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You've heard a lot about this election from both the campaigns and the media. Now you can hear from your fellow citizens. Watch below as Republicans, Independents and conservatives explain their reasons for supporting Barack Obama.


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Mary Ellen McNally, Colorado

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Joe Carlson, Colorado

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Andrew Moore, Virginia

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Dave Otto, Virginia

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Otto Family, Virginia

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Greg Wierzbicki, Virginia

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David Hendrickson, Colorado

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Sara Yoskin, Vermont

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Jan Martin, Colorado

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Jim Hayes, Colorado

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Megan Nypaver, Pennsylvania

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Juliet McGuinness, Massachusetts

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Arnold Gasper, Virginia

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Jose Martinez, Florida

AndrewAndrew Bacevich, Massachusettes

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Opal Evans, New Hampshire

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Barbara Hall, New Hampshire

Mary Ellen McNally, Colorado

Former Colorado Springs City Council Member, Mary Ellen McNally remains very active in her community, serving on multiple boards and working with local charities. Like many of her colleagues in Colorado, Mary is a Republican but this year she can't bring herself to support John McCain. Healthcare is a very important issue for her and she sees Obama as being on the right side of it. Mary, 72 years old, also believes that John McCain's age is worrisome. Saying that we need a young and energetic leader with fresh ideas and a fresh approach, Mary doesn't believe John McCain is capable of fitting that bill.

Joe Carlson, Colorado

An army veteran and retired CPA, Joe and his family live their lives in accordance with the teaching of Jesus Christ. A self described moderate Republican, Joe has become very concerned that his party has moved away from their Christian ideals with taxes, healthcare, and the Bush doctrine. Joe also rejects John McCain's "Maverick" persona saying that Mavericks don't get the job done. Instead, he believes we need team players and that's what he sees in Barack Obama. Believing strongly in the ideal of an "Officer and a Gentleman", Joe has been very disappointed in McCain's campaign and has reached a point where he does not think McCain is an honest or honorable man.

Andrew Moore, Virginia

With a background in science and experience with the Rebublican party, Independent Andrew Moore was willing to look at both McCain and Obama with an open mind. But after careful consideration in which the looming environmental crises were his top issue, Andrew concluded that John McCain simply does not have the new ideas necessary for the challenges we face in the 21st century. Andrew predicts that if Obama is elected, we will see a new groundswell in citizen activism, participation, and change in America.

Dave Otto, Virginia

Dave Otto describes himself as a "liberal libertarian". He has voted Republican and Independent in the past and supports "true conservatives" who represent the values of personal responsibility and public accountability. This year he feels that what America needs most is a "fresh perspective". Dave is concerned about America's standing in the world and about the complex issues facing us in the coming years, both for himself and for his children.

Otto Family, Virginia

Dave, Susan and their three daughters, Rachel, Anna and Lauren speak about their impressions of the two candidates. The group consensus is that Barack Obama seems to understand the issues better than John McCain. Sara Palin especially evokes a strong reaction for the girls who see her as unqualified and a poor role model for them. Susan, an active Navy officer, feels that Hillary Clinton's accomplishment is what people will remember. Lauren opines that people need to pay closer attention to what the McCain/Palin campaign has been saying.

Greg Wierzbicki, Virginia

Fiercely independent, Greg eschews political parties and instead looks for intelligence, poise, and competence in his candidates. He believes he's found all three in Barack Obama. A military veteran himself, he's concerned about the circumstances surrounding McCain's decision to retire from the Navy and wonders why McCain never received an operational command.

David Hendrickson, Colorado

David Hendrickson teaches international relations and American foreign policy at Colorado College, where he is the Robert J. Fox Distinguished Service Professor. His overriding philosophy is one of balance and moderation - something that he sees the Republicans as having lost sight of over the last generation. Of large concern to David is America's current culture of debt and its long term impact. He sees McCain as an extension of the Bush presidency whereas Obama represents a fresh start for America, both at home and abroad.

Sara Yoskin, Vermont

Sara Yoskin, a registered Republican in the traditionally Independent state of Vermont, thinks that the Republican party has "lost it's way". She believes in a small government that still allows for necessary public services like education and healthcare but doesn't think that the current day Republican party can accomplish these goals. Fed up with Bush, Sara doesn't understand how McCain can be any different when half of his campaign staff is comprised of Bush loyalists. For these reasons and more, she has decided to throw her support behind Barack Obama this year.

Jan Martin, Colorado

Jan Martin is a Republican member of the Colorado Springs City Council. Her family have been Colorado Springs Republicans for generations. Concerned about the direction of the country and the state of politics over the last 8 years, Jan believes that Obama represents a set of new ideas and a new approach. He reminds her, at times, of a modern JFK. She was especially happy to hear Obama promise to free America from foreign oil in 10 years - a step she has been waiting for a leader to take for a long time.

