American Democrat Robby Wells, who hopes to run for presidential polls in the 2020 US election, today said his country should elect leaders who are bridge builders and not bridge burners.
The United States needed leaders who brought people together, he said at a programme organised by the JIS group, which runs educational institutes in eastern India.
"The US should elect leaders who are bridge builders and not bridge burners, ones who bring people together with a common goal of inclusivity," Wells, who ran as an independent candidate in the 2016 polls, said.
He said he would seek the Democratic Party's nomination for the 2020 presidential polls.
Stating that the US was a melting pot of different cultures and races, Wells said it was the duty of a leader to protect the people of America and others who had come from outside and obtained citizenships there.
He said economic decisions in the US should be made after taking both the Left and Right ideologies into consideration.
"From day one, US presidents had been representing only half the population by following either Left or Right policies," he said.
Wells, a top motivational speaker of America, said it was time to make his country "great again".
"There is a huge racial divide in the US. America will not be a good nation if we separate our people," Wells said.
On terrorism, he said it was time to stamp out the menace and restore world peace.
"The US has paid its price for the conflict in the Middle East," he said, adding, if he had the chance to become the US president, he would act against terrorist groups in Pakistan and stand by India.
He also batted for sustainable energy and sought India's cooperation in this regard.
The American politician, 49, formally known as Robert Carr Wells Jr, referred to India and the US as the top two democracies of the world.
"This (India-US) relationship should continue. A sizeable number of Indians live in America. They are peaceful and hard working and there is a scope for Indian-Americans and Americans to learn from each other," he said.
On the Rohingya crisis, he said, "It is sad to see the loss of so many human lives.