It's vote against Trump, not for Hillary: Indians in Cleveland

Several Indian-Americans are in a dilemma of whom to vote for in the November 8 presidential polls

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Cleveland (US), Oct 24: Several Indian-Americans living here are in a dilemma of whom to vote for in the November 8 presidential polls, with many of them tilting towards Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, saying Donald Trump's statements regarding women and immigration scare them.

Issues closer to their heart reviving the economy, terrorism and immigration brings them closer to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. They do not want another four years of Obama administration by voting for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton either.

It's vote against Trump, not for Hillary

However, Trump's recent rhetoric and statements regarding women scares them, which they feel is leaning towards dictatorial tendencies. "The Republican candidate does not have the values and character to run this country," Satish Parikh, one of the key figures of the Indian-American community here told PTI.

Parikh, living here for more than three decades, in the initial phase of the election cycle, he found himself closer to the policies of Trump but not after he threatened to put Clinton in jail in the second debate and refused to accept results of the polls in the third debate. "So my position is in limbo. I am confused now, but certainly I am not voting for Trump.

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We are voting against Trump, not for Hillary. If there was a better Republican, I would have voted for him. I would not have voted for Hillary," said Dhaval Chowkshi, a businessman here for more than three decades. His father Raj came to the US at the age of 68 after retiring from the Gujarat government.

"His (Trump's) policies on immigration, terrorism are positive things but his approach towards democracy is leaning towards dictatorship. This is the reason people here (in the community) are voting against him," Raj said.

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Cleveland and its neighbouring suburbs have more than 30,000 Indian-Americans who are in much diverse fields ranging from businesses to academics and research, according to unofficial estimates.

Indian-American women here said they have credibility issues with Clinton but after what Trump said against women in recent videos and the last two debates, it is unlikely that they would vote for the Republican nominee.

PTI 

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