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. Mohammed

    I guess this white guy supporting Obama is all about race too huh rush? the ignorence thats prevalent in this country is amazing. And may I add, So what if Obama was a Muslim, My muslim brother in the mariens is protecting your rights so he cant be president because of what he believes, but he can die so you can have something to believe in?

    October 31, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. spread the wealth

    every vote counts

    October 31, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. jeff

    thank you for the suport i hope every american votes democratic lets CHANGE the nonsence thats been going on the last 8 years

    October 31, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. Dusman Okee

    I would love to continue seeing uncle Bill Clinton and Hillary long after the dust has settled.
    THEY MAKE MY DAY!!!!!!!!

    October 31, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. Karen - Missouri

    I'm glad to see people who really take the time to look at all Obama's really good policies and traits are backing Obama. Then, again it may be because McCain doesn't think ANYTHING through.

    The only way McCain could win is through the manipulations and corruptions of the Republican party....voter suppression, calibrating machines that seem to ALWAYS benefit McCain. There's some strange reason McCain is so suddenly giddy...and it's NOT because he's popular.

    We need the truthfulness, dignity, integrity, openness, intelligence of Barack Obama now more than at any other time in our history.

    I am glad to see there's still some good, thoughtful Republican politicians and leaders.

    October 31, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. An Another bites the dust!

    Come on sensible Republicans there's plenty more room on the Obama train. Give the Republican Party a chance to rebuild itself and find the error of it's ways.

    October 31, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Another sign of how far the Republican party has fallen in the era of Rove. To think just a few years ago folks thought he was establishing a permanent majority for the party.

    Then came Terri Schiavo, Katrina, and Valerie Plame. No surprise to look at him, but I guess Karl Rove just doesn't have much luck with women.

    October 31, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. Jimmy

    wonderful..

    October 31, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. Ken, Republican Voted for Obama

    If Conservatives want to exist as a party they better follow his example, otherwise we should start thinking of another party to compete with democrats.

    October 31, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. George James

    What will Rush Limbau say about Duberstein's endorsement of Obama? Racial???

    October 31, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. alan

    It is truly amazing how many "old school ,better days better party " republicans are supporting obama. what does that say about the direction the christian coaition and the extremist right wing has done to their party.

    October 31, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. Jeff, Oregon

    Welcome, Ken! The amount of support that Obama is receiving from life-long Republicans is truly humbling. Never before has there been such a strong candidate that prominant partisan figures are willing to reach across the aisle to endorse the better candidate.

    Obama WILL unite this nation. We all want the same thing. We are all Americans. God bless us all.

    Obama/Biden '08 '12

    October 31, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. Hardy Takhar

    one by one these republicans are jumping from the sinking GOP ship. On Tuesday I guess the only ones left to drown will be Captain McIdiot and his first mate Bimbi Palin

    October 31, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    What's totally sad about this race is that I saw a comment here in the ticker where one reader condemned Barack Obama for the book he was reading... Post American World by "some terrorist" (he could tell by the name, he said)

    Of course, that is the most excellent read by Fareed Zakaria – whose GPS is a new CNN Sunday show – an intelligent and informed hour of guests and commentary.

    It's just sad that some people are so bigoted and ignorant to think that any "muslim" sounding name somehow makes you (automagically) a terrorist.

    It's the mindset that the destructive campaign of John McCain and Sarah Pain has fostered in the United States, setting the American public back 50-60 years politically and socially.

    Sad. And sad that a once-respected man has stooped to such a gutter level in a "say anything, do anything" – "end justifies the means" desperation to win.

    October 31, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  15. Bob, Minneapolis

    Where are the other high ranking Republicans with real clout?. Pretending that they don't know Sara Palin? Or admitting that they won't
    be an accessory in helping John McCain put the country in the hands
    of the most unqualified woman in U. S. history. (Colin Powell)

    October 31, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. Hardy Takhar

    one by one these republicans are jumping from the sinking GOP ship. On Tuesday I guess the only ones left to drown will be Captain McIdiot and his first mate Bimbo Palin

    October 31, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. FactCheck

    The only reason Ken Duberstein is endorsing Obama is because Colin Powell is black... oh wait.

    October 31, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. Voted Early

    Duberstein said

    "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."

    McCian said ' We have Joe the plumber with us ... Joe? .. where are you Joe? ... I thought we had Joe with us ... '

    yeah .. I go with Mr. Powell as well.

    October 31, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. tulsa

    The list of solid policy people from both major parties who endorse Obama keeps growing.

    Obama surrounds himself with great thinkers and doers.
    McCain has Joe the Plumber, Ditka and Hank Jr.

    The choice seems obvious to me.

    Vote Obama

    October 31, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. pp

    Does anyone else feel all these attacks on Pakistan is Bush’s way to help McLiar win?

    October 31, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. mohammad ali

    this republican party has become a party of devils/evils.

    October 31, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. Billy

    Obama loses if you don't vote!

    Obama loses if "the line is too long"

    Obama loses if you get complacent.

    YOUR VOTE, YOUR CHOICE, YOUR COUNTRY. Don't let republican state election laws silence you. They've created these 8 hour long lines because they know if you donate a few hours of your life, America will change.

    October 31, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. 12 HOUSES to 0

    REGAN REPUBLICANS WILL NOT SUPPORT

    THE SLEAZY BUSH-MCBUSH DIVISIVE TACTICS.

    October 31, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. Eric

    Can anyone name one serious democrat voting for McCain? Except for the Rotschild bimbo, who got the good idea to disappear from national stage after making a fool of herself (Obama is elistist!) I can't think of anyone else.
    It speaks volume.

    October 31, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. Matt

    Obama doesn't even have to cross the aisle...THEY CROSS TO HIM.

    October 31, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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