September 19th, 2010
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Sounds of Sunday: Most intriguing quotes

 Powell leveled some criticism on President Obama Sunday.
Powell leveled some criticism on President Obama Sunday.

(CNN) - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former President Bill Clinton offered some of the most quotable sound bites from the Sunday morning shows:

On President Obama:
"I think he has lost some of the ability to connect that he had during the campaign. And it is not just me picking on the president. It's reflected in the polling." - Colin Powell, "Meet the Press"

On the Republican Party:
"I still think that there is need for a two-party system and that the Republican Party still has strength in it. It has strength with respect to its feelings about foreign policy and defense policy and our place in the world. And I'm not happy with the rightward switch, shift that the party has taken and I've said that on many occasions. I'm not about to give up." - Colin Powell, "Meet the Press"

On the Tea Party:
"The thing that bothers me about the Tea Party movement is two things. No. 1, according to the profiles and the studies that have been done, it's being bankrolled by people who want to weaken the government so that there will be even more unaccounted-for private concentration of power, and that's what got us in the mess we're in in the first place. And the second thing that bothers me is that it's hard to know where they stand on these specific issues." - Bill Clinton, CBS's "Face the Nation"

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  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The Tea Party has no "specific issues" and I like Pres. Clinton as well as many intelligent thinkers have a real concern.

    September 19, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. No-sense makes nonsense

    Support The Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the Constitution being put into a resolution by Dennis Kucinich and put forth by the network of spiritual progressives.

    Vote!

    Join the Oct 30 march on Washington to reclaim sanity.

    Require government to create a regulatory body that requires media to tell the 'truth' and be 'factual'. There is Free Speech and then there is hyper-sensationalism, often inaccurate etc. Rupert Murdock's FOX news has become one of those Transnationals that bend reality for profits and chaos.

    September 19, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. T Dick Schmidt

    OOh Bill , yes they look like a lot of high rollers. Its funny all the data that I have seen is the contributions are small. As far as "weakening the government" do you mean not letting government take over your life. Like in the progressive sense? I guess that would be different than Soros trying to weaken the government throught the progressive way. Hoooey Bill

    September 19, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. a in austin

    I have heard no plans on how the tea partiers will fix anything other than to abolish social security, unemployment, the education dept among others. What is the plan???? What are your solutions? The republicans need to let them come out and play with the media....

    September 19, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. Jane

    Clinton is out of touch with his head in the clouds. The Tea party does not want to "weaken the gov". I believe they want a smaller gov and for less gov in people;s lives. Cannot understand how that will weaken the gov. At the current rate the gov will regulate and control every aspect of your life.

    September 19, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. Guess Who

    If when a conservative from the GOP/Tea becomes the President, we will hear how much it is anti-American not to give 100% to the "office of Ronald Reagan". As for now, the 2nd Amendment decrees the Founding Fathers never meant for the Federal Government to be of much value, is the line they are toting.
    Because of; their leader wants "him" to fail.

    September 19, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. The Unsub

    Dare I give the Reps. advice, but there is your next President....Mr. Colin Powell!

    September 19, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. Peter s

    Very true Colin Powell "I think he has lost some of the ability to connect that he had during the campaign." It's because our Nation is torn between two the far right and the far left!, while the far right throws tantrums openly the far left is more cunning!!!

    September 19, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  9. jules sand-perkins

    I agree with Powell–whom I had hoped to see elected as the first African-American president–on both President Obama and what has happened to the Republican Party.
    What happened to the President's ability to communicate with us is that after he was elected we saw his performance of his job.
    I still have profound respect and admiration for Colin Powell.

    September 19, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. CTYank

    No, no, Bill. Really, the Tea Party is a spontaneous grass-roots phenomenon. Really. Dick Armey and the Koch bros. are just interested parties. Really.

    If the Republicans had any sort of leader (vice Rush, Beck, McConnell, Boehner, Newt) maybe they could get into their recent standard lock-step. "Country First" but first show me the money. (Sarah Palin)

    September 19, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    Google PNAC and read some of the articles. This is a carefully woven web by the republicans for decades. Corporations own the entire republican party.

    September 19, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. vic, Nashville TN

    Former President Bill Clinton and Former Secretary of State Colin Powell best of the best people

    There are no negative comments against their comments

    September 19, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Lisa in FL

    President Clinton, those are EXACTLY the correct questions and the 2 big things that need to be answered by the tea partiers. They have no policies to back up the rhetoric. None. They lie and distort and misinform about the President. Shameful. I love how they won't debate their opponents. Won't talk to reporters other than Fox Noise. I guess the old saying that "people get the government they deserve" may prove true to these baggers. And we really thought this country had moved forward when we elected the first African-American President, who, by the way, has done or is in the process of accomplishing everything he promised. Wake me up when this whole parrallel universe thing is over!!!

    September 19, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. Niyi Charles

    "to weaken the government so that there will be even more unaccounted-for private concentration of power"

    At the end of all these, the ignorant, uninform but hardworking will suffer the consequences. What a great world we live in!

    This is the evil that everyone that love freedom should fight against.

