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Republican support for Barack Obama

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Democratic nominee Barack Obama had to cancel a visit to Iowa this week to visit his ailing grandmother, but his campaign continues to work to get out the vote for their candidate.  Saturday, they relied on a republican to stump for Obama.

Former republican Congressman Jim leach hit the campaign trail this weekend, not for himself, but for the democratic presidential ticket.

"The majority of Republicans will clearly stand with Senator McCain but more than a few are going to break with the party this year simply because Senator Obama is such an extraordinary candidate for these very extraordinary times," said former congressman Jim Leach.

"Bipartisanship is the only way that things get done effectively. It needs a consensus of understanding and it's very difficult in an atmosphere where there's so much negative going around," said Mimi Kuester from Waterloo.

"The way the Republican party has been leaning and the way Senator Obama is leaning, I feel Senator Obama's path is the right way for America," said republican turned democrat Andy Green.

"I think we've got to return to a unifying time rather than a divisive set of ideas," said Leach.

Besides a stop in Waterloo, Leach also met with supporters in Mason City Saturday.  The last time Obama was in the state was August in Davenport.

Online Reporter: Bob Waters
Online Producer: Mike Verlo
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