Colin Powell endorses Obama

More Republican trouble for McCain. We should have a poll to guess the next prominent Republican insider who will decide to dump McCain in support Obama.


Colin Powell endorses Obama

(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Colin Powell announced Sunday that he will be voting for Sen. Barack Obama, citing the Democrat’s “ability to inspire” and the “inclusive nature of his campaign.”

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says he is voting for Barack Obama.

“He has both style and substance. I think he is a transformational figure,” Powell said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“Obama displayed a steadiness. Showed intellectual vigor. He has a definitive way of doing business that will do us well,” Powell said.
Powell, a retired U.S. general and a Republican, was once seen as a possible presidential candidate himself.

Powell said he questioned Sen. John McCain’s judgment in picking Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate because he doesn’t think she is ready to be president.

He also said he was disappointed with some of McCain’s campaign tactics, such as bringing up Obama’s ties to former 1960s radical Bill Ayers.
Powell served as secretary of state under President Bush from 2001 to 2005.

The notion of a Powell endorsement has been rumored for several months.
On August 13, Powell’s office denied a report on Fox by commentator Bill Kristol that Powell had decided to publicly back Obama at the Democratic National Convention.

Several sources said at the time that Powell had not made a decision about a possible endorsement.

“As always, he is holding his cards close and waiting for more information,” one adviser told CNN’s John King in August.

Powell himself brushed off queries on any potential presidential nod but told ABC News on August 13 that he would not be going to Denver, Colorado, for the convention.

“I do not have time to waste on Bill Kristol’s musings,” he said. “I am not going to the convention. I have made this clear.”

In February, Powell told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he was weighing an endorsement of a Democratic or independent candidate.
“I am keeping my options open at the moment,” Powell said.

“I have voted for members of both parties in the course of my adult life. And as I said earlier, I will vote for the candidate I think can do the best job for America, whether that candidate is a Republican, a Democrat or an independent,” he added.

Powell has offered praise for Obama, calling him an “exciting person on the political stage.”

“He has energized a lot of people in America,” said Powell, who briefly weighed his own run for the White House in the mid-1990s. “He has energized a lot of people around the world. And so I think he is worth listening to and seeing what he stands for.”

Powell’s adviser has said that “he likes and admires John McCain, and that would be a factor in anything he does if he decides to get more involved.”

Another source close to Powell said he has known the Republican nominee for more than three decades “and likes him and is looking for a reason to vote for him. He hasn’t found it yet.”

The former general, who has largely steered clear of politics since leaving the Bush administration, noted that the next president will need to work to restore America’s standing in the world.

Powell gave the keynote address at the Republican National Convention in support of George W. Bush in 2000.

“I will ultimately vote for the person I believe brings to the American people the kind of vision the American people want to see for the next four years,” he said. “A vision that reaches out to the rest of the world, that starts to restore confidence in America, that starts to restore favorable ratings to America. Frankly, we’ve lost a lot in recent years.”

Powell’s adviser also said at the time that the vice presidential picks for both candidates would be a major factor in his decision, both for the quality of each man’s running mate and for what sort of “signal that choice sends about the character and judgment of the candidate.”

He also said that a Powell decision to back Obama would not be a surprise.

I’m shocked I tell ya, I’m shocked! :sarcasm:

OMG! Never thought that would happen???:roll:;-):stuck_out_tongue:

I believe it just exposes what most have known all along about Colin Powell. He was never a conservative and with his endorsement of a Socialist shows the true depth of his character. Race trumps substance every time.

Can you say RINO?

"As a key reason, Powell said: “I would have difficult with two more conservative appointments to the Supreme Court, but that’s what we’d be looking at in a McCain administration.”

You can spin it any way you like, what you can’t spin is any new votes for McCain. I am quite sure that Colin Powell is well respected within the last group of independent & non-committed voters, at this point in the race that is all that matters… expect a bump in the polls for Obama from the Powell endorsement. Score! :stuck_out_tongue:

I don’t think Powell is even a Republican (I bare am due to recent Party trends). I think he has always belonged to the “Opportunist” Party. I know some who were in the Army and they say he was a politician even back then.

Colin Powell endorses Obama!

Watch the video, Obama the president we need now! :smiley:

Major U.S. newspapers endorse Obama

**Special Report: **U.S. presidential election 2008](

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) – U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama has attracted the support of more than three times as many newspapers as his Republican opponent John McCain.

Newspaper market statistics put Obama’s endorsement tally at 55 and McCain’s at 16 as of Saturday

The newspapers reach a circulation of 5.8 million for Obama and1.5 million for McCain.

Obama picked up the backing of several major dailies, including the Los Angeles Times, this was the newspaper’s first presidential endorsement since 1972 and the first time the paper has supported a Democrat.

The Washington Post and **the Chicago Tribune, which has never endorsed a Democratic nominee for president. **
In endorsing the senator from Illinois, his home-town newspaper wrote that it has observed his political rise from the front lines and can vouch for his ability.

The Washington Post emphatically endorsed him as “the right man for a perilous moment.”

The Los Angeles Times said Obama “represents the nation as it is, and as it aspires to be.” The San Francisco Chronicle also endorsed the Democratic nominee, describing him as a “portrait of calmness and deliberation” throughout the financial crisis.

Other major endorsements for Obama include those of The Boston Globe, the St Louis Post-Dispatch, the Toledo Blade, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Seattle Times and Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Nashville Tennessean. :shock:

Well it sure is a good thing they still have Rush Limbaugh, well at least for now, who knows he might before its all over decide to endorse Obama too. :smiley:

Oh Joey! Powell is the one who went before the UN and pushed the Iraq War, how can you trust him?

Obviously to everyone except you that Powell was lied to by Bush and fake WMD’s that never existed, his only crime was in believing his lying president.

Are you flipping serious???

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Barack Obama on Colin Powell’s Endorsement

Keep repeating the lie Joey.:frowning:


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