November 5th, 2007
06:05 PM ET
15 years ago

Republicans in early states change parties to support Obama

Sen. Obama participated in the annual Steak Fry hosted by Iowa Senator Tom Harkin.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. Barack Obama’s, D-Illinois, presidential campaign announced today that more than 300 former Republican voters from New Hampshire and Iowa are switching their party affiliation to actively support Obama, D-Illinois, in those crucial first two contests.

“I’ve been a Republican all my life, but the challenges we face are too great to choose a candidate based on his party—we need to the choose the candidate who can bring fundamental change to Washington and start getting things done again,” Jerry Spivak said. “Barack Obama is the only candidate who will be able to break the partisan logjam and inspire Americans to come together around real solutions.”

Obama's campaign sent out a list of 268 Iowa Republicans and 68 New Hampshire Republicans who changed their party registration and promised to vote for the Democratic presidential hopeful.

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iowa • New Hampshire
soundoff (211 Responses)
  1. RuthieM

    My girlfriend was a Republican who voted for George Bush now she's voting for Obama! Go, Obama!!!!

    November 6, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Mat, Hancock MI

    Anyone who wouldn't vote for Barack because he's black, wouldn't vote for Hillary because she's a woman. So to say you're going to vote for Hillary over Obama because the south won't vote for a black man is just dumb. Those people wouldn't vote democrat even if Jesus was the nominee.

    November 6, 2007 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. Anon

    I am a registered republican, but even today on primary day I voted many ballots on independent and democratic tickets. Far less than half my votes were party line.

    I would easily vote Obama because I think he can bring the parties together and make some changes.
    If democrats vote Hillary as their party official, I would be forced to vote against her with any candidate that could overtake her in a general election. She would cripple the country since she is so hated, no one from the senate or congress would work with her on any important issues.

    If she is the democratic nominee, the dems lose again. If Obama makes the party line, he stands a great chance of winning.

    November 6, 2007 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. Steve, Lyons, CO

    This proves, no matter WHAT the Repub talking heads state, that Republicans are peeing in their pants at the prospect of facing Hillary in the general election.

    I hate to say it, but they're supporting Obama, in my opinion, 'cause a black would be even harder to elect than a woman. Even some Dems who'd support a woman may not be enlightened enough yet to support a black.

    Sad but I fear true.

    November 6, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. Howard, NY

    How can anyone be so stupid to think that Republicans are afraid of Hillary? Maybe afraid to meet her in a dark alley, but they're salivating at the chance to face her in the general election. Having Hillary as the Democratic nominee would be the best get-out-the-vote strategy Republicans could imagine. No one else gets such knee-jerk hate from the right.

    I'm ashamed to admit I voted for Bush in 2004, but this year I'm voting Democrat unless Hillary gets the nomination. I can only hope Obama gets the nomination. Trust me, he will get a lot more crossover votes than Hillary ever would.

    A lot of Democrats are nostalgic about Bill Clinton after 8 years of Bush, but they seem to forget just how hated the Clintons are on the other side. Honestly, the only way the Republicans have a chance at winning is if Hillary is nominated.

    November 6, 2007 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. Doug, New Jersey

    "Those people wouldn't vote democrat even if Jesus was the nominee."

    And the people in the North East and left coast would vote for Osama Bin Laden in a minute if he had that little D next to his name.

    Don't worry, Jesus would never rob hard working Americans and give everything they worked hard to earn to lazy entitlement class libs, so don't count on him ever being a demoncrat.

    November 6, 2007 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  7. Rick Forestville Md.

    There not really changing sides, just
    candidates, Obama is just a Republican
    in Democrat's clothing.
    He need to get a job as a comedian, like the other night on SNL, he's such
    a joke.

    November 7, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. Richard, Orlando, FL

    Change? I have one ANSWER for that RON PAUL! Vote for Ron Paul or pick a name out of the hat, there are all the same!

    December 7, 2007 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  9. David Summerly, Shawnee, KS

    Changed to Republican Party to vote for Ron Paul in the Kansas Caucus.

    December 8, 2007 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  10. teri from texas

    Hello, Obama will not be worries.... and as far as hillary ...well , she wont win either.....GO REPUBLICANS....besides....who wants a muslim in the white house when we are fighting them in iraq...HELLO....and yes this is truth......he enrolled in school as muslim.. this came out of his school teachers mouth. Besides all christians should vote for HUCKABEE.......GO HUCKABEE

    December 31, 2007 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. arlene j. flanagan

    Please stop the so called mediators from trying to start personal comments being the topic of the deabates They waste everyones time. Instead of hearing about the candidates differences on how to run the country-they are are trying to boost ratings with getting two of the candidates arguing over petty things ands not hearing their views on important matters.This also shuts out other candidates. PLEASE ASK QUESTIONS THAT WILL ELICIT ANSWERS WE CARE ABOUT.

    Please go back to a debate format and away from the backyard gossip session.

    January 28, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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