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3 Indian-origin Americans roped in Obama campaign team

world Updated: Feb 24, 2012 19:42 IST

Eying the about 3 million Indian-origin voters, three well-known members of the community - actor Kalpen Modi, California Attorney General, Kamla Harris and Sai Iyer, who served as a White House intern in 2011 - have been roped in for the Obama Campaign.

The three Indian Americans were among the list of 35 campaign co-chairs, who will act as key surrogates and ambassadors in the run up to the November 6 presidential polls in which incumbent Barack Obama is seeking re-election.

"The president's national co-chairs will be tremendous assets on the ground as we build the biggest grassroots campaign in history," Obama's campaign manager, Jim Messina said in a statement.

"They each share the President's vision for a future where every American can have a fair shot at success, where hard work pays off and responsibility is rewarded," Messina said.

An eminent Hollywood actor, Kalpen Modi is the former White House Associate Director for the Office of Public Engagement.

Kamala Harris is the powerful Attorney General of California and Sai Iyer is a Student at the Virginia Commonwealth University and OFA (Obama For America) volunteer leader from Virginia.

Some of the eminent co-chairs include former Republican senator Lincoln Chafee (now an independent serving as Rhode Island governor), former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold, former White House chiefs of staff Rahm Emanuel and Bill Daley, Caroline Kennedy, business executive Penny Pritzker, Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese and actress Eva Longoria, among others.