(ConservativeUnit.com)- The idea of switching from Democrat to Republican, or Republican to Democrat, in today’s political climate might feel a little odd. The parties now represent two wildly conflicting worldviews, but even in times like this, people change their minds and switch parties depending on how they feel parties are managing the issues they care about.
Winston Churchill, the wartime Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, is perhaps one of the most famous examples of this. Churchill was initially a member of the Conservative Party, before leaving to join the Liberals, only to re-join the Conservative Party and become Prime Minister.
This has always been the case, and there are some big names in American politics who have switched parties before, which you may not have even known about!
1. Hillary Clinton
Despite losing the 2016 presidential election, and losing in the primaries in other presidential runs in the past, Hillary Clinton remains one of the most recognizable names in the Democratic Party.
She was First Lady of the United States under Bill Clinton’s administration, the Senator for New York for eight years, and Secretary of State for another four years under Barack Obama.
But back in the 60s, she was a Republican. Clinton campaigned for Barry Goldwater in 1964, and even attended the Republican National Convention in Miami in 1968. Clinton changed her party affiliation to Democrat when she graduated from Wellesley, and never looked back.
2. Condoleezza Rice
Secretary of State between 2005 and 2009, and National Security Advisor between 2001 and 2005, Condoleezza Rice is perhaps one of the best-known African American political figures in history. She’s also a Republican.
Rice, however, was a Democrat until 1982 and voted for Democrats in several elections. After voting for Jimmy Carter in 1976, Rice grew angry at his administration’s handling of the Russian invasion of Afghanistan and switched parties. She voted for Ronald Reagan in 1979.
Rice often says that her father played a huge role in her decision, saying that he joined the Republicans in Alabama in 1952, during the Jim Crow era, because the Democrats would not let him join.
3. Elizabeth Warren
Throughout her failed presidential run in 2019 and into early 2020, Senator Elizabeth Warren presented one of the most far-left visions for America than any other Democratic candidate. Just as radical as independent Vermont Senator Bernier Sanders, Warren has firmly nailed her colors to the mast of political correctness and left-wing progressivism.
There was a time, however, that she identified as a conservative. Warren voted for the Republicans for their pro-business policies, but it was in 1996 that she switched to the Democrats. She ran unopposed in 2012 for the nomination to become a Democratic Senator for Massachusetts and won. The rest, as they say, is history.