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. sarah

    All the smart Republicans are voting Obama because they know he's the only one with a plan to actually DO anything to fix the mess we're in. McCain doesn't have it and Palin is an egomaniacal ditz.

    I hope everyone who is one the fence thinks about why so many prominent Republicans would publically support Obama – clearly, he's the right choice for these times. The world needs to see American come back from the horrible Bush years. GET OUT THE VOTE!

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

    Senator McCain you are no hero, you are in fact a terrorist.

    Your campaign advisor & "Transition Chief" William Timmons was a Saddam Hussein lobbyist for 5 years.
    You pal around with Gordon Liddy, domestic terrorist.
    You are a member of "The Project for a New American Century" – a radical extremist terrorist organization.
    Your VP candidate's husband Todd Palin is a domestic terrorist in the Alaskan Independence Party.
    You accuse Obama of knowing Rashid Khalidi, yet you yourself have given Rashid Khalidi & the PLO $500,000.00!!! So by your logic, if Obama is a terrorist sympathizer like you claim, then you Senator McCain are a state sponsor of terrorism. You are, by your own twisted logic, a terrorist by your own admittance.
    You have met with Chilean Dictator Pinochet, a terrorist.
    You're coordinated effort to use FOX NEWS, the Bush Administration, your campaign, Sarah Palin, and The Justice Department to commit voter fraud, voter intimidation, & voter suppression is an act of terrorism.

    John McCain you are a disgrace to your uniform, yourself, & this great nation of America.

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

    Whoa...McCain better wave his white flag. Every heavy weight repub is voting Obama? Something tells me McCain is totally unqualified to be POTUS.

    October 31, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. Greg in MN

    When people from Regan's white house don't back the GOP candidate...that's a bad sign for you McCain.

    Time to go cuddle up with your neocon friends...they are all you have left!

    October 31, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. MN Woman

    Does anyone really care about this at this late date? What didn't he have anything better to do?

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

    Christopher Buckley, Charles Fried...
    The best conservative minds are endorsing Obama.

    October 31, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. cool onlooker

    Trick or Treat.

    TO all that support/endorse Obama, Happy Halloween!

    October 31, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. Alexandra from NJ

    Seems that every republican is jumping ship now...
    good job

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 31, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Barack Obama

    When are Senator McCain, the RNC, Karl Rove, & Rush Limbaugh going to endorse me??? Everyone of McCain's other supporters already have.

    October 31, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. paula

    When you compaire Obama's endorsements with McCain's, how can anyone vote for McCain!!?? McCain's biggest endorsement is Joe the Plumber. I sure hope folks aren't that stupid. OBAMA 08

    October 31, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. sybille Wehrli

    Well well well, better late than ever right?

    October 31, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. Pat F

    You mean Colin Powell, the guy who is the most single-handledly responsible person for talking this country into the Iraq war? Who is such a shameful opportunist that he is now abandoning the party that he helped drag through the mud, and is currently busy sucking around for a cabinet post? The Colin Powell who is happy to ride the coattails of the guy running AGAINST the war that he hustled us into with his UN speech? You mean the guy who let reporters rot in prison over the Valerie Plame matter when he knew darn well that it was his own subordinate, Richard Armitige, who "outed" her to Robert Novak, and not Karl Rove?

    You mean that Colin Powell? Obama is welcome to him.

    October 31, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. John Anthony

    This just proves that the Republican Party has been hijacked by far-right, power hungry ideologues who have little in common with, and offer little, to the majority of people, including many Republicans!

    Obama and sanity in '08!

    October 31, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. Okony

    Ken Duberstein,

    I strongly believe that Ken Duberstein made the right choice that is best for America! The U.S. is in a big mess yet Sen. McCain's position so far showed that he will plunge this wonderful nation into Atlantic Ocean if he is elected. Sen. McCain is only focusing on people like Joe the "Plumber" and he does not care about other Americans unless they look and talk like Joe.

    Interestingly, Sen. McCain talks about wars more than anything else but his records proved that he did not lead a war in his life. If he wants to win wars or initiates, more wars he would have picked a four-star general who really knows how vicious gratuitous wars are. Further, as a student I do not see any clear educational package from Sen. McCain so why should I vote for him when he does not represent my interests?

    October 31, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  15. BobH

    Holy cow, the next thing you know we're going to find out that John McCain is endorsing Barak Obama...

    October 31, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. Gidget goes back to Alaska

    Another great GOP endorsement.

    October 31, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. Jo-Ann



    October 31, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. Brian from Milwaukee

    Terrific. It shows the power of reach that Obama has from both sides of the aisle. It also shows how fed up Republicans are with their own party.

    October 31, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |

    It looks and sounds like there are two Republican parties.

    October 31, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. BJ in NC

    This guy also wants to show that he has scruples and integrity, something that has completely disappeared from McCain's campaign this time around. I really felt sorry for the way they treated him in 2000.

    October 31, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. Stephanie

    I am speechless and proud. Lets make sure we all get out there and Vote on November 4, 2008 if we haven't done it already for the one man who is going to bring change to the United States of America and that person will be announced on November 5,2008 as President Barack Obama

    October 31, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. D&D

    I can't wait for Nov. 4th to come...

    Folks, get out and VOTE, vote early or on the election day, but make sure you DO VOTE for Obama/Biden ticket!

    October 31, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. Jon

    He joins a proud company, including Barry Goldwater's granddaughter, Bill Buckley's son, Eisenhower's granddaughter, former Sens. Mac Mathias and Larry Pressler, and a whole host more.

    It is hard to find a respectable Republican coming out in support of the McCain ticket these days. The wonder is that McCain is doing as well as he is. Republicans haven't endorsed the Democratic candidate in this way since Goldwater.

    October 31, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. ahk, beverly hills, ca

    It continues to be refreshing to witness this kind of endorsement.
    When someone recognizes there is one candidate who can do good for the country as a whole, regardless of political affiliation, they cast their vote accordingly.

    October 31, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. jelow

    Former Sec. of State and prominent McCain supporter Eagleburger said that Palin is "not ready" to be Vice-President.

    McCain's response?

    "He hasn't met her yet."

    October 31, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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