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. NC = Obama in '08

    Powell is skewering McCain. I know this has to be a dagger in the heart of the McCain campaign. God only knows how the GOP will spin this one. I bet they will say something to the effect of Powell endorsing Obama because he is black.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

    October 19, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  2. Patricia from Germany

    Colin Powell is a man of integrity who was abused by the Bush administration. I hope that Obama will use him in a positive capacity in his administration.

    October 19, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  3. Danny

    If this doesn't do it, I don't know what will...!

    October 19, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. Doc

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
    Huge this is huge, the republican party is collapsing and people are bailing fast. And even faster now that Powell has come forward. I'd like to see the machine (the republican spin) talk this down. Or do they even dare try to attack Colin Powell's character LOL. I am eager to see the comment in this section.

    OB1 08'

    October 19, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. Tina in PA

    Negativity never trumps intelligence. McCain get a clue.

    Obama/Biden

    October 19, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. PAYING TAXES IS SPREADING THE WEALTH

    COLIN POWELL is credible, knowledgable, and endorsed OBAMA.

    October 19, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. Charlie

    This is great news, now we have to make sure that we vote. Wouldn't it be nice if both candidates got rid of the personal attack adds and instead encouraged everyone to vote. That would really be putting the country first. Senator McCain needs to consider the impact of character attacks on the next President of the United States. Senator Obama's has my vote because he has been working toward unity. Recent responses to desperate attacks have been necessary, but not the most pleasant.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 19, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. Anthony from Miami

    I appreciate you Gen Powell! I served under your command and I'm happy to see that you did one thing others can't seem to do. You laid out why you're voting Obama and you CLEARLY expressed why you're not voting McCain. It's not color, but principles and looking forward!

    October 19, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  9. ralph

    Even McCain's good friend chose Obama over him.

    October 19, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  10. i never get posted!!!!

    now THAT's an endorsement. What an eloquent human being....no crazy eyes on this guy. When a HIGHLY respected Republican endorses Obama, to me, check mate...as James Carvell said 'throw water on the fire, call the dogs in, it's time to go home'.

    Obama / Biden

    October 19, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. dd

    Hello, Powell is black, not surprised.
    Does not change my vote.
    Democrat for McCain

    October 19, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  12. George

    After working on a wrong war in iraq, that's a good way to restore your standing to the american people. Give Obama advice how to end that war as you know all the lies that went in.

    October 19, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  13. bnavoter

    let's just hope that the rnc and the mccain campaign won't smear general powell. surely not...
    he is a true patriot and i hope they don't attack him just because he doesn't vote for mccain.

    October 19, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  14. ulric

    Powell endorsement speak volume this is a man that put country first over political affiliation and that why he resign from the bush administration. he was lied to about the intelligent on iraq.

    October 19, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  15. anj

    Finally someone with enough influence and balls to say Palin is not ready to be president!!

    October 19, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  16. oldworld

    A wise man supports another wiser man. Thank you Mr. Powell!

    October 19, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  17. Sue

    It is great to see that even Republicans can see the difference between Obama/Biden and McCain/Palin, I know many (racists) will say it is Black for Black, but real people, real Democrats and Repulicans that really care about what direction this country is going in, and how to handle this economy and not about personal attacks, there has to be someone that cares about American and the people and McCain has not shown that in the last couple months, it's more about negative campaigning and trying to win a vote any way he can get it except dealing with the issues.

    October 19, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  18. Florida Voter

    I wonder how the McCain Camp will "spin" this endorsement.

    October 19, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  19. Vic

    Why is this NOT a surprise. Now Colin Powell can count another instance of his betraying a commitment.

    October 19, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  20. Canadians for Obama/Biden!!!!

    Wow! Here in Canada we are estatic! This endorsement speaks volumes and we feel as if there is real change around the bend, not just for Americans, but then ultimately the World. We hope and pray that Americans reject the divisive and fear-evoking politics of the McCain campaign, and it's shameful and disgraceful pick of VP candidate Sarah Palin! Barack Obama and Joe Biden display the upstanding characteristics, judgement and experience that will change your Country for the better and ultimately the World and we can't wait...Obama/Biden on November 4th!! We wait with hope...

    October 19, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  21. Craig a Texas Democrat

    LOL i love it.

    October 19, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  22. Janice

    Thank you General Powell for making an intelligent decision. Thank you for basing your decision on how someone's intellect, education, fiscal ability, demeanor, decision making strengths, cordiality, and diplomacy can move this Country forward. God bless you and God bless America!

    October 19, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  23. john

    the best desicion

    October 19, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  24. vicki

    That is WONDERFUL news. Thank you Colin and congratulations Barack. This IS a HUGE endorsement.

    October 19, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  25. hopeful in hawaii

    Next headline will readm
    "Condi Rice and Laura Bush endorse Obama!"

    October 19, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
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