(CNN) – President Barack Obama's campaign touts the endorsement of former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a Republican, in a new radio ad released Wednesday.
The move comes in the final days of the 2012 presidential race, as both campaigns work to appeal to the remaining undecided and independent voters.
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Powell endorsed the president last week on CBS' "This Morning," renewing his support for Obama that he first made public in 2008. The one-minute radio ad, "Endorsed," features some of Powell's praise for Obama in last week's interview.
"When he took over...we were in one of the worst recessions we had seen in recent times, close to a depression. The fiscal system was collapsing, Wall Street was in chaos...and we were in very difficult straits," Powell said, repeating many of the talking points heard from Obama's campaign.
In his endorsement, Powell criticized Mitt Romney's foreign policy positions, saying he was "uncomfortable" with what he described as "neo-conservative views" trumpeted by the GOP presidential nominee.
While the radio ad did not include Powell's criticism, it featured his approval of Obama's job in his role as commander-in-chief.
"I also saw the president get us out of one war, start to get us out of a second war," he said. "The actions he's taken with respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very, very solid."
Team Obama said the radio spot will air in Florida, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Virginia, New Hampshire, Ohio, Iowa, Nevada, and Colorado.
Yea Yea and we have Rice! Powell is known for affirmative action work and I hate to say it but race is an issue with the different things he is associated with
This election is about authenticity vs counterfeit. It is about truth vs falsehood. Gen Powell is an elder statesman. A man of dignity, integrity, and of truth who will not settle for less, and I applaud him for his courage. God bless you sir. Amen
These hypocrites that call themselves republicans know failures when they see them because from Hoovers Great Depression ,Reagan ,Nixon both stealing from SocialSecurity to balance the budget to their modern day cocaine huffing idiot in Bush in creating wars with lies and using an American hero in Colin Powell to deliver the war cry to the UN ..Now tell me you ignorent republican ones just what failures that this president recently made and use facts because with every so called failure you state I'll come back with a rebuttal mostly along the lines of your obstructionistic congress as well as your senators that curtailed any passing of any jobs,infastructure bills to drought relief for farmers,all turned down, but you did have time to try to repeal the ACA bill 34 times didn't yah or permanently making Bushs tax cut extentions into law,just the 1% remember not the rest!!Please come back if you can factually state what any of your ignorent presidents have done to help Americans because its a big task I know in republicans doing anything for anybody unless they're tied to a corporation ,religion or wealthy 1%ers,let me know before the ellection deadline,I'll be waiting!!
I waited for days to hear from Gen. Powell. I am a staunch supporter of our president-a former Indep. turned Dem. But I would vote for Gen. Powell and support him in any way possible. He has more integrity in his little finger than any of you Reps. criticizing him. You aren't fit to shine his military boots!! Speak very carefully-your racist bigotry is showing.
Thank you Gen. Powell for what you have done for our country.
@ – Phil – Yea Yea and we have Rice! Powell is known for affirmative action work and I hate to say it but race is an issue with the different things he is associated with
Well we all know that white people aren't voting for Mittens because he is white, right? Is it because he is so competent? I doubt it. Colin Powell is spot-on in his assessment of President Obama and don't embarass yoursell by saying it is race. It is about being competent. Since you GOPers (whites??) are backing Romney, you probably don't really know what competence is.
Powell refuses to endorse lying Rommey.
Among the president's failures:
Healthcare reform – now those pesky patients with cancer can get insurance
We left Iraq without finding Bush's WMDs
Those poor widows of Osama
Those darned gay Americans are able to serve their country
All those foreigners respect us. Darned Nobel Peace Prize
Stupid economy keeps improving
Wall Street has to follow all these RULES so they can't destory our investments again.
the picture is deceptive but powell looks like an african to me. Thats more important than being republican?
If the GOP ever wishes to win an honest Presidential election ever again, and attract Democratic voters they need to pick solid, intelligent candidates like Mr. Powell. Not these vacuous prissy fools they are running in this campaign.
@Kathleen Farrell – LOL Your post was funny as heck and right on the money. President Obama has done well INSPITE OF THE GOP. You see, I don't watch Fox News, therefore I am able to actually THINK!
Have far more respect for Colin Powell's endorsement of Pres. Obama than I ever would for "birther" Trump's endorsement of Romney.
General Powell exudes integrity. Did anyone really think he would endorse a pathological liar like Mitt Romney? C'mon, let's get real hear. If he would have endorsed Mitt Romney, the one thing he is known for would have been questioned....his integrity
Only three people accusing Powell of racism today? Guess they got it all out of their systems last week.
Kathleen Farrell-fantastic-a real work of art!!!
It is about race. 96% of blacks support Obama, 4% are undecided. Do all black people have so much in common that they all vote the same on facts? That's rediculous!!! They are voting for Obama because he is black. If white people were as racist as black people, Obama could have never been voted into office. Enough said!!!
This is excellent news!! For Romney!!!
Who the heck cares what Colin Powell does anyway? His endorsement means absoluetly nothing to me and will not change my vote against Obama. Time for a change.......Romney/Ryan in 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A sensible Poltician, stick to the fact inrespective of his Party.
The angry white males are really out in force today. I guess for halloween you can wear your klan hoods.
Get over race. Gen. Powell is an honorable man putting the country before his party as any good American should. Mitt sounded the fool when he agreed with the President on nearly every foreign policy issue during their debate. Not because the ideas are nonsense but because they were the exact opposite of his own positions about five minutes before he took the stage.
As a military man, Powell really needs to ask himself why the cammander in chief allowed his ambassador and 3 military men to be totured and killed, while he turned his back on them.
As a military man, Powell really needs to ask himself why the commander in chief allowed his ambassador and 3 military men to be totured and killed, while he turned his back on them.
In fact wall street is doing lot better under Obama than GOP thugs. True. Mu stocks did not falter, knock on the wood.
who care about Powell
powell see,s the rove/ bush/chenney connection with romney , and knows what it will cost americans in blood and treasure