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Missouri Republicans for Obama Makes a Stop in Springfield

This year, both Republicans and Democrats have been trying to woo both independents and moderates from the opposite party. KSMU's Benjamin Fry reports on a group of Republicans who have decided to vote blue.

The Obama Headquarters in Springfield got some visitors from across the aisle today.

Members of the Missouri Republicans for Obama stopped by to express their support for the Democratic candidate.

Lifelong Republican Shirley Wikander says she decided against voting for McCain when a major issue affected her personally.

Her daughter and son-in-law can no longer afford health insurance.

Wikander says hearing Obama's stance on the issues such as health care was like a breath of fresh air.

Former Republican Iowa Congressman Jim Leach says Obama's pragmatism reminds him of his favorite Republican president, Dwight Eisenhower.

Republican John Sellars of Springfield says he originally voted for McCain in 2000, but that the Republican candidate has sacrificed his independence by recently giving in to following the policies of the Bush Administration.

Sellars says the nation is currently at a foreign policy crossroads and that voting for McCain could mean decades of becoming further entrenched in Middle Eastern conflicts.

For KSMU news, I'm Benjamin Fry.