I am an independent by disposition and have voted for the Republican candidate for president as often as I have the Democrat (3 each). This might be because I'm a pragmatist by nature and lack the ability to see things in black and white. It irks me when someone blames "conservatives" or "liberals" for things they don't like; I'm not a fan of labels. I honestly believe we are (or should be) Americans first. I cast my very first ballot for Ronnie Reagan (those of us who were around back then referred to him as Ronnie) and was in fact a card carrying member of the Republican Party in the 80's (literally - I recently came across my old RNC Membership Card). I currently hold no political party affiliation but have leaned towards the Democrats in recent elections (which doesn't make me left-leaning).
Now on to a lighter note - here's a cheery little campaign ad for JFK from 1960. Do you think anyone actually voted for him based on this commercial? Maybe not, but it sure is catchy.