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‘As long as it’s a Democrat’

9 January 2007 - Americans living in Amsterdam can help elect the Democratic candidate for the presidency by participating in the Super Tuesday Global Primary, to be held on 5 February at de Balie. “Some of us are a bit concerned about Obama, because he’s so young”.

On Super Tuesday, primaries will be held in over twenty states. The 3,700 Americans living in Amsterdam can either vote in the state in which they lived before leaving the US, or they can participate in the Global Primary organised by Democrats Abroad in Amsterdam and in 33 other countries.

According to Bryna Hellmann, press officer of Democrats Abroad Netherlands, the election is very important to Americans in the Netherlands. “Oh, absolutely. The winner of the November election has to be a Democrat, so everybody is busy mobilising other Americans to participate”.

Iraq and the economy are among the issues that concern Americans living here, she says. “Above all, I think that Democrats find it important that the person to become the new president is competent and honest enough to take an entirely new course. That’s why some of us are a bit concerned about Obama, because he’s so young. He’s clearly a very fine young man, but he’s very young and inexperienced, so it’s unclear whether he’ll be able to hold his ground in Washington”.

Democrats Abroad does not have an opinion as to which candidate should win. Asked about the members’ favourite candidate, Hellmann says: “I think that any Democrat in the world will say: it doesn’t matter who it is, as long as it’s a Democrat”.

Members of Democrats Abroad can cast their vote at de Balie on 5 February between 5 and 9 pm. Guest speakers will be Ruth Oldenziel (University of Amsterdam), Paul Scheffer (University of Amsterdam), Willem Post (Clingendael Institute) and Russell Shorto (John Adams Institute). Entertainment will be provided by Boom Chicago’s Greg Shapiro.

Image: Barack Obama and his family (photo Wikipedia / Ben Stanfield). Democrats Abroad


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