ANDREA MITCHELL: Barack Obama is counting on independents, according to NBC's Lee Cowan.From an interview in early November with Campaigns & Elections magazine:
LEE COWAN: The Obama campaign says they are energized not only by the size of the crowds, but also their enthusiasm. And they point out that if there are so many people who say that they're first-time caucus goers that are turning out at midnight rallies and early in the morning in this bitter cold, that's a pretty good indication of their commitment.
MITCHELL: All the candidates are relying on ground troops, precinct captains like Monica Green, a lifelong Republican, who twice voted for George Bush, now canvassing for Obama.
WOMAN, RESPONDING TO OBAMA CAPTAIN MONICA GREEN: We haven't fully decided. I think my husband will probably be John Edwards, and I am split, either Edwards or Obama.
MITCHELL, TO GREEN: What do your kids say to you?
MONICA GREEN, IOWA PRECINCT CAPTAIN: In the beginning, they would call me and say, "Who are you? You raised us to be Republicans. I don't understand." And I just keep saying, "Look at the problems in the world, and look at who you think is going to be able to solve these problems?"
C&E: Who were some Republicans with whom you have identified?
Green: "I thought Reagan was a strong president...I was totally in support of Reagan. He's probably the last one."
C&E: If the 1980 Reagan were running today, would you vote for him?
Green: "You mean if he was running against Obama today? Oh my goodness. That's a good question...His views on Communism were probably not the view I would appreciate today. I've got a much more global perspective today, and Obama touches that."
The link to the Campaign & Elections posting no longer works, but it's posted on the “Seattle for Barack Obama” blog. It's also highlighted on the “Think on These Things Research” blog, which touts: “Commentary, and News on the 2008 Presidential Election with a Pro-Obama Slant.”
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