COLUMBUS, Ohio (CNN) - Sometimes you stumble on stories. Thursday was one of those times.
We were outside Veterans’ Memorial in Columbus reporting on early voting. I approached a man with an “ I just voted” sticker on his lapel to ask him whether he’d encountered any lines. The “lines weren’t bad” he said, with a broad smile. Lines were the last thing on Aaron Wheeler’s mind as he explained why he drove 600 miles back to his old hometown from Virginia, where he moved this month, to vote in what he called “one of the proudest days” of his life.
“My family has been Republican for three generations,” he said, but “I knew I had to change and vote Democrat in the first time almost ever.”
Wheeler said he was one of about 16 black Republican delegates at the 2004 GOP convention, and was proud to support George W. Bush.
This time, he said, he did not attend the Republican convention –and decided he would go one step further and vote for Democrat Barack Obama.
What’s influencing his vote? The economy was one factor, he said. But said he he made his decision “when I saw Barack Obama beaten down for no reason by negative things by Palin.”
Wheeler reminisced about marching with Martin Luther King as a boy, and referred to the slain civil rights leader when he told me he voted for Barack Obama… “not just because of his color….but in the words of Dr. King, the content of his character.”
“Tears come out of my eyes as I cast my ballot,” he said. “I voted for Barack Obama today.”
oh my goodness...this is tooo moving...wow wow wow...i got goosebumps reading this article. Whoa..go Barack...Canada supports you!!!
Why do ELEPHANTS want four more years when 8 years was mismanaged already?
Let's stop being greedy. The elephants do not deserve 4 more years.
Congratulations Sir! Your vote for Obama shows the "content of your character" as well.
Good man – I voted for Obama too. Vote early !
More people need to vote early to avoid election day trickery by the GOP
Welcome to the future, to the new America.
Tears of Joy! God bless you Sir! Obama/Biden 08 Plus!
What a proud moment for this man and what a great story. Obama has inspired so many, myself included.
Vote! Obama 08!
In this election, I honestly think we will experience a different kind of Bradley Effect. Many Republicans say they will vote for McCain because they have to, but will secretly vote with their hearts (Obama) on election day.
About Ridge on the ticket? It would have been a DISASTER. Ridge would have been one boring ticket. Sure, Powell would have been on board, but the EVANGELISTS would have run away from McCain.
Of all the scenarios, Palin was the better choice. She's Obama's KRYPTON. Obama is so good that it takes a MAN and a WOMAN to bring down the guy.
He fought THREE Clintonites. Now, he's fighting the TWO-HEADED Cyclops, headed by McCain/PalinCheney.
Folks, Republicans have never been and never have ANY records of jumpstarting the economy back to health, so dont give this election to the ELEPHANTS.
Thank you, sir, for sharing your story and thank you CNN for posting some POSTIVE press regarding this election!
Thank you sir for judging Barack by the content of his character and not his color. Palin is nothing but a lipstick.
God bless you, Mr. Wheeler! We all need to vote like our lives depend on it. This one is too important.
I am so proud of him and of the many Americans who like me will vote and will for once make a change in the US and in the whole world.
I am also scared that
many of our votes will not be counted (like in WV)
the machines "will break,"
the machines will flip our vote from Obama to Mcbush
the GOP will stop people from voting
the GOP and their operatives will give people wrong directions
the mcpalinbushcheney operatives will continue to lie to voters on line
the mcpalinbushcheney and operatives will make up some attack
that our votes will either go to mcbush even so we vote for Obama
that the people like Joe plumber and the woman who made up the story will make up more stories,
that they will stop people from voting
that will incite riots
that they will lie and physically attack good people
that they will scare good people
that they will (like the lier ladies from MN, the one at the rally and the crazy congress woman if you can call her that_ bachman) continue to send letters, cds, and flyers to homes of vulnerable elders, and school, as they are doign here in MN.
this is the lowest of the low,
America is a great country made with great people, for great people, and we have come a long way for these tyranics to takes us down
people wake up, even if you think that it only affects democrats _ these affect us all regarless of our race, age, sex preferences, party,
do no follow Limbaugh, Rove, Bush, Mcpalin, and the rest of neofundamentalist right wings.............. (for htem only hate and bigotry is what feeds them.. and they get paid to do it..)
this is our future which is literally hanging on the VOTE.................. literally
Woot! You go boyfriend! I can't WAIT to cast my ballot for Obama too!!!
Truly inspiring. I commend you, sir.
Thank you for choosing reason over fear.
I bet the liberal left will not track this man, look up his tax returns, skewer him over his job, neighbors and try to totally discredit him. Nah that won't happen, he's not from the right party.. Such a nice story.. How convenient someone was there to record it. His vote surprised me.
Glad to see you can cast your vote not for the party, but for the person who can do the most for this country. America thanks you!
A good man. We're proud of you!
I don't understand why Sarah Palin gets let off so easy. If Barack Obama had spent that kind of money on clothes, after touting a "Joe the Plumber" slogan, fighting for the "little guy", he would have been annihilated. She spent on clothes what it will take me 30 years to pay off on a mortgage!! AND, she doesn't have to pay taxes on these gifts. How unfair! Everyone is saying it is no big deal. Well, guess what, to me, a hard working tax payer, it speaks to the very greed that is allegedly behind the Wall street collapse. It demonstrates all too plainly the "elitist" attititude that has so long been a part of the "old regime" in Washington. She may not be from there, but she sure adopted the ways of her new family quite readily and without any signs of remorse or shame. Shame on her, and shame on the media for not making more of this as hard working people are being blamed for trying to achieve the American dream: a home. Not clothes, but a home.
With More people of character like Him, Barack & Joe cannot Loose. :)
Awesome. I have the highest respect for this man no matter who he voted for. But he chose correct!
Barbara, you voted.. great.. enough of you please.. time for your afternoon nap..