Friday, July 07, 2006

Iowa Voice Reprints Reaction

Amidst their Biden recap, The Iowa Voice reprints Raj’s statement. The Iowa Voice is the third outlet to publicize the comments.

Urban Grind Says Raj Right On Biden

The Urban Grind concurs with Raj’s assessment of Biden’s situation.

Pennsylvania congressional candidate Raj Peter Bhakta, who is of Indian descent found Senator Biden’s remarks especially offensive.

Blog Talker Showcases Raj's Reaction

Blog Talker recounts Raj ripping Biden.

The Real Ugly American Recounts Raj's Interview

The Real Ugly American highlights Raj’s appearance on the Hugh Hewitt show.

When Hugh started talking about Joe Biden’s latest foot in mouth incident, (Biden insulted Indian-Americans suggesting they all worked in donut shops and 7-11’s); I had to call him and get him to talk to Raj Bhakta the Irish/Indian-American who is running for congress in Pennsylvania’s 13th district.

Raj Blasts Biden For Racist Remarks

Congressional candidate Raj Peter Bhakta today blasted Senator Joseph Biden for comments belittling Indian Americans.

Biden said on video: “You cannot go to a 7/11 or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking."

“These are ridiculous, callous and insensitive comments which would simply be laughable if they weren’t coming from a Democratic presidential candidate” said Raj. “You’d never know from listening to Biden that Indian Americans have contributed to this country other than making a mean cup of coffee.”

Raj pointed out on the nationally syndicated Hugh Hewitt radio show Thursday night that Indian Americans are leading doctors, surgeons, attorneys, CEO’s, and small business owners in America.

“And pretty soon Sen. Biden will be really shocked that there will be another Indian-American in Congress,” said Raj. “I’ll be sure to stop by his office when I get there. I won’t be bringing coffee.”

Raj said this incident points to a clear double standard in the mainstream media. “Can you imagine if a Republican had made a comment like this? They’d be drummed out of their leadership position, if not the Senate altogether by the roar from the New York Times.”

Raj pointed out that in 2004, Senator John Kerry referred to Sikhs as terrorists and Senator Hillary Clinton jokingly referred to Mahatma Gandhi as a gas station owner.