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By Golf11 - Posted on 04 June 2008

Introduce yourselves here. We're seeing lots of new names and we'd love to know where you're from and any other details, like how your stumbled upon our little corner of the world.

Hello hollycrat, I just retired from the University of California as a paralegal. With degrees in dispute resolution and international relations I imagine you are very concerned how the candiates would conduct themselves under pressure in these matters. This is how McCain handles himself in a Senate hearing. McCain and POW's.

McCain is not my man.

Yes, We Can!

Please, thank you, and deep breaths go a long way in any situation, but certainly this was not one of McCain's proudest moments - thanks so much for sharing that with me! 

One of the things that I've learned is that in most negotiations, you can either choose to say "yes," to say "no," or to say "let's keep talking and find something better."  In cases such as this hearing or in the talks that will need to take place in the Middle East and around the world in the coming months and years, it's absolutely clear which candidate has embraced this ideal and which candidate doesn't even see it.


 I'm Mike from Pennsylvania. I'm a registered libertarian (or as noted here on the internets a "lolbertarian"). While I'd love for a member of one of the "small parties" to eventually win the presidency, sometimes urgency trumps beliefs. While it is my belief in smaller government and to return to the constitution unconditionally, un-needed wars and continued belittleing of our civil rights take a higher precidence. Which is exactly why I'm voting for Obama in November. Nothing short of a huge gaffe on Obama's part will change my mind, and even should that happen I absolutely will not vote for a candidate that is all for a one hundred year war.

Wow! An Obamatarian! That's awesome...I don't think I've met one before! It really says something that Obama is able to pull support from all over the political spectrum.

Thank you for starting this site. I haven't voted for a Democrat in a presidential election since Carter in '76 but I'm 100% behind Obama this year. It's good to know there are like-minded people who share my belief that our country has gone way off track and the answer to our problems is not more of the same. I live in Texas, which is a decidely red state, but who knows what will come about here in November. Stranger things have happened.

yeah, Desperado: John (jmartin) and a couple of his friends started the site almost two years ago now. Amazing the foresight they had.

I'm not holding my breath for Texas to turn blue, but at least Barack will fare better there than in my state...which he's projected to lose by 30% or more. How's the polling look in Texas these days? Is it very close?

The latest poll in Texas has it 52-44 McCain. But considering Bush carried Texas 61-38 in 2004, we've come a long way. The effect I think Obama will have here is on state and local elections. With increased Democratic turnout the Republican stranglehold on those offices might be broken.

I am pleased to be on board. 

I'm a 65 year old male who has voted Republican since Barry Goldwater ('64). I broke with the Republicans in '72 and voted for George McGovern, and in '04, I voted for John Kerry. In 1988, I was an endorsed Republican candidate (unsuccessful) for the Minnesota Legislature.

What amazes me about Senator Obama is his agenda is quite similar to that which I supported in 1988. He is right on target with his energy program and environmental program. These have great appeal in Minnesota, much more appeal than when I was a candidate. 

I believe Obama will win Minnesota and any polls to the contrary are malarkey. Obama will win even if our Republican governor, Tim Pawlenty, is selected as McCain's running mate. Pawlenty has plenty of baggage here in Minnesota.

Nice to meet you all... 

Welcome, Vunderlutz. I'm always happy to see supporters who help defy the stereotype that Obama is just for kool-aid drinking college kids!

"...defy the stereotype"

That's a big problem with the pundits and pollsters. They don't seem to get it - the so-called "swing vote" has moved into Obama's camp.

They also don't get the fact than many Republicans are really embarrassed by their Party. I'll never vote Republican again in a national contest.

I'm from Gilroy CA and I just can not vote for a mean angry old white guy. It's time we change derection and regain our standing in the world. I think B.A. is not perfect but he is not more of the same and as a christen he is more like me than the old guy.


Welcome to RFO bigd. 

Hi Everyone,

I've been lurking for the last few weeks, but I decided to say Hello and thank everyone here for providing such a civil and informative place to discuss our support for Barack Obama.  I love all the in depth discussions about why Obama really is the best choice to lead our nation out of our current problems. 

This November will be the third time that I've voted for President.   

