(Senator Chuck Hagel, Steve Clemons, and International Peace Institute Chair Rita Hauser)
In the next day or two, the Obama campaign will unveil a new web site as part of its BarackObama.com franchise to lure in dissident members or former members of the GOP.
Although I contacted the campaign’s communications office to get the exact web address of the new site, TWN has not yet received a response. We have been told by one source that the site will be (and will modify later if incorrect):
This site, at the moment, still seems unloaded or is not yet live.
The new campaign to sign up Republicans for Obama hopes to get 250,000 people to register their names on the site.
Philanthropist and former NY co-chair for the George W. Bush campaign in 2000 Rita Hauser and former Senator Lincoln Chafee are both part of the leadership committee of the group. Former Republican Congressman Jim Leach, a long-time member of the House International Relations Committee, is also part of the founding leadership group.
It should be noted that in September 2006, a different Republican grassroots effort was launched to support Obama titled “Republicans for Obama.” This group states that it has mobilized several thousand voters — but the Hauser/Chafee initiative has goals of attracting GOP members in numbers a couple of magnitudes greater.
— Steve Clemons