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Filipinos Leaning Towards Romney
New America Media ^ | October 14, 2012

Posted on 10/14/2012 4:55:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

SAN FRANCISCO – About 30 Filipino-American seniors from all over the Bay Area gathered Thursday morning at a community center in a largely Filipino enclave in the heart of San Francisco’s South of Market district.

Along with their regular breakfast and a mental health workshop, Rudy Asercion, who directs the West Bay Filipino Multi-Services Inc., also served up a good dose of politics, rallying them to register and vote. He also invited them to the center that evening to watch the vice presidential candidates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan in their first and only televised debate.

A recent national survey of Asian American voters found that Filipinos show the highest level of support for GOP presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney. But, at this local debate-watching party at West Bay, opinions are split among supporters of both men, with some voters still undecided about whom to support.

Watching the debate, Asercion says Congressman Ryan hammered two key issues that resonate strongly with the Filipino electorate: the economy and health care.

Asercion is the chair of the National Organization of Filipino-American Republicans and an elected member of the San Francisco Republican Party Central Committee.

“[The economy], to Filipino-American Republicans is key,” says Asercion, who is the highest-ranking Filipino-American Republican in the nation. “We want a team that is committed to turning the economy, turning the country around in the right direction…”

During Thursday’s debate, Ryan reiterated the GOP ticket’s five-point economic plan, which focuses on: energy independence; improving education and job skills training; getting the deficit and debt under control; curtailing unfair trade practices; tax breaks for small businesses and overturning Obamacare.

Ryan said that if elected, his and Romney’s plan would “strengthen the middle class and get the economy growing at 4 percent, creating 12 million jobs over the next four years.”

Asercion said many Filipino Americans were hit hard by the recession, including many of the West Bay center’s clients, making the economy the most important issue for the community in this year’s election.

“Everybody’s having a hard time; they know the country is not headed to the right direction,” he says. “That’s what many Filipino Americans are waiting for, that the country gets back on track. So that’s why I believe Filipinos want a change in the administration. Personally, I think the Obama administration has run out of ideas.”

Asercion adds, “There’s an intensity right now with this presidential race, there’s a buzz for Romney [among the community], which I didn’t see for McCain. It’s completely different now because people, Filipinos are hurting.”

Juanita Nimfa Gamez, while viewing the debate at West Bay, says she’s planning to vote for Romney because the current administration has failed to deliver on its promises.

“The Obama administration was given four years to change things around,” she says. “They keep saying that they’re for the middle class, but right now as we speak, the middle class is getting poorer and poorer.”

Gregorio Ferrer, who calls himself a long-time Democrat, says it was Obama’s poor performance during the first presidential debate that has shaken his confidence in the president. The 85-year-old Filipino World War II veteran says he was impressed with Romney’s delivery and articulation of his plans to turn the economy around. But Ferrer notes that he is waiting for the next two presidential debates before he makes a decision.

Rodel Rodis, a Filipino-American community leader and Democrat, supports the president’s actions to lift the country out of the recession.

“President Obama is getting us back on track with 43 months of steady growth, unemployment is down, the stock market has doubled and the economy is on its way forward,” Rodis says. “But what the Romney-Ryan team want to do is bring us back to the Bush era.”

He adds, “The very same people that drove the economy to the ground by creating two wars that cost trillions of dollars on a credit card as Vice-President Biden said in the debate; by deregulating Wall Street and which Romney now proposes to do…they are looking at the numbers without looking at what caused that big recession.”

On the health care front, which many Filipino American voters are closely watching, Ascercion and Rodis have divergent views, especially when it comes to Medicare.

Ryan wants to turn it from the insurance plan it now is that directly pays medical bills for the elderly, into a voucher plan, under which seniors will be given a fixed subsidy to buy their own insurance. Critics say that seniors will be forced to pay out of pocket when their insurance plan maxes out.

Asercion defends Ryan’s plan, saying that it will keep Medicare from going bankrupt. “It’s important to put a new plan in place,” he asserts.

But Rodis says that Romney’s remarks earlier this year that 47 percent of the U.S. population are “moochers” living off of government handouts is insulting to his community, many of whom depend on Social Security.

“Many Filipino Americans are living off of Social Security ...... and these are the people Romney looks down upon in complete disdain,” he says.

And, he adds: “Obama has always committed to look out for everyone, especially the most vulnerable in our society. It truly is dangerous for Filipinos and everyone receiving these benefits, if people like Romney and Ryan (were) to be elected.”