I come from a long line of Nebraska Republicans, but my parents always taught me that it was important to vote ("If you don't vote, you're not allowed to complain.") for the best candidate and not just the party line.  It was usually easy, because the Republican party never let us down, or our Nebraska Democratic candidates for congress were mostly Republican.  However, the last few years (since the Hurricane Katrina and the Terri Schiavo disasters) I've been very disappointed in my beloved Republican party.  I've started feeling that the party has slowly been hijacked by neoconservatives, corporate ghouls, and lobbyists who only care about making money for themselves and their corporate sponsors.  I can't even listen to Rush anymore without getting ill.  Sadly, I've had county party members tell me that the party hasn't changed at all.  I've just become a centrist whiner.  I don't really know how I feel about that. 

Anyway, I wasn't certain that I was going to vote for Obama until this past weekend.  I was actually considering staying home, because there was no way I was going to vote for John McCain. 

See, I'm a born-again Christian (non-denominational and non-evangelical) and am Very Pro-Life.  I had a hard time reconciling my Pro-Life stance with Obama's Pro-Choice stance.  I really made my decision for Obama after watching the Saddleback Forum and being impressed with Obama's courage to state why he was Pro-Choice so clearly.  While I don't agree with his position; I realized that there are many, many more issues that I agreed with him on.  It, also, wasn't very likely that a Republican President would do anything to over-turn Roe v. Wade.  I mean, W. didn't do anything in the 6 years that he had a majority and he could have actually kept a promise and done something. 

Plus, I was totally sickened by John McCain's pandering to my fellow Christians.  Unfortunately, it appears that most of my "Brothers and Sisters" were fooled by his "Pro-Life Nation" comments.      

Oh Well, I suppose that is enough for now.  I look forward to seeing how the next few months play out and I'm looking forward to voting for Obama in November.  It will be nice to cast a vote for Hope and not for Fear.  


Take Chances, Make Mistakes, Get Messy! 


Hi Chance!! 

Welcome to our little family!!  I love your post as you make some excellent opoints!!

 Like you, I am a Christian as well.  My faith is something that means the world to me, and I take it very seriously.  I am so happy that you found your way to our site.  It's great to have you here!  Feel free to speak out as often as you'd like!


Thanks for the Welcome, Lesley!  This really is a great place.  

Take Chances, Make Mistakes, Get Messy! 

Well, I agree that McCain and Li'l Bush are pandering to Christians. But to your comment that Li'l Bush hasn't done anything to overturn Roe v Wade- I guess you forgot that he nominated Harriet Miers for Supreme Court Jester??

No, I haven't forgotten the games that have been played with the Supreme Court.  I was hoping for Bush to encourage Congress to pass some actual legislation that challenged that courts with regards to Roe v. Wade.  Better yet, they simply could have sent it back to each of the states and let each state make a decision about abortion.  

I've come to the conclusion that Roe v. Wade is never going to be overturned.  (My mom assures me that is actually a very good thing.)  It is now my hope that more women can get the education and health-care that they need and be encouraged to choose adoption over abortion.  

Take Chances, Make Mistakes, Get Messy! 

I came to the same conclusion. RvW is here to stay, so we need to find ways to start reducing the number of abortions, instead of focussing on the Supreme Court.

Hola.  I am a new poster, not sure if I consider myself to be a member...not sure about any group that would have me as a member.

I was an early almost founding member of Republicans for Kerry.  I have become very disallusioned since then, specifically with the Democrats.  In 2001 through 2003 the Democrats were very vocal about what separated the Republicans from them;  Torture, Habeas Corpus, privacy, ethics, honesty, earmarks, Constitutional civil liberties and civil and human rights!

 In 2004 through 2008 the Democrats have proven they are not very different from the Republicans when it comes to ethics, honesty, earmarks, Constitutional civil liberties, civil rights, I can go on and on.

So the real differnce is the Republicans have national security motives and rationale for their policies while the Democrats go along with the Republican minority not because they believe in the policy, but because they think they will not be rewarded by the electorate by voting against .  Too bad they got it wrong and didn't realize how many Human and Civil Rights / Liberties Republicans were on the cusp in 2004 and could be on board right now.  Instead the Democrats only confirmed what Republican Leadership have been saying all along - they really don't have convictions.  Why else have the Democratic leadership in Congress abandoned every key issue that gave them the majority in 2004?  I was surprised and very sorry because that meant none of our representatives really felt human rights & constitutional liberties were more important than what was gained eavesdropping, torturing and secreting citizens off the street to illegal prisons around the world.

I'll post my thesis and see how it is received by this group of ... Republicans?

Just my opinion - Fred

Holy moly. Republicans for Kerry, eh?

