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. Pop

    Powell is the man! Watch W. guys, you'll know...

    October 19, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  2. segun

    this has shown clearly why Obama is the right choice, even the Republican have started to realize that.

    October 19, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  3. James

    I'd like to see Powell back in the president's cabinet once again.

    October 19, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. Tiffany

    Well said Mr. Powell.
    He didn't just endorse Obama but he gave specifics as to how he came to his decision. This is something everyone should do.

    October 19, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. LYNDA

    This is GREAT!

    October 19, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. New day coming

    Wow, this is HUGE. What this great man said was exactly the truth. about Obama.

    October 19, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. Jen101

    that is awesome! Go Obama!

    October 19, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. frank, pennsylvania

    Collin Powell thanks for endorsing this inspired leader that america needs at this point in history. May God bless you.

    October 19, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. milbs

    Holding his cards close until there is a likely winner. Looks to me like he is hoping for a position in the new cabinet in a too little too late move.

    October 19, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. Christine

    When one of the most intelligent Republicans endorses Obama, the country should listen.
    Obama/Biden08

    October 19, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. Mike, FL

    Any intelligient person would vote for Obama over clueless McBush any given day!!

    October 19, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. Larry

    Probably this country's foremost statesman and leader. He was very eloquent on 'Meet the Press.'

    October 19, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. cbenji

    What Powell said about muslims is absolutely correct. There are muslims fighting and dying for our country and they deserve the same respect as any other american.

    October 19, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. Dmitriy

    On Larry King Live it was said that this shows Obama's bi-partisan message. Actually, this is more like racist approach to this election by one group of people.

    October 19, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. omar

    way to go!

    October 19, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. Patrick, Fairfield, CA

    Colin Powell's endorsement for Obama comes as no surprise. Any clear thinking objective person can see that Obama has the temperament and GAINED experience throughout this campaign to lead this country back to prosperity and restore America's image around the world.

    October 19, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. dd

    Spot on!!!

    Go Obama!

    October 19, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  18. Obamalova

    This endorsement is huge! Just one more slap in the face of John Mccain and his flailing campaign.

    October 19, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  19. Peg, Findlay, Ohio

    This should move many of the undecided to Obama.

    October 19, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. Adele from Philadelphia

    Can you say Maverick. This is a great man who struggled with this decision.This is what a true Maverick does, they make decisions that are not popular. Thank you Secretary of State. I know he made the right choice.

    October 19, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    Good for you, General Powell. I agree with your rationale, and I'm glad to see you make the right decision.

    Obama-Biden for America

    October 19, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  22. Carol

    Well done, General Powell.

    October 19, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. taint

    heheh, that picture says it all.

    October 19, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  24. indyred

    Thank you Gen. Powell for making such a thoughtful and wise choice of Obama for president. I trully wish Colin Powell was running for president. He is truly a great man. I am a Democrat but would gladly vote for him.

    Obama '08

    October 19, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. GA4OBAMA

    thank you, thank you, thank you. a true, respected republican.

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    October 19, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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