Indians Caught in Hillary-Obama Campaign Crossfire

June 17, 2007

Source: The Mangalorean

Washington, June 17 (IANS) Indians have been caught in the campaign crossfire of two leading Democratic presidential hopefuls - former first lady Hillary Clinton and rising black star Barack Obama.

Obama fired the first salvo shortly after the Clinton campaign released her financial information under government ethics rules for presidential candidates with his team circulating what was purported to be an analysis of "Hillary Clinton (D-Punjab)'s Personal Financial And Political Ties To India".

This apparent reference to a joke that Hillary Clinton once made during a fund-raiser in a Sikh supporter's home that she can run for a Senate seat from Punjab and win easily clearly did not amuse the Obama campaign.

The document circulated to news organizations - on what it demanded be a not-for-attribution- referred to the Clintons' investment in India and Hillary Clinton's fund-raising efforts among Indian Americans. The Clintons have reaped significant financial rewards from their relationship with the Indian community, both in their personal finances and Hillary's campaign fundraising, it alleged.

Hillary Clinton, who is the co-chair of the Senate India Caucus, has drawn criticism from anti-offshoring groups for her vocal support of Indian business and unwillingness to protect American jobs, it said.