This is one of the reasons I can't support McCain:

I was surprised and very sorry because that meant none of our representatives really felt human rights & constitutional liberties were more important than what was gained eavesdropping, torturing and secreting citizens off the street to illegal prisons around the world.

For years he said the one thing he would never back down one was his stance that America is the defender of liberties and does not torture people. Except he did back down this summer. He finally sold out.

The other reasons I can't support McCain is he's proposing twice the deficit spending as Obama, and I'm pretty sure he'll get us into another military offensive on top of it.

Thanks for your thoughts. You didn't say whom you've decided to support? Sitting this one out?

An ex-longtime Republican for Obama.

I was uneasy when Reagan gave The Moral Majority a leadership position in the Republican party.

It was only during Bush's term that I finally realized that Gingrich's "Contract With America" was in reality the transformation of the "Republian Party" into the "Republivangelical Party".

Once I find the right place I will explain the many different ways I think this has been disasterous for America.

Hi, rherr,

You'll find lots of kindred spirits. Regardless of our personal beliefs, most of us are united in our disapproval of the religious right's control of the party. 

oh, and there's not really any "right place." Just post wherever you like. But if you want to start your own thread, here's the link:

It is nice to see that there are Republicans who haven't checked their brains at the door :-) I figured I should join y'all.

I've been a Republican all my life. Well, when I was in college I was probably a bit on the liberal side and I like to tell people "I used to be a Democrat and then I got a job". Which was mostly just to poke fun at my friends who are Democrats but it was true. Once I began earning a living I valued the fiscal responsibility that the Republican party once embodied.

Initially, I have to admit that I thought I'd support McCain. I thought he might be the anti-Bush. A Republican who hadn't drank the koolaid, hadn't bought into the politics of fear. Unfortunately he did and because I care for this country I can't in good conscience vote for him. He has sold out to the neocons and for no other reason than to be able to ride around in Air Force One (hey, he said so in his book!).

And like some posts I've seen here I too don't believe the Bush, Cheney or any other of the current administration are true Republicans. No true Republican would spend tax payer money like a drunken sailor and on an illegal war no less. No true Republican would yell "the terrorists are coming, the terrorist are coming" any time they needed to distract attention or scare people into following a policy. And no true Republican would work to enlarge the government and trample on the constitution the way the current administration has.

Obama certainly isn't a Republican but he has ideas. He has a plan and he represents change, change we sorely need if we are to survive as a nation.

Hence... my support and my vote go to Obama.

No true Republican would spend tax payer money like a drunken sailor and on an illegal war no less. No true Republican would yell "the terrorists are coming, the terrorist are coming" any time they needed to distract attention or scare people into following a policy. And no true Republican would work to enlarge the government and trample on the constitution the way the current administration has.


I like you. You're smart.

I have been a Republican since my first vote in 1976.  I am an RN, ex Military and am now for Obama because first, I cannot vote for any man who has cheated on his wife, or supports a woman who has stolen drugs in the past.  I was for Romney.....  My ex is a Narcotics Agent  and the drugs and cheating are my primary reason as a Christian.  I am wondering however, why me, and the 16 other women at work who are supporting Obama have not been polled.  Thanks, Paula

Hi, Paula.

I find McCain's treatment of his first wife inexcuseable. 

I'm curious, though, if McCain goes with your fave Romney for VP, will you switch back to the GOP ticket?

Hi pj, and welome.  Funny thing, I haven't been polled either.  Nor has anyone here mentioned being polled.  What's up with that?
It's very heart-warming to see the new members coming on board. I think we all recall those "I like this guy, Obama. But I'm a Republican. This is really weird. Am I alone? Am I crazy?" moments. Welcome to our exclusive club with the best benefit of all-helping to elect Obama as the next POTUS!

Hi! I am Nina from Florida, and am tired of what this country has put up with for the past 8 yrs. I am a republican who is voting for Obama/Biden in November!!!

And I am proud of it!!!

Hi Nina, and welcome to our family of RFOers.  It's great to hear a Florida voice for Obama.  How are things looking there for him these days?

Hello from Toledo Ohio.  I run the blog, Man with the Muck-rake, and I have written several posts questioning where the once-Grand Old Party has gone.  My friend of 60 years and fellow blogger, UptheFlag, wonders how the GOP has moved so radically right.  He and I were Rockefeller-Ford enthusiasts and cannot believe where the GOP now stands.

I applaud Jim Leach and others who have stood up and demanded that their party get rid  of the neocons who hijacked the party. I applaud the people who formed this website as well.

