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. Blue in Red AZ

    Welcome to the Big Blue, Ken!

    October 31, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. Dot of N.O. LA

    Time for a change no matter the race, color; The present econony plight scares me, Republicans another four years is a scary thought;
    Voting for change, hope and a future Obama/Biden08!!!

    October 31, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. Bill BILL!

    Enough with the sillyness. abortion is a private matter that has much nuance to it. Sorry you see things in such black and white terms. Like the Sith from Star Wars.

    October 31, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    OMG! I think Richard A. Spomer is really Sarah Pailn!!!!! Look at the first sentence of the second paragraph-her use of "also".

    Sarah! If you're going to post comments, post them under your own name! What about the real Richard A. Spomer! Maybe he's an average Joe with some black friends who now think he calls them "spooks" behind their backs!

    October 31, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. DaveB

    Is CNN going to leave the language of Richard A. Spomer's comments on this response board? Where I come from, that's akin to using the "N word."

    October 31, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. Bob Archer

    Any Republican with a brain can see that McCain no longer stands for anything. He's changed directions more times than a paper bag in a Tornado.
    For real leadership vote Obama 2008 and slap some sense into the GOP.

    Republican's for Obama!

    October 31, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. women 4 Obama

    Now it's the time for Regan Democrats who are still undecided to make their mind and vote for Obama. Obama is a smart person who really reaches across the aisle.

    VOTE SMART
    Obama/biden'08

    October 31, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. Ms. Jenny

    How many prominent Republicans have endorsed Obama? Too many to count.

    How many prominent Democrats have endorsed McCain? 1 – and Lieberman barely counts.

    How many people have questioned whether or not Biden is qualified to be VP? NONE!!!

    How many people have questioned whether or not Palin is qualified to be VP? Too many to count.

    Doesn't that tell you something?

    October 31, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. chris

    CNN you should be ashamed of youselves. How could you let a comment like this be posted. See below

    Richard A. Spomer October 31st, 2008 3:15 pm ET

    Obama is the spook full of frikin deceitful acts like ACORN, and Bill Clinton who wants to free little wilily!

    He also has many other impostors acting in his behalf also! This is the time to be aware of danger and the spook man!

    McCain/Palin 2008!

    McCain/Palin 2008!

    McCain/Palin 2008

    This stuff is nasty and unnessesary.

    October 31, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. Nancy

    I for one would like to thank all Republicans and undecided for having Obama as their pick. That shows that they are intelligent enough to look at the whole picture and not just chose McCain because he is republican or that he was a POW. That is what AMERICANS SHOULD DO. Majority of African Americans are not chosing BO because he is black, although they are very prould of him, but they believe the can unite and make good decisions. If it was all about color, Jesse Jackson would have gotten alot of the black vote back in 84'. But many African Americans don't like Jessie Jackson, and that is why Jessie Jackson hates Barack Obama. Barack took his glory, just like he is about to take John McCains.

    Get out and Vote -Obama/Biden 08'

    October 31, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. Abby

    Coming to the winning team. What democrat has indorsed the other side in the closing weeks you ask? NONE!!!.they see the internal polling. and they are no fools.

    OBAMA BIDEN FOR PEACE PROSPERITY!!!

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 31, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. BM

    The only experience Palin has is knowing how to spew hate and abuse her power.
    What happened to her medical records she promised to released?

    October 31, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. Marc

    Pat F.
    Colin Powell, like most of the Americans, fell for the WMD/links with Al Qaeda ruses that Bush&Co. created in order to justify the war.
    Get your facts straight before shamelessly and unsubstantially attack ANYONE who ever fought and stood for his/her country!

    October 31, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. Steve Jones

    drip.. drip... drip...

    RUN for the big tent!

    October 31, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. Air Force Airman

    Is it me or the Republicant's losing it. McCain is losing a lot of military support by playing a crybaby and dishonoring himself even more than he has after cheating on his wife with a bimbo, voting against VA benefits including funding for Walter Reed, supplying troops, opposing the new GI Bill, voting against extended R and R for deployed troops coming home. McCain has embarrased himself. I will leave the military after ten years if he becomes Commander in Chief. I refuse to salute him or Palin!

    October 31, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. Lyndon,CA

    Another Republican Rat jumping ship.

    October 31, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. soundbyte

    I wonder what will Rush Limbaugh say this time.

    Please vote.

    October 31, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. Another Obama support

    I notice that many Obama supporters are enthusiastic yet polite and respectful.

    I notice that McCain supporters generally make nasty, mean, or inaccurate comments.

    Please vote for civility and respect - Obama/Biden 2008!!

    October 31, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. Deja Vu

    Reminds me of the closing to another campaign...if the primaries are any indication...I would say history is repeating itself!

    October 31, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. Crazy the race is still close

    Richard A Spomer you should be ashamed of your racist self. Hope you don't consider yourself a Christian. I'm sure there is a tier in hell reserved for crazy people like you. Fine you support Senator McCain, he is a great American but the racial slurs are not necessary and clearly reflects your ignornace. May the Lord introduce Himself to you and change your heart. You are now at the top of my prayer list!

    October 31, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. AnotherMike

    Have you noticed that all of the McCain/Palin supporters on here spell like eight year old children?

    It's over. Start donating to the Palin '12 campaign.

    We're not going to get complacent, we've been busting our butts for two years on this thing. Time to bring it home.

    Early cheers to President Obama

    October 31, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  22. Bigbubba

    For McCain to win he only needs to do four things:

    1. Replace Palin with C. Rice.

    2. Go on National TV and admit his negative campaign was wrong for the country and wrong for the Republican party.

    3. Go ahead and copy the rest of Obama's programs as his own, not just the ones he has already stolen and claimed.

    4. Visit every state not looking to go staunchly Red already and lay out real programs instead of just telling us he has ideas and he will tell us about them after the election.

    In reality, he will still lose the election, but he will at least appear to have some trace of dignity and self-pride. Something sadly lacking in his campaign this year.

    October 31, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. Rodger

    Kudos to Republicans with brains!

    October 31, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Karen

    Richard A. Spomer:

    This is why people call republicans racist. Because of comments like that: "The little spook"? really? REALLY?

    October 31, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. fooled me twice

    Here it is: Bush for 8 yrs + a hole in the US economy + Palin + a guy with a bad temper = an Obama Administration!

    voted for Bush twice...but won't be fooled again....

    'Mr. President...Barack Obama, sir!'

    October 31, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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