October 19th, 2008
09:24 AM ET
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Powell endorses Barack Obama

Powell endorsed Obama Sunday.
Powell endorsed Obama Sunday.

(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."

"I think he is a transformational figure, he is a new generation coming onto the world stage, onto the American stage, and for that reason I'll be voting for Sen. Barack Obama," Powell said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Powell said he was concerned about what he characterized as a recent negative turn of Republican candidate Sen. John McCain's campaign, such as the campaign's attempts to tie Obama to former 1960s radical Bill Ayers.

Powell, a retired U.S. general and a Republican, was once seen as a possible presidential candidate himself.

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  1. josh henderson

    This is a great endorcement for the Obama Campaign...

    October 19, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. Steve C.

    When I read the headline I lost all my respect for General Powell. He was the JCS when I when in the Gulf War in 1990 & 1991. He should know his candidate has no experience whatsoever regarding the military and foreign affairs. This should have immediately set off alarm bells. Also his candidate has vigorously criticized this administration for getting into Iraq to begin with. Remember people, Mr. Powell, was President Bush's main spokesman for the U.S. in the U.N. chamber for this war. I see him as being colorblind to the issues and the candidate. Mr. Powell should know better, that talk does not make you a great leader, only proven action does. Mr. Obama has none of this. Zip!! I didn't know Mr. Powell needed money so badly to be bought in this way.

    October 19, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. Fatal Blow

    Let me guess, there are folks who will say a black man voting for a black man is no surprise...let me qualify upfront before you post that that is as dumb as saying Kissinger is endorsing McCain because he is white

    October 19, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. howie

    What a reasoned, intelligent argument Powell makes for endorsing Obama. Outstanding

    October 19, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. Mike H.

    Powell's endorsement of Obama won't influence my support for McCain. Powell was a solid general but a weak Secretary of State who was just as responsible as Bush and Rumsfeld for getting us into Iraq.

    October 19, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. DB25

    Wow. Republicans are running in droves from the McCain/Palin, the negative campaign ticket. Anyone who still thinks McCain and Palin are the answer to America's problems needs some serious mental help!!!!!

    October 19, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. brian

    i think he is a great man and i think he is right on the Gop i like he endorses obama i will now vote for obama i was leaning to him but now i know . Obama o8

    October 19, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. NoMccain

    GOD BLESS YOU COLIN POWELL!!!
    I've always respected you... and I respect your [well-informed] decision now to back Barack Obama!!

    October 19, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. tara

    oh you have to be kidding me....ok i am so sick of this. all these people who usually voted republican, all of a sudden voting for a democrat. why is it not on the news that this is racist? all of these black people are voting for him and its not considered racist at all. however, the news keeps saying that white people wont vote for obama. but really, it is the black people who would not vote for mccain.

    October 19, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. Owino MP

    Right On target

    October 19, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. Emery

    Yet another famous Republican supporting Barack Obama....that's a sign that the Republican party itself is withering away from the inside out...slowly but surely.....

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 19, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  12. mary

    Colin is a Cool Hand Luke himself. This bodes well for Barack.

    October 19, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. Paul

    Okay, will the 8% of undecideds now please stand up for this country?

    October 19, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  14. sophia nyc

    I'm stunned honestly. – didn't think he'd do it. Thank you!

    October 19, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  15. justice

    This race is too close to call, and the only reason I see for that is the colour factor. If Barack was white, it would be a runaway election. It's sad really, that we could find Palin in the Vice Prez seat in a couple of weeks.

    October 19, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. mitch

    A REAL PRO-AMERICAN!

    October 19, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  17. JoshTx

    Way to go Colin Powell! Redemption never tasted so sweet did it? Failed Politics are no reason not to beable to see the future of the country and pick a competent leader

    Obama/Biden 08 [Change I Can Believe In. Cinnamon Flavoring that I Can Taste]

    October 19, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  18. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    When you listen to his answers, it's very articulate and reasoned.
    If you think it's about race, check out Meet the Press to see his answer on "it's not about race. If it was, I would've endorsed him 8 or 10 months ago."

    October 19, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. Angie in LA

    Colin Powell for President!

    October 19, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. Clinton/McCain

    Is this really a surprise? He's black! He had to endorse Obama.

    October 19, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. Linda

    Colin Powell is a disappointment. Was Obama so convincing that even Colin Powell would become a democrat? That would be laughable if it wasn't so sickening.

    October 19, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. Jason

    An endorsement from one of the few members/former members of the Bush administration that I actually trust.

    Not bad. Not bad at all.

    October 19, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  23. Will the Real Maverick Please Stand Up?

    A highly decorated and respected retired general who is also a Republican supporting Obama.

    "Obama displayed a steadiness. Showed intellectual vigor. He has a definitive way of doing business that will do us well," Powell said.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 19, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. Rob indetroit

    Thanh you Gen.powell!
    Thank you Gen.Powell!
    Thank you Gen.Powell!

    OBAMA-BIDEN 08-12'

    October 19, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. toby hill

    It's amazing that the Liberals will welcome Powell's endorsement of Obama even though he's 3rd in line for blame about Iraq and after they called him a liar and traitor. More proof that this Presidential race is all about race.

    October 19, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
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