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. McPalin

    Thank you sir.....

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

    Again, confirms my belief about Obama. I voted for Obama for Presidency and Republican (Cornyn) locally. I cant stand erratic McCain and his despicable tactics – win at any cost (i.e., country last and his POW status first to win election).

    October 31, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. FAYE, NV

    It is time for us to wake up and smell the Obamaian/Bidenamic affect. Change is infecting everyone in one way or another and people can tell when something or somebody is good for the whole.

    Obama/Biden is good for this nation and has the ability to build us up again. God bless all of us.

    October 31, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Amused visitor to America

    it shocks me that the "christian" republicans are so vehemently against the principle of "spreading the wealth around". while I don't believe that is what Obama will be doing, the concept is actually a biblical principle.

    God's concept of social justice is that the rich must look out for the poor. It is a commandment of God in the old and new testaments.

    Any believer in Jesus Christ who is angry about part of his money being given to the less fortunate is a hypocrite and does not believe in the person and principle of Jesus Christ.

    October 31, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. jfs Memhis, Tn

    A good choice..............this Underscores the fact that the last eight years and John McCain are as close to be Reagan Republicans as Ralph Nader. He wants to be involved with CHANGE not Negativity and Divisivness.

    October 31, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. Alabama Voter

    Go Ken, we need a change and even the Republicans are starting to see that.

    October 31, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. A. Prince/Lexington,Ky

    Obama has really touch the United States in every way possible. He has talked to remarkable people to get their input on situations well thought out and not rushing into anything. I admire this man to the fullest and have the most respect for him, just because he didn't go fight in the war or any of those things doesn't mean that he doesn't know what he needs to do. At least he speaks of what the world need and not focusing on snapping back at McCain and Palin negitive remarks all of the time. He is getting the edorses that he deserve, they are not doing just because they are doing it because they feel that he can bring change into this world. They feel like he can do what he needs to do for all man kind. Things can change for all man kind no matter what others think of you because of who you vote for. Obama want things to change and we have to start somewhere so start with him vote on Nov. 4th for change.

    October 31, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. alana

    This is what happens when one puts country above party.

    October 31, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. vahe

    we all know obama is the one

    October 31, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. ANDY DAAS

    A wise man.

    October 31, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. kathy

    Colin Powell, Duberstein, Warren Buffet...just to name a few did not get where they are in their careers due to ignorance. They are intelligent people and their endorsements are proof , that they can see the benefits the country will have under the leadership of Obama. We need to take this country in a different directions and on November 4th I pray the voters will do the right thing and vote Obama.

    October 31, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. FL for OBAMA

    Obama is much closer to Reagan's better ideas than divisive McCain ever would be.

    Welcome Duberstein and ALL Americans wanting a positive change from the last eight years.

    October 31, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. Toye

    The issue of abortion is a personal thing. And when God shall judge all of us, it will not matter what political affiliation we had. Each person will be judged according to his or her deeds. No government can legislate against abortion.
    Obama never said he endorsed abortion. The decision and the consequences reside solely on the person who is in it.

    October 31, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. McCain is a maverick no more!

    McCain tell us what you are going to do instead of smearing your opponent. You are the socialist voting for the biggest bailout in US history! What a loser! Palin is a socialist for giving Alaskans money from big oil companies. You both are hypocrites! You both don't deserve the highest office that you are seeking. Drop to your knees and repent, you so called Christians!

    Obama all the way!

    October 31, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. Glenn in California

    It looks like everyone's deserting the sinking ship and coming aboard the winning ticket.

    Welcome aboard.

    McCain/Palin? R.I.P.

    Obama/Biden '08!!!

    October 31, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. bruce

    Pat F...
    Get a clue...
    Powell did not lead us into this war...he did what was asked ( told) of him by Bush and the administration. he was given bad and made up intel and because of his position and standing in the world community it made it seem real, and truthful.
    I think you need to review history and get your facts straight...oh yea you must be a repub who believes that facts do not matter...s=just fear, smear and mud...
    get a clue and do some research before you spout off the neo-con talking points.

    October 31, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. CD

    MCCain is FINISHED!!

    October 31, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. sandee in Portland

    This endorsement only goes to prove that Obama is a uniter and can reach across the aisles. This is what's needed in our government to get things accomplished...bipartianship! Not the old way of one party against the other. Our government should be everyone working together to do what we need to do, no matter what party you believe in.

    This election has only proven that the old way of doing politics, pitting one party agains the other, is outdated just like most of the old republicans in office. It is time to come together as a nation, whether you are muslim, christian, budhist or aethiest!

    October 31, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  19. Observer

    Interesting how many Reaganites are endorsing Obama. They seem to respect competence over bluster. McCain must have an ulcer the size of Ohio.

    October 31, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. hilary b

    ............and on November 4th, McCain will concede and endorse Obama.

    October 31, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. Len in Washington

    So, Hard Core Right-Wingers, did you enjoy your brief stint in the limelight?

    I see a huge split coming in the Republican Party. Even if McCain should win (hardly likely at this point) I believe there will be a major battle in this party that will put this election cycle to shame.

    The Evangelical Extremists have worn out their welcome with the true Republican party.

    October 31, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. CAMEROON/WEST AFRICA

    we welcome you ken.you believe in your capacity to bring change.
    great decision.once again welcome aboard.
    yes you can.

    October 31, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. No2RepubGimmicks

    Pat F...I get it.

    If Colin Powell would have endorsed McCain, then you, Rush Limbaugh, O'Reilly, etc would be praising him as a great Republican figure....

    Since he went with Obama– 'oh, Colin Powell is evil...he took us into the war in Iraq'...etc

    You guys only like people who agree with you and who you think are on your side....forget the fact that Colin Powell laid out truly sensible reasons why he's supporting Obama.

    October 31, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. Brenda C

    I'm glad all these black folks have decided to join America and registered to vote. When Obama re-enacts the draft because men and women won't join if he is President and we are at war they will get drafted along with real working americans. I'm sure they'll have to find them since they are giving false addresses to register.

    October 31, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. williefloyd

    Bill-Obama is so lucky to be alive....

    Why do men presume to understand how a woman feels when faced with an unwanted pregnancy-rape, incest, etc???

    OBAMA/BIDEN

    October 31, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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