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. Miss North Carolina

    This is the best news I have heard since Barack Obama became the democratic nominee.

    October 19, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. Ky. Bob

    I Respect Colin Powell. He has always tried to put his country first. His backing of Obama was the right thing to do. Thank you Gen. Powell.

    October 19, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. WOW - Irving, TX and Women for Obama

    Awesome!!!!! I respect Mr. Powell so much for stepping out and taking a stanz in reference to the world and RNC.

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 19, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. lauren

    That is awsomeeeee....almostthere OBAMA and BIDEN 2008

    October 19, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. Anonymous

    hahahhah!

    that's what u get for being negative... mcpalin

    October 19, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. wannabeobamagirl

    Thank you, General Powell...

    October 19, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. Alana

    YES!!!
    A voice of reason.

    Vote Early Vote Early Vote Early!!!!

    October 19, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. Shari in galesburg

    I think Colin's endorcement shows more of the "PALIN EFFECT" I agree with everything that he has said...Good job!

    October 19, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. leo davalos

    On the bridge to nowhere has Gov Sara Pallin or any relative or pardner in business have any interest on the road alone to the bridge to nowhere such property or land

    October 19, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. Craig - Hastings, MN

    It's too bad Powell sold his sole and credibility to Bush. The endorsement means little or nothing st this point.

    October 19, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. sandy

    AWESOME!

    October 19, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. Lorna, NY

    Good. All intelligent Republicans are jumping ship. The Republican party now contains the unintelligent.

    October 19, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. Lynn in NM

    Whoop dee doo!

    October 19, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. Berry

    I have been leaning toward McCain, but I really respect Powell, and his endorsement of Obama leaves me even more undecided. I'll be one of the voters making up their minds in the voting booth.

    October 19, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. WAKE UP! NO MORE TRICKS!

    YES WE CAN! GO COLIN, GO!!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    October 19, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  16. ww-New York

    This is EXCELLENT!!!! I always like him "despite" our difference in views. I'm glad he stood up for what he thought was right!!!

    "A MAN OF HONOR"!!!!!

    October 19, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. vic

    I am so happy I'm crying!
    It's a great day to be alive!!!!!!!
    Thank you Mr. Powell!!!!!

    October 19, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. Kurt

    Wisdom is the accurate recognition of the obvious..........

    October 19, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. jizzle

    This endorsement ends Barack Obama "ready to lead" argument!! Colin Powell is a true American Hero and will swing plenty of independent voters!!

    Obama/Biden 08"

    October 19, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. Good One

    Excellent, and about time! Powell should be part of Obama's administration. Like Secretary of Defense.

    October 19, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. RD

    this is a great day for the obama campaign first we find out we raised 150.000.000 and now this

    October 19, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  22. KofTX

    Go Obama!

    October 19, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. kimetics

    Wow, This endorsement brought tears to my eyes.

    Thank Colin Powell.

    October 19, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  24. OBAMA LADY

    Great!!! More proof Mc Shame is no good for this Country. Obama ROCKS!

    October 19, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  25. julian

    God bless you Powell!!!

    October 19, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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