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. Roger

    Guys, it's getting ugly out there, this election is getting really serious. It's time for republicans and independents admit that John McCain is nothing but the same old politics with the same failed policies!!

    I have to thank Powell for this one. This is the true "country first".

    Obama/Biden 2008.

    Let´s go!!

    October 19, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. John

    A prominent Republican like General Powell endorsing the Democratic candidate really goes to show that he is putting the country before politics. It also highlights just how exceptional Barack Obama really is. For the first time in my life I am excited about a candidate. The stakes right now are so high for our country and the whole world. What a crime it would be for McCain and the truly ignorant Palin to win. We need to get out there and vote.

    For those claiming that it's only because they are both black,how sad that you are so small minded and short sighted. funny how those comments always include the line "I'm not racist, but ".......

    October 19, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. Dia, Dayton, Ohio

    There are more white republicans backing Obama than there are balck republicans endorsing Obama. So, please republicans, stop trying to divide this great country between balck and white, pro and anti America, real Virginia and Socialist Virginia.

    October 19, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. CONCERNED INDEPENDENT

    YES, and make him Secretary of Defense now !!!!
    Texas independent

    October 19, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. R J from corrupt dumbocrat NJ

    So Powell endorses NObama. What a shock. Yeah right.. Y'know the old saying...."Birds of a feather flock together". It applies here big-time.

    Hey General.... u hoping for a spot in the new dumbocrat administration's cabinet? Nice try. You'll be crying in your beer when McCain wins on election night ..... join all the other lemmings who post endlessly on here in support of their messiah.

    October 19, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. Maggie

    Going out of your way to say that you are not racist usually says something about a person, "If you like the last two years. . . "
    What about the many many whites voting for Obama? I would guess that Powell doesn't want to endorse an unraveling nut job and his 60 iq puppet.

    October 19, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. Dadedi

    I am tired of Republican tirades. Doesn't your candidate have anything to run on other than Ayres? Why are we being bombarded with Ayres phone calls when there are a lot of issues that your candidate can address? Collin Powell was just as sick and tired as the rest of us. We cannot stand the McCain campaign anymore!

    October 19, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Country First! Finally, a Republican that means what he says.

    October 19, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. GOD'S MESSENGER

    GENERAL POWELL, YOU ARE SMART. NOT SWINGED BY THE LIES OF THE REPUBLICAN AND THE FOX NEWS. PEOPLE MUST BE GIVEN TIME FOR THE TRUE DECISION, AND NOT LED BY THE LIES OF THE SOME CALLED THEY ARE CHRISTIANS.
    I AM A CHRISTIAN AND A PREACHER. I HAVE SEEN ENOUGH OF THE KKK-RPUBLICAN MENTALLITY. WE HAVE SEEN HISTORY, AND WE HAVE EXPERIENCED IT. NOW LETS HAVE A STRAIGHT DECENT TALK. PLEASE DROP YOU GUNS, AND GET THE WORD OF GOD IN YOUR HEART. GOD BLESS AMERICA.

    October 19, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. Like... Ask Sarah what "Socialism" means

    Stooping to the "socialist" card and Karl Rove-type fear mongering probably was the last straw for Powell.

    Please... someone... anyone... Joe the Plummer, a soccer mom or dad, even a pig with lipstick... Ask Sarah if she even knows what "socialism" is and how it applies to Obama!!!

    All she's doing is stirring the hate/fear base of "real" America who might be convinced by such shameful, wrong rhetoric. McCain, himself, should know better and put a stop to it... because it harms ALL of America... This is what Powell is talking about.

    October 19, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Larry Morrison

    My sentiments exactly!

    October 19, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. Brad

    With Colin Powell's intelligence, experiance and being well respected through out the world, he needs to play a significant role in President Obama's administration.

    October 19, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. mgb408

    Thank you Colin Powell....Chuck Hagel? anything you want to say?

    October 19, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. Harrison

    Gen Powell's message was clear. McCain has made an inexcusable choice with Palin. The GOP has lost its message and has started moving far right.

    I'm voting for Obama. If he's good enough for Powell he's good enough for me.

    October 19, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. Joe the Troll

    Maybe those people who insist that black people support Obama only because of race can explain to me why Sharpton, Jackson, Mosely-Braun, McKinney, and Keyes never got this level of support. I think that people tend to expect others to act like they do themselves, and so those that intend to vote for McCain only because he's white expect the same from black people.

    October 19, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. Sam

    Response to Francisco Siqueiros: Your comment about supporting a candidate from your own party even if you don't like them...several problems with that approach:
    a. If you don't think outside the box, you'll be making the same mistakes.
    b. Your own "Maverick" duos (McCain and Palin) themselsves don't support that idea by their own admission.

    So let me ask you, if you followed your leader who you disagreed with or disliked and he fell into a ditch, are go blindly follow him?

    October 19, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. outraged

    it is rediculous that people would say that the only reason powell endorsed obama is because he is black. do you say the same thing when a white person endorses mccain? if not, then apparently you are the one with the racial bias. think about it.

    October 19, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. Iraq Vet

    Yep, another retired 4 star general playing politics. He was the one who said we should stop in the first gulf war instead of going to Bagdad. If we would have pursued that route we would not be in the Iraq war we are in now.

    October 19, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. Trent

    As a Democrat...I have always been excited about a Powell presidency....since he never decided to run it really hasnt made a difference...but his endorsement is important. He is not just any general. This is a big endorsement!!!

    October 19, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  20. KBC

    Although I'm delighted that Colin Powell endorsed Senator Obama for President, I hope that - if people didn't hear it live on Meet the Press - that they will find it somewhere on the internet and listen to his seven minutes of reasoning. I heard Secretary Powell a few months ago talking about the thought process for choosing the next President. He gives an excellent, well thought-out rationale of why he believes that Senator Obama is the best choice for our country and our future, and I hope that people will apply the same decision-making process to their decisions. I have great respect for Secretary Powell and I appreciate his wisdom.

    October 19, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  21. great

    Nice to see Colin support Barack. Unfortunately, his endorsement to many is seen as a black man supporting another black man despite Colin's reputation. However his oponion also underscores how turned off he is by the republican's campaign against Obama.

    October 19, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. mgb408

    Thank you Colin Powell!...Chuck Hagel??.. you got something to say?

    October 19, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. hD

    ...and on 'Patriot' yardstick. Patrick Henry was a Patriot; Paul Revere was a Patriot; hell, Cripus Attucks (look him up folks) was a Patriot. The term Patriot is what the term 'Hero' was around 2001-2002; overly used.

    October 19, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  24. David

    I'm a strong Obama supporter. I understand that maybe this endorsement may sway some independents. Nevertheless, he may not be as bad as Rumsfeld, Cheney, Wolfowitz,, Bush and that rest of the gang of war criminals but Powel is still complicit in war crimes and torture.

    October 19, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  25. Andrew

    I didn't hear any criticism toward Powell from the Obama campaign at all like Lilly is stating. This is pure propaganda that is the very essence of what the republican party has become. To say as Palin stated that they would only campaign in pro American parts of the country should disqualify them both for the highest offices in the land. We simply cannot have people in office that see some of their fellow Americans as the enemy. Enough! It's time to move forward.

    October 19, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
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