October 17th, 2008
12:44 PM ET
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Powell ready to endorse?

 Colin Powell might finally announce which candidate he supports on NBC's Meet the Press this weekend.
Colin Powell might finally announce which candidate he supports on NBC's Meet the Press this weekend.

(CNN) – Is Colin Powell set to make a long-anticipated endorsement?

The former Secretary of State under President Bush, who has been coy about who he will support this November, will appear on NBC's Meet the Press this weekend, the network has announced.

Rumors have long swirled that Powell, the first African-American Secretary of State, is leaning toward backing Obama.

NBC is staying mum on what Powell will say: "[He] will break his recent silence and share his views on a variety of important issues," the network said.

A source close to Powell wouldn't say if an endorsement would come Sunday.

"Stay tuned," the source said.

Powell suggested last month he had yet to make up his mind.

The election of an African-American president “would be electrifying,” Powell told a George Washington University audience, “but at the same time [I have to] make a judgment here on which would be best for America.

Watch: Powell: I'm undecided

“I have been watching both individuals, I know them both extremely well, and I have not decided who I am going to vote for. And I'm interested to see what the debates are going to be like because we have to get off of this ‘lipstick on a pig’ stuff and get into issues,” he said.


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soundoff (196 Responses)
  1. Josh.C.

    I think President Bush should endorse Obama just for laughs!!!!

    October 17, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Fed UP

    Powell should endorse himself.

    Better than McCain (but that's not saying much)

    More experienced than Obama.

    Is it not too late for a Powell/Biden ticket?

    Go Powell 2012/2016!!

    October 17, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Mustafa Syed

    I suppose he will endorse Obama. He can't forget how Bush have taken him for a ride and made a joke of him in the front of the world when he presented the fabricated evidence regarding Sadam's WMD. He was left high and dry to defend himself. I suppose he had learnt his lesson of backing a republician. You can't follow him twice!!

    October 17, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. Charm

    I think that the fact that Powell has taken the time to see how the campaigns are going says a lot about his decision. Hopefully he has seen that McCain picking Palin as his running mate says a lot about his present judgement and future judgement as well.

    October 17, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. AP in PA

    If Powell is so compelled to share his choice I only hope he waits until AFTER the election so the blather is not an issue on either side.

    October 17, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. Nola

    Powell is an man that will put country before his friendship that is why he will endorse Obama/Biden. He knows that the vp that McCain has selected is not qualified to set into the oval office

    October 17, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. Nolan

    His decision will meant a lot to the candidate who receives it because General Powell has credibility.

    October 17, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. Retired USN

    Palin might call you a terrorist for voting for OBAMA

    October 17, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. Carol, California

    I can hear the Repubs typing up their responses now:

    If Gen Powell endorses McCain, the Repubs will gush all over him and say he's wonderful.

    If he endorses Obama, they will say he's endorsing him because he's black and he's a has-been anyway.

    October 17, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. BM

    John McCain doesn't put his country first. Had he done that, I think he would have selected a more qualified vp. He has proven to be an oppotunist.

    October 17, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  11. karl

    Ooo... that takes a lot of political courage: offer an endorsement less than three weeks before the election...

    October 17, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  12. I Just Said Thanks, but No Thanks to Another 4 Years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    Obama's campaign is smart. If they have his endorsement, they'll use it to maximum effect.

    October 17, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. akeem

    Lets get to the bridge before crossing.

    October 17, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. andrea

    I dont care who he endoreses. I wil not vote for Mccain/palin she is not the person we should have as a vice pres, and mccain has proven that he can not make smart choices when he picked her.

    October 17, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. dishwaterdiva

    How can McCain say he's no President Bush...he let the same puppeteers who control W to pick his running mate.

    How's that for a change?

    October 17, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  16. Biff

    sigh....

    i KNEW i would see the "he's black, so he's voting for the black guy"..

    SURELY as a black man in the military powel has had the opportunity to vote for black candidates before.. JUST NEVER IN HIS OWN PARTY....

    keys... please... jc watts... (not in his district).....

    it belittles a great man to reduce his intelligence down the the level of melanin in his skin.

    October 17, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. BM

    A vp candidate who verbally states that she has nothing to lose proves that she does not care about this country.

    October 17, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. wakeupamerica

    I am confident Colin will put the domestic and international needs of our country ahead of his friendship and military bond with McCain and do the right thing and endorse Obama. He also knows that Palin is ill equipped to lead our country and interact with world leaders if something should happen to McCain. Who knows, Powell could be appointed Secretary of Defense?

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 17, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. Jude

    This is the nail in the coffin for McCain-Palin if Sec. Powell endores Obama.....Whoa!!! This will be huge for Obama-Biden.

    October 17, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. NO McCain/Palin

    Nicolas127

    TO answer your ???

    YES, Barack HUSSEIN Obama would be one of the BEST Presidents of the United States of AMERICA.

    October 17, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  21. Scott, West Chester, OH

    Powell just testified FOR Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens. I think that effectively makes his endorsement of either candidate worthless.

    October 17, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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