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. Wayne TX

    Powell could have been president 7 years ago but didn't want his family to get drug through the MUDD just as these two are doing to each other.

    Brilliant man. If you can go read up on his advice to coorperate america from about 10 years ago. Timeless wisdom repeated by a good person as far as I can know.

    July 1, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  2. Dan, MA

    If Obama doesn't / can't offer the VP spot to Powell, I'd love to see him in a cabinet position. Same goes for Al Gore.

    July 1, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  3. papadibite

    Powell is my father...and Obama is my 2nd cousin...let's keep this in the family...
    & Papadibite as Secretary of Labor.

    July 1, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  4. angelina

    Obama and Powell...two great men of integrity, character and these guys could turn this country around. These leaders would truly get America on an independent path. I'd love it!

    July 1, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  5. Loretta from California

    Smart man, very smart man that General Powell is......cannot wait to learn of his decision.


    July 1, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  6. David

    Colin Powell lost my respect when he lied to the American public and the U.N. about the reasons for going to war with Iraq. At that level, "just following orders" does not cut it. Such a shame as he was, until then, what I considered a true leader.

    July 1, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  7. Ben

    I imagine Colin Powell will side with Obama. Not because of race, but because the way the Bush administration used this good man by giving him false documents to read to the United Nations concerning Irak's building atomic bombs.
    Powell is a fine American and would have made a good republican candidate for president!

    July 1, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  8. Ilona Hussein, Proud Canadian!

    What is McCain's campaign hiding? Why refuse to comment on the meeting. All they have to say is "yes we had a good meeting"

    "McCain's campaign has not returned a request for comment"


    July 1, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  9. Jermaine Ladd (Atlanta, GA)

    Obama/Powell 08! No man would have a chance against a legendary ticket. It would literally mean an extinction of the republican party. I believe Powell should do it. The bush administration did him dirty. We need HONEST and REAL leadership! HOPE will prevail this time.

    July 1, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  10. angelina

    One last thing on the possible Obama/Powell ticket. Both of these men have never played the polictical game like the rest of the 'boys club'.....this could be a whole new direction for America and the world!

    July 1, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  11. Rex-mexico

    It seems like many times the choices for VP should have been the choices for President. I´ve always liked Powell and I´m a Democrat.

    July 1, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  12. Rose

    Obama/ Powell ticket, I don't think so, can you imagine Powell taking orders from Obama. It should be the other way around and that is a maybe.

    July 1, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  13. Herman in LA

    Who cares...

    July 1, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  14. Moe

    Powell would be a great president, he should run next time around.

    July 1, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  15. Indra in FL

    Powell can't be VP – Obama needs to balance his ticket. However, making Powell his Secretary of State is a good move!!!! : )

    July 1, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  16. kit hogan

    No worries, his wife won't let him run...................

    July 1, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  17. jimmy velman

    Gen. Colin Powell , in case most of people here dont know, is and has been a loyal Republican dating back to Ronald Reagan' Presidency.
    It is presumptuos to think that he will turn his back on the Repbulican party .

    Colin Powell is the one Republican who can get Sen. McCain elected
    if Gen. Powell is asked and accepts the VP spot with McCain.
    We admire General Wesley Clark as well.. Or did you all notice that Gen. Clark does not back down?

    July 1, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  18. skunkrat The Marine

    Colin Powell was once one of the most respected men in America, but not I place him in the same category with Bush & Cheney. I'm African American and I wouldn't vote for Powell or trust him. He had his chance and he failed by not standing up to Bush & Cheney. He still hasn't publicly repudiated the Bush Administration or it's policies.

    July 1, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  19. Milwaukee

    Colin Powell Would be a strong VP. It would easily woo some of the republicans Obama's way and it would also show the combining of Conservative and liberal. As a country we would no longer be as divided.

    July 1, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  20. Moz

    Let's just wait and see!

    July 1, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  21. tremlett

    Powell is responsible for selling this lie in the UN. Have you guys forgotten ? Mcclellan is better than Powell. Atleast he has a pair.

    July 1, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  22. Dave in Saint Louis

    Now wouldn't Powell be a great VP for McCain!

    July 1, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  23. davo

    Colin Powell sat in front of tv camera's and lied about wmd's in Iraq, now Obama people want him for VP. I guess they could have TWO liars on the same ticket.

    July 1, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  24. RapidRay


    They were probably both asking him not to run as a third party candidate.

    July 1, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  25. Danh

    i have had the thinking as Gen. Clark's comment on Sen. J. McCain that " riding on the fighter plane and getting shot down " should not be considered as one of the qualifications in the resume' of the presidential candidates........

    July 1, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
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