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This's what a I'm Jen White in Washington. Hello, Allison. Siefert lives just outside of Saginaw, Michigan. Working on a second. I gotta bring my dog in a deal like somebody. Alison voted for President Trump in 2016. She's white. She identifies his evangelical, and she's usually a single issue. Voter backing the candidate who supports restrictions on abortion. But this election, she's voting for Democrat Joe Biden. President Trump won Michigan by fewer than 11,000 votes in 2016. This year. It remains a must win target for both parties. There are many voters like Allison. But there could be enough in Michigan to cost President Trump of victory there next week. As part of our one day across America reporting project we wanted to check in with Alison to hear why she made the switch from Trump to bite it. She's been speaking with one AIDS James Morrison. Honestly, I think I backed Trump. Just because I had been a Republican voter for a really long time. I probably could have been swayed, maybe to vote differently if we'd had a different Democratic candidate. I wasn't really thrilled with him as a person, but knew that that Party at that time, and let me clarify that I don't believe we are with the same Republican party that we were for the two decades preceding 2016. I think the party has really kind of gone off the rails. But I was maybe waiting that decision on the fact that he would as an inexperienced politician, which he You know, actually came campaigned on that. You know that issue that he would surround himself with? You know, people that would help make balanced decisions. But it became very clear that he really was more interested in the celebrity of the presidency. Then he was in actually. Bleeding. I just felt like he wasn't living up to the office of the presidency, and he was cheapening the office of the presidency with this constant tweeting and you no name calling, and it just it just really got ugly very quickly. And I could see that he couldn't keep a staff like anybody who disagreed with him was dismissed or they left and I that really started to make me feel uneasy about my previous choice. What is it? That's changed with the Republican Party that you don't like. If I could describe myself, I guess I would say I was probably, um, a liberal Republican. Is that even a thing, But, you know, I want to support small business is I want to support families like my husband's families. I understand. You know, we live in a rural community and I understand the farmers needs for some protections and things like that. But Those aren't the core things in the party anymore. Right. The core things in the party are to hate the left. Let's be clear. That's the foundation of the party now hate the left. And this idea of judicial legislation. So those things started to rub me the wrong way. And then President Trump's demeanor and his behavior is just kind of added fuel to that. To that fire for me, and I just I couldn't in good conscience support that anymore. It just It seems contrary to what? Everything I had learned about being a Christian about what Jesus was like the people that Jesus came to save two. Administer, too. It was like they were against those people. They were against the marginalized. They were against the downtrodden they were against. They didn't legislate and do things to protect those people, and it just didn't line up with what I believed. About My Lord. And so I just had to make a decision between following the party lying or voting my own Christian conscious with my My relationship with the Lord personally. And I just I started Teo do some soul searching as well as some researching and I just Decided that maybe maybe Jesus isn't a Republican. You identify is evangelical. Does your religion play a role in how you vote? I don't want to say there's evangelical pressure to vote for Republican candidates, but it's certainly Underlying vibe. If you will. I don't think evangelicals mean to pressure people into a certain pigeonholed way of thinking. But there is like I had an underlying understanding that Has maybe crescendoed over the last 10 or 15 years to this right to life movement. I feel like the right to life movement has kind of Maybe blossomed out of the, um, the evangelical and the Catholic Church as well, which has always held that stands, so it's not a very popular thing to be a pro life. Ora Pro choice person in that community. So I'm I'm assuming there are other people who also think have started to think like me, but maybe they're not saying it. So you say that you consider yourself pro choice in the past. You've always voted single issue. You voted for the candidates who were in favor of putting restrictions on abortion. What is your stance on abortion? I don't. I just I don't think abortion should be illegal, but I definitely think that it should be restricted. I think that abortion should not be used as a form of birth control, which clearly it is in the United States. But I don't think that it should be so restricted that in medical emergencies or under circumstances of great distressed like rape or incest, that it should be taken off the table. I don't think any family should choose between. The life of the mother. In the life of you know what I mean? That's where we're at right now. I think that that's wrong. That should not be the case. No family should have to put back pressure on an already agonising horrible decision. And so we're just about a week out from the election. Do you know how you're going to vote yet?.

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