Vote for Obama to achieve 'American dream': Kamala Harris

Sep 06 2012, 10:40 IST
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Kamala Harris lashed out at Romney on his housing policy. Kamala Harris lashed out at Romney on his housing policy.
SummaryHarris who has both African and Indian heritage lashed out at Romney on his housing policy.

Indian-American Attorney General of California, Kamala Harris, has asked her countrymen to vote for Barack Obama, to achieve the American dream and alleged that his Republican challenger Mitt Romney if voted to power would take the country backwards.

"The American dream belongs to all of us. And if we can work together and stand together and vote together on November 6 for President Barack Obama, that's a dream we will put within reach of all our people!" Harris told thousands of democrats in her prime time address at the party's national convention here.

Often described as the female Obama in the making, Harris who has both African and Indian heritage lashed out at Romney on his housing policy, which she said would not help the people at all.

The first woman to be elected the Attorney General of California, Harris recollected her personal experiences and how excited as 13 years old she was when her mother Shyamala Harris bought their first home.

"When it comes to the housing crisis, the choice between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is clear. The fact is, we don't have to guess what Mitt Romney would have done if he were president. Because he told us. He said we should let foreclosures and I quote "hit the bottom" so the market could quote"run its course"," she said amidst applause and cheer from the audience.

"Run its course. That's not leadership. Doing nothing while the middle class is hurting. That's not leadership. Loose regulations and lax enforcement. That's not leadership. That's abandoning our middle class," she said.

"Here's what President Obama did: President Obama won Wall Street reform to prevent any more taxpayer-funded bailouts. President Obama won credit card reform so you don't get stuck with hidden fees and sudden rate hikes. President Obama stood with me and 48 other attorneys general in taking on the banks and winning USD 25 billion for struggling homeowners," Harris said adding that that is leadership and that's what Obama did.

"And that's why we need to give him another four years. We need to move forward. President Obama will fight for working families. He will fight to level the economic playing field and fight to give every American the same fair shot my family had," Harris said.

Observing that American ideal should work for everyone, she said that ideal is written into US laws, the rules of the road that create a level playing field in this

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