October 19th, 2008
09:24 AM ET
5 years ago

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.

Full story


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (959 Responses)
  1. Always Blue Maryland

    This is wonderful news and I love how Powell spoke directly to the negative campaign that the McCain campaign has run. It is so harmful to our country both internally and also to our world reputation.

    October 19, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  2. mr powell's big fan

    thank you, mr. powell.. thank you for endorsing mr. obama..... i always admire you....

    October 19, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  3. Pam

    Colin Powell is an outstanding American. I was sad when he didn't run for president. After having been a part of Obama's record breaking rally in St. Louis yesterday, this news today about Colin Powell endorsing Barak Obama gives me even more hope that America will become great and proud again. YES!!!

    October 19, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. Anonymous

    This demonstrates that Barack Obama is ready and capable to be President.

    October 19, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. Joan, MD

    One of the most respected voices in America has spoken. Enough said.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 19, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. Anita of georgia

    I think Colin Powell endorsing Barack Obama definite speak volume in it self. I think he can see the making of a great leader for this country. A leader that America has needed for a long time. One that can bring all American together. We all see that in Barack Obama. Never in the History of this country, has I seen anyone run such a coordinated campaign and never strayed away from talking about the issues that's so troubling to American. Good call Colin Powell. To all Obama supporters--VOTE EARLY.

    October 19, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. Joe From Ohio

    Wow... there's not much else to say.

    October 19, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. Oregon Calling

    And that "My friends" is what I am talking about!

    Obama / Biden 08

    October 19, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. Central Scruitinizer

    WOW!!! This is a great day for OBAMA. Im going to go see him and Hillary in Orlando on Monday and I cant wait ....Hope we have a turnout like they did in ST Louis......

    October 19, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  10. Jen B

    Powell is a military man who commands respect. Contrast that with McCain and his dishonorable campaign.

    October 19, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  11. Galen, ME

    I respect Colin and his wife Alma. They have served the country well. I got the feeling that Secretary Powell was not only speaking for millions of Americans, but for his grandchildren. Well done Secretary Powell, well done.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 19, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  12. S. Boatman

    NICE! This Man Is A True American Hero That Puts His Country First!

    October 19, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  13. *******

    All the commanders need to come onboard. A great decision!!! As an Air Force member I love the decision.

    October 19, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  14. Pat

    Thank you Colin Powell for your endorsement. I believe it means a great deal to this election. I also thank you for stating how disappointed you were in Senator's McCain's choice of VP due to Palin's lack of readiness for President. It seemed when we ordinary "Joe Six Packs" stated the same Republican admirers called us racist, etc. etc. Maybe now that you, a man of great Political stature and intelligence have stated the same, it may at least urge some to stop and think about what McCain's decision says about McCain and his love and concern for Country.

    October 19, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  15. Breck

    A nail in the coffin for the McSame campaign. Good for you General Powell, you are one of the few Republicans I still have any liking for.

    October 19, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  16. carolo

    When Colin Powell refused to endorse John McCain, which whom he's had a 27 year friendship, THAT should tell you something.

    October 19, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  17. scott

    phony that's all i have to say

    October 19, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  18. over-it

    Well of course he endorses him. They're the same race. Blacks are more racist than whites, but they never get called out on it. Actually kind of sad. I have always admired Mr. Powell. (not anymore)

    October 19, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  19. Ron

    Who said there is no RACISM in this election???????????

    McCain/Palin 2008

    October 19, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  20. Enlightened Voter

    He recognizes greatness when he sees it. I admire Powell because he had the integrity to resign after he realizes that the bush administration was corrupt. Besides no honorable person could endorse the clueless, pathologically lying ticket of mccain/palin.

    October 19, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  21. Mrs. Independent

    I am very impressed with this endorsement, he has now solidified my vote for Barack Obama.

    October 19, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  22. scott

    race factor

    October 19, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  23. Darrell Burks

    Powell – Again shows that he is smart and has good judgement. He has endorsed the right man. He sees Republicans so divisive and unable to lead. Go Obama!!!

    October 19, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  24. Donna

    Anyone who believes Powell endorsed Obama because of a shared racial heritage doesn't know much about Powell. This is an endorsement by a thoughtful, extraordinarily intelligent person who sees beyond the rhetoric to the true quality of Obama, and who sees beyond his friendship with John McCain to his atrocious decision-making and willingness to risk the country to put Sarah Palin a heartbeat from the presidency.

    October 19, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  25. Kamau

    Thankyou Gen. Powell

    October 19, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.