(CNN) - Retired Gen. Colin Powell is not prepared to back President Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential campaign.
The former secretary of state under former President George W. Bush endorsed then-candidate Obama in the 2008 election, but said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that he will wait to make a decision on whom to support in the next presidential election.
"Right now I do not see on the Republican side any one individual who I think is going to emerge at the top of the pile," Powell added.
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General Powell the GOP is too far from the Right for you and for Moderate.
In other words Gen.Powell is not going to make the same mistake twice. He know that he made a mistake by indorsing Obama. Gen Powell has now realized that Obama is not the President he thought he would be. So now Gen Powell isn't going to indorse anyone. I would not put to much stock in what he says. Generlals don't like to make mistakes.
If the democrats came up with a REAL BLUE DOG DEMOCRAT, then I could consider vaoting for a democrat. General Powell needs to look at what the Obama administration will do to the US Military in the long term as I do and he may not back President Obama. With China getting a stealth plane we need to build more F-22's and improve our forces. Also we need to win in Afganastan.
Nobody should make an absolute decision about whom to support at this point. First we need to see who's running. In January 2007 Barack Obama was a guy who'd made a good speech, and that was about all anybody knew about him. We're almost a year away from the first primaries; there's still a lot of politicking to be done.
What a useless article. He is among the 3 million people who will wait until Nov. 2012 to cast their vote.
Gen. Powell is doing what I think most Americans are doing. They are simply waiting to see. It is the extreme left and right that have already made their discissions. They are the folks that must have something to complain about all the time.
I'm an Independent who supported Obama in 2008 but will wait until 2012 before I decide who to support. I'm not sure about Powell, but this is what REAL INDEPENDENTS do. It's nothing against Obama really, but I vote for the best person at the time....
Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin will be in the GOP ticket so he will endorse Obama
Republicans can’t avoid Tea party response to President Obama's State of the Union address guess what either one must be in the ticket
He put that very kindly re the Repub. candidates. He's too intelligent to say what they really are.
The headline overstates the situation. Powell's closing comments accurately reflect how we should all be at this point in the electoral process: "I am not committed to any candidate until I see all the candidates..."
It's way too soon to talk about 2012 as a done deal.
It was a good thing when Colin Powell endorsed President Obama in the last election but President really don't need an endorsement from Colin Powell to win in 2012. I feel that President Pbama is on the right track to get re=elected on his own merits and what he has accomplished for this country thus far. I know that a lot of people feel that the health carebill was a mistake but please try to understand what it is like to have an illness and because you are unemployed or too old to afford good insurance your mortality isshort. Thisis what happenedto my brother who we lost last year to cancer but he could not afford health insurance. Put yourself in the shoes of people like us.
It is time for the GOP to get rid of their current flock of losers including romney/palin and look at HERMAN CAIN a black american corp exec who has turned around big bz for Pillsbury and who can provide solutions not regurjation of politcal pap lke the others
The next primary will be one of many candidates.
Colin powell should run himself.
Most politicians & law enforcement officers have small penis' thats the reason they seek positions of power
Why would this be a surprise. Colin Powell is an intelligent and reflective person. Why back Obama when you don't even know who will be running against him.
I think hillary should give it another run...shed definitely win now.
as all american's should thats why they hold elections. reserve judgement, then vote for the person you feel is best too lead your nation
This was an interesting headline since anyone who listened to the whole interview knows that he almost entirely endorsed everything the President has or is trying to do. Of course he is not going to come out now and say he is going to vote for him in 2012. That is a long way off and is a personal decision. It was a stupid and leading question and does not deserve to be the headline of the interview. Who makes up these headlines anyway?
We forget that there are a hundred political lives between now and 2012.
Colin Powell is a very wise man. Its way too early for a man who actually votes with his heart and not his wallet like the gopers tend to do.
What is the big deal about that, did you forget he is a Republican ? and what time of the campaign did he endorse Obama?
Wow, One LIAR won't support the other, kind of like Honor Amongst Thieves!
He will wait until the retards pick there sacrificial lamb before he decides on the obvious.
If there is on thing we should have learned by now and that is the Powell is an opportunist. If he can gain more from a repulsive republican or a democrat he will make the most of it. Even is it is being non-committal. I never trusted the man!