Statement on the Lunar New Year

Lebanon, NH, January 22, 2004

“Today is the beginning of the Lunar New Year. As millions of Chinese and Asian Americans across the country celebrate the start of a new year, I offer them my best wishes for a year of prosperity and hope.

“According to the Chinese calendar, this is the year 4702--the Year of the Monkey. The sign of the monkey is characterized by determination, innovation, and a never-give-up attitude. On this particular Lunar New Year, it is worth noting that 1776, the year our nation was born, was also a year of the monkey.

“A cornerstone of this campaign to take back our country is to bring new voters to the process. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing racial and ethnic populations in our country and an important base of our support, and ensuring that their voices are heard is critical to our political process. At this traditional time of change, we should unite to ensure a democracy that represents all people.”

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