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. JEN

    Great, may NOW people will stop saying Powell's "change of heart" was race-based. If other Republicans can attribute their support of Obama to the issues and missteps of the Republican party, why can't he?

    October 31, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    its scary that someone like palin can get so close to becoming second in command...vote obama...she truly is shallow

    October 31, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. shamar

    Republicans, not only republicans but americans on a whole is getting smarter and smarter by the seconds. Go Obama go. May God be with you. McCain is full of himself and Palin should go back to Alaska to govern those reindeers

    October 31, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. ines

    I joined the millions of Americans that have ALREADY voted for Obama and also voted for him yesterday.

    Being a PATRIOT can take many forms – One easy thing you can do is stand in line and vote. The line may be long and slow, but every minute you wait, think about how much it will be worth it to keep John McCain's lack of reason out of the already defaced White House.

    October 31, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. DC

    I think a lot of Repubs think it's over and will stay home on Tuesday. Except for those like this guy who actually took a look at the available choices and used his brain. Obama/Biden by a landslide.

    October 31, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. SENATUS POPOLUSQUE ROMANUS

    As McCLOWN used to say:
    WE GOT HIM WHERE WE WANT HIM TO BE...whatever this silly phrase is supposed to mean!!!

    October 31, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. T.J. Chafin

    How about this one Rush !!! And I also wonder if this made the "BREAKING NEWS" on Bill "Oh No It's Mister Bill" O'Rielly's Show, great news !! keep on working O'bama / Clinton /Biden 08

    October 31, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. wakeupamerica

    Another one bites the dust. 🙂 Vote people. Vote for change, unity and repair of our country.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 31, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Common Sense

    Isn't it true that "Joe" the so called plumber" looks like a skinhead?

    October 31, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. Henry

    Who will be the last GOP to jump ship? They see where their party is taking them.

    October 31, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. Concerned Voter

    By the way, when will good old Sarah Palin release her medical records? She must be hiding something. Maybe CNN need to do a little digging. Time is running out

    October 31, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. TAINOPOWER

    Obama tax plan ? From 250,000 to 200,000 Biden say 150,000 and now the New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson say 120,000? and obama is not in power yet . Wen he does don’t know how low will it go? Maybe under 42,000. Well at least the people that don’t pay taxes are going to be happy. I will do my best to keep my taxes low .I will vote for McCain.

    October 31, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. RW

    It is time John McCain, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Rudolph you know that has been New York mayor, get on the banwagon
    So that they can say to their grand children, I was part of that history making day.
    I PLACED VOTE FOR OBAMA

    Come on John, stop fooling around, we need your vote, vote for change.

    WE NEED CHANGE

    NOT MORE OF THE SAME

    October 31, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. Jerome

    Obama for president not John McCain because of his wrong CHOICE!!!

    October 31, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. Chris

    Wow. Who's next to the lifeboat?

    October 31, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  16. ralph

    The GOP ship is sinking.

    October 31, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. tulsa

    Richard A. Spomer
    Your comments are the reason people are RUNNING from the Republican party.
    WE REJECT HATE.
    WE REJECT LIES.
    WE REJECT RACISM.
    WE THE PEOPLE WILL TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK NOV. 4.
    VOTE OBAMA!

    October 31, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. Pillar Strength in Missouri

    I"m in a Red state turning Blue. The Republicans ought to be ashamed of themselves for the way they behave! It's no wonder your people are jumping ship! The tactics are that of Mentally Challenged Adults with Severe Behavioral Problems.

    October 31, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  19. W Spivey Merritt Island, FL

    Sir, thank you for your support.

    October 31, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  20. IowaMom

    Sam Six Pack:

    Do you say the same thing in EVERY thread?

    October 31, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  21. Aaron the B

    OK, who has John on the bottom of their shoe? You can't come in here unless you go out and wash that off!

    October 31, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  22. jm711

    The poster Pat F. has been watching too much FIXED news and listening to Rushtard too much. DUH–Colin Powell resigned because they would not listen to him, he spoke the truth and those bloody Republican hawks Cheney, Remy, etc... had their own agenda. You know the agenda to line their pockets and keep the wealth with their click in this country.
    Colin Powell is a great American and I hope he is on Obama's cabinet.

    October 31, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  23. Sharon in Oakland, CA

    I am not a computer junkie. I am not on alot of sites, but the few sites that I frequent, I have read some of the most nasty, ugly, hateful things from Republicans. I am not a rocket scientist, and I don't know a whole lot, but I do know this...leaders set trends, leaders set the tone and the people follow the leaders. McCain and Palin have both said some nasty, ugly, hateful things...their words have incited nasty, ugly, and hateful things in their followers. I don't want leaders who will divide this country. We the people deserve better than that, we really do. PEOPLE STOP THE HATE, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 31, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  24. ed jumba

    There are so many good republican who have seen our country going down the drain.In many of these sensible republican endorsing Obama is a recognition of his ability to change the direction of our great nation for a better future.

    October 31, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  25. edd

    They're all jumping ship.

    Obama!

    October 31, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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