NORA Launches Armenians for Bush

WASHINGTON–Armenian Americans from around the nation are joining together to help elect George W. Bush to the White House and bring an end to eight years of anti-Armenian policies by the Clinton-Gore Administration. Today–in Washington–the National Organization of Republican Armenia’s launched "Armenia’s for Bush," bringing Armenian American voters together to deliver a Republican victory on November 7.

George W. Bush has attracted widespread support among Armenian Americans for condemning the genocidal campaign committed against the Armenian people and pledging to properly recognize this crime against humanity if elected president. In a February 19 letter to Armenian community leaders Edgar Hagopian of Michigan and Vasken Setrakian of New York–the Texas Governor asserted that:

The twentieth century was marred by wars of unimaginable brutality–mass murder and genocide. History records that the Armenia’s were the first people of the last century to have endured these cruelties. The Armenia’s were subjected to a genocidal campaign that defies comprehension and comman’s all decent people to remember and acknowledge the facts and lessons of an awful crime in a century of bloody crimes against humanity. If elected President–I would ensure that our nation properly recognizes the tragic suffering of the Armenian people.

In this letter–the Texas Governor also stressed his "full support" for "American assistance to Armenia to encourage the development of democracy–the rule of law and a tolerant open society." In June of this year–he reaffirmed his positions on these issues–and confirmed the importance he attaches to Armenian American voters–by sending out a national postcard mailing to the more than a hundred thousand Armenian Americans who had written to him during the primary season.

"Armenian Americans are positioned to make a critical difference in the presidential election," said NORA Board member Steve Samuelian. "NORA and Armenia’s for Bush have already worked very hard for the Bush team. Now we will step up our efforts in California and will deliver Armenian American votes to the Bush ticket in the key battleground states of the northeast and midwest," added Samuelian–who is the Bush campaign’s Co-Chairman for Central California.

In California–State Senator Chuck Poochigian reacted to the creation of Armenia’s for Bush–commenting that "The presidential campaign of Governor George W. Bush is attracting strong support from the widest range of citizens and organizations in America. I am especially pleased that there is such enthusiasm in the Armenian community for this man whose values and aspirations align with ours and who has made very clear that he recognizes the contribution of Armenia’s and appreciates the importance of issues they hold dear."

"Anyone who cares about Armenian American issues really has only one choice in this year’s presidential election–and that’s George W. Bush," said Armenian American activist Joe Bogosian–who works as a senior government affairs consultant in Washington and is a co-founder of Young Professionals for George W. Bush (YP4W).

Bogosian’s early involvement in the Bush campaign dates back to before the launching of the Governor’s exploratory committee. In March of 1999 he traveled to Austin–Texas to discuss a business plan for creating YP4W with campaign strategist Karl Rove and national finance director Jack Oliver. Since then–the group has raised over $400,000 and expanded dramatically–with chapters formed in cities across the nation. In recognition of this success–the campaign made YP4W an official coalition program.

Bogosian and the other co-founders of YP4W are listed by the Bush campaign among a select group of "Pioneers." In 1996–Bogosian served on the foreign policy advisory committee for Bob Dole’s presidential campaign. To learn more about YP4W–visit www.yp4w.com on the world wide web.

Armenian American Republicans–independents and moderate Democrats interested in learning more about Armenia’s for Bush can contact NORA by:

1. Sending an email to nora@gopnet.com or armenia’s4bush@juno.com;

2. Leaving a voice message at (202) 232-5151;

3. Faxing a note to (202) 318-0744;

4. Writing to National Organization of Republican Armenia’s 1745 Pennsylvania Ave–NW– Suite 126 Washington–DC 20006

"Al Gore and his Administration have pursued one anti-Armenian initiative after another – from denying the Armenian Genocide to turning a blind eye to the devastating Turkish and Azerbaijani blockades of Armenia," said NORA Chairwoman Melanie Kerneklian. "What we said about the Clinton-Gore Administration in July of 1998 still rings true today:"

In stark opposition to our founding fathers’ commitment to representative democracy–this Administration has sought to strip the people of Nagorno Karabakh of their inalienable right to self-determination–denying them the opportunity–after centuries of foreign domination–to live under a government of their own choosing. It is fundamentally and morally wrong for President Clinton to try to take from the people of Nagorno Karabakh the same liberties and basic freedoms that we enjoy here in the United States," a June 1988 NORA Statement detailed

NORA works to expand the Republican Party’s outreach into the Armenian American community and to encourage Armenia’s–at the local–state–and national levels–to become involved in shaping and advancing the Republican agenda.

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