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. n

    Ah, Jojo . . . calm down and take a deep breath. That's better! Now repeat what you just 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!!!"

    Now, give black folk credit for being intelligent, wise and able enough to discern the character of someone or lack there of. Now listen very careful because you are about to hear the truth about Romney. It is very clear that Mitt Romney is a big fat phony who have no idea on how to run a country. He has no core, he has no plan, he refused to respect the American people, he is a charlatan and grifter. Now why on earth would anyone, let alone a black person vote for him. Black people voting for President Obama is not based on racial bias but intelligence and common sense. Now go get you some and vote to re-elect this president.

    October 31, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  2. Joyce

    JoJo, here is thing. This country has had white men in the white house (which was built by black men Slaves) since the beginning and we have been voting for them. When we see someone that looks like us and has our best interest in his heart you better believe we will vote for him. When we can see all the things the Republican party has thrown his way and the haterd they have for him you can believe we will have the President's back. The klan hoods came off all because a black man is in the white house.

    October 31, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  3. Wesley Alagbu

    Its funny if we can not see with our eyes that the white never want to see a black man rule the world,But this has happened in our very eyes. Martin luther said it that one day a black man will rule the world and we see it happening. That is one, go and check where President Obama voted, It has a strong significant about this election,That is why when you listen to his speech He says, Time has come that no matter who you are where you come from, you can make a change and that we all are equal. He is saying some things that only the wise will be able to see. I will stand up with Obama and I am sure he will remain in power for the next 4 years..........As of Mitt Romney or Robin Hood,I don't get his name very well,Cos none of them have got a good meaning. He should stop telling American people lies and come out with the truth and what he truly believes ,Not changing side's. Mitt has been a liar and I just don't know when he will stop his lie tales to American people. Its because Obama is a Solid Black President and the strongest one,Thats why the white dont want him there again,But by Gods grace next week we will celebrate it big time,Let all Black and all Americans that love good thing go to the polls and put that thumb up for Obama. Cheers............Long live President Obama long live United States Of America.............Simples

    October 31, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  4. heather

    i agree with colin powell..he endorsed obama....... because he sees bush in mitt and its scary!!!!

    October 31, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  5. GiveMeABreak

    Chuka wrote:

    "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."
    ------------------
    Exactly. Chuka, thank you for summing it up better than anything I've read or heard so far.

    OBAMA / BIDEN 2012.

    October 31, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    Republicans can have/keep "Mammy Rice" , meanwhile, we'll take Colin Powell, his experience and intelligence ANYTIME.
    Thanks once again for not being afraid to vote for the RIGHT person regardless of what others think about it.

    Obama 2012

    October 31, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  7. Alvin Berry

    I was in the Army when General Powell was in. He was one of the best general in the history of the US Army. As a retired Army Disabled Vietnam Era veteran, I 100% support President Obama. He is the Commander in Chief and a excellent one. Mitt Romney would get us in so much trouble overseas I hate to think about it. If you are under 35, no kids, not a medical wreak and not a full time college student plan to go to some type of war if Mr. Romney is elected in the near future. Its called the draft folks. We do not have the armed forces now to fight another war at this time period. Go to war is that what the middle class and the poor want? I think not. The very rich do not care because they either are in college or buy there way out some how, same as and in during Vietnam. I just hope all Americans wake up put aside their race and religious issues and vote for Mr. Obama on performance and ideals to get the economy going and to keep us all out of war. It is a very very dirty thing and harms families for generations. VOTE OBAMA HELP AMERICA NOW

    October 31, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  8. Fla4Me

    If there are any sane Republicans left out there I hope you're paying attention.

    October 31, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  9. Woman In California

    @Jojo

    You sound really jealous and really frustrated with your choices in life. Did Colin Powell hurt your feelings that much or are you just an angry, unproductive leech on society?

