Saturday, June 19, 2010
There is a new wave of Indian-American candidates running for high-profile offices across the country. At least eight children of Indian immigrants are running for Congress, governor or attorney general -- the most ever.
The star of this trend is Nikki Haley, born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa. She's favored to win the election for governor of South Carolina.
Haley is a Republican who uses an American name and converted to Methodist from the Sikh religion. That has led to accusations of abandoning her heritage to get votes.
Kansan Raj Goyle is seeking the Democratic congressional nomination in his hometown of Wichita. He worships at an Indian temple. Goyle says he doesn't spend time thinking about differences -- he's thinking about how to bring Kansans together.