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Jacksonville (Florida), November 3, 2016: Many Indian Americans living in Florida, who supported US President Barack Obama in the previous presidential elections, are now supporting Republican candidate Donald Trump.

According to PTI, though many of the supporters have switched sides, women appear to be solidly supporting Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for her work for the benefit of women and children


“She (Clinton) has a lot of experience. She has worked for children and women all her life. There is such a huge gap between her experience and what Trump (70) represent,” said Indrani Sindhuvalli, professor of Biology at the Florida State College in Jacksonville to PTI.

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“He (Trump) is so negative and so inexperienced. I can’t support him,” said Sindhuvalli, who voted for Obama in the last two presidential elections.

“Have you listened to what he has said about women? I would not be voting for him. (Hillary Clinton) is my choice for presidency,” Rani Ignatius, 61, who lives near Orlando, said.

But men seem to solidly support Donald Trump.

Founder and chairman of Orlando-based Shantiniketan (a home for Indian American senior citizens) Iggy Ignatius said, “This is time that we hand over the leadership of the country to a non-politician. Even though he is not very articulate as a politician should be, his policies are in the best interest of the United States,” mentioned PTI.

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“His policies make a lot of sense and are in the best interest of the US and the world. This is a man who appears to be genuine in his commitment. I am making a one-time exception to vote for Trump because of his commitment to fight terrorism, and policies on health care and immigration,” said a life-long registered Democrat from Tampa, Dr Pawan Rattan.

However, Dr Rattan faces some serious tough opposition from his own daughter when he talks about supporting Trump. She wants him to support Hillary Clinton.

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Satya Shaw, an Indian American certified public accountant, said, “I voted for change. But there is no change. Tax rates have increased. Health care bills have jumped.”

He supported Obama in the previous presidential elections and is not satisfied. He believes that Trump will repeal and replace Obama care on his first day and also reduce the income tax.

Prepared by Diksha Arya of NewsGram with inputs from PTI. Twitter: @diksha_arya53


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