Obamacans

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"Obamacans" is a term coined by supporters of 2008 Presidential Candidate Barack Obama to describe Republicans who have crossed party lines to support Obama. Obama used this term in a speech delivered in Madison, Wisconsin, following his victory in the "Potomac Primaries": "We are bringing together Democrats and independents, and yes, some Republicans. I know there's -- I meet them when I'm shaking hands afterwards. There's one right there. An Obamacan, that's what we call them.".

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Prominent Republicans Endorsing Barack Obama

  • Ken Duberstein, former chief of staff for President Reagan -- Oct. 31, 2008
  • Fred Bramante, member of McCain's New Hampshire Leadership Committee, co-chair of Gov. Mike Huckabee's presidential campaign, former Republican gubernatorial candidate, and a 2008 Alternate Delegate to the Republican National Convention -- Oct. 30, 2008
  • Charles McC Mathias, Jr., former Republican U.S. Senator and Congressman from Maryland -- Oct. 28, 2008
  • Larry Pressler, former Republican U.S. Senator from South Dakota -- Oct. 26, 2008
  • Charles Fried, Reagan Appointee and Current McCain Adviser -- Oct. 24, 2008
  • William Weld, former Republican Governor of Massachusetts -- Oct. 24, 2008
  • Scott McClellan, former White House spokesperson under George W. Bush -- Oct. 23, 2008
  • Arne Carlson, former Republican Governor of Minnesota -- Oct. 23, 2008
  • Ken Adelman, Reagan’s director of arms control, member of the Defense Policy Board in 2001 -- Oct. 20, 2008
  • Colin Powell, former chairman of Joint Chief of Staffs under George H. W. Bush, former Secretary of State for George W. Bush -- Oct. 19, 2008
  • Dennis Hopper, actor and former supporter of George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush -- Oct. 13, 2008
  • Christopher Buckley, son of William F. Buckley and former columnist for The National Review -- Oct. 10, 2008
  • Lilibet Hagel, wife of Chuck Hagel, Republican Senator from Nebraska -- Oct. 6, 2008
  • Wayne Gilchrest, Republican Congressman from Maryland -- Sept. 17, 2008
  • Richard Riordan, former GOP Mayor of Los Angeles -- Sept. 17, 2008
  • Wick Allison, Editor-in-Chief of D Magazine, former publisher of The National Review -- Sept. 2008
  • Linwood Holton, former Republican Governor of Virginia -- Sept. 14, 2008
  • Joel Haugen, the Republican Party’s candidate in Oregon’s 1st Congressional district -- Aug. 20, 2008
  • Frank Schaeffer, pro-life activist and son of evangelist Frances Schaeffer -- Aug. 17, 2008
  • Jim Leach, former Republican Congressman from Iowa -- Aug. 12, 2008
  • Jim Whitaker, Alaska, Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor -- Aug. 12, 2008
  • Paul O'Neill, former Treasury Secretary under George W. Bush -- July 28, 2008
  • Larry Hunter, worked in the Reagan White House, chief economist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for five years, helped write the Republican Contract with America, served on Bob Dole's presidential campaign team and was chief economist for Jack Kemp's Empower America -- July 16, 2008
  • Delbert Spurlock, Ass't Secretary of Army under Reagan -- June 3, 2008
  • Francis Fukuyama, Neoconservative philosopher, writer and professor -- May 27, 2008
  • William Donaldson, former chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, appointed by George W. Bush -- May 14, 2008
  • David Ruder, former chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, appointed by Ronald Reagan -- May 14, 2008
  • Julie Nixon Eisenhower, daughter of former president Richard Nixon -- May 12, 2008
  • David Friedman, conservative economist, son of free-market economist theorist Milton Friedman -- May 7, 2008
  • Lowell Weicker, Jr., former U.S. Senator and Governor for Connecticut -- Apr. 4, 2008
  • Douglas Kmiec, served as head of the Office of Legal Counsel (U.S. Assistant Attorney General) for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush -- March 23, 2008
  • Lou Thieblemont, Mayor of Camp Hill, PA (switched from Republican to Democrat to vote for Obama) -- March 20, 2008
  • George Herrera, President and CEO of the Herrera Cristina Group, Ltd, former President and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and a prominent national Hispanic Republican leader -- Feb. 14, 2008
  • Lincoln Chafee, former Republican Senator from Rhode Island -- Feb. 14, 2008
  • Elizabeth Soutter Schwarzer, former press secretary for Republican congressman, op-ed columnist, radio host and blogger -- Feb. 5, 2008
  • Susan Eisenhower, business consultant, author, and granddaughter of former Republican president Dwight D. Eisenhower -- Feb. 2, 2008
  • Jeffrey Hart, Senior Editor of The National Review -- Feb. 1, 2008
  • Andrew Sullivan, conservative writer for Atlantic Monthly -- December 2007
  • Tom Bernstein, George W. Bush's Yale classmate and co-owner of Texas Rangers -- May 6, 2007


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