Jim Hayes, Colorado

A lifelong Republican, Jim has had a long and successful career in magazine publishing, including Fortune. A traditional conservative believing in small government and fiscal responsibility, Jim has also been deeply concerned about the deep polarization in America over the last couple years even as the problems we face grow in severity. Obama's promise to work toward national unity appealed to Jim as well as his belief that the route to economic prosperity starts with building a strong middle class.

Megan Nypaver, Pennsylvania

A 19 year old college student from Pennsylvania, Megan comes from a household of Independents. This being her first election, she has been trying to pay attention to the conventions and the debates in order to make the most informed decision possible. Her biggest issue is affordable education and, so far, she believes Barack Obama has the best set of plans to help people like her. Still undecided, she thinks she'll probably lean toward Obama come November 4th.

Juliet McGuinness, Massachusetts

Soon-to-be-mother, Juliet, is most concerned about the issues that relate to her and her baby. An independent, she has been open to McCain's message but is offended by Sarah Palin and her right wing conservative ideology. Not entirely sure about Obama, she wants to know more about the issues but thinks she'll most likely end up voting for him.

 

Arnold Gasper, Virginia

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Arnold Gasper served in the US Marine Corps and now works in the private sector in the computer industry. His favorite President of the 20th century is Ronald Reagan and he thinks that Obama has the chance to be just as popular and successful. As part of the Obama campaign's organizing effort of veterans in Virginia, Arnold strongly supports Obama because, as he says, Obama strongly supports veterans.

Jose Martinez, Florida

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Jose A. Martinez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1953. He's lived and worked in Miami, Florida for the last 23 years and has voted in American elections ever since supporting Ronald Reagan for President. A self described conservative and Republican, Jose became disillusioned with his party after what he saw as a concession to the far right wing religious orthodoxy within its ranks. The ultra partisan effort to impeach Clinton led by the House Republicans was the final straw that led him to consider supporting Democrats. Jose's focus is on the nation's economy and our involvement in Iraq. On both these issues, Jose believes Senator Obama has the character and ability to bring "real change" to Washington.

Andrew Bacevich, Massachusettes

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After 23 years serving in the US Army, Andrew Bacevich is now a Professor of history and international relations at Boston University. He has always considered himself a conservative in the purest sense of the word and remains a practicing Catholic. In his estimation, the Republican party going back even as far as Ronal Reagan has moved away from the core conservative principles of international affairs by refusing to see the world as it is and, instead, choosing to view the world through the filter of ideology and belief. Andrew hopes that an Obama victory will create an opening for a robust and comprehensive national conversation about foreign policy and the role of America in the world.

Alicia O'Leary, Massachusettes

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A wife and mother, Alicia's greatest concerns revolve around the Iraq war and the crumbling state of education in our country. Originally a Hillary supporter, Alicia firmly believes that Obama now poses the best chance for America to see real change in government and to see an end to the war in Iraq.

Randall Leverette, New York

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Randall Leverette was raised as a Democrat but migrated to the Republican party along with many other Democrats during the Reagan Revolution. He believed in "less government, fiscal and personal responsibility and staying out of other people's business". Randall found his support difficult to justify after the Terry Shiavo affair in florida which, in his mind, went against the ethos of individual liberty and personal freedom that had lured him to the Republicans in the first place. This year, Randall sees Barack Obama as the candidate who can best get the government back to the business of governing and away from meddling in people's personal lives.

John Martin, New York

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John registered as a republican when he was 18. He regularly listened to Rush Limbaugh and still supports the Republican party. He also volunteered for the Navy and served in Afghanistan for a year. But the party of fiscal discipline and small government that he joined has moved away from him and so, this year, he founded an organization called Republicans for Obama. The group believes that Barack Obama is the best candidate for our country in these turbulent times, regardless of party.

Opal Evans

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A native Texan, Opal Evans was raised as a conservative Republican. After witnessing America's recent downward trajectory and reading voraciously about the issues and candidates, she has developed doubts about where the Republican party is heading and if it really represents her views.

Chip Evans, New Hampshire

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A one time advertising creative director and now a painter living in New Hampshire, Chip has always sided with small business owners and general Republican economic principles. The last few years have caused him to question some of those principles.

Steve Wilko, New Hampshire

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A self admitted political agnostic, Steve, a pro-stock racing mechanic in New Hampshire, feels that this year he can't afford to sit on the sidelines. To him, the divide between the "haves" and the "have nots" has grown into a disturbing chasm and causing him to worry about our nation's economic future.

Bucky Demers, New Hampshire

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Bucky Demers lives in New Hampshire and works as an auto mechanic. He also races pro-stock around the country. An independent thinker, Bucky has supported third party candidates in the past but feels that this year, Obama is the only option.

Barbara Hall, New Hampshire

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A mother and a wife, Barbara has always been a bootstrap Republican, believing that, while those in dire need should be helped, government doesn't exist to give hand-outs. She looks for character and integrity in a political leader and feels that she's found both in Obama. She has been especially drawn to his record of helping people help themselves without relying on government assistance.

               
       

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