Asercion says he believes the outcome of last night’s debate between Biden and Ryan is a wash. He called Biden “a skilled debater,” but notes that, “what’s important now will be the outcome of the next two presidential debates.” Those debates are scheduled for Oct. 16 and 22.

Meantime, the Filipino-American community in the Bay Area will be holding a town hall meeting http://www.balitangamerica.tv/fil-am-vote-2012]:Fil-Am to discuss the two presidential candidates on Oct. 18. It is hosted and organized by The Filipino Channel [TFC] TV network at their studios in Redwood Shores.


TOPICS: California; Campaign News; Issues; Parties
KEYWORDS: 2012endorsements; california; filipinoamericans; obama; philippines; romney
Does he have anyone left, other than ObamaPhone users?
1 posted on 10/14/2012 4:55:15 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So about thirty of ‘em, who went to a mental health workshop...

Man, I don’t know if this is really the best-of-all endorsements.


2 posted on 10/14/2012 4:58:50 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My daughter’s boyfriend is Filipino, and rabid for Romney.


3 posted on 10/14/2012 5:00:58 PM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: ccmay

One of my buds in my circle is a hard core, right-wing Filipino, and my brother is married to one too. Too bad the weekly Fil community newspapers are knee-deep in obama drool.


4 posted on 10/14/2012 5:11:53 PM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: humblegunner

Man, I like you, but if nit-picking were an Olympic sport, your living room would sparkle like an Aztec treasure cave.


5 posted on 10/14/2012 5:16:03 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

NOMINATION: Post of the week!!


6 posted on 10/14/2012 5:24:20 PM PDT by Teacher317 ('Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

(bump!)


7 posted on 10/14/2012 5:27:02 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Don’t cry at me about it.

You come up with a couple dozen Filipino mental patients
and I’m supposed to holler “hell yeah” at ‘em?

You can do better, I’ve seen you do it.


8 posted on 10/14/2012 5:28:11 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I have not heard much comment from the natives over here, but the majority of American expats are for Romney.


9 posted on 10/14/2012 5:30:12 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: humblegunner

It’s a trend, man, just like this:

Indo-Americans Raise Millions For Mitt Romney’s Campaign (At least $15 or $20 million!)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-gop/2944434/posts

Morgan for Mitt: CNN Star Says Romney ‘Might Just Save America’ (Piers Morgan! WOW!!)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2944791/posts

Why Lindsay Lohan’s Endorsement of Romney is More Important Than You Think
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2944448/posts


10 posted on 10/14/2012 5:35:51 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Filipinos

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11 posted on 10/14/2012 5:36:08 PM PDT by hapnHal (hapnHal)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I served with Philipino cooks in the Navy on subs. They knew what a dictatorial govt was under Marcos. That;s why they are against Obummer.

They also smoked nothing but menthol cigs. Plus they were pretty hot blooded.


12 posted on 10/14/2012 5:41:27 PM PDT by ReaganÜberAlles
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well and weller.
Fact is, citing mental patients lacks gravitas.

At least in the way you want the the citation to go.

I mean.. comedy aside, citing a couple dozen Filipino mental patients is kind of weak.

Or have you an argument prepared about how a couple dozen Filipino mental patients are indicative of American voting trends?

And would that REALLY be a needful thing?


13 posted on 10/14/2012 5:54:55 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

As I’m sure you know, I didn’t write the article. I’m not a blogger here for hits.


14 posted on 10/14/2012 5:59:59 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hey, you’re the one citing foreign retards.

Me, I’m just saying the foreign retards ought not have too much a say in American politics.

Especially only 30 or so of them.

Your mileage may vary.


15 posted on 10/14/2012 6:06:36 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner
Are you descended from Paleo-Indians who were here since the dawn of time? If not, your ancestors were immigrants, just like the people in that room, as mine were. They are not “foreigners” if they're voting in US elections, they're obviously US citizens, as are the people in the article about the Indian-American donations. Or is this really about Mitt Romney and not these people?
16 posted on 10/14/2012 6:50:49 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I was born the the P. I. and my parents live in a huge Filipino community in Oxnard, CA. Although, usually their vote cancels out each other, this time they both have been on Obama’s case forever. I'm going to visit them next week, and I'll be selling persimmons from the family U-Pik orchard, and I'll be asking those families ( mostly Filipinos and Vietnamese) who are buying, who they will be voting for, and if they aren't for Romney, I'll do my best to switch them over.
Filipinos are fiscally and socially conservative, but along the way,the democratic party assumed they were part of the fold, so they went along. :last time, I got my parents to tell everyone to vote for McCain because he was ex-Navy ( it worked) now the argument will be, aren't you ashamed, Filipinos would rather be janitors and clean bedpans, (which we frequently do) than go on the dole. We are not freeloaders on the public dime!
17 posted on 10/14/2012 6:55:17 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If you are unable to see how citing thirty mental patients
as pro-conservative examples is questionable then I’m really unable to explain it to you.

