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. ednadavid

    "and the hits just keep on coming!"

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

    This is what is going to happens in the united states of obama. Reporters cast away , tv stations order to turn off, web pages remove. we might have only one tv channel the obama channel.? His past actions let me believe that this country is going to be turn to a socialist system against our will.

    October 31, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. Calofornaian_96

    Well done Mr. Ken Duberstein!

    Yes this nation needs new leadership and new direction.
    That can be only happen if we elect OBAMA

    GOD BLESS THE USA !

    October 31, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. JJ

    Welsom aboard thanks for Obama vote. I am glad that you see a man that can shape this country back to a place of peace.

    October 31, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. Old White Guy for Obama

    Smart guy. Reagan's Chief of Staff, eh?

    October 31, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. HunkyForJustice

    Nice to see the Republicans rallying for the Obama-Biden ticket!

    October 31, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. hurriCAIN PALIN

    just another turncoat that fell for the "good speeches" of the false prophet. sickening. nauseating.

    October 31, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. Janet, American Abroad

    Now it sounds like Senator Obama is the one who can cross the floor and work with all Party's! Also, they will cross the floor to work with him.

    Intelligent and Diplomacy, sounds like Presidential stuff to us!

    October 31, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. sabuc for Obama

    YES. Another Republican sees the writing on the wall.

    VOTE EARLY and encourage and demand others to do so as well. We cannot let the GOP pull a hat trick with 3 stolen election come Tuesday night!!!

    October 31, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    You can't say this one is based on race!

    Thank you, Mr. Duberstein.

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

    at this point i think satan and jesus would both endorse obama. Mccain may be able to be president, but I think all of "joes" just don't TRUST palin. I already shaved my head bald because I was sick of pulling my hair out whenever i heard her annoying voice!

    October 31, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. Send the Obama myth back where it came from!

    GET RID OF OBAMA BEFORE IT's TOO LATE!

    He is a megalomaniac who thinks he is God on Earth!

    October 31, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. RG

    Please do your homework then think, and you are rational, you will see that Obama is the better man for the job!

    October 31, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. Nina in Orlando

    Another Republican putting country first and politics second. Way to go!

    October 31, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. mitch

    i guess there are some smart republicans left. i honor their patriotism and bi-partisanship.

    October 31, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. Fee, Philadelphia

    Drip, drip, drip! I can't wait until November 4. I hope Obama will place some Republicans in his cabinet. It would be a great start. I am a democrat, but we are all Americans and the President's cabinet should represent diversity.

    Obama/Biden '08...the only choice for me

    October 31, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. Emit R Detsaw

    The sound you are hearing is the wind storm of Republicans moving over to vote for the BEST chance for the USA to move back out of the gutter that it is in.

    October 31, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. turn az blue

    here we go again! 🙂

    October 31, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  19. Laverne

    Wow, repubs are jumping ship like scared rats! Go Obama Go! There is nothing wrong with being a repentant Republican!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 31, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  20. jeff in MA

    McCain's response to this endorsement... Mike Dicka.

    October 31, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. I can't wait...

    If the polls are right, and Barack is elected, I can quit my job.

    I can't wait to see all of my countrymen, leading some of the most miserable lives and spending such a meager existence in the lamest country and society in history, have all of their hopes realized by electing the smartest, most intelligent, most eloquent campaigner of all time.

    Everyone will get a cell phone, cable and a computer. And if we really work at it, everyone can have a car too so they can realize the freedom to travel this great country that was taken away by those evil Republicans.

    October 31, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. Cory

    Way to go!

    October 31, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  23. JACKED-UP-POLITICS, FLORIDA

    DANGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG Talk about a BLOW swishhhhh can't you here the wind?

    October 31, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  24. Laura in PHX

    How amazing and wonderful that so many people from both parties have endorsed Obama. Truly reaching across the aisles!

    October 31, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  25. CB

    Do any prominent Dem's back McCain? Just curious...

    October 31, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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