An American Samoa senator says the territory doesn't have the economic base to become a state of the United States.
A politician running for a congressional seat in Mississippi, Shawn O'Hara, is proposing granting statehood to the territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Virgin Islands, the CNMI and Puerto Rico, if elected.
But American Samoa senator, Galeai Tuufuli disagrees with the proposal, saying the territory needs to focus on issues such as major economic development, instead of becoming a state of the US.
"We don't have the economic base to support statehood, we're not economically feasible and politically astute enough to even bother to talk about statehood."
Galeai Tuufuli says being a state would also mean the loss of the Fa'asamoa, or the Samoan way, such as land and culture.