(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.
Wow, this was completely unexpected. Next we’ll hear Condoleezza Rice is voting for Obama, too. And I can hear all the racist epithets being thrown at me already. Whatever. FYI: I’m not voting for either one of these morons, and it has nothing to do with skin color or age.
That is the icing on the cake for me...
Obama/Biden in 2008!!!
It won't be long before the Republicans try to belittle Powell's achievements and service for America and the Republican party in an attempt to water down this endorsement.
It's still good endorsement.
finally a republican with half a brain
Good job! I like also the reasons why Obama gets this endorsement.
Obama talks the talk....but will he walk the walk....
i am not surprised at all......he waited this long...so he could be on the winning team......
Great leader endorses the new Leader of the free world..
Mr. Obama will lead this country back to the promise land.
This is great. Colin Powell speaks for many sensible people around this Country no matter what your politiclal affiliation. That the future of America is clear and it should be Barrack Obama.
Intelligence recognizes intelligence.
Good choice General Powell! I too have voted for candidates in both major parties and I too have come to the conclusion that Obama is the intellectual and inclusive President that we need in America! I trust his judgement in foreign policy and economics way – something I can't say for the other ticket! Thank God we still have rational people who take the direction of our country seriously! I am proud to be an American and proud to be supporting Senator Barack Obama for President of the good ole' U.S.A.!!!!
Lisa T – turning Florida blue!!!!
McCain has the backing of over 200 military leaders and many, many former Secretarys of State. Obama has the backing of Ayers and Rev. Wright, and now, Powell, one of the top 3 responsible for our country's mess! Yippee!!!
I just wish Powell hadn't felt he NEEDED to endorse Obama!
Just what Obama needs right now a big endorsement of this caliber.
Bravo General Powell.
Thank you, Colin Powell. I feel that this endorsement carries a lot of weight to several different audiences, and I know it was made for the right reasons.
Sir, you have done your country proud for many years, and this is one more example of that.
look my friends everyone is leavining the repubs even The General
YES WE CAN!!!!! Plenty of room on the bandwagon for CHANGE!!!
I never thought Powell would play the race card. It's a good example of blacks banning together to get a black man elected president. It just goes to show that skin color is what this democratic party is all about.
I am ecstatic about Powell's endorsement. And it was made for the right reasons – Obama will change, will heal our relationship with the rest of the world. That IS important – we must regain our status as "the last best hope" – which has been so badly damaged over the past eight years.
I am also glad he specified the selection of Palin as what turned him away from McCain. That was a foolish, politically-motivated decision on the part of the McCain campaign that may very well come to haunt them after the election.
What a great endorsement! I am so proud of Barack and his campaign.
He had a painful decision, but he chose America.
Excellent! What a great man