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Current and Former Republicans Line Up for Obama
FoxNews ^ | Aug. 12, 2008 | FoxNews

Posted on 08/12/2008 12:28:18 PM PDT by FocusNexus

Barack Obama's campaign is rolling out a number of centrist Republicans who are endorsing the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee over Republican rival John McCain - in a show of his ability to win cross-over votes.

A conference call Tuesday featured former Iowa Rep. Jim Leach, former White House intelligence adviser Rita Hauser and former Rhode Island Sen. Lincoln Chafee, who represented his state as a Republican, but switched to become a Democrat so he could vote for Obama in the primary.

Leach predicted that a lot of Republicans and independents are going to be attracted by Obama's campaign.

The Obama camp also pointed journalists to reports that Fairbanks, Alaska, Mayor Jim Whitaker, a Republican, also has announced his support for Obama.

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Multiple choice -- pick one:

These Republicans are supporting Obama publicly, because:

a) they are insane

b) Obama paid them off with 30 pieces of silver and/or promises

c) Obama blackmailed them

d) They hate the country

e) all of the above

1 posted on 08/12/2008 12:28:18 PM PDT by FocusNexus
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To: FocusNexus

They are RINOS, and always were. Worse than a democrat. The congress is still full of them.


2 posted on 08/12/2008 12:29:52 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: FocusNexus

They drank the Obama kool-aid, and they are star struck!!


3 posted on 08/12/2008 12:30:44 PM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: FocusNexus

e + they are major league idiots who should have never been given the right to call themselves a Republican.


4 posted on 08/12/2008 12:30:46 PM PDT by do the dhue (They've got us surrounded again. The poor bastards. General Creighton Abrams)
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To: FocusNexus

There should be a test or initiation to become a Republican instead of just announcing yourself as one so you can have some advantage or other in your first election...


5 posted on 08/12/2008 12:32:37 PM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: FocusNexus

f. They believe that support for John Sidney McCain will cause the Republicans to give us more lefties like him, that he will destroy the Republican Party.
g. They fear John Sidney has severe mental problems.


6 posted on 08/12/2008 12:33:19 PM PDT by apocalypto
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To: FocusNexus

where are the ‘current’ ones????

all I see are people who left the GOP years ago because it wouldn’t veer Left to accomodate bigger government.


7 posted on 08/12/2008 12:33:22 PM PDT by bpjam (Drill For Oil or Lose Your Job!! Vote Nov 2008)
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To: FocusNexus
I smell desperation coming from the Obama camp.
8 posted on 08/12/2008 12:33:41 PM PDT by McGruff (Kick Russia out of the G8, Kick them Now!)
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To: FocusNexus

It might have helped if Obama could get a name that even 25% of Americans could recognize. I mean, Jim Leach?? He was a total disaster as Finance Committee chair and went along with the libs on virtually everything for years.


9 posted on 08/12/2008 12:34:22 PM PDT by bpjam (Drill For Oil or Lose Your Job!! Vote Nov 2008)
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To: FocusNexus

You missed one: e) This is typical Fox hype

Repub defectors will be offset by the Hillary dems who switch to vote for McCain.


10 posted on 08/12/2008 12:35:39 PM PDT by balls
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To: FocusNexus
Hmmmm, I wonder why I'm not impressed with this list of so-called Republicans.
11 posted on 08/12/2008 12:36:33 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: FocusNexus

McCain must be frustrated because he can’t “cross the aisle” this time.


12 posted on 08/12/2008 12:37:29 PM PDT by Mamzelle (In the cool, dark quiet of my mailbox, John McCain asks me for money)
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To: do the dhue; pissant
The name (or label) "Republican" does not equal (nor necessarily describe) "Conservative."

Therefore, the title does not (and cannot) read: "Current and Former Conservatives Line Up for Obama"

Probably Snowe, Collins, Chaffee, Specter, Voinavich and Hatch are all lining up for Obama as well.

13 posted on 08/12/2008 12:37:44 PM PDT by KriegerGeist (Lifetime member of the "Christian-Radical-Right-Wing-Kook-Factor")
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To: FocusNexus

The press is repeating this sort of story so much anymore as part of their propoganda, that the polls have to be showing that dems in bigger and bigger numbers are backing McCain.


14 posted on 08/12/2008 12:37:51 PM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: FocusNexus

Who is Rita Hauser? Jim Leach is a Leech and Chafe is an asshat.


15 posted on 08/12/2008 12:38:21 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: FocusNexus
Current and Former Republicans Line Up for Obama.

Seems like a pretty short line.

16 posted on 08/12/2008 12:38:45 PM PDT by Maceman (If you're not getting a tax cut, you're getting a pay cut.)
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To: FocusNexus

They left off the list this one: Jesus Garcia, Former White House Janitor.


17 posted on 08/12/2008 12:39:02 PM PDT by Mark (Don't argue with my posts. I typed while under sniper fire..)
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To: FocusNexus

Where is a big laughing his arse off smiley?

Leach is a good name for that one. Boy, is he in Obamaeo’s “dream world” if he thinks a lot of Republicans and independents are going to be attracted by Obama’s campaign.


