Nathan Cullen to Observe US Election
Prince George, B.C. – Nathan Cullen will have an up-close view of the US election next month.
The Skeena-Bulkley Valley NDP MP is one of a group of Canadian MPs invited to participate in the US International Visitor Leadership Program at the invitation of the US State Department.
The trip starts this weekend in Washington, DC, before moving to New Orleans and finishing in Cleveland, Ohio.
“We’ll be looking at race identity in the US election,” says Cullen. “So how the two parties, how activists from African American, Latinos, from other marginalized groups are participating in this election.”
He says he’ll be in Cleveland on election night, November 8th. Why Cleveland?
“Obviously, Ohio is traditionally one of the swing states – it’s the state that is required for victory and will be of much focus in the last 48 hours of the campaign.”
Cullen says he’ll be looking at writing columns for Canadian newspapers and doing media back home just describing what’s going on.
“Because a lot of Canadians are not only interested because it’s been such a bizarre and confrontational election – but because it matters – who gets elected, who controls the congress ends up affecting our trade relations with the US and how we get along in general.”
Will he be watching for what Donald Trump fears will be “a rigged election?”
“We’ll certainly be talking to the states – the lieutenant governors and governors run the way that ballots are counted and we’ll be speaking with some of them,” says Cullen.
“I think the answer to that question might go the other way – Mr. Trump and some of his supporters have talked about so-called monitoring at the polling stations which in some districts could be seen as an attempt to intimidate people from voting – certainly in the south there is a long and bad history of that.”
As for the logistics of the visit, the US State Department covers all the costs related to the trip including all domestic flights, ground transportation, accommodation and meals and incidentals.
The House of Commons covers Cullen’s travel to and from the US.
Perhaps Mr. Cullen needs to learn the difference between racial groups such as African Americans and ethnic groups such as Latinos before he makes a fool of himself while he is in the USA.
Perhaps you should read Nathan bio in wiki before you make such an uninformed statement . Or just remain blissfully oblivious of reallity .
He is a NDPer should be enough said there
Why do I need to read his bio?
I am reading what he is reported as saying.
1. “We’ll be looking at race identity in the US election,” says Cullen.
2. “So how the two parties, how activists from African American, Latinos, from other marginalized groups are participating in this election.”
The second statement does not reflect the first. It should not read “So….” …. If it said something like “We will also look at Latinos …… ” then that would not be incongruous.
As reported, it looks like he is another one who does not differentiate between race and ethnic groups.
I also do not think his bio would give me a clue as to why he would make the statement that “Obviously, Ohio is traditionally one of the swing states – it’s the state that is REQUIRED for victory”.
It may have been an indicator state over the last 10 elections. People must remember it is not now or has ever been a REQUIRED state to be won by the President. The President elect must have 270 electoral votes. It was just coincidence that the President elect also won Ohio in the last 10 elections.
Clinton is polling over 90% of the popular vote in 16 states for 200 electoral votes. She is polling between 80% and 90% in another 7 states which give her an additional 71 electoral votes for a total of 271. That gives her the electoral college vote, which is the body which “elects” the President.
Clinton is polling between 63.8% and 65% in three additional states for a total of another 49 electoral votes.
Trump and Clinton are neck and neck in Iowa as well as Ohio. If they go to Trump, it will not matter.
So, no, for many reasons Ohio is not a REQUIRED state to get a president elected.
I think both you and Nathan are uninformed and remain blissfully oblivious of reality.
A point of clarification; the percentages shown above are the probability of carrying the states based polls conducted within the states involved.
The data is compiled by fivethirtyeight.com
Like sending a fox to guard the chicken house..
Like sending Justin to Brussels to sign a trade ageement?
The electronic voting machines are rigged. The codes are too easily compromised. Soros owns the company that makes the machines. Paper ballots.that cam be audited are the only way to go for something as important as democracy.
Vivian Krause, who writes in the Financial Post about foreign funding of anti-oil protests in Canada (ie: The Tides Foundation).
So guess what Vivian tells us now…Tides is funding NDP and left wing activists across the country to support proportional representation to ensure Nathan`s ilk can do a back door take over of electoral system.our
So Canadian taxpayer’s get to send Nathan to the US while back home in Burns Lake they are Waiting for his promised help for a Men’s Shelter.
Must be nice to find a more noble cause than last week’s.
What a weeping comment.
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