WASHINGTON (AFP) — The granddaughter of Republican former president Dwight 'Ike' Eisenhower endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president, praising him for his inspiring words and his desire to work across party lines.
Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of the World War II D-Day commander who was US president 1953-1961, wrote in a Washington Post opinion piece that Obama "is the one presidential candidate today who can encourage ordinary Americans to stand straight again; he is a man who can salve our national wounds and both inspire and pursue genuine bipartisan cooperation."
Obama can also "assure the world and Americans that this great nation's impulses are still free, open, fair and broad-minded."
If the Democrats choose "Obama as its candidate, this lifelong Republican will work to get him elected and encourage him to seek strategic solutions to meet America's greatest challenges," she wrote. "To be successful, our president will need bipartisan help."
Both Democrats and Republicans wanted Eisenhower to run for president in their party. He eventually became the Republican nominee, and won the presidency "with the indispensable help of a 'Democrats for Eisenhower' movement. These crossover voters were attracted by his pledge to bring change to Washington and by the prospect that he would unify the nation."
Susan Eisenhower, a business consultant and author, is part of a small but growing group dubbed 'Obama-cans,' or Republicans who support Obama's candidacy.
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