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Economy or security, which is more vital in U.S.?

Staff Reporter

Film on global warming titled ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ screened

— Photo: T. Singaravelou

Introducing: Dignitaries and students at the screening of an American documentary film at a function in Puducherry on Thursday.

PUDUCHERRY: The outcome of the Presidential elections in the United States will tell if Americans are focussed on economy or security of the country, Press Officer of the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, Brian Ferinden said in an interaction with students.

Analysts in the U.S. suggested that more voters saw Republican Presidential candidate John McCain being stronger on security and Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama being stronger on economy, he said during a talk organised in Pondicherry University on Thursday.

“Since 9/11 attack, the focus on economy has been joined by a genuine concern for security among Americans,” he pointed out.

Regarding the Presidential campaign, he said it had broken new grounds in the U.S. with more money being spent when compared to previous years. “The voter turnout has been remarkable. The registration of new voters is higher than previous years,” he added.

Mr. Ferinden said that the participation of young voters had been unprecedented and the question was if the participation would continue.

Replying to questions on poll predictions, he said it was important for the national polls to look at the voting happening in each State. “No one knows who will be the U.S. President. It is a close race,” he said.

To a question on theU.S. President going against the popular will of voters, he said the role of legislature and courts have been more clearly stated than that of the powers of the executive.

Winning the elections gives the candidate an ability to impose an agenda on the legislature, he added.

Mr. Ferinden replied to questions on depreciating value of dollar and resulting economic change in the U.S., candidacy of African-American Obama, politicisation of American society and influence of the U.S. policies on world markets.

Function

Participating in a function held by the Puducherry chapter of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Pondicherry, Beach Town, and Pondy Citizen’s Action Network, Mr.Ferinden introduced the film titled, “An Inconvenient Truth,” a documentary film on global warming presented by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.

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