Compromise is something Bassett values. He said there are plenty of reasons for someone to support the president, but he also understands reasons someone could have supported his opponent, Mitt Romney.
"But I think what our campaign did was invite people in from any background," he said. "The grass-roots side [of the campaign] was truly an honor to be a part of.
"President Obama is the type of candidate who really attracted people who had never been attracted to politics before," Bassett said.
Two of those people were Bassett's parents, Ralph and Brenda, who couldn't be more proud of their son.
"They've never been very political and I don't think they had ever volunteered ... I'd tell them about what was happening and stuff that was interesting throughout the year," Bassett recalled. "Finally, during the last two weeks or so they went over to Ohio and knocked on some doors."
Ralph Bassett, a Milton attorney, said he and his wife braved the rain one Saturday morning and talked to several people in Proctorville, Ohio, about the election.
"I was afraid [Luke] would come home and be mad at me," he joked about as the reason he campaigned. "I'm very much a supporter of President Obama."
In Denver on election night, soon after the polls closed, Luke Bassett said The Denver Post called the election.
"It was a surprise, we had been positive and optimistic but I don't think it was ever any definite thing. We drew our confidence from the support we had from so many volunteers," he said.
When President Obama thanked his volunteers, Bassett said he could see him tear up from where he was standing. It's something he'll never forget, he said.
"It was amazing. I was there because I support him and to see him say how proud he was of our work, when we're clearly proud of what he's done -- it was pretty amazing," he said.
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