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. PCS / North Carolina

    D. wrote October 19th, 2008 12:26 pm ET

    "Powell sold the Iraq war to the entire world,"
    Was it Powell or your Cowboy GWB ?

    francisco siqueiros wrote October 19th, 2008 12:38 pm ET

    "I do not think its a good idea. if you are a republican, you have to go for the republican candidate even if you do not like the candidate. ….A very bad idea going public and suporting somebody else."

    When a Democrat JOE LIBERMAN, who was Al Gore's running mate in 2000, who could have been the VP if not for the "hanging chads" fiasco, endorses McCain, is it a Bad Idea ?

    I think it is a bad idea when you voted for GWB in 2000 and we are sitting on $ 14 trillion debt. The tax cuts to the wealthiest had not created any jobs as the neocons are predicting, rather, we have lost close to 800,000 jobs this year. Who are the voting for GOP ?; they are the conservative neocons, religious fanatics and the filthy rich.

    October 19, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. BJ in NC

    To endorse McCain would compromise Powells integrity. He is not a deceitful man and does not practtice it. He endorsed the QUALIFIED man for President of the United States.

    October 19, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. Mark, Washington

    Powell is a real maverick.

    October 19, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. Luv/Canada

    Voting the republica party into office the second time amout to the end of this great nation,sad to say, yes it's.

    October 19, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Brad

    "I do not think its a good idea. if you are a republican, you have to go for the republican candidate even if you do not like the candidate. ….A very bad idea going public and suporting somebody else." _____________________________________________

    Fransisco Sicueros , this is the America, not a feudal barony where
    allegance to the head stooge is paramount. In other words, individuals
    can vote for who they want.

    October 19, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    The selection of BOOB PALIN was a HUGE mistake.... YAY and LOL

    So long GOP... you're not in power any more. Now we can turn the country around after 8 years of Bush.

    October 19, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. CONCERNED INDEPENDENT

    It is so sad that we teach our childre3n to respect ALL other colors, the kids they go to school with, play with, live by, go to church with, yet, they have to see their parents ( some, not all ) demonstrating racism, that send them a double standard message, and teaches them to NOT believe in their own parents ! this is a NEW America, kids do NOT see color..there has always been a white president that ALL colors have been "forced: to vote for, this is tragically unfair..it hasnt even worked..so why not try something different and new..I believe with Obama it WILL work !
    white, old, senior, independent voting
    OBAMA

    October 19, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. APS in Hawaii

    Obama is transformational figure? Give me a break. Obama has run the dirtiest smear campaign ever starting with Hillary and continuing with McCain. He cannot talk about the issues because he has no plan and when he puts out a plan, we get so many clarifications, I still do not know what is the plan.

    Several newspapers have carried stories about Obama is redefining taxes. He is using the key word fee increases for some of his programs. Yet, most of the newspapers have not covered this slight of the hand by Obama. WHY?

    As a PUMA, this year's election coverage by the press has been totally disgusting. As a REAL Democrat, I am appalled by how far left the party has become. I already voted and it was not for Obama, as a protest vote against the Democratic elite, I voted for McCain. I have never seen a more elitist nominee for the Democrats and I pray the party is able to realize it is losing a significant base because of Obama.

    October 19, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. v.ananthan

    Powell is saying that Obama is getting wide range of support.

    That ^s true.

    OBAMA IS GETTING SUPPORT FROM THE "DEAD" ALSO WITH THE HELP OF "ACORN "

    MCCAIN / PALIN 08.

    October 19, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. Patriot

    It means a lot when the best man in America endorses Senator Obama.

    October 19, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. Mark Keyloun

    Obama will be a great president.

    October 19, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. LaTreetha E. Sharpley

    As I listened to General Powell, give his reasons for voting for Senator Obama, I realized that I had many of the same thoughts in my decision. I know it was very difficult for him to go against his party and make the statement. I say thank you to General Powell, for putting your country first and not just sitting back and saying nothing. It is time that people spoke up to say what Senator McCain and Govenor Palin are doing to this great nation is wrong. We have been divided to long and now is the time that we as America step forward to say we are one nation, and we fall and rise together.

