The introduction of the TPSA and its passage in the House was part of a banner year for support of Tibet in the United States. But the presidential election was fast approaching, and Americans were debating intensely over which direction the country should take. To make sure the suffering of the Tibetan people stayed on the agenda no matter who was president the next four years, ICT launched its Tibet 2020 campaign to inform the candidates why Tibet mattered.

As part of the campaign, ICT members and other supporters of Tibet sent petitions to the Democratic and Republican parties, urging them to take action for Tibet. Their list of requests included asking both parties to include Tibetans’ religious freedom in their official platforms.