Republican Congressman Joe Wilson has praised the Indian American community for raising $80,000 to support the re-election of President George W Bush.
"I am so proud of the Indian American community for their loyal support to President Bush," said Wilson, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans.
"Under President Bush's leadership, America and India have entered into a strategic partnership that will rapidly develop into a strong military alliance, based on mutual concerns with global terrorism and the need to coordinate a joint missile defence system between our two democracies," Wilson said in his remarks at the fundraiser.
"On domestic policy many Indian Americans appreciate the president's pro-marriage stance, his support of tax relief to business owners, and his support for ending lawsuit abuse against physicians.
Wilson named Sharad Lakhanpal of Texas and Narender Reddy of Georgia for raising more than $100,000 each for the president and called them Bush pioneers."
He also mentioned that long-time Bush supporters Zach Zachariah and Raghavendra Vijayanagar from Florida each raised more than $200,000, calling them the 'Bush rangers'. These leaders have rallied the Indian American community behind Bush, Wilson added.
Referring to Bush's Democratic opponent Senator John Kerry, Wilson said it was unfortunate to see the senator and his Democratic counterparts 'acquiescing to labour unions by maligning India every day.
"Indian American leaders understand this backlash against India and Indian Americans initiated by Senator Kerry and they are fighting back by supporting Bush," Wilson said.