Delegates of the Republican National Convention, held in Minnesota last week, were happy
with the choice of Sarah Palin as the vice presidential choice for candidate
Sen. John McCain, a former US
ambassador told VOA Khmer.
The choice of Palin, which was announced last week, was a
reflection of the party's plan to advance the national economy and military and
to improve its security, said Sichan Siv, a Cambodian survivor of the Khmer
Rouge who became a US
ambassador to the United Nations.
The announcement of Palin as McCain's running mate in the presidential race surprised
many observers, but Sichan Siv said the American people will have a chance to
learn more about her and will realize John McCain is an experienced leader
worth voting for.
McCain's experiences as a prisoner during the US war in Vietnam reminded Sichan Siv of his
own experiences under the Khmer Rouge, he said.
"We had the same experience," he said. "He
was in prison in North
Vietnam. I was in prison under the Khmer
With the convention over, Sichan Siv will now travel around
to meet with Asian-Americans, including those of Cambodian descent, to help campaign for the Republican ticket, as
the November election approaches.
The former ambassador urged Cambodians to follow US election
coverage, saying the presidential election was "a good lesson in democracy, from which the Cambodian people can learn."
"There is progress in Cambodia, and I admire that,"
he added. "Democracy is an important base for Cambodia to advance its economy and