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. Bat 242

    Hard to believe that Powell will vote for a Marxist, socialist like Obama. Anyway, you can say my vote for McCain cancells out Powell's vote for Obama.

    October 19, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. Badger

    Bright guy! Too bad Bush wasted his expert advice.

    October 19, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. Anthony

    "Powell, a retired U.S. general and a Republican" endorses Obama.
    Dear America, if this doesnt persuade you, I dont know what will.

    Thank you, Colin. Youve always been good in my book.

    October 19, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. Sherrick Woodside(Bahamas)

    Well its about time he did been waitting for a while now. this just shows america is ready for change.....

    Obama-Biden-08

    October 19, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. rm

    Let the spin of the Republicans begin!!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 19, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. south central

    Good for you Mr. Powell! You know a good man when you see him.

    I feel you were set up by the Bush administration.

    OBAMA 08

    October 19, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. Lisa from PA

    I think this says it all- a former secretary of state, a retired general, and a well respected Republican endorses Barack Obama because he feels the country is headed in the wrong direction. I just pray the American people listen to this intelligent man, who knows very well the failures of the type of policies McCain suppports.

    October 19, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. Dee

    Who cares! People have already made up their minds!

    October 19, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  9. Jody in St. Louis

    This is wonderful! Colin Powell is respected among both democrats and republicans. This is a great endorsement for Obama!

    October 19, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  10. Deb

    Pleased to see Powell's endorsement. I am sure the McCain camp will claim he is not "pro American" and not a "real American" becase he endorses Obama.

    October 19, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. Sohyb

    What an endorsement! that shows how Obama influence the world including the political professionals like Powell. Its an indeed an endorsement well deserved. Keep it real, Obama.

    October 19, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. Roland

    HA! Don't know if you see like I do, but Powell is giving McCain the bird! :)

    October 19, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. texan2step

    The general has spoken. In the game of battleship this would be a direct hit for "McBush". Bon Voyage my friends.

    October 19, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. Steve

    Powell – the most overrated figure in politics.

    October 19, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. rachel

    good job powell for endores obama

    October 19, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. Lily

    Thank You!

    October 19, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. john

    from the wmd lying master himself. You have no credibility anymore. Take a hike loser.

    October 19, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. TexasVet

    Yeah!!!

    October 19, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  19. rachel

    good job

    October 19, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. CB

    This speaks volumes.

    October 19, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  21. Marilynn, Wilmington, NC

    I am pleased and surprised.. Thank you Secretary Powell. Now get out and campaign for Obama. Let everyone know why you are crossing party lines! Stand Up!

    October 19, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  22. North Atlanta GA

    I was really impress with Gen Powell rational for making his decision. for Obama. He gave a very thoughtful explanation. The final verdict of disapproval of McSame as now been delivered by Gen Powell.

    October 19, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. Jon

    A respected leader picks a leader over a divider. I'm impressed with General Powell.

    October 19, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. Jon

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    October 19, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. Shaun from Brooklyn

    People please listen to Colin Powell. He knows what he is talking about.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 19, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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