    September 19, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. D. Bunker

    Powell makes a number of good points. The GOBPbaggers are making their small tent even smaller with nutjobs like Demented passing judgment on who can or cannot be a Republican. These teatards are getting further and further away from the average mainstream American. And closer to closer to supporting out and out corporate fascism in which the poor and middle class merely serve the whims of their corporate overlords.

    September 19, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. Chipster

    Mr. Powell, it's time to give up. The GOP courted the religious right wing and now the religious extremists have taken control of the Party. The Party is rapidly moving toward actually violence and becoming the American Taliban. Beck, Palin, and Limbaugh have no regard for the truth or actual history. They manipulate and massage it until it fits their agenda. They want to force Christianity, extreme Christianity, on all Americans. I'm a Christian and I'm unable to recognize what they're promoting as "Christian."

    September 19, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. Riley

    Powell is being too kind on Obama. OBAMA IS CLUELESS! Powell should admit it.

    September 19, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. kelly

    Bill Clinton's presidency wasn't sucessful until republicans took control of Congress in his second term.He was forced to change directions from the way he ran the first term and decided to compromise and that's what worked.

    September 19, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. normajean

    I'm disappointed in Colin Powell. This is a man of great stature and power in past years who now just sits around making intellegent sounding comments and lets the chips fall where they may. Why doesn't some one as distinguished as he , and still a young and vibrant man, take a stand and put his still strong position and solid ideas to good use.. As to his position on our president, this man knows as well as any that Pres, Obama is pressured as NO president has been for decades and doesn't need little assides from the likes of Powell!!!!!
    !

    September 19, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. Annie, Atlanta

    Well said on the Tea Party, Mr. Powell. Well said!

    They're being bankrolled by the Koch brothers, who's Dad started the John Birch society to undermine President Kennedy. These guys are trying to undermine President Obama, in order to enrich themselves. It's pure and simple greed – nothing more. It's time the news media started pointing this out, daily. The tea party isn't a grassroots movement. This is a movement by billionaires who have bought our politicians in order to keep taxes & regulation at bay so they can make billions more. And said politicians in turn are pulling the wool over the eyes of the ignorant masses, doing the bidding of their corporate overlords. Makes you wonder what's in it for them, doesn't it?

    Wake up people. There's been the largest shift of wealth from the poor to the rich since the Gilded Age and Republican politicians aren't upholding their oath of office. They've turned on the very government and people they work for, while still collecting that filthy government money. They're allowing corporations to write bills that benefit said corporations and destroy us. We're getting screwed, while you tea partiers play dress up and call the President a bunch of conflicting names. Do you realize how silly you look in all this duplicity? The original tea party was a protest against a King that did nothing but take from them. Do you honestly think this is what our President is doing, trying to take from you? If you do, I feel not only sorry for you, but sorry for all of us. We're being destroyed, and you're helping.

    September 19, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. valwayne

    If Colin Powell ever was a Republican he certainly stopped being a Republican when he endorsed the most extreme left wing Democrat to ever run for the Presidency, Obama! Its clear that except for realizing the disaster the Democrats are on military and foreign policy, Sec Powell actually seems to think the Democrats massive increases in the size and cost of Government, and massive corrupt spending and debt are actually good things. I don't think the Republican party should be casting anyone out, quite the contrary, but if someone really believes that 9.6% UNEMPLOYMENT, trillions and trillions in corrupt spending and debt, massive growth in the size and cost of Government, and a foreign policy of bows, apology, and appeasement are truly the best way to go than they are an Obama Democrat regardless of their party registration.

    September 19, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. Vote for Democrats or Die hard!

    In other words, the Tea Party running on empty. No plans, no debates and no interviews. Tea Party Slogan: Vote for me because your white and angry!

    September 19, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  23. Clive Petersen

    I find your selection of "intriguing quotes" voiced by Colin Powell surprising. Far from criticizing the President he credited him with substantial accomplishments (health care reform, education initiative, bank reform). He also acknowledged that Obama's ability to connect with the electorate had deteriorated. He further took well known demagogues (Gingrich, Limbaugh, etc.) to task for spewing "nonsense" for political gain.

    September 19, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    In regard to the teabaggers: Hear, hear, former President Bill Clinton!

    The Koch brothers, Dick Armey, and multi-billion dollar multi-national corporations are bankrolling the teabaggers – so they can scare people into voting against their own self-interest!

    Isn't it pathetic that there are so many people in this country who instead of actually learning what the issues about are relying on raw emotion to make decisions? Since when did that ever work out?

    Don't you teabaggers see how you're being used? Most of you proclaim you're "Constitutional Conservatives," and yet seem ignorant of what's actually written in the document!

    It's fine to be afraid – these are tough times – but PLEASE don't let yourselves be manipulated into returning power to the very folks who created this mess in the first place!

    September 19, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    "...people who want to weaken the government so that there will be even more unaccounted-for private concentration of power..."

    You prefer unaccounted-for concentration of power in government?

    The degree to which any concentration of power can be trusted is inversely proportional to the extent of that power. The US government is by far the most powerful entity in the US, making it, by definition, the least trustworthy.

    September 19, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
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