Obama highlights Powell endorsement in new ad
October 31st, 2012
04:21 PM ET
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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. Marie

    I'm white, & I've voted for Regan. but these new bred Repubcan that we have in Washington on the pass 15 yrs. are like comunist. They want everything for themselves & their rich friends ,that they can steel, cheat, grom our goverment.

    October 31, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  2. simon

    all this people just talking,this country needs a leader not a hero Obama is a leader and Romney he just want's to be a hero,and the only thing we do is just talking and i know that's why america is not the same.

    October 31, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. PJ

    I expect racist comments from the haters starting with their leader Sununu, but I was blindsided by the gall of
    John McCain blameing Colin Powell for the Iraq war, because of "his speech to the UN". Their problem is,
    they needed Colin Powell's endorsement, but Colin Powell doesn't need them.

    October 31, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  4. rrobinson

    After all of Mitts lies, flip flopping, his lack of knowledge on foreign policy , and yes the 47 percent comment. Not showing more of his taxes. The foreign bank accounts, the ties to Bain Captial. The list goes on and on. And if you still can honestly vote for him. You need God and psychiatric help. In that order.

    October 31, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  5. Nathan

    What puzzles me is Gen. Col Powell gave famous speech in UN, showing a vial of white stuff, a presentation that shows truck with WMD. He was a key member in past president administration and know what is right and wrong at the time of his speech in UN. If the Gen was honest and not had done the presentation at UN, things would have been different. At worst situation, all of sudden, he made a U-TURN to be portraying a seasoned politician and innocent. How can we trust such endorsement and what is the moral value?

    October 31, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  6. Vannak

    When we are neutral politically (black or white) like supporting President Obama, people could consider our act as normal. When we are Democrat (Black or White) like supporting President Obama, people could equally consider our act as normal too. But, when we are Republican (black or white) like backing President Obama, people could think that we have a small problem in our head. Then, when we are a High Profile Republican (black) desire to support President Obama, people could consider our act as we have a very BIG PROBLEM in our head!!!!!!! Would Obama radio ad with Colin Powell’s endorsement, could help him?????

    October 31, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  7. Tim

    Jojo wrote:

    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!!!
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    @Jojo

    You are such a racist! Barack Obama received just about as many white votes and black votes as Bill Clinton did when he ran for President. So, I guess Bill Clinton received the majority of the black vote because he is black too righ?!...Oh, that's right, Bill Clinton is black....my bad. ;-)

    October 31, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  8. al in memphis

    @ Jojo

    Really– I know that's what you like to think, but not the case. Mr. Powell gave his points for Obama's accomplishment and points against Romney policies. In anybody's world that would seem a rationale approach to making a decisions. If you did the same process and will vote for Romney, then great for you.
    But if you want to discredit a man you don't know and millions of people you don't know, then you have define racism and it is looking back at you in the mirror.

    October 31, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  9. warren

    Colin did the right thing. He knows a vote for romney. Is a vote for disaster!

    October 31, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  10. Eric

    The Iraq war declaration situation aside, I've always viewed Gen Powell very positively. That said, we, as a country, are recovering. We cannot afford a Romney- Ryan "experiment." The 8-year Bush experiment almost destroyed us!

    October 31, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  11. @Phil needs a hug...

    @Phil.

    So sensitive over the fact that one of the most respected of the Republican does not buy into the modern-day extremists/ideologues that view compromise as a bad word. Bipartisanship and compromise are at the very of the nation's foundation. If this foreign to you I feel sorry for you, for you have missed the core essence of Freedom. Freedom of speech, like our other rights, should be used responsibly. I'll summarize that old fashioned parlance: Respect your elders. Especially, when they are obviously wiser.

    October 31, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  12. freddie nerk

    Colin Powell is a hero and he is endorsing another American hero.

    October 31, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  13. Thomas

    @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!!!

    ===

    It's about justice , equality , freedom and the right to liberty .

    The fact is people do vote on facts , do you think most blacks would vote for Herman Cain ?

    You are so narrow minded you believe every body thinks like you , and thats why you can't lead , your a follower , just like Mitt Romney.

    Romney = GW Bush , no new ides !

