This Indian-American teen was the centre of attraction at Democratic National Convention

18-year-old Harvard University student Sruthi Palaniappan is a big supporter of Hillary Clinton

India At Large staff

An 18-year-old Indian-American girl became the youngest delegate at the recently concluded Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, which nominated Hillary Clinton as the party’s presidential candidate, reports PTI.

Sruthi Palaniappan from Cedar Rapids and a student of the Harvard University is a big supporter of Clinton, the first woman to be nominated as a presidential candidate by a major political party. Her father Palaniappan Andiappan also attended the convention as a member of the credentials committee.

Palaniappan was the centre of attraction among the media and the delegates along with Jerry Emmett, a 102-year-old delegate from Arizona who was the oldest delegate at the convention. In addition to being the youngest delegate, Palaniappan made history when she was given an opportunity to represent Iowa during roll call votes.

“I am extremely thankful for the surreal opportunity to have represented the Iowa delegation as a roll call speaker and to have been a part of the historic nomination process of our next president,” she told PTI. “Together, we have made history by electing the first woman presidential nominee of a major political party- Hillary Rodham Clinton,” Palaniappan wrote on her Facebook post.

Palaniappan said being elected as the party’s delegate was a long process. “But I’m extremely glad that I have been able to immerse myself at every step along the way and witness the political process first-hand,” she said.

Highly impressed by the electrifying speech given by President Barack Obama, Palaniappan said the American Dream is something no wall will ever contain. “President Barack Obama, thank you for gracing us with your beautifully moving words. It was simply an honour to be in your presence and witness the pure emotion that emanated from your voice.

“Obama’s legacy and efforts will live on when Clinton and her vice presidential running mate Tim Kaine become the new President and Vice President of the United States,” she said.

“We really do need to unite together in order to defeat the Republican nominee (Donald Trump). If we let Donald Trump take over the presidency, really terrible things will take our county several steps back,” Palaniappan was quoted as saying by the local KCRG TV.


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