Hung Cao, who migrated to America with his family as refugees from Vietnam, is now running for a congressional seat in Virginia. Cao, a conservative Republican, expertly navigated a potentially campaign-derailing situation during a debate sponsored by Motivate Organize Virginians for Engagement (MOVE).
Cao will face Democratic incumbent Rep. Jennifer Wexton in the November midterms.
According to the Western Journal, the setting for the debate was not “on particularly friendly ground.”
The Prince William Times noted that “the debate was moderated by Shuja Nawaz, a Pakistani author and former director of the Atlantic Council’s South Asian Center, and Ayan Sheikh, a Somali journalist and a news editor and producer for WAMU 88.5, the region’s public radio station.”
The outlet added, “Questions came from both the moderators and audience members. The event drew a crowd of about 300 people and was also streamed online.”
Given the setting, the proximity to Washington, D.C., the ongoing work of the Jan. 6 congressional committee and talk of former President Trump’s possible run for the presidency in 2024, it was inevitable that questions about the integrity of the 2020 election would be voiced. Cao was ready.
The moderator asked Cao: “Do you believe the 2020 election was free, fair and untainted, and Joe Biden is the duly elected president of the United States? And do you feel confident about the election process this year?”
Cao did not hesitate in his response: “Sir, Joe Biden is the president of the United States,” Cao responded. “If you don’t believe me, go to your gas pumps, or go to your grocery stores, and that’ll tell you who is.”
His answer was met by applause from the audience to the chagrin of Wexton, his opponent, and the many Democrats in the room.
Cao, a retired Navy captain, continued: “Every American citizen should have confidence in the election process.”
Speaking of the need to shore up vulnerabilities in our election process, Cao said:
“We did that in Iraq and Afghanistan with just this,” he said, holding up his index finger. “Right? A blue finger to prove that everybody had voted once. And I don’t know why we can’t do this in the United States, where we can make sure that this — This American institution, so vital to our country, is not protected.”
Before Cao finished, he circled back to President Joe Biden — noting that he is the commander in chief and duly assumes responsibility for the woes the country experiences on his watch.
“But again, Joe Biden is president of the United States,” Cao said, “let’s not make a mistake about it. I mean, the economy proves it, the inflation rate proves that too.”
Wexton seemed to fumble through her response to the same question. Rather than citing stats or facts, she rapid-fire ran through prominent DNC talking points, noting that many Republicans were attacking democracy and she feared the outcome of upcoming elections as Republicans were suppressing the vote. She also claimed that Jan. 6 protesters at the Capitol were “brainwashed” by Republican leaders and that the breach of the Capitol building proves that Democracy “is hanging on by a thread.”
Her response was met by stony silence in the room.
Awkwardly, the debate moderator stepped in to move the debate forward.
The Western Journal noted that Cao gave “the best answer to that question this year.”
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