Yay the mental patients, who don’t speak English.
Yay them, let’s have them as examples. Let’s do.
Yay.


18 posted on 10/14/2012 6:55:27 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

People from the Philippines make great American citizens. We are law abiding, keep our heads down and work hard, send out kids to school, and love this country with a passion. Second generation kids are only patriotic to this country.


19 posted on 10/14/2012 6:59:38 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: lulu16
People from the Philippines make great American citizens.

Yeah.

But if you read closely, the article is about mental patients.

That's a bit different. Isn't it.

20 posted on 10/14/2012 7:03:18 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner; lulu16

Uh, almost EVERYONE in the Philippines speaks some English and many are fluent. It’s taught from grade school to post doc. Just ask lulu16. remember, the Philippines belonged to the United States from 1898 to 1946!!And these HAVE to be US citizens or they couldn’t vote here!


21 posted on 10/14/2012 7:03:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Filipinos are also strong Catholics and Zero really did piss off a lot of Catholics with the contraceptive issue.


22 posted on 10/14/2012 7:05:01 PM PDT by teeker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

But all of them aren’t mental patients are they?

Because that’s what the article is about.

Hey, what do I know?

Maybe every one of them are mental patients.

You tell me, you’re the one advocating them.


23 posted on 10/14/2012 7:07:06 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: lulu16

Good for you LuLu. I have only good comments about people from the Philippine Islands. Good to have your comments on Free Republic.


24 posted on 10/14/2012 7:09:08 PM PDT by encm(ss)
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To: humblegunner
And the further irony is, my mother was a head psychiatric nurse at Camarillo State hospital, a mental institution, and my sister is a social worker who works with mentally disabled adults. I did read the article, and the part about the patients was buried, in order to misdirect.
I just always want people to know that even if Filipinos don't always side up their values and their actions with the right party, but they are by dint and spirit, conservative, and hate and fear communist. So if you know one, or meet one, guide them to see how that their country needs them.
25 posted on 10/14/2012 7:20:08 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: encm(ss)

Thank-you. Our subculture demands we fly straight and never do anything that calls into question our worthiness to be included as citizens; we are so happy to be Americans. I am as American as my old bouffant Barbie. When people ask about my exotic looks, I always say, “I am American of Filipino descent.” Anyone who comes to my home, at some point reads from the constitution and brings one home with their goody bag. Filipinos intentionally fly under the radar, and that hyphenated nonsense is repugnant to us.


26 posted on 10/14/2012 7:31:17 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: humblegunner

Attending a breakfast & mental health workshop at an ethnic community center makes one a mental patient or a “retard” to you? So everyone who has ever seen a psychologist, minister, counselor, social worker or doctor about any personal issue or complaint is crazy? That’s probably most of the people in this country. Should they even be able to vote? LOL


27 posted on 10/14/2012 7:34:43 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You betcha, Vet. And I think if there was some hanky-panky with illegal voting, the Filipino community would turn that culprit in. We don’t stand for civic lawbreaking. The Spanish-American war was the best thing that happened to the Philippines. Serving with the Americans in WWII is a point of honor for us. Many still revere General MacArthur of : “I shall return,” fame. When I think about it, many Filipinos are really Americans in waiting.


28 posted on 10/14/2012 7:53:53 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: lulu16

Isn’t there still a political party in the PI that wants statehood?


29 posted on 10/14/2012 8:33:56 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It would be a great match and a great occurrence. I am all for spreading the greatness, strength and influence of America in that eastern outpost that has natural affinity with our values. Even before my folks came here, they were celebrating the 4th, Thanksgiving, and St. Patrick's with cornned beef. We were Americans with a Southeast Asian flavor ( as my husband would say), even before it was official.
30 posted on 10/14/2012 10:29:18 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: lulu16; 2ndDivisionVet
Very nice posts, Lulu !

If only all those born on these shores had your gratitude and appreciation for the uniqueness that is embodied in our Constitution.
However much it's been mangled over the years, it's still the codification of the noblest political experiment in world history.

Thanks for the post 2DV, and for the ping.

happy Monday   ;-)

31 posted on 10/15/2012 3:56:27 AM PDT by tomkat
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