More GOP defections
WASHINGTON – The list of famous-name Republicans lining up behind Barack Obama grew a little longer on Thursday.
A granddaughter of a conservative Republican icon, the late Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, CC Goldwater, announced that she would not be voting for her state’s senator, John McCain, on Nov. 4.
Goldwater says she and her sibling — and a few cousins — are casting their lot with Democrat Barack Obama in the 2008 U.S. presidential election. And Goldwater says it’s a no-brainer.
“We believe strongly in what our grandfather stood for: honesty, integrity, and personal freedom, free from political maneuvering and fear tactics,” Goldwater said in a blog on The Huffington Post.
“Nothing about McCain, except for maybe a uniform, compares to the same ideology of what Goldwater stood for as a politician,” the granddaughter wrote.
“Nothing about the Republican ticket offers the hope America needs to regain it’s standing in the world. That’s why we’re going to support Barack Obama,” she said.
Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, who wrote a book critical of President George W. Bush and the Iraq war, told CNN that he is voting for Obama.
“From the very beginning, I have said I am going to support the candidate that has the best chance for changing the way Washington works and getting things done and I will be voting for Barack Obama and clapping,” the one-time Bush insider said in a taped interview airing on Saturday.
In Minnesota, former Republican Gov. Arne Carlson endorsed the Democratic senator from Illinois.
“I consider myself a Republican maverick,” Carlson said in explaining his endorsement.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune said Carlson also criticized Republicans for waging “a mean-spirited campaign” that has “been going down all these side roads.”
The highest-profile Republican to endorse Obama, retired Gen. Colin Powell, was a former secretary of state in the Bush administration.
Photo credit:Reuters/Jonathan Ernst (McClellan discusses the Iraq war)