November 5th, 2007
06:05 PM ET
14 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. Dee Anna Roberts

    Well, now I know Barack Obama will have no problem in the General. He's the polar opposite of the ....POLARIZING Hillary!

    Ha Ha Ha

    November 5, 2007 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  2. Wayne, Silver Spring, MD

    This is what has been happening all along, had CNN and the other media listen.

    The reality on the ground is far from the meaningless national polls you are releasing.

    The truth is always what prevails.. and this time it is no different.

    November 5, 2007 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. Kdavidruguez, Cherry Hill, NJ

    really! are the democrats really this stupid to fall in to a republican tactic like this..wake up people do you really think the south and the bible belt would vote for a black man let alone a woman. this is not a a time to be naive. be smart. if not hand it over to the republicans in a silver platter.

    November 5, 2007 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. Gabe Peterson, Houston TX

    They are doing this in hopes that Obama is gets the nomination. Wake up! He can't beat the Republicans. This is there little ploy to mess in the Democratic primaries. Obama should be trying to win Democrats. Has he seen his latest poll numbers?

    November 5, 2007 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  5. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    Be still my beating heart. 350 you say? What a shallow story!

    November 5, 2007 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  6. Derek, Phoenix AZ

    300 people changed parties... and this is news? In a country of 300 million people that number is less than irrelavent.

    Ron Paul, on the other hand, has raised 2.7 million dollars in the past 24 hours. Why aren't we hearing about him CNN?

    November 5, 2007 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |

    Congratulations to all you americans who put the country before Party. You are what real Patriots are made of. You are setting an example for other Americans (yes Democrats) who someday may find a Republican candidate the best choiCe for the AMERICAN PEOPLE and look back to your courage and candor.
    Thank you All!!!
    Barack Obama '08
    *This time we'll get a smart President!

    November 5, 2007 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  8. monica, rochester new york

    Obama's appeal to a wide range of Americans is an incredible and unique strength, we shouldn't squander this opportunity. I hope more voters put aside their fear of change and give this new direction a chance. I want to be a country where we're all one America again instead of divided by party, or anything else. The whole world would be impressed with our choice, and we could recover from the embarrasment of having elected Bush twice. Thank you to those republicans who stand for what they think is right instead of some arbitrary party loyalties. They've shown they care a lot about the future of this country.

    November 5, 2007 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  9. Robert M., TX

    Real Republicans, who are understandably disgusted with what has transpired over the past seven years, should be turning to Ron Paul. He is the candidate representing revolutionary change, the kind of change that is historically proven: peace, free trade, and individual liberty.

    November 5, 2007 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  10. Mike Longview, TX

    What a ploy this is! The GOP voters who "cross over" to Obama in the primary will still vote for Rudy in the general election. They just think Obama would be easier to beat than Senator Clinton. This is so transparent.

    November 5, 2007 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  11. Johnny Bravo, Knoxville, TN

    For MANY MANY years throughout the south, Republicans pretended to be Democrats (Richard Shelby of Alabama, for example) in order to get elected. During the 80's, Republican voters would vote in the Democratic primaries to try and influence who the opponent would be. Not because they supported the person they were voting for but because they wanted their candidate to have a better chance of winning.

    If these folks really support Obama, then it is good for his candidacy and for democracy, if this is an attempt to influence who the Democratic party selects as it's nominee, then it is an underhanded and shameful practice.

    November 5, 2007 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. john, NY,NY

    I am not sure what plans Obama has for america. Ok Bush brought up the prices and US dollar nosedive. Obama's main strategy take jabs at Hillary and try to get votes of people who dislike clintons. There are plenty of dumb people in america who would fall for this.
    Obama..please don't make fool of yourself by singing same song everywhere...hilary this and hillary that. One it comes to producing results I am sure you will make even bigger mess than Bush did. May be americans will be trying to immigration to China for jobs and may be vessels of illegal americans will be showing up at chinese seashore seeking shelter.

    November 5, 2007 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  13. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Republicans who state they will vote Democratic make me nervous. What is their real plan? Most of the Republicans I've met are so rabid that they consider any Republican married to a Democrat has a "mixed marriage" and have wondered how anyone could sleep with a Democrat.

    The "anybody but Hillary" crowd donates to her campaign fund – guessing if she is the candidate – any GOP hack can bear her on hatred alone.

    Is there really hope that some are putting the good of the country ahead of their politics?

    November 5, 2007 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  14. Ken, Denver CO

    As an independent in x-California-x Colorado (who also normally votes Republican) I will be be changing to support Obama.

    Anyone but Hillary!

    November 5, 2007 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  15. Daniel, NY

    New polls have Obama dramatically cutting into Clinton's support, though Clinton stays up with clear leads. Also, a new general election poll has Clinton crushing Giuliani.

    November 5, 2007 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  16. steve irvine ky

    You have to be kidding ha ha ha ha liberals you are funny now keep on wishing though.The last time i checked obama makes liberals look conservitive you guys have to remember your polls and news has no influence on us anymore your utopia is over.

    November 5, 2007 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  17. Paul, New Orleans, LA

    It doesn't matter, I like Obama, but Ron Paul attracts from the whole spectrum who want limited govt in their lives and want to pay NO Income taxes!

    November 5, 2007 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  18. Lynn Ensley McCaysville Ga.

    I can see why Republicans would vote for Obama so readily, after electing George Bush they would look smart with anyone. The trick won't work suckers, get used to it. Hillary will be the one and Ken Starr don't have any more ammo. Remember what the only half-smart Republican supposedly said, "Fool all the people some of the time.some of the people all the time," piss on the fire and call the dogs guys, we gotta take our country back.

    November 5, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  19. Kim, Sacramento, CA

    This is happening all over the country, not just in two states and it is happening for two reasons. 1) There isn't a decent option in the Republican field and 2) Obama has the ability to unite people – appeal to all, a trait that a President should have.

    Patricia you said it well and it is worth repeating, "This is precisely why I support Senator Obama. His message resonates with AMERICANS, not just Democrats or Republicans."

    November 5, 2007 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  20. a j cora belmont ma.

    republican beliefs have nothing in common with Opama's politics or values. Republicans supporting for Obama would be like Ted Kennedy endorsing Mitt Romney.

    November 5, 2007 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  21. Providence, RI

    I will NEVER,NEVER, NEVER vote for Obama or Edwards-he is not qualified to be U.S. President, because he lacks experience in foreign policy, and he is too weak on national security...They also demonstrated disrespect toward a woman and the former first lady, by attacking her viciously on the last debate. He said in 2004-"I will never run for White House," which was a flip flop.

    November 5, 2007 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  22. Archie Kearney Ne.

    Trusting a statement from CNN reporting on a statement from Obama's campaign; wow I fell for that one CNN!

    November 5, 2007 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  23. Crystal, NYC, NY

    The country has had it with Bush the "Decider"
    The last thing we need is eight more years with Hilary the "Divider" and Bill the "Womanizer."
    Let's the country support Obama the "Uniter."

    Obama '08!

    November 5, 2007 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  24. Erik

    Go Obama!

    November 5, 2007 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  25. Maurice Washington, Richmond, VA

    I can't trust these republicans. The same people would Rudy if Obama wins the nomination. I don't care whether Obama or Hillary wins the nomination, but considering trend of the republicans, they would never vote a black person in the general election.

    November 5, 2007 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
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