    October 19, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  13. tachiva

    Any normal person should support OBAMA/BIDEN. Mccain is too boaring to watch him speaking in my TV screen. OBAMA is a political star which any nation would wish to have. He is a vertical starter like the Apachi-helicopter.

    October 19, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. Cathy

    Just as important as the endorsement is Gen. Powell's reasoning behind his decision.

    October 19, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. Griff

    Coward!!!!!

    October 19, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  16. Egerton Idehen

    This is good for America. Good for the World

    October 19, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. reality

    I believe even Bush given a chance he would endorse Obama. The only person who would go for Mccain is Dick Chenney. So those commenting that Colin is only supporting a fellow black man need to do some history study. Blacks have voted for white democrat candidates in large numbers. Stop spininng things around and blame the mcain for running a campaign that has no bearing. So if you want to vote for mccain you not been racist you just been stupid.

    October 19, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  18. Richard

    Colin Powell was thought by many Americans to have the most integrity of anyone in the Bush administration. He has shown that they were right.

    October 19, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  19. Debby middle aged white lady in PA

    The style and logic behind his thinking is what makes Powell's endorsement stand out. Compare it to some of the ugly lies that have exemplified the McCain campaign lately where the logic to choose McCain is based on fear tactics and divisions. We need to unite as a country. I am sorry McCain chose to go with Bush's cronies to run his campaign. He was better than that. Contrast that with Obama's campaign which has chosen to stick with the issues when they could have gone after countless areas of McCain's political and personal like not to mention Palin. If these horrid Bush style tactics start to work I hope the ODems are prepared to bring up the witch doctor, Palin's ties to terrorist successionists, the abuse of power, the video highighting her church's Pentecostal brand of religions plans to "infiltarte" politics and business, McCain's history of infideliy and the cover ups for Cindy's drug addiction crimes. Anyone who voted for Bush and regrets it after Iraq and this econmy has a chance to redeem themselves this time and vote for Obama so our standing in the world and our economy can grow again. We are one country under God and Obama can take us into the future. Please vote for Obama Biden on Nov. 4th.

    October 19, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  20. Machiavelli, Baton Rouge, LA

    I think General Powell lost some credibility when he became a minion of George W. and not the general who should have resigned in protest leading up to the war. It is known that Powell did not support military action against Iraq, but he allowed George W. to question his party loyalty.

    Nevertheless, General Powell was instrumental in planning in executing the first Gulf War.

    October 19, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. Jody Monroe

    General Powell is a good example of what each of us Americans should do: Evaluate each candidate completely - and then vote based on the candidates' ability to lead America on the issues.

    INTEGRITY – Gen. Powell is a man of few words, but a person of exceptional integrity. A fine example of integrity, something we need more of in America.

    October 19, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  22. Shirley

    These are tough times, brought in by the administration that I admittedly voted for in both elections. But I've learned from my mistake, so I am voting Democratic for the first time in decades.

    Thank you Mr. Powell for putting your Country First.

    October 19, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  23. Fani from NJ

    This is good. General Colin Powell is the all-American, pro-America in Sarah's terms. It should help Obama.

    October 19, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  24. Chris in CA

    Signed, sealed, delivered! I can't wait to vote for Obama/ Biden.

    October 19, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. no more four

    I am so grateful that a respected member of our government has made such a thoughtful decision. I was beginning to believe that some were not recognizing the mistakes of the Replubican campaign. The gimmicks (joe the plumber, vp choice, etc.) and hatermongering (silence and promotions of smears and racial attacks, etc.) have brought disgrace to our nation. Thank you Colin Powell for your RESPECTFUL endorsement of Sen. Obama.

    October 19, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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