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. suzyku


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

    Everyone is realizing that the GOP needs to makeover!! Welcome to the Obama team!!

    October 31, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. j

    A lot of smart Republicans are voting for Obama.

    October 31, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. Brian

    Please please please young people, old people, middle aged people, PLEASE VOTE! The MCCain campaign is counting on low-turnout by youth and black votes to win in their narrow victory strategy. PLEASE vote. Skip school, play sick, do whatever you have to do to vote. Stand in line, bring a book, your iPod, you patience and please let's close the deal for Barack. I am confident in Obama's ground game but we all know that the Republicans are very good at getting the vote out as well. Witness their 72-hr strategy over the past two elections that produced 2 narrow victories. Let's show everyone that we Dems and crossover Republicans (thank you by the way), can turn out too. If young people, black people and others do not turn out in the swings like VA, NC, OH, FL, CO, NV, PA and MO, then we lose. Very simple. Please vote early if you can so that you can help others on election day by giving rides, knocking on doors, making phone calls, etc. Ok, I have go on long enough, but PLEASE PLEASE VOTE! (I would, as an American, tell The GOP members to vote, but they don't need any convincing or prodding). Low turnout= President McCain and soon after that President Palin. :-/ Scare tactics? You Betcha!

    October 31, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. C

    I'd love to add a comment as the web page suggests, but every time I do, it either gets stuck in moderation or doesn't even appear.

    But, some guys get their comments (the exact same comment) on multiple 'tickers'.

    Guess I ought to say McCain sucks! and then my post might make it?

    October 31, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. Ken, Austin, TX

    Wow! An endorsement this late in the game. I feel the same way about your endorsement as I did about Colin Powell's. Way too late! If you're going to endorse someone, do it at a time when it really matters, not 1 weeks before election when 95% of the people have already made up their minds.

    October 31, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. Jeff in Illinois

    It is interesting that intelligent Republicans (i.e. Powell, Duberstein) are endorsing Obama, while the drug-addled and the maniac crowd (i.e. Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter) are endorsing John McCain.

    October 31, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. Danny from Phoenix

    REAGAN ADVISOR! I rest my case.

    Get out and vote for Obama!

    Overcome Republican voter supression. This election will be rigged, especially at electronic machines. The higher the turnout, the less of a chance McCain can steal it.

    October 31, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. kayla


    October 31, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |

    Davis is dwelling in the same parallel universe Hillary(who I voted for) was living in during the last two months of the primary. All O has to do is hang on to his current states and with him taking VA there is no way to 270 for McCrypt. Take another 'lude and go back to hallucinating.

    Here is another poll for you four eyes, the 7-11 poll is 60-40 for Obama.

    Stop that giggling, in 2000 the "coffee" poll was within 1 point of the final results and predicted a Bush win and 2004 within 2 and again Bush.

    October 31, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. Sing it with me...

    "People all over the world,
    Join Hands.
    Start a Love Train,
    Love Train."

    October 31, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Atta Boy !

    Voted early for Obama/Biden

    October 31, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. Mushk

    Oh my God!!! you are not even Black like Powel... now what our radio host will say???? Please think about them first than about your country!!!

    Ha ha ha... Welcome Welcome Welcome to OUR team!!!

    October 31, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. Sam SixPack

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

    October 31, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. Franky

    Poor, poor GOP. One minute they want "change" and the "soldiers" are loyal to your "boss"(President) while at the same time the "Lieutanants"(House and Senate GOP) were critical of their own boss. Good combination by the way...and wait a minute, weren't the GOP gonna pay attention to Penn? I tell you what, since the Phillies won the World Series, TRUST ME, that's the last thing you wanna see...

    No offense GOP but you guys are VERY, VERY disillusional... you don't even know what you want.

    October 31, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. ines

    If you think about it, Who in their right mind would vote for McCain and Palin?

    October 31, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. David Newport, OR

    Let's see...McCain gets the endorsement of Joe the Plumber and Osama Bin Ladin...Obama gets the endorsement of intelligent Republicans. Yep...that's about right. Get out and vote people.

    October 31, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. frodo

    Considering the lopsided amount spent campaigning by the Democrats and Republicans, it is interesting that McCain is doing so well...or Obama is doing so poorly. With ratings in the 40's% to 40's% it shows that there is not a strong preference.

    The very small amount that the Libertarian party has spent campaigning, their membership and polling numbers are a huge increase. Maybe next election we'll see republicans and dems go to 30%-30%, then 20%-20% and finally waste away.

    Hopefully not before they irreparably damage America...if they haven't already by mortgaging our future...where's America's bailout going to come from...china? Maybe china, when they own all of our banks, will just foreclose on each of us and move their citizens into our houses here...(yes, this is fantasy, but....) it would be the quickest way to the American dream.

    October 31, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. Charlie Bradley

    One By One
    Brick By Brick
    All the Repubs
    are making the switch


    October 31, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. Ethan

    But but but... He's a ___________ [pick the latest smear]....

    No more excuses McShame. You're finished.

    Vote Obama/Biden.

    October 31, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  21. Brenda C

    Powell is black you idiot. What else did you excpect?
    Yeah Obama is a real leader. Funny he has an aunt from the slums for the last past five years. Of course she's not allowed to talk or Obama will have her shipped back to Kenya. She must obey him. I find it odd she has never let anyone know she was kin to him. I know if my nephew was the first mixed man to run for President I would let everyone know. I guess that's why we never hear from any of his relatives they know he's a loser, they know if they say anything negative they'll pay.

    McCain/Palin 08

    October 31, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. Connie from Indiana

    In the last section it said Obama says in the last days it is going to get nasty, you betcha, Duberstein endorsing Obama, Eagleberger ( a McSenile endorsement)saying Palin is not qualified dog gone it , it is getting nasty for McSenile.VOTE EARLY, VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN

    October 31, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    Ronald Reagan is spinning in his grave....

    October 31, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. concerned4USA

    Thank you for planning to use your vote wisely! Let all well meaning Americans get on board!!!!!!!

    October 31, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  25. Retired Veteran from New York City, NY

    Welcome aboard! Any American with good common sense will never cast their vote for confused McCain and Dizzy Palin. Those two have no clue and Palin is just lost. She has contributed vastly for McCain downfall in this Circus that they called Republican Campaign.

    October 31, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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