    Obama 2012

    October 31, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  10. Robert Bates

    General Powell supports Obama, Donald Trump, Rush L, and the vemenous Ann Coulter support Mitt Romney - some
    choice LOL.

    October 31, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  11. dreucalypt

    The endorsement makes a great deal of sense, since both General Powell and President Obama are Eisenhower Republicans.

    October 31, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  12. justsayin'

    I fail to see why some people cannot accept that people of integrity will always ,sooner or later, come to realize that they have been made to look like a fool. Colin Powell put his reputation on the line for Bush only to discover that what he was advocating was based on lies and fabrication; a bogus excuse for Jr. to be able claim to be a `war president'. Why buy into the same bull again. If you remember the reasons for our being in Iraq changed so often that even the administration lost track. Romney seems to have the same problem; not knowing where stands on the issues from one day to the next. Fool me once, etc.

    s

    October 31, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  13. Brandon

    JoJo your o so wrong, blacks have always voted majority democrat.Bill Clinton won and had 90% plus black voters he was black too right?

    October 31, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  14. Observer

    Its an endorsement any man running for office would be proud to have, I couldn't imagine how he must of felt working with GW,RumBum,Cheney,Rove. Being able to speak his mind today and proud of a man who has accomplished so much, must make him feel great. By the way I'm white and I think all those twits I mentioned should never be allowed to talk, walk, tweet, email, or any contact of any sort with Washington and those that hold office there.

    Cheers to four more stable years with President Barak Obama.

    October 31, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  15. Ed

    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.
    ************
    And there it is. The reason this is even a race. Had the GOP learned from the neocon disaster we all call the GW Bush years, then this thing would have been over with months ago. They didn't learn a thing.

    October 31, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  16. Ancient Texan

    Powell won't sway any true Conservative Republicans to vote for Obama. So the endorsement makes Obama and himself feel warm and fuzzy.

    October 31, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  17. Ken Mark

    One leader endorsing another. Way to go Obama, lead us for another 4 years.

    October 31, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  18. Barak Lincoln

    so what other Black Candidates has Powell endorsed?????

    October 31, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  19. michael

    I love to see repuglicans eat their own! Here we have a General who voted for and was in George Bush's (a white man) administaration, was touted by the GOP, even though they knew he was moderate! But, now, General Powell is toast, why because he supports President Barack Obama a democrat and gave him a ringing endorsement. If, I heard right General Powell is not leaving the repuglican party, he just thinks Mitt the Twit Robme is not ready for prime time! The repuglican party would through Jesus under the bus to get the presidency! Look, conservative evangelicals are endorsing a Mormon for president who believes Satan is Jesus's brother, and not God!

    October 31, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  20. NameCalvin Atelei

    i am sure obama can make thing always right becouse he is aman many ideas worldly

    October 31, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  21. Hope to vote TX

    Not sure right now. This is hard. I believe both of them lie too much to run our country. Powell did serve our country, unlike the both of them that are running for president. Thank you Powell for your service!

    October 31, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  22. The Truth

    Romney wants to sneak in and reap the rewards from the fruits of Obama's labor....cause the economy is getting better despite the enormity of the challenges Obama has had to face. I am a Republican in the center and i see and have more reasons to vote for Obama than for Romney. This country deserves better coorperation from our leaders and if the current Republicans get voted out then i hope our party takes it as a wakeup call. Time to get back to solid principles....stop sipping tea and start drinking coffee.

    October 31, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  23. bullock w

    Romney/Ryan 2012

    October 31, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  24. ronvan

    SOME of our "elected children" still have integrity! It is truly a breath of fresh air to see someone who can put their parties play games aside and stand by their convictions! Gen. Powell is a respected, warrior and gentleman and I can only imagine what the repuks are thinking by turning down an endorsement of M. R.!!

    October 31, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  25. Rick

    Why is it racist for a white man to not vote for Obama but 95% of blacks voting for Obama is not racist?

    October 31, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
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