October 19th, 2008
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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. Marsha (Atlanta)

    Woohoooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 19, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. JOEY/OREGON

    Powell's endorsement of Obama is really huge.

    October 19, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. wycky

    it shows that Barack is ready to be the commander in chief

    October 19, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. Canadian

    You are redeemed Powell. I did not think it would happen, but thank for proving me wrong.

    October 19, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    i totall agree. welcome!!!

    October 19, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. NickNas

    GAME

    SET

    MATCH to Obama.

    October 19, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. Paul

    Now who will all the conservatives say they'd vote for to prove they aren't racist?

    October 19, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. bob

    Good! I am happy to back this candidate too!!

    October 19, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. Democrat Not Fooled !!!!

    Bought & Paid For, By Obama .

    October 19, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. Republican in Texas

    As a Registered Republican, I am totally with General Colin Powell, in his endorsement of Sen. Obama. Sen. McCain's choice of Palin as VP was a reaction to Obama not pickin Hillary, and it was a bad choice as you will see on Nov. 4. Palin has gone to extremes in her talks of Obama and people are simply disgusted. Though i like MCain. i feel he should have run for President some 20 years ago and he is too old. We need someone dynamic like Obama. My vote goes for Obama/Biden 2008.

    October 19, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. Susan

    Brings tears of joy to my eyes. A well-respected, thoughtful Republican acknowledges that Obama is the best choice in this election.

    October 19, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. sick & tired of it

    Powell.....thanks for truly putting the COUNTRY FIRST

    October 19, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. Lilly

    Reacting to Powell's endorsement, the Obama campaign immediately criticizes Powell's poor judgement and record of misleading Americans and the world at the Unitied Nations in the days leading to the Iraq war.

    October 19, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. Another grumpy old white woman for Obama

    America thanks you, General Powell! Sanity rules!

    October 19, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  15. Saif

    It's sad. The McCain camp is going to have to discredit a significant member of their own party.

    But this is exactly what makes Powell respected... he speaks his mind. Which is ironic because he rose to his highest under an administration that was Draconian in quelling any signs of differing opinions. Cheney, Rumsfeld and their bureaucratic minions almost stiflied Powell to death at the State Department.

    Alas, the realities of party patronage will probably never make this happen... but could you just imagine a likeness of diplomatic and foreign policy juggernauts like Biden, Powell, Armitage and other realists representing expertise and views from a wide range of opinions sitting at the principals table advising an intellectually astute and studious president like Obama?

    One can dream.

    October 19, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. gerry

    The Collin Powell endorsement solidifies Obama's experience and national security credientials as President.

    October 19, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  17. D.

    Powell sold the Iraq war to the entire world, which enabled Obama's nomination. In a sarcastic turn of event now he endorses the guy! I believe there are more reasons to the endorsement!

    October 19, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. Daria

    Great i'm happy that he endorse obama. that's show you there are a lot of intelligent and powerful people who support obama.

    October 19, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. Rosemarie

    Yea!!! Thank you Colin Powell.

    October 19, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. Nancy

    Powell is an extremely intelligent man. His endorsement along with the Kennedys certainly makes me feel more confident in voting for an Obama/Biden ticket.

    October 19, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. Linda

    winners support winners, brightest support the brightest, 4 star generals support generational transformational leader – Mr.(Dr.) Barack Obama.
    Politics once time are local. Not anymore. They are international.
    America & the world is waiting for Obama presidency.
    Obama surrounds himself with the best & the brightest.
    Go Obama & Biden

    October 19, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. Jayson in San Diego

    Good! He's smart!

    October 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. Tyree,LV-Independent For Obama

    Great Choice Mr. Powell.

    Obama/Biden 08'

    October 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. An America you can believe in

    Mr. Powell's appearance on Meet the Press should be viewed by the whole world. His statements were delivered with great thought and a straight forward look at both candidates. Mr. Powell did not make this decision lightly and neither should the rest of America. You really should look at who is going to be the better President and you can only come to one conclusion and that is President Obama.

    October 19, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. The end of the GOP

    Colin Powell said it better than anyone could. The GOP is falling apart, not because of Johnr Mccain, but because of its platform. Americans are finally realizing the depth to which the GOP has harmed this nation. We have fallen behind at almost every level. Education in math and science, broad band access, healthcare quality and affordability, technological advances, the climate crisis... and especially alternative energy development.

    Remember that it was Ronald Reagan, their patron saint, who cancelled tax breaks for alternative energy development. Now the chickens come home to roost, and what is the GOP mantra? “Drill Baby Drill.” This is preposterous to any thinking person, and on November 4th, the Republicans will lose not only the White house, but Congresional seats, governorships and court appointments. FINALLY, enough people are OUTRAGED, and the chorus throughout the land will be:

    THROW THE BUMS OUT.

    October 19, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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