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. Smooth

    Do you think Mr. Spoomer reflects all white people or just his cult in West Virginia?

    Obama/Biden 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 31, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. Margaret

    Regarding the comment from Bill sent in at 2:09: A little while ago I went out to my mailbox and found computer printed anti abortion info in my mailbox. I am the only house with Obama/Biden signs in my neighborhood in a small town in Texas. I have reported this to the USPS but I think that the McPalin people will be using the anti abortion message this week end as they flail their way to Nov. 4.

    October 31, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. michae l edwards

    Welcome to the "Welfare State", once called the United States. The workers of American have listen and watched so much TV they are starting to believe it. Four years from now, all these fools will be angry.
    Someone is going to have to earn money for them to continue to get checks from government. Who will that be, not you lazy slobs.

    October 31, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. Glenn; Bakersville, NC.

    Welcome aboard the Obama train Mr. Zakaria. There's always room for one more friend of the party.

    October 31, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. BS not Maverick

    There are many "Gold Standard Republicans" that are tired of the divisive crap McCain/Palin have to offer. These endorsements see us as Americans and like most Americans want a"United States of America!"

    October 31, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Rick K

    My hope is that these moderate republicans can recreate their party as a sensible smaller-government alternative to a well-run Dem administration installed and run admirably by Obama.

    The current right-wing, anti-intellectual ideologues who've hijacked the republican party are a cancer.

    These endorsements are more a testament to Rove, Schmidt and Palin than either McCain or Obama.

    However, Obama needs to win by a landslide or Palin will by crying that if she just screamed louder and more viciously that the republicans would have won and fixed their house while retaining power.

    October 31, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. Philip R Denoncourt Jr

    Another smart person for the Obama/Bieden ticket! Felipe

    October 31, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. Holly

    Woo hoo!! Notice how all the REAL republicans of the OLD republican party support OBAMA??? Funny isn't it??? It's about time the republican party had a break to turn inward and examine the neo-con haven they have become...

    October 31, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. Simmy

    And the list continues. There is a separation within the Repub party:
    The real vs the anti...the good vs the bad...the pro Americans vs the pro racist. WOW!

    October 31, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. Ann

    Dawn October 31st, 2008 4:11 pm ET

    Do former Republicans know something that McCain campaign doesn't?

    Yes, Dawn – they recognize intelligence whereas all McCain could see was Sarah Palin. 'Nuff said?

    October 31, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. Billiam

    Did y'all see this morning's Washington Post? Bush is trying to push through a lot of deregulations before January.
    I don't think the economy's failure was an accident. Bush is a real sleaze bag.

    October 31, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. rachel

    My goodness Richard Spookmer, tell us how you really feel.



    October 31, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. Manuel

    The financial crisis born in the United States has much of the globe following the United States into economic disarray as it spreads to Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

    Allen Sinai, chief global economist for Decision Economics, a consulting and forecasting group said – “The economy has taken a turn for the worse, big time.” “The fundamentals around the consumer are all negative, and there are no signs of any help anytime soon, from anywhere.” (NYT 10.30.08)

    Jared Bernstein, senior economist at the labor-oriented Economic Policy Institute in Washington said – “There’s only a couple of ways that consumers can finance their spending. It’s labor income or nonlabor income, and both are on the mat.”

    Consumer spending makes up more than 70 percent of United States economy!

    Consumer confidence is at its lowest level on record.

    – Layoffs are accelerating.
    – Hours of workers on payroll are being cut, further diminishing paychecks.
    – Housing prices continue to plunge.
    – Investment by businesses for hiring people and buying equipment is slipping.
    – Unemployment rate could jump from the current 6.1 to 8 percent.

    Let’s rid American politics of GOP miscreants.

    Let’s give dignity and fair play a chance.

    On November 4th vote for Senator Obama.

    October 31, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. Dan, TX

    Yes, Republicans for Obama. We will support Obama and we will help influence the direction of the government be having conservative voices heard! Obama is smart and not dogmatic, he listens to reason and logic.

    October 31, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. Jann in Denver

    Republicans are jumping ship in large numbers. They see the writing on the wall. Get with the program or risk getting kicked out of the game.

    October 31, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. Ann

    Sam SixPack October 31st, 2008 2:22 pm ET

    Won't be long now – soon we'll be marching hand-in-hand to our new training-wage jobs.

    ...you mean people will actually have jobs when McCain/Bush are done ruining the country? Yay!

    October 31, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  17. Red, Red WHine

    It does appear that all the SMART republicans are voting for the SMART guy, the BEST choice and the TRUE hero. Barack Obama, the TRUE american hero that hasn't made propoganda films for the enemy, or abandoned his wife and children, or given money to terrorists, and hasn't committed adultery, and hasn't been found guilty of ethics violations, and hasn't voted against better benefits for our disables veterans.

    Obama, the right choice for a better america!

    October 31, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. Mr. Scott

    All hands are abandoning the USS Republican. I hope when the smoke clears, guys like Powell and Chuck Hagel will be the cornerstone of the Republican Party.

    October 31, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. Carolyn Phillips

    I certainly don't want to "jinx" it, but I feel mighty good about this election. The Obama-Biden team is doing a great job at getting
    folks registered, and they are smart enough to watch those republicans closely. It is too bad that in 2008, after all the monkey-
    shines with the ballot during the GORE campaign down in Florida,
    you'd think a lesson would be learned from trying to "suppress the vote." This is the USA, an honorable country...we are suppose to be
    above VOTE STEALING. Good thing Obama is on top of their tricks.
    Even though it's a sad state of affairs, I guess if the Conservatives
    can bankrupt Wall Street, and sell hard working people predatory
    loans that almost crashed our economy, this den of thieves will do

    October 31, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. Salsaluver


    gObama/Biden 08

    October 31, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  21. Bitter in Texas

    My, My, My.......who would of ever thunk it...we welcome all smart Republicans...let's get out there and vote like we've never had the chance to do so before this year.

    October 31, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. friedaMae

    Thank You, Sir!

    We Are All in this together, Thank goodness we are already Beginning to work Together by your and other Republican Supporters!

    I want to see ,More "people" working together to solve our problems Instead of Republicans and/or Democrats. In Crises how important is our Party affiliation, after all?

    October 31, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. barak hammond


    October 31, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. NJP

    In response to the comment left by Richard A. Spomer

    Dear Sir,

    Your comment is representative of an element of today's GOP that drove this moderate to vote for Barack Obama.


    October 31, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. Jason

    I think Pat F might represent all that is wrong with the Republican party. Republicans take note!

    October 31, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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