Obama highlights Powell endorsement in new ad
October 31st, 2012
04:21 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama highlights Powell endorsement in new ad

(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.


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soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. 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

    October 31, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. Chuka

    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

    October 31, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. Pete

    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!!

    October 31, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. Willie Floyd

    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.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    October 31, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. DENNA

    @ – 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
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    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.

    October 31, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. C Anderson

    Powell refuses to endorse lying Rommey.

    October 31, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. Kathleen Farrell

    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.

    October 31, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. Name gmbhadiza

    the picture is deceptive but powell looks like an african to me. Thats more important than being republican?

    October 31, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. rs

    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.

    October 31, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. DENNA

    @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!

    October 31, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. Marty, FL

    Have far more respect for Colin Powell's endorsement of Pres. Obama than I ever would for "birther" Trump's endorsement of Romney.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 31, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  12. Tim

    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

    October 31, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. ghostriter

    Only three people accusing Powell of racism today? Guess they got it all out of their systems last week.

    October 31, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  14. Willie Floyd

    Kathleen Farrell-fantastic-a real work of art!!!

    October 31, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  15. Jojo

    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!!!

    October 31, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. Data Driven

    This is excellent news!! For Romney!!!

    October 31, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  17. Reggiedw

    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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 31, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. Name:Adams

    A sensible Poltician, stick to the fact inrespective of his Party.

    October 31, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  19. I Voted Early In NC

    The angry white males are really out in force today. I guess for halloween you can wear your klan hoods.

    October 31, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  20. 1twinsfan

    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.

    October 31, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  21. mikey

    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.

    October 31, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  22. mikey

    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.

    October 31, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  23. Gurgyl

    In fact wall street is doing lot better under Obama than GOP thugs. True. Mu stocks did not falter, knock on the wood.

    October 31, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  24. rashad

    who care about Powell

    October 31, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  25. g

    powell see,s the rove/ bush/chenney connection with romney , and knows what it will cost americans in blood and treasure

    October 31, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
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