(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.
Na Na Na Na...
Hey, hey, hey....
BYE BYE McCAIN!
This is what I have bn waiting for..just a republican to see the better side of Obama that Americans have seen...!!!!!!
God bless America.
What the heck does Colin Powell know? Shouldn't he be looking for some uranium? Easy to get fooled by politicians, isn't it, Powell?
He did much more then just endorse, he was very critical of the McCain campaign and the pick of Palin.
I think the country will rise up and make its feelings known on November 4th and the GOP will be devastated.
Thanks you Sir. I hope you will join Obama in his administration.
Why can't be just be as smart as Colin Powell. Clearly Obama is without a doubt, the best choice.
Take that McPalin!
WOW this is great. The country now has to look forward
OMG…..This is the best Sunday News EVER! Please go out and fight for Barack Obama, Mr. Powell! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
I would say thats a pretty powerful endoresement. Have anymore republicans endorsed Obama>
I wish Powell had ran for President as well. I would have certainly voted for him
i appreciate this endorsemet, and it will go a long way to signal that americans are tired of the failed policies of the current administration.
i like october surprises, nothing to worry about at all.
Barack Obama: the next president of the United States of America
Barack the vote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Great choice General Powell! I'm glad you see, as I do, that Mr. Obama has what it takes to make a difference in this world as President of the United States.
Is this suppose to be a surprise?? Give me a break.
the voice of reason speaks.....
Powell's is the voice of reason...He couldnot have endorsed JM after his erratic and negative campaign.
This is completely awesome... Can't wait until Nov. 4th
Mr Powell, You are indeed a great figure, and I know you know what's best for this country. Great Choice!
key repubs, jumping ship....
Another domino falls...