October 19th, 2008
09:24 AM ET
6 years ago

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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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (959 Responses)
  1. Shannon

    wow, there's a shock!

    October 19, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. midwesterner

    Bye Bye McSame – it's been fun.

    October 19, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. Joe

    Powell should shut his mouth, he's in enough trouble already.

    October 19, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. VA will go BLUE!!!!!!!!!

    I finally regained the respect for the man that I lost a long time ago.

    GOBAMA 08

    October 19, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. Say What-NC

    Go Obama!

    October 19, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. Billy

    Just another moderate republican leaving an extremist party behind.

    October 19, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. ChristineM

    Yes we can !!!

    October 19, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  8. VA 4 Obama

    This could possibly be the nail in the coffin for the election! But don't get lulled to sleep! We still have 16 days left with work to do!

    GO BARACK GO!

    October 19, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. McCain?

    is he giving McCain the finger? its about time someone did

    October 19, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. PKS

    This makes the "experience" argument no longer valid!!!

    October 19, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. Kerry in VA

    Finally someone we all respect has told the truth about John McCain and Sarah Palin.

    October 19, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. glitch in the matrix

    Nice!

    October 19, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. johnrj08

    A great American. Sadly, there will be many people in those red states who say that Powell's endorsement is racially motivated. The country still has a lot of growing up to do.

    October 19, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. georgia for Obama

    I feel Mr. Powell is a most honorable person & agree with his choice especially in the way he so clearly explains it.
    Thank You General Powell for your clarity & honesty.

    October 19, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. Boomer1953

    Game Over...

    Florida, Virginia, and North Carolina have large military populations and retired miltary.

    As bad as the McCain campaign has been, even McCain cannot throw mud at General Powell.

    Obama 08!

    October 19, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. Kyle Indianapolis, Indiana

    I am happy to see that Colin Powell is finally standing against the party he knows has gone in the wrong direction. Thank you, Powell!

    October 19, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. California Voter

    Not a surprise.

    October 19, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  18. 1st time voter for that ONE!

    Great endorsement ! This should boosts Obama in these critical final weeks and get the American people the Landslide we need !

    Go OBAMA/BIDEN 08"

    October 19, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  19. Yasriel

    That was one of the most powerful endorsement I have ever heard.

    October 19, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. Dispatch - The General

    I wonder how long it will take before the Republican party questions his patriotism over this . . . . . . .

    October 19, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  21. Denise

    Awesome! This makes Mccain's claim that Obama does not have any foreign experience look lame. Of course, selecting Palin also made him look lame, but this does so even more.

    October 19, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  22. Nana

    Wise decision Powell

    October 19, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. Diana

    priceless

    October 19, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  24. Obama Mama

    Powell just told the republican party (his party) to kiss his butt.

    October 19, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  25. Bill

    This is what they call a 'game changer.' The fact that even a loyal, respected, lifelong Republican can see Obama is the better candidate speaks volumes.

    October 19, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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