Surely you will receive lots of nasty comments from the neocons and from others who do not even know that they are agents for this radical knot in the party.  Winning at all cost is all that they see; principled leadership is not one of their virtues.

 Best wishes from Toledo.

Surely you will receive lots of nasty comments from the neocons

All the time.

Thanks for the note, mudrake.

Glad to have you with us.


Thanks for your insight.  We take a lot of "hits" because we dare to vocally disagree with our party.  It's time to stand up and be heard, and be counted.

Thanks again for stopping by... come back often :-)

Nasty, and argumentative comments from the neocons and far right wingers are standard fare.  The sad thing is, their minds are so closed they refuse to even consider that another direction might be better for our country.  

I’m really excited to see so many republicans feel the same way as I do. Obama is clearly the best choice, for the President of the United States. I hope there are enough of  us to help swing this election , for some reason I feel this election is important for Obama to win. I’m really excited to see this website, and talk with everyone to hear their views.

Welcome to the forum! We look forward to hearing more from you.
Welcome TrickyDick,  I think you'll find a lot of like minded people here.  I have the same feeling about the importance of this election.  I have said that Obama is our last best chance to turn this nation around. 

Hi, I’m 46 years of age, a police officer ( Deputy Sheriff) and from Illinois, several years ago I noticed Sen Obama. Although my thoughts and ideas favor a republican view, I have always felt it was important to listen to both sides of the issues. My mother is a die hard Democrat and my brother a die hard Republican, neither one will listen to the other party or any candidates point of view. This frustrates me a great deal, I’ve told them many times they are cheating themselves by not entertaining both sides and trying to make an educated decision based on those views.

As I eluded to earlier, I can not explain why Sen. Obama caught my attention several years ago but he did.. I support him 100% and believe in his efforts. I do not have a great deal of money and have to be careful how I conduct myself when it comes to politics, do to my "job." I will do everything I can to help Sen.Obama and Sen. Biden win in November.

Wow -- I missed this post until it got bumped to the top. I found the site via Google a few months ago when I was flirting with supporting Obama and "Republicans for Obama" seemed like a reasonable search term. Now that I've pretty much cemented my choice I decided to join up.

 About me? Let's see. I live in Oregon, I'm 38 and have been married to my high school sweetheart (a Democrat who is far more conservative than me!) for almost 19 years now. We have three children, the oldest of whom is going to be a senior in high school this year.

I am a veteran of both the USMC and the Army National Guard; I've served in the first Gulf War, Iraqi Freedom, and in New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina relief. I am currently separated from the military.

I've been a Republican pretty much since high school, probably because my dad is. We're not the "traditional" Republicans -- I grew up poor and on public assistance for the most part.

I voted for Clinton in '92 when I didn't know what was what much about politics. Then for the next eight to twelve years or so I regretted it as my views went from moderate to radical right wing to libertarian. Now as my views have swung back to moderate I see that things weren't so bad after all during those years.

 Still, every minute of the Democratic convention that I watch reminds me of why I'm a Republican and I hope that I am making the right choice for President.

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, & wiser people so full of doubts.
-- Bertrand Russel

Wow. Thanks for your service and congrats on nearly twenty years with your sweetheart. That's all too rare anymore.

Welcome jaygade . . . my neighbor from the North. :)

Obama/Biden 2008

Thanks for the warm welcome, Barbara and Misty!

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, & wiser people so full of doubts.
-- Bertrand Russel

Hi jay...thanks for your service, and thanks for helping out down here after Katrina.  I don't know what would have happened without the National Guard. 

I think your are making the right choice.  Keep the faith!

I have been a life long Republican and being from Arizona should feel obligated to vote for John McCain.  In fact, his office helped me with Veteran issues so I should feel even more obligated right?  Wrong!  I can no longer stand by and watch the Republican party continue to serve their own interests while all Amercians continue to suffer.  This is why this Republican is voting for Obama.  It's time for a change before the America so many died to protect, no longer exists.

Welcome, kurthin.

Welcome to RFO kurthin.  Like you, I see our American ideals being lost and buried.  Obama gives me faith and hope that we can once again be the great nation we so love.

Welcome kurthin, and from Arizona on top of that. Thank you for serving our country.

Obama/Biden 2008


WOOHOOOOOOOOOO good for you!!!  Welcome Kurthin!  I think you'll like it here :-)

Go out and find at least one person who is not registered to vote and help then register to vote for Obama and join this web cite.  If they want to vote for John Mc Bush don't help them.

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