18 posted on 08/12/2008 12:39:06 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U
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To: FocusNexus
Probably 'e'.

Democrats can always dig up some 'moderate' Republican officeholders that will endorse them to use as window-dressing and claim 'bi-partisan' support. It probably fools some of the uninformed electorate who have little idea that a one-term senator such as Lincoln Chaffe was always far closer to the Democrats than he ever was to the GOP. This is the price the Republican party pays for tolerating lukewarm, 'moderate', almost-a-Democrat politicians running under the GOP banner just to keep the Republican party's numbers up in the congress or statehouses.

Oh, wait, that would include Senator John McCain. Never mind.

19 posted on 08/12/2008 12:39:36 PM PDT by Jim Scott (Never, never, never give up! - Winston Churchill)
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To: FocusNexus

Those aren’t “centerists”. See the effort to manufacture Oessiah as a “Centerists” in under way in the Establishement Media.


20 posted on 08/12/2008 12:40:17 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (http://www.iraqvetsforcongress.com ---- Get involved, make a difference.)
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To: FocusNexus
Current and Former Republicans RINOs Line Up for Obama

Fixed.

21 posted on 08/12/2008 12:40:40 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Support Operation Chaos!)
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To: FocusNexus

A “centrist” should look at the election this way:

The Democrat nominee is the most Liberal guy in the Senate. The Left loves him.

The Republican nominee is the guy most Conservatives can’t stand. The Right doesn’t like him.

So, who’s the “Centrist?”

These RINOs are idiots. Besides, I’m tired of people in the middle of the road deciding elections. Most of them just don’t know squat.


22 posted on 08/12/2008 12:40:46 PM PDT by rightinthemiddle (The Mainstream Media Controls Our Party. Go, RINOS!)
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To: FocusNexus

I think McCain will be going after the more centrist and left-leaning of his party, because he knows the he’s got the conservative vote wrapped-up, as they hate Obama so much they have to vote for him.


23 posted on 08/12/2008 12:41:28 PM PDT by stuartcr (Election year.....Who we gonna hate, in '08?)
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To: pissant
and former Rhode Island Sen. Lincoln Chafee, who represented his state as a Republican, but switched to become a Democrat so he could vote for Obama in the primary

So glad that traitorous mole got thrown out on his keester last election! Surge/Purge on RINO's!

24 posted on 08/12/2008 12:41:33 PM PDT by tflabo (Al)
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To: FocusNexus
All of the above plus nobody can call them racist now.
25 posted on 08/12/2008 12:41:39 PM PDT by crazyhorse691 (With McCain around we can proudly proclaim, WE ARE SO SCREWED)
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To: FocusNexus

It’s all in the headlines.

That is all many will read and think the whole Republican Party and some Independents will go for the “change”.


26 posted on 08/12/2008 12:42:09 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U
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To: FocusNexus

all three of them? Don’t know the Hauser person, but Chaffee and Leach were never really Republicans. They were the prototype for Hagel.


27 posted on 08/12/2008 12:42:40 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: FocusNexus

e) all of the above......


28 posted on 08/12/2008 12:43:44 PM PDT by BamaDi (I will close my eyes - pull the lever for McCain - because the alternative is not acceptable.)
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To: FocusNexus

The media is ignoring the Democrats for McCain. Even the Hillary Delegates are being replaced before they come out against Obama at the convention.


29 posted on 08/12/2008 12:45:17 PM PDT by weegee (Hi there.)
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To: pissant

“But, we need to vote for them and the things they support! We need every one” as idiot Republicans always say.


30 posted on 08/12/2008 12:45:17 PM PDT by ConservativeMind
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To: apocalypto

Could have something to do with the fact that they’re positioning themselves for positions with a possible Obama win?

Did you know that the RNConvention coming up cannot fill up hotels in St. Paul? That many Senators are not coming to the convention? That bars in the area aren’t even opting to stay open late?(although there is a fee for that, but it’s looking like a fee that wouldn’t be worth paying.

This Republican candidate is awful and everyone knows it.


31 posted on 08/12/2008 12:47:38 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: FocusNexus

The site is already online:

http://www.republicansforobama.org/

Our Team
Director

John Martin is the Co-founder and Director of Republicans for Obama. He lives in The Bronx, New York, where he is a law student and a United States Navy Reservist.

John was active in his high school’s Young Republicans Club and became a registered Republican shortly after his 18th birthday. After graduating with honors from Binghamton University, John interned and worked for Senator James Jeffords (R-I) of Vermont

(jumpin’ Jim Jeffords)


verdict RINO.


32 posted on 08/12/2008 12:50:25 PM PDT by weegee (Hi there.)
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To: FocusNexus


33 posted on 08/12/2008 12:54:47 PM PDT by weegee (Hi there.)
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To: Lijahsbubbe

I don’t see any conservativism in the stated backgrounds of the people behind this PR campaign. Some served with RINOs.

There is a lifelong Republican from Berkely who suddenly appears to be for Marxism. Obama must have some strong kool aid.


