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. Denise Groves

    I would love to see Powell on the ticket

    July 1, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  2. California Gold

    I would love for a seasoned journalist to interview Colin Powell. I still value his opinion and analysis of issues. I had high hopes he would have a positive impact on the current administration. In retrospect it seems e was just an unwitting puppet for the current administration and one could detect when Colin Powell had his lightbulb moment about W.

    Nevertheless my opnion of Colin Powell hasn't changed. I respect him and value his perspective.

    July 1, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  3. Mike

    I know Powell was against Bush and his historically stupid decision to invade Iraq. That is why Powell left after Bush's first term. I hope Powell will stand by his convictions and refuse to endorse McBush and his even more foolish war plans for Iran.

    July 1, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  4. HereWeGo

    Good thing he is undecided because CNN would be dissappointed if he like Obama over McCain. It is painfully obvious that no love exists between CNN and Obama, they pick him and his wife apart into little pieces, it is just embarrashing. Goodness, we all know Obama has to walk a fine line because we know the history, how it was, how it is, but CNN could at least try to be more open-minded. NOT. CNN should really get the heck over it. And start reporting more balanced news.

    July 1, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  5. joe black

    who cares about Colin Powell! Maybe he can lie some more about Saddam Hussein's ghost trying to purchase uranium from Niger. He's not credible or trustworthy and he should just go away and count his medals and thank his God that he doesn't have to serve in Iraq with all of the people's children who have been killed because of his lies.

    July 1, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  6. carol sullivan


    July 1, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  7. Proud American

    Powell is leaning towards the Democrats side. After the Republicans threw him under the bus and the 8 years of the GOP fiasco who could blame him.

    July 1, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  8. Democrat in LA

    Powell for VP. Full stop.

    July 1, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  9. LaShawn , Pensacola FL

    Go ahead Gen. Powell. Go ahead and endorse Obama. You were against this war even though you could'nt say it back then. You are now free. Make a statement. I hope Hagel endorses Obama soon too. His wife already has.

    July 1, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  10. EDW

    On McCain:
    When he came home and saw that Carol was not the beauty he left behind, he started running around on her almost right away. Everybody around him knew it.

    ‘Eventually he met Cindy and she was young and beautiful and very wealthy. At that point McCain just dumped Carol for something he thought was better.

    ‘This is a guy who makes such a big deal about his character. He has no character. He is a fake. If there was any character in that first marriage, it all belonged to Carol.’

    July 1, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  11. Alec

    I would definitely not reject Powell endoring Obama, but, being sensible, I'm guessing the endorsement is going to McCain.

    July 1, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  12. Manuel TX

    Before all the Powell fans start lining up.

    Do not forget that Powell lied not only to his country regarding the WMDs in Iraq, he lied to the world.

    This guy, along with Cheney, should be in jail.


    July 1, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  13. MDR

    An Obama and Powell ticket would be nice.

    July 1, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  14. peakarach,des moines,IA


    July 1, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  15. Kathy

    Colin Powell is a very smart man, his advise should be listened too. If he were the candidate instead of Obama-he'd get my Clinton vote, but he is not-so its going to be McCain. No Obama
    I'd be very surprised if he backed Obama. My reasoning is that Obama is was too left field in his ideology, no matter how he is now beginning to flip-flop on issues. Obama is just a dressed up preacher man who appeal is to sound the right notes, but plays the wrong tune. Wake up America to Obama million promises to everyone and everything.......be cautious, be smart in your vote, while things are not great in this country and around the world today-an Obama presidency will make things worse.

    July 1, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  16. Ilonga

    Obama needs you, General...


    July 1, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  17. Connie, Tennessee

    Who cares which one he supports. I lost all respect for Powell when he went to the U.N. with his vial of powder to drum up support for Bush's war!

    July 1, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  18. Paul

    I firmly believe that Powell is the best person and national figure ever to emerge from this administration's White House. Hopefully, he'll swing to Obama's side as opposed to siding with the economy-ignorant, unfaithful, war monger that McCain is unfortunately turning out to be. The United States has been dominated by an insufficient GOP long enough. It's time for some fresh blood.

    Obama '08

    July 1, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  19. Oregon4Obama

    Colin Powell has spoken highly of Obama since the Democratic Primaries.......

    If Colin Powell endorsed Obama that would send a very strong message and prove that Obama appeals to all people

    July 1, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  20. Country before party

    Mr. Powell, please just come out and state that you'll vote for or endorse Obama. You have already telegraph towards Obama. No one holds it against you to vote for the other party, just as I will be crossing mine to McCain.

    July 1, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  21. DAN

    Collin Powell the guy who lied at the UN holding little bottles of powder in his hands, I don't think his endorsement has any value to anybody.

    July 1, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  22. German


    July 1, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  23. J. W. In Germany

    Colin Powell is a great statesman and one of our country's greatest diplomats. His opinion is to be highly respected.

    July 1, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  24. Mark Anthony

    Here we go again, we very well know he has already made up his mind about which candidate he support. Which one I don't know but just pick one.

    July 1, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  25. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    General Powell is going to remember what happened to him under President Bush. With that in mind, if he looks at Senator McCain (who earlier this year said he's in lockstep with much of the ideas of Bush, and who has a 95% voting record for Bush last year and almost 100% this year), Powell is unlikely going to vote for the military man.
    Either he endorses Senator Obama or he doesn't endorse at all.

    Here's to a new position for Colin Powell under an Obama administration.

    July 1, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
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