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. Good Man

    Mr. Powell is one of the few good men left in the W.H It's good you met with him, not all Republicans are for the rich and well connected!

    July 1, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  2. Larry Ohio


    July 1, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  3. Cordell

    Both McCain and Obama would love Powell as a VP. I think Powell will endorse Obama, but would not choose to be his running mate, if asked. It is interesting to here that he has met with both. I've always liked Powell.

    July 1, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  4. NW

    C. Powell is a good Democtrat and of course better for him to support Sen. Barack Obama for President.

    July 1, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  5. J.C.

    This is history in the making.
    I couldn't dream of this day when two parties actually work together for our nation. This is the level of public service no Clintons could ever comprehend.

    July 1, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  6. Hate to break it to you

    Powell, be smart, choose Obama! McFullofBull doesn't have a clue. Make a spot for Powell somewhere in the administration if he wants it. McCain claiming bipartisan and Obama doesn't. Then why is that rep in Oregon using him in ads. And also he's cross the table in othe issues with Republicans. McBush and his surrogates can't pick and choose with policies count as bipartisan and which ones don't. Starting to sound like Hillary when she says only primary states matter, screw the caucus states.

    July 1, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  7. BV

    I'm a bit puzzled here. If Senator McCains record as a war hero is the plus needed to become President, I would have thought that General Colin Powell would have already endorsed Senator McCain.

    July 1, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  8. Not forgotten

    Ummmm......remember when Powell held the bag of anthrax in the air at the U.N.

    He was one if the original and contributing members of the BushCheneyRummy "Rush to War" team.

    He was wise enough to resign though,....... but not strong enough to speak out for his fellow citizens and soldiers.

    Be careful on this one.....until he comes forward of his own conscience, or is subpena-ed to testify in front of Waxman or some other special group.......he is also one who has betrayed his country and evaded justice.

    "the truth shall set you free".....still

    July 1, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  9. Anne

    How quickly we forget!!! I don't and still remember Powell keeping quiet during the Iraq runup and watching him on TV at the UN with all his mobile weapon lab pictures and little vial of anthrax etc. No thank you and I am sure Powell will come out for Obama as most of the black celebrities have. He has to if you read the papers yesterday and saw that the black congresspeople and some from New York are being told that their seat will be challenged by other black candidates simply beause they supported Clinton and didn't come out fast enough for Obama.

    July 1, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  10. clarence amuhoyi

    May the best man win between Obama and Mccain. No need for same old dirty politics of attack to gain political milleage.After all, both of them are superb candidates with the best interests of The United States of America at heart.

    July 1, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  11. Jason

    keep dreaming....Powell will not be Obama's VP....That is really funny. It really shows how little the Obama backers actually know about the world and how much they are blinded by man crushes for Obama.

    July 1, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  12. Peter

    So? He isnt going to be the VP for either candidate.

    Obama/Biden, Obama/Richardson, or Obama/Nunn '08 and '12

    July 1, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  13. Saba

    John, Brooklyn, New York,
    What is your problem with two black men in a ticket?!!
    It was for ever two white people in ticket .

    July 1, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  14. Seam, Philly

    The writing is on the wall people. Powell will support Obama! It's just a matter of the right time to make his support public.

    July 1, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  15. Independant Thinker

    Powell would balance out both tickets, but I think that he is a little too conservative for Obama and the democrats though. Colin Powell is even more conservative than McCain, which isn't saying much, but he is.

    If you don't believe me, just read his book.

    July 1, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  16. tino

    As great as it could be, America is not ready for two great non-caucation "AMERICANS" to be President and V/P...but Mr. Powell would make a great Defence Secretary.

    July 1, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  17. Peter E

    I'm laughing my head off at all those 'Powell for Obama's VP' comments. This same left-wing couldn't stop criticizing Powell and call him a liar and war-monger as a result of the Iraq war. Now they want that liar to boost their anti-war candidate with him? Are you this blind or this desperate?

    July 1, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  18. Jerry from Oregon

    Powell would be a great VP for Obama. talk about reaching across party lines! the problem I see is that America is going to be hard-put to elect a half-black man President; but a black VP as well at the same time? seems doubtful, though Powell is a beautiful choice! Very knowledgable of defense and foreign relations as well as being well respected internationally.

    though another thing to consider is that I was talking to a black woman last week from Washington, a Democratic delegate to the DNC convention, she was firmly supporting Clinton. It seemed to me that in the end her primary motivation was a unshakable belief that Obama won't live 10 minutes as President. that someone will take him out before it happens. having a black man first in line might stave this off?

    July 1, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  19. Larry

    Powell would certainly augment Obama's total lack of military or foreign relations experience.

    July 1, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  20. Peter E

    Why Powell won't be a VP for Obama
    -He actually knows more about the military than Obama
    -He actually knows more about foreign policy than Obama
    -He knows vastly more about leading than Obama for that matter
    -He has less things to hide and lie about than Obama
    -He is a republican
    -He looks and acts hundreds of times more gentleman-like and presidential than Obama
    -He has self-respect

    July 1, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  21. Victor in Saanich, B.C. Canada

    It must have been hard for Colin Powell to sit through BOTH those meetings!!

    July 1, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  22. Abbey

    Come on people, really? Obama and Powell on the same ticket, that is like John McCain asking ME to be his VP. Powell has made it clear that he doesn't want to be involved in politics like he was previously. Lets be serious now.

    July 1, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  23. Peter of Oregon

    Powell would have been a great VP for Obama if Americans could handle both a Black VP and President on the same ticket. Powell's the only member of the Bush Administration that has retained my full respect and admiration.

    July 1, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  24. Talking sense from Texas

    Obama/Powell 08 – That would be a great ticket. Can America finally judge people on the content of the character versus the color of their skin. It's time America.

    July 1, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  25. J.C.

    Both McCain and Obama are for free trade. However, if either of them is also for the environment, there is a conflict here. Shipping goods long distance costs energy and causes pollution. Manufacturing goods of poor quality is also irresponsible, when we add more junk to our landfills. Loss of jobs without improvements in education will harm our economy greatly, because we don't have what it takes to move to the higher level of economy.

    Free trade has its costs and benefits. How to strike a balance is what the two parties need to find out for the American people.

    July 1, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
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