    October 31, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  14. @Phil needs a hug...

    @Phil.

    So sensitive over the fact that one of the most respected Republicans does not buy into the modern-day extremists/ideologues that view compromise as a bad word. Bipartisanship and compromise are at the very heart of the nation’s foundation. If this is foreign to you I feel sorry for you, for you have missed the core essence of Freedom. Freedom of speech, like our other rights, should be used responsibly. I’ll summarize that old fashioned parlance: Respect your elders. Especially, when they are obviously wiser.

    October 31, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  15. Thomas

    @Bob
    Powell is only voting his skin color. If he would only look at the things Ovomit has done he wouldn't give him a second thought.Trying to destroy this country is not respectful nor patriotic...

    ======

    Bob ,
    you sound like a very intelligent guy , you most likely have a PHD from the Arian Brotherhood University of San Quentin .
    You sound well traveled and openminded regarding your experiances on the yard .
    Go play video games and think of great things !

    Do you have a Tattoo on your shaved head that says TEAPARTY ?

    You would be a great mentor to Mitt Romney;s five sons who avoided volunteering to serve out country .

    POWEL DID , he was in Vietnam .

    October 31, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  16. 6 MORE days until Obama is RE-ELECTED !!

    Powell did the right thing in supporting the POTUS.
    When I look at the list from the right – Palin, Bachmann, Akin, Mourdock, Romney, Ryan, McConnell, Boehner, Christie, Rubio, Guliani, then Hannity, O'Reilly, Beck, Limbaugh, Ingraham, Medved and Savage – I thank God I have a brain and don't need to be lectured to about whom to vote for. The failed trickle-down fiscal policies of the right put us in teh is mess, and we sure don't need to go bcak to them.
    The fat lady sings for Obama on Tues. Get over it peeps.

    October 31, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  17. Ewafula

    That lying Pinochio Romney will lie to y about Iran and plunge America in another war. His nose is steching fro DC TO orlando Florida.

    October 31, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  18. Name Carlos Thmpson

    General Powel a man of great integrity and honor.

    October 31, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  19. Cheryl

    These people who believe Colin Powell votes based on race are assuming everyone is like them. They vote based on race, so they think Powell does. Colin Powell wouldn't vote for Herman Cain or Allan West even though they're Republicans. He's worked too hard to earn the world's respect to throw that away by linking himself to someone who doesn't measure up to his high standards. The President must be very proud to have his endorsement.

    October 31, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  20. NameNC_Right

    Racist endorsement

    October 31, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  21. True American

    Gen. Collin Powell was misinformed by GW Bush (blood-tasty) Misinformation expert to get UN nod for war in Iraq & get innocent people killed. His endorsement of Obama simply means a No to unjust spending of America money in war & no more economic recession. 'Obama 2012'.

    October 31, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  22. Chris

    With all due respect, I think Gen Powell did the best a well thing human can by endorsing President Obama.Let the truth prevail.

    October 31, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  23. "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." --B. Obama

    I wonder what Powell thinks about the Benghazi coverup.

    October 31, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  24. Michael Ingram

    Colin Powell is one of our greatest african ameican leaders, and him a republican to endorse a democratic incumbant President is awesome. Thank you Mr. Secretary!

    October 31, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  25. Wake up People!

    @jojo. 96% of blacks??? Where do you people get these numbers. Once again let me tell the non-blacks that probably don't know any outside of work. Many blacks DO NOT support President Obama and guess why? I'm sorry to have to put our ignorance out here my fellow black people, but I'm getting sick of them perpetuating this lie. Many, many blacks are haters. Oh we don't really hate on other races, we reserve that for ourselves. Some of us hate to see others of us accomplish anything. Therefore there are many blacks that might not even vote. So saying 96% of blacks will vote for the POTUS is a bare faced lie. I wish it were true, but sadly it's not. Btw, since President Obama was just voted in in 2008, who did we vote for before??? I voted for that white hillbilly from Arkansas, and I will say I was a little leary at first, but it turned out I LOVED HIM! And still do.
    So now what? Oh yeah when Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson threw their hats in the ring, I wasn't for either of them.

    OBAMA 2012! 1eye

    October 31, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
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