16 October 2004
Incumbents and challengers reach out to Armenian voters through the ANCA candidate questionnaire
"I will continue to support a strong US-Armenian relationship. Our nations stand together, determined to create a future of peace, prosperity, and freedom for the citizens of both countries, regions, and the world." T¡ Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ-5)
WASHINGTON, DC--In the final weeks before the November 2 elections, Congressional candidates from around the nation continue to submit Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Candidate Questionnaires outlining their views on Armenian American issues.
The ANCA questionnaires were sent to over 1,000 Congressional candidates throughout the country as part of this election cycle's ANCA voter education drive. Copies of both the Congressional and Presidential questionnaires can be downloaded by visiting the ANCA website at www.anca.org. Also provided on this website are sample cover letters and instructions for forwarding the questionnaires to candidates.
The ANCA's election year voter education campaign helps inform Armenian Americans about the policy issues impacting Armenia, Karabagh, and the Armenian American community. The campaign also provides timely and reliable information on the records and views of the candidates seeking Armenian American votes, while encouraging increased civic participation in local, state, and national elections.
The Questionnaire features nine questions about recognition of the Armenian Genocide; US support for Armenia and Karabagh; US-Armenia economic relations; self-determination for Karabagh; conditions on US aid to Azerbaijan; the Turkish blockade of Armenia; and the US subsidy of the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline bypass of Armenia.
Provided below are several questions asked to Congressional candidates throughout United States.
--Do you support Congressional initiatives and resolutions to commemorate the Armenian genocide?
--Do you support US aid and other bilateral programs to strengthen Armenia's independence?
--Do you support continued US developmental and humanitarian assistance to Karabagh?
--Do you support expanding the US-Armenia economic relations, including extending permanent normal trade relations for Armenia and negotiating a Social Security Agreement and Tax Treaty?
--Do you support Karabagh's right to self-determination within secure borders?
--Do you support maintaining Section 907 as a statement of US opposition to Azerbaijan's blockades?
--Do you support legislative and other means to encourage Turkey to end its blockade of Armenia?
--Do you support linking US arms sales/transfers to Turkey to its blockade of Armenia, occupation of-Cyprus, mistreatment of Kurds, restrictions on Christian communities, and human rights record?
--Do you oppose US taxpayer subsidies for a Baku-Ceyhan pipeline route that avoids Armenia?