Powell won't commit to Obama in 2012
January 23rd, 2011
09:51 AM ET
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Powell won't commit to Obama in 2012

(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.


"I'm not committed to Barack Obama. I'm not committed to a Republican candidate," Powell told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. "I am not committed to any candidate until I see all the candidates and finally see who the two candidates are who are going for this position."

"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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  1. Alistair

    General Powell the GOP is too far from the Right for you and for Moderate.

    January 23, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  2. Ernie

    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.

    January 23, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. MAC

    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.

    January 23, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. GonzoinHouston

    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.

    January 23, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. steven harnack

    What a useless article. He is among the 3 million people who will wait until Nov. 2012 to cast their vote.

    January 23, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. Moderate Southerner

    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.

    January 23, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. kyle-The Independent

    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....

    January 23, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. vic nashville tn

    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

    January 23, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. Tam

    He put that very kindly re the Repub. candidates. He's too intelligent to say what they really are.

    January 23, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. LGNY

    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.

    January 23, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. Pat

    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.

    January 23, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  12. andy

    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

    January 23, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    The next primary will be one of many candidates.

    January 23, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  14. Obamaishot

    Colin powell should run himself.

    January 23, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. Obamaishot

    Most politicians & law enforcement officers have small penis' thats the reason they seek positions of power

    January 23, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  16. Brian

    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.

    January 23, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. Obamaishot

    I think hillary should give it another run...shed definitely win now.

    January 23, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  18. usa/canada

    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

    January 23, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. Joan

    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?

    January 23, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  20. mark

    We forget that there are a hundred political lives between now and 2012.

    January 23, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  21. Sees All Evil

    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.

    January 23, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. brima

    What is the big deal about that, did you forget he is a Republican ? and what time of the campaign did he endorse Obama?

    January 23, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  23. groingo

    Wow, One LIAR won't support the other, kind of like Honor Amongst Thieves!

    January 23, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    He will wait until the retards pick there sacrificial lamb before he decides on the obvious.

    January 23, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  25. Gil

    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!

    January 23, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
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