CLEVELAND — Some local Arab-Americans do not think that either
presidential candidate is paying attention to them.

NewsChannel5 reports that the community wants to know which candidate will
be fair in the Middle East.

“Will you promise to be even-handed in the Middle East? That’s all I’m
asking you. We want a voice over there,” Isam Zaiem said.

Zaiem, like many Arab-Americans, voted for President George W. Bush in the
last election, but is now a swing voter.

Sen. John Kerry’s staff member, Bill Shaheen, also an Arab-American, is
hoping that Arab-Americans will vote for Kerry.

“I truly believe we can achieve peace in the Middle East, but you’ve got to
have hope. George Bush offers you no hope,” said Shaheen.

No one from the Bush campaign showed up to offer a different perspective


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