Powell won't commit to Obama in 2012
January 23rd, 2011
09:51 AM ET
11 years ago

Powell won't commit to Obama in 2012

(CNN) - Retired Gen. Colin Powell is not prepared to back President Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential campaign.

The former secretary of state under former President George W. Bush endorsed then-candidate Obama in the 2008 election, but said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that he will wait to make a decision on whom to support in the next presidential election.

"I'm not committed to Barack Obama. I'm not committed to a Republican candidate," Powell told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. "I am not committed to any candidate until I see all the candidates and finally see who the two candidates are who are going for this position."

"Right now I do not see on the Republican side any one individual who I think is going to emerge at the top of the pile," Powell added.

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  1. cj

    well powell is just shopping very carefully. i can already hear the big babies rush limbaugh and sean hannity making asses of themselves over this.

    January 23, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. sara

    "Powell say Obama still has work to do"...DAH!!!! 2 years to bring the country back from Collapse and "steady" it's path! You betcha, he isn't done yet!

    January 23, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. Robert

    Colin Powell, the pragmatist, would (should?) have been President in 2000 if he ran. Had he done so, the course of history may well have turned out different. Inside the Bush administration, Powell was often the only voice of reason, and its most intellectual and capable member. Sadly, his reputation is forever tarnished, as he took the bullet for the former President like a loyal soldier, sacrificing his political career by blatantly lying to the UN to avoid dividing a country then on an unstoppable path to war.

    January 23, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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