34 posted on 08/12/2008 12:57:02 PM PDT by weegee (Hi there.)
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To: FocusNexus

At least two well known conservative Blacks have made it known they may not support the Republican candidate (J.D. Watts and John McWhorter) and a third has said the country would do “Just fine” with Obama (Condi Rice). Reverse racism??


35 posted on 08/12/2008 1:11:36 PM PDT by CedarDave (What do Obama and Osama have in common? Both have friends who bombed the Pentagon.)
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To: HamiltonJay

The American Communist Party has also backed the Obamessiah. For some reason, the media has failed to make mention of the fact. Leach, Chaffee and Karl Marx...now there’s a real triple threat for you!


36 posted on 08/12/2008 1:13:56 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: FocusNexus
Fairbanks, Alaska, Mayor Jim Whitaker, a Republican, also has announced his support for Obama.

At least the MSM isn't scraping the bottom of the barrel to find the RINOs who support Obamessiah.

37 posted on 08/12/2008 1:14:02 PM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: FocusNexus
A conference call Tuesday featured former Iowa Rep. Jim Leach, former White House intelligence adviser Rita Hauser and former Rhode Island Sen. Lincoln Chafee, who represented his state as a Republican, but switched to become a Democrat so he could vote for Obama in the primary.

I just can't figure out what all three of these people have in common. Can you?

38 posted on 08/12/2008 1:15:02 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: crazyhorse691
All of the above plus nobody can call them racist now.

I was at a restaurant this weekend and a very large, drunk lady (who bumped a few seats on her way out) said to(ward) my table "all you crackers votin Obama? doesnt matter if you do, da K-K-K is gonna kill'im befo' da lection, mark my words. ok bye crackers!"

and she was out like that.

We were mostly confused, some just laughed it off, most just rolled our eyes. Whatever the case, it's very revealing of the mindset of those who subscribe to Black Liberation Theology and think that everyone is out to get them.

No, I can't disagree with Obama without being racist.

Oh by the way, supporting Condi is racist because you're only using her because of her race.

Who wrote these rules? I don't wanna play any more...

39 posted on 08/12/2008 1:19:29 PM PDT by Zeppelin (Keep on FReepin' on...)
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To: Oldpuppymax
Leach, Chaffee and Karl Marx

Match the man with his quote:

"Religion is the opiate of the masses"
"Opiate is my religion"
"What's an opiate?"

40 posted on 08/12/2008 1:19:54 PM PDT by AU72
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To: CedarDave
There is bogus reporting claiming that Armstrong Williams is supporting Obama in this campaign. He's written editorials that make it absolutely clear that he opposes ever political position that Obama holds. He has also said he is voting for McCain.

This "Republicans for Obama" myth is being kept in circulation by the partisan media. Newscorp execs endorsed Kerry in 2004.

41 posted on 08/12/2008 1:20:18 PM PDT by weegee (Hi there.)
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To: Zeppelin

Sounds like she would’ve had a brain freeze if I’d told her that I voted for Alan Keyes in the Texas Republican primary.


42 posted on 08/12/2008 1:21:35 PM PDT by weegee (Hi there.)
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To: FocusNexus

f) they were never conservatives to begin with.


43 posted on 08/12/2008 1:24:13 PM PDT by Antoninus (McCain/Palin in 2008!)
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To: Geist Krieger
"probably"

I sincerely doubt it. McCain is much closer in political outlook with the senators you named than Bush. Why would they support Obama unless out of office? They risk losing all support if McCain wins. They have nothing to gain by supporting Obama. I can see why you might believe someone like Snowe would switch, but Orrin Hatch? Please.

44 posted on 08/12/2008 1:24:30 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: weegee
Next they will launch the following sites;

www.republicansforhightaxes.com

www.republicansfordefeatinIraq.org

www.republicansforreperations.edu

www.republicasnfor10dollargas.net

By the way, I thought Lincoln Chafee blew his own brains out.

45 posted on 08/12/2008 1:28:48 PM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: FocusNexus

Centrist=RINO.


46 posted on 08/12/2008 1:29:46 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (What would a free man do?)
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To: weegee

Anyone can vote in the “poll” on “republicansforobama” even without signing up. It’s an opinion poll about McCain’s ads. I believe I’ll vote a few more times that they are “fine.”


47 posted on 08/12/2008 1:44:41 PM PDT by CaliforniaCon
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To: do the dhue

Re: “e + they are major league idiots who should have never been given the right to call themselves a Republican.”

Personally, I think they are kids — teens/twenties of all stripes are probably enthralled with the Obama-as-rockstar nonsense.


48 posted on 08/12/2008 1:46:16 PM PDT by CaliforniaCon
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To: FocusNexus
Only the really, really stupid ones as it becomes more evident with each passing day that Obama is unprepared to be the dog catcher no less the CIC.

McCain is gonna win for better or worse.

49 posted on 08/12/2008 1:47:30 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (Obama (Marxist), Manchuria)
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To: FocusNexus
Bloomberg: "Leach and Chafee lost their seats in 2006 as the Democrats recaptured control of both houses of Congress."

Bloomsnot buried the lede into the second-to-last graf. Yuk yuk yuk.

50 posted on 08/12/2008 1:49:23 PM PDT by StAnDeliver (We Are Your Overlords.)
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