July 1st, 2008
05:30 PM ET
14 years ago

Powell meets with McCain and Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/01/art.powell.gi.jpg caption="Powell recently sat down with both presidential candidates."](CNN) - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who remains a popular figure among Democrats and Republicans, recently sat down with both presidential candidates, CNN has confirmed.

The Hotline first reported the meeting earlier Tuesday.

According to an associate of Powell, the former Bush administration member and onetime chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff had "pleasant, private conversations" recently with both Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain. An Obama campaign source confirms the Illinois senator recently met with Powell. McCain's campaign has not returned a request for comment.

Watch: Powell says he's undecided

Powell has long praised Obama's candidacy and he told reporters recently in Vancouver he "would listen carefully to what both [candidates] have to say" before deciding whom to support.

soundoff (212 Responses)
  1. Obama Supporter from FL

    There was a study out recently where Powell was actually viewed as the "winningest" VP for both candidates. Interesting . . .

    July 1, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. John, Brooklyn, New York

    Hmmmm....the VP sweepstakes are getting interesting. Could we REALLY make history with TWO black men on one ticket? Talk about kickin those barriers clean out the door!

    July 1, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  3. Ardnuas

    I would LOVE to see Powell and William Cohen as a part of the Obama Administration- These three GREAT men could get us OUT of Iraq successfully!!!!!

    July 1, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  4. mitchell hussein martin

    we want colin powell for obama's vp!obama/powell '08

    July 1, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |

    ALL the people who bring up the saaaamme TALKING points on EEVERY topic….

    geez.. give it a rest….

    example… headline: "Barack Obama likes Apple Pie and Chevrolet"

    responses: b-b-but did he like them when he was friends with WRIGHT for 20 years.. and … and… um.. REZKO…. yeah.. and uh.. MUSLIMS DON'T "EAT" APPLE PIE… but i saw him do a TERRORIST FIST BUMP before he drove off in his chevy!

    people in this country are stupid, and most of these haters are paid to smear lies… PERIOD

    July 1, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  6. jason

    wow!!!! fraud

    July 1, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  7. jason

    mccian is a fraud!!!!!

    July 1, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  8. Dwayne L, OH

    Go Obama...powell for VP please.

    July 1, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  9. Shaik

    I wonder if Mr. Powell expressed regret and remorse for being part of the war-mongering team that led us into war that has cost so much in every way.....to us as a nation and as a player on the world stage. Remember his speech to the UN Security Council?

    July 1, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  10. Foreign observer

    Powell has learned from his great mistake in supporting Bush. Now he looks out for truth...his endorsement is of importance .. even in heart he is a republican.

    July 1, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  11. Lil Steve, ATL Shawty

    Powell has to come this side because this is were his people at. If he supports McCain then all h#$$ is going to break loose. Powell know what's up!!

    July 1, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  12. S.B.

    Obama and Powell, now THAT would be a dream ticket that I would vote for !!!

    July 1, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  13. saga for Obama

    America would not be ready for Obama/Powell 08...no she aint ready for that one.
    C dont forget how they did you wrong my brother...LOL

    July 1, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  14. Kevin-Seattle

    Now wouldn't Powell be a great VP for Obama?

    July 1, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  15. Earl

    With all McWar's experience did he give you any advice Colin?

    July 1, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  16. jo

    mccain/powell '08

    July 1, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  17. Giovanni

    Powell, Shoudn't this be a no brainer? John McCain has the exprience necessary to lead on DAY ONE..

    July 1, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  18. Bret

    Obama/Powell 08!!!

    They would crush McCain.

    July 1, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  19. Moses, Ca.

    You have to come and join the Obama team. We need someone like you to answer the question on Iraq. With you involved the people can see and knoe the truth. Everyone beleive in your voice to keep everyone honest.

    July 1, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  20. Independent-woman-4-Obama

    Well, I am hoping that Powell will show once more his good judgement and support Sen. Obama. After what Bush/Cheney did to him, I can't imagine he would support another Republican!

    July 1, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  21. Michael

    This could turn everything on its head, he likes Obama and has been friends with McCain for some 25yrs. If he endorses Obama that would be a slap in the face to the McCain campaign and could turn this race on its head.

    July 1, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  22. John in Mlps

    If you get General Powell's endorsement, or better yet, as your running mate, you're a shoe in to the White House.

    July 1, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  23. Mack

    He's still my favorite general. I hope Powell picks Obama, he could really use the support from a man who has such a distinguished military service.

    It would be great if the general would be in Barack's cabinet. Especially since he was USED by George Bush.

    July 1, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  24. Phil, Washington, DC

    Now that's a man I respect. His service and his opinion. "Listen to both candidates and decide for yourself. That's great advice. Colin Powell would be a great President. Probably the only Republican I would vote for. I am a Democrat, that was hard to write but true.

    If McCain asks him and he accepts, Obama is going to be in trouble. I hope Colin continues to enjoy retirement. LOL.

    July 1, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  25. Megan

    Man..if Powell supports McCain, I will never forgive him. After seeing the horrors of the Bush administration, would it not be wise to consider supporting someone who is the stark contrast? It seemed that Colin Powell tried to distance himself after all the blunders. Donot make another mistake and go with McCain, former Secretary of State!

    July 1, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
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