In a sea of campaign buttons at a canvass kickoff at the OFA office in Twinsburg, Ohio, one button stands out: Republicans for Obama.
Its owner, Bill, a retired teacher from Macedonia, Ohio, says he no longer recognizes the Republican Party he's affiliated with his entire life. "The Republican Party, which I have been a member of for about 60 years, has been hijacked by the far right wing, and I don't agree with it. I think we have to be more centrist, I think we have to look at both sides of things, I think we have to compromise. And my Republican Party is not willing to do that."
So he crossed party lines and cast a ballot for Barack Obama in 2008—and he did it again this year when he cast his early ballot. That's not all. He's putting his money where his mouth is. Today, Bill stopped by the kickoff to drop off a donation for the only candidate in this race who shares his values.
"President Obama actually has a lot of the values that I have. I worked with children all my life. He's in favor of things that help kids. I worked with poor people all my life. He's working to help poor people—he's not willing to write them off. I know a lot of people who struggled to work their way up and did so. He just embodied a lot of things I believe in."