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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soundoff (959 Responses)
  1. Virginia from Virginia

    Anybody surprised?

    October 19, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. Eric from California

    Na Na Na Na...

    Na Na Na Na...

    Hey, hey, hey....

    GOODBYE!!!!

    BYE BYE McCAIN!

    October 19, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. Sixy, Dallas

    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.
    Obama/Biden '08....!

    October 19, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. How can this be?

    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?

    October 19, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. Eric

    He did much more then just endorse, he was very critical of the McCain campaign and the pick of Palin.

    October 19, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Kansas

    Awesome!

    October 19, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. Keith, Ohio

    I think the country will rise up and make its feelings known on November 4th and the GOP will be devastated.

    Obama/Biden '08-'12

    October 19, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. pam Eugene OR

    Thanks you Sir. I hope you will join Obama in his administration.

    October 19, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  9. onenationunderagroove

    Why can't be just be as smart as Colin Powell. Clearly Obama is without a doubt, the best choice.

    October 19, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. zombieguide

    HHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAH!

    Take that McPalin!

    October 19, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. Okala

    WOW this is great. The country now has to look forward

    October 19, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Bridgette-PA

    OMG…..This is the best Sunday News EVER! Please go out and fight for Barack Obama, Mr. Powell! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

    OBAMA/BIDEN-08!

    October 19, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  13. Charlie Bradley

    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

    October 19, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  14. kalu

    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.

    October 19, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. adam

    i like october surprises, nothing to worry about at all.

    October 19, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  16. Joe for Obama

    Barack Obama: the next president of the United States of America

    October 19, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. mya

    Barack the vote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 19, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  18. V. Woodard, MD

    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.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 19, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  19. Bill

    Is this suppose to be a surprise?? Give me a break.

    October 19, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  20. hope for the future

    the voice of reason speaks.....

    October 19, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  21. snvt

    Powell's is the voice of reason...He couldnot have endorsed JM after his erratic and negative campaign.

    October 19, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  22. political_squib

    This is completely awesome... Can't wait until Nov. 4th

    Obama/Biden 08/12!

    October 19, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. Low

    Mr Powell, You are indeed a great figure, and I know you know what's best for this country. Great Choice!

    October 19, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  24. Mook from Canada

    key repubs, jumping ship....

    October 19, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  25. Dave in Boston

    Another domino falls...

    October 19, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
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