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. Danger

    @Jojo, for some blacks, it is about race. For some its about integrity. Luckily for all of them, Obama makes for a great choice. If Mitt Romney woke up tomorrow and was somehow transformed into a black man, his integrity would be the reason you changed your vote to Obama. If Obama turned white in the morning, he would still carry 96% of the black vote. You see, if Obama was like Herman Cain, blacks would see right through him. To say Obama is the worst president ever or to say he's a failure seems to me like racism. I say that because I've only heard white republicans say it. Even know, those assessments are ridiculous.ing all the facts and living through the Bush era

    October 31, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  2. spud

    powell has something known as intergity. Republicans don't understand what that is. Mittens is off having anothet campaign rally and trying to make it look like a relief effort. Give us all a break. Forward 2012

    October 31, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  3. Harry From Pa

    I trust Powell over a flip flopping candidate that will change any position, lie to get into the white house. I don 't get how people can say we are the party of values and morals but they will vote for someone that flat out lies. Shame shame shame. Well After today it looks like Chris Christie also endorsed Obama as well. I have more respect for him because Chris Christie is not afraid to step away from politics. Why don't any ask Hey Mitt, instead of gathering canned goods, why don't you donate some of your money to those families hurting and in pain right now?

    October 31, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  4. TheoristKEH

    Indeed, it is encouraging to witness thoughtful considerations trumping partisanship, i.e. Gen. Powell and Gov. Christie.

    October 31, 2012 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  5. jp

    Romney is the Artful Dodger and Gen. Powell knows it and tells it like it is!

    November 1, 2012 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  6. Name

    Funny how liberals noe applaud Powell for endorsing Obama. But not so long ago you were calling him an uncle tom, liar, and lacked integrity when he went in front of the U.N. , and according to you lied about WMD'S...

    November 1, 2012 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  7. James

    It took WW2 to finally pull us out of the great depression. That is at least 10 years. The president is doing a fantastic job cleaning up a huge mess.

    November 1, 2012 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  8. generalpowellfan

    Support President Obama, General Powell, our troops, our first responders, Governor Christie and America!

    November 1, 2012 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  9. ron12

    Blacks have voted for Democrates in all president elections since the 60s to the tune of 90-95%. JFk Carter Clinton you name it. Were they voted for because they were black also? Its the party not the race. The better question is why is 91% of the folks who back Romney white? Tea party express

    November 1, 2012 04:07 am at 4:07 am |
  10. silvertop

    Colin Powell has been in the military and was the secretary of state. Of all people, you would think that he is best to understand what had gone down in Benghaziand be able to make an accurate and seasoned opinion. He knows the dealings in the states dept, he knows the protocol of first reaction when that 3 am phone call comes in. All the emails, cables, warning, calls for help from the Ambassador himself and the brave seals who tried to rescue the ambassador. All these evidences gave no pause for the former secreatary of state who is essentially giving a pass for the president and his cabinet and staff. He wants our troops out so much so that he supports a president who does not want to make hard decision as the commander in chief. Why?!

    November 1, 2012 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
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