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. Mark from Brooklyn

    It's good to see sensibility winning out. I hope that the fiscal, realistic conservatives win over the mentally ill, irrational make believe reality "conservatives". But I doubt it.

    Oh and Bill, it's spelled soul. If you're so very concerned about souls, you should learn how to spell it. Oh and you know Jesus mentioned the rich giving to the poor 100's of times in the bible. How many mentions of abortion did Jesus make? Zero. Hypocrites.

    October 31, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. Janice

    After the united nations speech that Powell tried to convince the world that there were WMD's, when he knew all along that there were none, that the guy I would pattern myself after!! What a bunch of junk. If Powell jumps off a bridge, you go right ahead and take in after him.

    October 31, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. Chris, Michigan

    Obama wants GOP guys to see the light. He's winning!!!

    McCain lies, even the tag "country first" doesn't fit him.

    October 31, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. Tech Recruiter

    Obama the Uniter!!!

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 31, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. Obama 08: white, female, 60 yr old supporter

    Other than "Joe the notaPlumber, who was the last person to endorse the McCain/Palin ticket??? Other than Joe Lieberman what Democrate official has endorsed the so called reach across/bipartisan McCain.

    These people are speaking up at the risk of Republicans smears and wrath because they truly put Country First.

    Pat F: and you are supporting the candidate who started cheerleading for the invasion of Iraq immediately after 911 saying we would be greeted as liberators, falsely claiming there was a link with the attack. Seems a little hypocritical that you are now attacking Colin Powell!! while supporting McCain whose only major decision that approaches being commander in chief was wrong and continues to be wrong.

    Where does mcCain stand on Patreaus' opinion that the US should speak with Syria?? My bet is he stands against the man who he constantly praises and stands with the stubborn George Bush. Perhaps a reporter should ask McCain about that issue.

    October 31, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. wwf

    I guess that the old party is comming to the right side. Bring back the old party and between the two, we can get things done. Throw out Rove, Limbaugh and co.

    October 31, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. Meka


    OBAMA/BIDEN '08-'12

    October 31, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. therealmarie

    This wonderfull and with an obama win on Tuesday, the republicans can go off into the wilderness for awhile and rethink the goals and ideas of their party going forward. Right now all they represent are hate, greed, racism and religious intolerance. The party has been taken over by the less educated amongst them. It's like a cancer.

    October 31, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. Lawrence in Denver

    Welcome to the winning party! Big endorsements from Colin to Duberstein, from Al Gore to Clinton. But wait, John McLoser has Joe the Plumber!!!

    ~Lawrence in Denver

    October 31, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. Obama4pres

    NICE... !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Welcome aboard ..

    October 31, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. Antavius S.

    It should be obvious to any Republican by now that Obama is what the country needs. Let's face it: the economy is in a recession; steep job cuts are coming in the next 12 months; and 700 billion dollars need to be managed judiciously. A majority of America is now against the war in Iraq (but if not against the War on Terror); the Iraqi Government will not sign a treaty that does not include coalition troops out by 2011. Great Britain got the message long ago.
    Obama and the Democrats is what the country needs. Maintaining a check and balance by voting for McCain so as to offset the Senate, would be disastrous. We need legislation to flow quickly, but wisely. Objections would slow the critical need we need. I have faith in Obama and Biden to make the best decisions. Even top Republican officials of past Republican Presidents agree.

    It's time for a CHANGE!


    October 31, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. Sam the Butcher

    Game. Set. Match. Obama

    I do wish Sen. McCain well on his 7 state "Farewell Tour" on Monday. Hope he stays out of my state (IA).
    Word of advice: don't take the plumber, we're not falling for it.

    October 31, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. tulsa

    Trader!.... lol, your ignorance is stunning.
    If you don't know how to spell "traitor" you deserve the McCain Palin ticket.

    October 31, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. G

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08-12 (if you have a lick of common sense)

    If you don't have a lick of common sense and don't want to see Obama sitting in the Oval office, then stay home. Don't punish us people with common sense by electing an idiot (Bush's twin) into office.

    BARACK YOUR VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 31, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. Independent Fred

    A bloody shame the Republican party used to be respectfull but the ultra right wacko's have taken it over. My John mcCain of 2000 no longer exists.

    How sad..

    October 31, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  16. The truth will set you free

    Ken served on Fannie Mae's board from 1998 to 2007, through both the Raines and Johnson debacles and golden parachutes. (Ken also serves as Boeing's Chair of their Board level Compensation Committee.) The Fannie Mae Chair had this to say of Mr. Duberstein's retirement from the board:

    Fannie Mae Chairman Stephen Ashley praised Duberstein for his "valuable strategic counsel, leadership and service."

    Yes, the valuable strategic counsel, leadership and service that led to the implosion of the company. Duberstein not only served on the Board, his consulting firm advised Fannie Mae on regulatory matters, netting over $1,000,000 in fees over a three year period.


    October 31, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. Karen - Make your vote count

    Smart Guy! Republicans are jumping ship because they realize this campaign is the worst ever in history. At least in the 45 years I've been alive. McCain camp has been dishonest, rude and non mavericky (hahaha).

    October 31, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. Rob

    Colin Powell's presentations were based upon faulty intelligence information. He did the best that he could do based upon the data that was presented to him by the CIA. The faulty intelligence had been manipulated so that Powell would draw the wrong conclusions, and give Bush the excuse he needed to go into Iraq. Bush and Cheney knew that Powell was well respected, and that his conclusions would not be questioned much at all. Basically, Powell was made into the scapegoat. It was Bush and Cheney who share the responsibility for the war in Iraq.

    October 31, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. Shayeshaye

    To Bill. only a man would say that. you don't have to raise the child. you are born with the "OPT Out" clause. Think about it. You will never t know or understand what a woman has to go thru to make that decision. Get pregnant first, before you decide to make a dfecision for me or any other woman...My choise is my choice. Leave my right alone!!!!

    October 31, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. Veronica in Ohio

    Ken is another example of a republican with good judgment and shows that Obama is really reaching across the aisle. He is the kind of president that I want to have. Go vote!!!

    Obama/ Biden 2008

    October 31, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. crystal

    Obama/Biden is the future, McCain/Palin are the past, you can step into the future on your own or be kick into the future. But one way or another you will embrace the future. Obama is the President that wil propell us into the future. You can allow yourself to be lied to by McCain/Palin team, or hear the hard truth and have the courage to stand and be accounted for. We must send a message that say's no longer will we allow this type of attitude to take place in America. We need each other now, not division, every man women and child. I pray that Obama is President of the US on Tuesday Nov.4. God Bless everyone.

    October 31, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. Jim Schimmer

    People – all this is good
    But no matter how LONG THE LINES ARE – you have to VOTE!!


    October 31, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  23. Concerned INDEPENDENT CT voter



    October 31, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  24. Joe the mechanic.

    Another intelligent honest Republican putting 'Country First' by voting Obama.

    October 31, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  25. BM

    Thanks Cnn for not posting my comment! As I stated, McCain, lies and is dishonorable .
    He is right he has been tested and shown what a dispicable persson he is. Don't forget he cheated on his first wife.
    Lieberman made the same statement about him being tested and when he is, he will take everyone down with him!

    October 31, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
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