Hillary Clinton is the only presidential candidate showing up to an Asian-American forum

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The only candidate on the attending list for a forum hosted by the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies Leadership Network is Hillary Clinton, according to Reuters. Also scheduled to appear at next week's event: President Barack Obama, who's giving the keynote.

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"We are a vote that is becoming increasingly powerful," California Rep. Judy Chu, a Democrat, told Reuters. "In this election we are the swing vote in the swing states." Chu will be introducing Clinton at the reception.

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Hillary Clinton meets with Rep. Judy Chu in January.
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Out of the five presidential hopefuls vying for a spot in the general election, the Democratic frontrunner was the only one to accept the network's invitation. According to Reuters, Clinton's opponent, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, "did not commit," nor did Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Republican frontrunner Donald Trump "was unlikely to attend," the network said, while Ohio Gov. John Kasich "did not respond."

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Hillary Clinton is the only presidential candidate showing up to an Asian-American forum

Tim Kaine

The junior Democratic Senator from the swing state of Virginia could be a strategic selection for Hillary. Kaine also served as the governor of Virginia from 2006- 2010.

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Elizabeth Warren

The current U.S. Senator from Massachusetts is popular among progressive Democrats, and some even tried to draft her to run for president herself in 2016. 

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Sherrod Brown

Insiders believe that the senior U.S. Senator from Ohio could help Clinton increase her popularity with working-class voters, a group she has yet to win in a big way so far in primary contests.  

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Cory Booker

The U.S. Senator from New Jersey is both youthful and charismatic and would add racial diversity to a Clinton ticket. 

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Tom Perez

The current U.S. Secretary of Labor is considered a sleeper pick by many Democrats because he is not well known outside of D.C., but some believe his strength and popularity among union workers and other progressive groups could be an asset to Clinton's ticket. 

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Bernie Sanders

The Independent from Vermont has become Hillary Clinton's primary rival for the Democratic nomination, garnering a surprising amount of support. Bringing Sanders onto the ticket could help to unite both sets of supporters who have been split in Democratic primaries.

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Martin O'Malley

A former 2016 rival of Hillary Clinton, and former Maryland governor, Martin O’Malley could help bring some executive experience, along with a slight youthful boost to the ticket.

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Tom Vilsack

The Secretary of Agriculture since 2009, Tom Vilsack also served as the governor of Iowa from 1999 to 2007. Vilsack could bring some governing experience along with swing state influence.  


Evan Bayh 

Evan Bayh could bring a more right leaning brand of politics to the ticket. Bayh previously served as the junior U.S. Senator from Indiana from 1999 to 2011, and also as the 46th Governor of Indiana from 1989 to 1997.  

Joe Biden

While the likelihood of him agreeing to take on the veep job again might be low, Biden's popularity among Democrats would likely boost Clinton's chances. 

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Bill Clinton

Hillary's husband is technically allowed to serve in the job, and some legal experts even think he'd be able to take office if necessary. Unfortunately for the diehard Clinton supporters, a Clinton-Clinton ticket will probably be a dream that never comes true. 

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Asian-American voters tend to cast their ballots for Democrats — the Washington Post has attributed this to alienating racial rhetoric from GOP candidates, who've implied that U.S. citizens of Asian descent are not quite as American white voters. Maybe a show of support for 5.6% of the national population could help ease that feeling of being excluded? Just a thought.

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