October 19th, 2008
09:24 AM ET
12 years ago

Powell endorses Barack Obama

Powell endorsed Obama Sunday.

Powell endorsed Obama Sunday.

(CNN) - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell announced Sunday that he will be voting for Sen. Barack Obama, citing the Democrat's "ability to inspire" and the "inclusive nature of his campaign."

"I think he is a transformational figure, he is a new generation coming onto the world stage, onto the American stage, and for that reason I'll be voting for Sen. Barack Obama," Powell said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Powell said he was concerned about what he characterized as a recent negative turn of Republican candidate Sen. John McCain's campaign, such as the campaign's attempts to tie Obama to former 1960s radical Bill Ayers.

Powell, a retired U.S. general and a Republican, was once seen as a possible presidential candidate himself.

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  1. BM

    General Powell believes in what is right. He saw what a rotten campaign Mccain?palin was running, so why not speak about it? Everyone is entitled to vote for whomever they please. Isn't this what democracy is all about?

    October 19, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. Ebon Collins

    McCain doesn't take it too serious to know when it's time to take a bow. Act 1, Act 2, Act 3, it's over. He should leave the theatre, he doesn't need to see the credits or take a bow. He died in the first opening scene.

    October 19, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. BM

    Bush is a Republican! Would you vote him in to power again?

    October 19, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  4. nigerian dandisoninluvwitusa

    powell is sauve. wht took him so long?

    October 19, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  5. Barbara GA

    Gen. Powell seemed to be so sincere in his endorsement. He wasn't afraid to say Sarah Palin isn't qualified. One have to respect that.

    October 19, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  6. DonnieJ

    @ francisco siqueiros

    You are a repub. party tool! Ever heard of voting your conscience?

    October 20, 2008 05:24 am at 5:24 am |

    If you like the last two years- you may not be racist but your thougths are and it just a short trip to you being one. You are saying that an african american cannot not rationally support another black candidate based on race. Sounds a little jim crow to me.

    October 20, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  8. Corey in Violet, Louisiana

    I like how some people think that Powell endorsing Obama is because he's black. If I remember correctly, Liberman(a democrat turned indendent and a white man) endorsed McCain so why is there a problem?

    October 20, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  9. Slim D for Change

    As a business owner and proud democrat, I'm proud to see the endorsement from Colin Powell. As an American you should vote your conscience. If you are not happy with the current state of affairs, Republican or Dem, you should make a decision. If you are not happy with your party than you should vote against your party. Sarah Palin was a bad choice and most Republicans know it. You shouldn't vote for McCain just because you are a Republican if you aren't happy with him or his policies. Be smart people. Barack will take back our country and turn it around for ALL AMERICANS.

    October 20, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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