Arab American voters gathered recently in the New York borough of
Brooklyn to hear local candidates as well as representatives of
Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and Republican rival John
There are more than three million Arab Americans. Many live in four key
states -- Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia -- that are being
closely contested in the presidential race.
Jim Zogby heads the non-partisan Arab American Institute in Washington
DC. He says Arab Americans share concerns with all Americans.He says that their concerns are like the rest of the country's concerns. We just
finished a poll of Arab Americans -- 80 percent said the economy is
their number one concern.
The war in Iraq, health care, gasoline prices and education are also important to Arab Americans, the poll found.
At the election event, members of the local Arab American community expressed their concerns.
he next U.S. president is likely to have an impact that extends far
beyond a four-year term. As President, Republican John McCain or
Democrat Barack Obama would have the chance to appoint at least one new
justice to the U.S. Supreme Court.