Iowa Asian and Latino Coalition endorses Harris

Iowa Asian and Latino Coalition endorses Harris
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The Iowa Asian and Latino Coalition PAC has endorsed Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCastro hits fundraising threshold for December debate Poll: Majority of voters name TV as primary news source Buttigieg: Harris 'deserves to be under anybody's consideration' for vice president MORE (D-Calif.) in the 2020 presidential race.

Harris tweeted a video of the endorsement announcement Monday, writing "I am so honored to have the endorsement of @asianlatinoiowa."

Asian and Latino Coalition Chairman Prakash Kopparapu cited Harris's health care plan and communication skills as reasons for the endorsement, according to NBC News

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“We support her because of the way she communicates and the strong message she sends about the Democratic party,” Kopparapu said. “All our members think she can win and compete on the debate stage against [P]resident Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE. Definitely she has a strong background in law and knows a lot about what to change in order to bring equality.”

Coalition communications director and board member Mitch Henry told The Hill in an interview Tuesday that the diversity of Harris's staff and her stance on immigration issues were important to the group. 

"We've been really impressed with her campaign and the diversity," he said, referring to both the staff and Harris's own Jamaican and Indian background.

According to the Asian and Latino Coalition's Facebook page, its mission is to "promote political empowerment and civic participation of the Asian and Latino communities in Iowa."

The group has almost 500 members, Henry said. It raised $24,000 last year and has a goal of $50,000 this year.

A 2018 census estimate found that Iowa is about 2.7 percent Asian and 6.2 percent Hispanic or Latino. 
 
Harris is among two dozen people vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Iowa will hold its caucus on Feb. 3, kicking off the primary race.
 
—Updated at 3:44 p.m.