October 31st, 2008
01:35 PM ET
10 years ago

Former Reagan adviser endorses Obama

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(CNN) - Former Reagan chief of staff Ken Duberstein told CNN's Fareed Zakaria this week he intends to vote for Democrat Barack Obama on Tuesday.

Duberstein said he was influenced by another prominent Reagan official – Colin Powell – in his decision.

"Well let's put it this way – I think Colin Powell's decision is in fact the good housekeeping seal of approval on Barack Obama."

Powell served as national security advisor to Reagan during Duberstein's tenure as chief of staff.

Duberstein spoke with Zakaria about his final days in the Reagan White House. The Reagan official, along with Clinton Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Carter National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, also discussed the transition process to a new administration.

Watch the full discussion on the next administration this Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fareed Zakaria GPS.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (360 Responses)
  1. JOE KILOZ

    MORE,,,,,,,,,,,,,SEEKING,,,,,,,,,,,,,,EMPLOYMENT,,,,,,,,,,,,,,POSITIONS

    October 31, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. Sam SixPack

    We've got those Republicans on the run!

    Just look at them scurry away like rats with all their obscene wealth in their greedy little paws!

    We don’t need their lousy demeaning jobs. We will soon live in dignity – off tax refunds.

    October 31, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. Mari

    It looks as if the republicans are getting smarter or just scared to go down with the sinking ship! Vote Obama/Biden!

    October 31, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. Jesse from Berlin

    I hope Rush Limbaugh will comment on that...

    October 31, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. Bill

    Obama: "A woman shouldn't have to suffer the rest of her life for a mistake she made when she was young."

    Mr. Obama, then you are lucky to be here today. You do not understand the value of a human life, your mother did.
    What happened, you sold your sole….

    You have sealed my vote for McCain.

    October 31, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. Nimi from NY

    God please let there be more to come. We are headed in the good direction. Lord help. Let there be more even if they didn't have to say it out loud.

    October 31, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    And the walls keep tumblin' down! Come on over! The water's fine!!!
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12 YES WE CAN!!!

    October 31, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. Rob indetroit

    If Reagan was alive today he would vote for OBAMA.

    October 31, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. Trader!

    Idiot!!!!!

    October 31, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. Rachel Farris

    Way to go! Now get everyone on the bandstand. We cannot let McCain win this. Work on Missouri. That is too close for comfort! Obama/Biden08

    October 31, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. Commonwealth of Virginia

    This is a kick in the groind for McCain. There are more republicans for Obam than there are democrats voting for McCain.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 31, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. Joe PA

    Welcome aboard Ken!!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    October 31, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. Bridgette-PA

    YES WE CAN AND YES WE WILL! YES WE CAN AND YES WE WILL! YES WE CAN AND YES WE WILL! YES WE CAN AND YES WE WILL! YES WE CAN AND YES WE WILL! YES WE CAN AND YES WE WILL! YES WE CAN AND YES WE WILL! YES WE CAN AND YES WE WILL! YES WE CAN AND YES WE WILL!

    OBAMA/BIDEN -08!

    October 31, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. John S

    Thank you Mr Ken Duberstein. Another republican showing intelligence and common sense.

    October 31, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  15. tee

    GREAT DECISION, WE WELCOME YOU

    October 31, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  16. Donna S

    Love it! McCain keeps talking about Reagan and what a great president he was as Reagan's advisors endorse Obama.

    October 31, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  17. inat2

    Who?

    October 31, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  18. adg

    hey Palin !! I sappose you still think your like Reagan! Even thow his advisor is backing obama, You and Mccain are truly lost!!!!

    October 31, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. GINA, OHIO

    SEE THE REPUBLICANS ARE LEAVING THEIR OWN PARTY!!! BECAUSE THEY ARE RUTHLESS AND VICIOUS POLITICIANS! THEY DONT CARE ABOUT AMERICA! ONLY THEMSELVES! AND THE PARTY IS SEEING THIS!!!!!

    October 31, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. Dee

    Let's put this into the news cycle...maybe the Regan Democrats will pay attention!

    October 31, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    THANK YOU! Mr. Duberstein! THANK YOU! Its amazing the number of people who are REPUBLICAN crossing over to Sen. Obama! My own husband, who is a TRUE Independent voted for Sen. Obama ...........but for the Republican governor of our state! Our governor is a very good man, even though he is Republican!

    We have friends who are life-long Republicans, voting for OBAMA!
    We know a lady 77 years old, who is voting for the FIRST TIME! She has cast her vote..........for OBAMA!

    Here is what the Republicans DO NOT GET:

    We are SICK & TIRED, of the VILE politics! We are sick and tired of our Nation going BANKRUPT!

    We want our Nation to be that shinning city on a hill, that it CAN be!
    Where JUSTICE, FREEDOM AND UNITY REIGN!

    We are SICK & TIRED, of the politics of hate. lies, division and fear!

    THANK YOU AMERICA FOR REJECTING THE VILE POLITICS OF THE REPUBLICANS!

    GOD BLESS YOU! AND GOD BLESS THE....UNITED.......STATES!!!

    October 31, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. Roy

    Hurray! Go Obama all the way!

    What a joke for John McCain to be on SNL. He and Sarah should be clowns for circus instead of running the government. We don't want these clowns in White House.

    John McCain & Sarah Palin are not trustworthy just like President Bush & Vice President Cheney.

    October 31, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  23. Shawn_T

    GO OUT AND VOTE
    GO OUT AND VOTE
    GO OUT AND VOTE
    GO OUT AND VOTE
    GO OUT AND VOTE
    GO OUT AND VOTE
    GO OUT AND VOTE
    GO OUT AND VOTE

    OTHERWISE....

    do NOT complain!

    October 31, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  24. Bob Indianapolis IN

    Better and Better! So much for the Reagan Revolution...We already know how well Voodoo Ecomonics works...

    October 31, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  25. Jerry

    I may have disagreed with Reagan's policies, but at least he knew how to run a winning campaign with grace and dignity.

    This election will be a final repudiation of the Rovian slash and burn politics. McCain should never have hired Steve Schmidt.

    October 31, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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