only presidential nominee of the opposition Democratic Party for presidential elections in US, the former Vice president has chosen six Indian-Americans to endorse his campaign. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy have been named co-chairs of the Health Care Task Force. The Unity Task Force is a result of Sanders’s endorsement of the Biden campaign.
As many as six eminent Indian Americans have been named to the Biden-Sanders Unity task forces announced by former Vice President Joe Biden, who is the presumptive presidential nominee of the opposition Democratic Party.
Along with Jayapal and Murthy, other members of the Unity task force include climate change activist Varshini Prakash from Boston who is the youngest member of these task forces alongside Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and environmental justice advocate Catherine Flowers.
Executive director of the Sunrise Movement, a leading organization focused on climate change among young people, she will serve on the Climate Change group. Former Secretary of State John Kerry is co-chair of this task force.
Legal luminary Chirag Bains has been named a co-chairs Criminal Justice Reform Task Force. Former Acting Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, according to a statement issued by the Biden Campaign.
Eminent Indian American economist and former lobbyist Sonal Shah has been named to the Economy Task Force. “Honored to be serving on the Unity Task Force. Look forward to winning in Nov!” she said.
A media statement said, “Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders have named a diverse group of respected leaders and experts to Biden-Sanders Unity Task Forces to explore possible policy initiatives in six areas covering: climate change, criminal justice reform, economy, education, health care, and immigration.” adding, “The Task Forces will meet in advance of the Democratic National Convention to make recommendations to the DNC Platform Committee and to Mr. Biden directly. Building upon the work of the Democratic campaigns to date, the ultimate goal of the Unity Task Forces is to develop the most successful possible agenda for Democrats in 2020.”
Expressing gratitude to Senator Sanders, Prakash said, “Our nomination on this task force shows Joe Biden and his campaign are beginning to take seriously that power and the significance of young people within the party if we want to defeat Mr. Trump this November.
“We cannot afford another four years of Donald Trump pushing us backward, and I believe in our movement’s ability to begin winning a Green New Deal under a President Biden, she added.
In yet another good news for the former VP Biden, in a Fox News Poll on the presidential race, Biden led Trump by 8 percentage points.
The Republican-leaning Fox News in its latest presidential poll survey found that in the 2020 ballot test, Biden leads Trump by 48-40 per cent.
“Biden’s eight-point advantage is outside the poll’s margin of error. However, given that 11 per cent are undecided or plan to vote for someone else, neither candidate hits 50 percent support. The race could go either way,” Fox concluded.
According to the poll, among voters who are extremely motivated about voting this fall, Biden has a 12-point advantage (53-41 percent). More Biden supporters (69 percent) than Trump supporters (63 percent) feel extremely motivated to vote.
According to RealClearPolitics, which maintains an average of all major national polls, Biden leads Trump by 5.5 percentage points.