Jim Leach

Former Congressman from Iowa

“For me, the national interest comes before party concerns, particularly internationally.  We do need a new direction in American policy, and Obama has a sense of that.”

Lincoln Chafee

Former United States Senator from Rhode Island

“As I look at the candidates in order who to vote for, certainly my kind of conservatism was reflected with Senator Obama, and those points are that we’re fiscally conservative, we care about revenues matching expenditures, we also care about the environment, I think it’s a traditional conservative value to care about clean air and clean water.”

Richard Riordan

Former Mayor of Los Angeles

“I’m still a Republican, but I still will always vote for the person who I think will do the best job.”

Lowell Weicker

Former Governor and Senator from Connecticut

“At issue is not the partisan politics of two parties, rather the image we have of ourselves as Americans.  Senator Obama brings wisdom, kindness, and common sense to what is both his and our quest for a better America.”

Jim Whitaker

Fairbanks, Alaska Mayor

“If we are as a nation concerned with energy, then our consideration should be a national energy policy that is not predicated on crude oil 50 years into the future.  We need to get to it, and I think Barack Obama is very clear in that regard.”

Linwood Holton

Former Governor of Virginia

“Obama has a brain, and he isn’t afraid to use it.”

Colin Powell

Former Secretary of State

“…he has met the standard of being a successful president, being an exceptional president.  I think he is a transformational figure.  He is a new generation coming into the world– onto the world state, onto the American stage, and for that reason I’ll be voting for Senator Barack Obama.”

Douglas Kmiec

Head of the Office of Legal Counsel under Ronald Reagan & George H.W. Bush

“I was first attracted to government by Ronald Reagan, who lives in our national memory as a great leader and an inspiring communicator.  Senator Obama has these gifts as well, but of course, more rhetorical flourish without substance would be worth little.  Is there more to Senator Obama?  I believe there is.”

Jackson M. Andrews

Republican Counsel to the U.S. Senate

“Barack Obama is a thoughtful visionary leader who as President will end the decline of American law, liberty, and fiscal responsibility that are the hallmarks of the extremist policies of the current Administration, now adopted by John McCain.”

Susan Eisenhower

Granddaughter of President Eisenhower & President of the Eisenhower Group

“Given Obama’s support among young people, I believe that he will be most invested in defending the interests of these rising generations and, therefore, the long-term interests of this nation as a whole.”

Francis Fukuyama

Advisor to President Reagan

“…Obama probably has the greatest promise of delivering a different kind of politics.”

Rita Hauser

Former White House intelligence advisor under George W. Bush

“McCain will continue the wrong-headed foreign policy decisions of Bush, while Obama will take us in a new direction.”

Larry Hunter

Former President Reagan Policy Advisor

“I suspect Obama is more free-market friendly than he lets on.  He taught at the University of Chicago, a hotbed of right-of-center thought.  His economic advisers, notably Austan Goolsbee, recognize that ordinary citizens stand to gain more from open markets than from government meddling.”

Bill Ruckelshaus

Served in the Nixon and Reagan administrations

“I’m not against McCain, I’m for Obama.”

Lilibet Hagel

Wife of Republican Senator Chuck Hagel

“This election is not about fighting phantom issues churned out by a top-notch slander machine.  Most important, it is not about distracting the public– you and me– with whatever slurs someone thinks will stick.”

Jeffrey Hart

National Review Senior Editor

“It turns out that these political parties are not always either liberal or conservative, Democratic or Republican.  The Democrat, under certain conditions, can be the conservative.”

Andrew Bacevich

Professor of International Relations at Boston University

“For conservatives, Obama represents a sliver of hope.  McCain represents none at all.  The choice turns out to be an easy one.”

David Friedman

Economist and son of Milton and Rose Friedman

“I hope Obama wins.  President Bush has clearly been a disaster from the standpoint of libertarians and conservatives because he has presided over an astonishing rise in government spending.”

Christopher Buckley

Son of National Review founder William F. Buckley & former NR columnist

“Obama has in him– I think, despite his sometimes airy-fairy ‘We are the people we have been waiting for’ silly rhetoric– the potential to be a good, perhaps even great leader.  He is, it seems clear enough, what the historical moment seems to be calling for.”

Andrew Sullivan

Columnist for the Atlantic Monthly

“Obama’s legislative record, speeches, and the way he has run his campaign reveal, I think, a very even temperament, a very sound judgment, and an intelligent pragmatism.  Prudence is a word that is not inappropriate to him.”

Wick Alison

Former publisher of the National Review

“I made the maximum donation to John McCain during the primaries, when there was still hope he might come to his senses.  But I now see that Obama is almost the ideal candidate for this moment in American history.”

OK I’m getting tired, so if you’re a Republican and you’re voting for Obama/Biden you can add your name and comments in the comment section.

Additional References

The Daily Beast – 10/10/08 “Sorry, Dad, I’m Voting for Obama

Washington Post – 10/14/08 “National Review Boots Buckley Son for Obama Boost

Republicans for Obama – 10/17/08 “Republicans and Conservatives Endorsing Barack