Obama highlights Powell endorsement in new ad
November 1st, 2012
08:00 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama highlights Powell endorsement in new ad

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's campaign touts the endorsement of former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a Republican, in new television and radio ads released Wednesday and Thursday.

The move comes in the final days of the 2012 presidential race, as both campaigns work to appeal to the remaining undecided and independent voters.

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Powell endorsed the president last week on CBS' "This Morning," renewing his support for Obama that he first made public in 2008. The television ad, which is 30 seconds long, shows Powell espousing the president’s accomplishments in his first term on the morning program.

Obama’s campaign said the T.V. spot would air in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina, Virginia, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The one-minute radio ad, "Endorsed," features some of Powell's praise for Obama in last week's interview.

"When he took over...we were in one of the worst recessions we had seen in recent times, close to a depression. The fiscal system was collapsing, Wall Street was in chaos...and we were in very difficult straits," Powell said, repeating many of the talking points heard from Obama's campaign.

In his endorsement, Powell criticized Mitt Romney's foreign policy positions, saying he was "uncomfortable" with what he described as "neo-conservative views" trumpeted by the GOP presidential nominee.

While the radio ad did not include Powell's criticism, it featured his approval of Obama's job in his role as commander-in-chief.

"I also saw the president get us out of one war, start to get us out of a second war," he said. "The actions he's taken with respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very, very solid."

Team Obama said the radio spot will air in Florida, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Virginia, New Hampshire, Ohio, Iowa, Nevada, and Colorado.

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soundoff (14 Responses)

    I'm sure Colin Powell isn't the only republican voting for the President. Multiple Choice Mitt has no solid position on anything and I'm sure that makes alot of people uncomfortable.

    November 1, 2012 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  2. Mete Krop

    This is really really really great news for America, GOP endorsing the Dems.

    November 1, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    Any sane will vote for Obama. Period. Mitt said he shuts down FEMA. Ten years taxes not showed yet.

    November 1, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  4. Independent Texan

    What am amazing man. Putting politics aside, there's probably no one else who know more about foreign policy than Powell. He's a man who is respected by both Republicans and Democrats. Hats off to him for saying what many already thought about Gov Romney's weaknesses.

    November 1, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  5. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    The republican party would have been wise to approach a man like Gen. Powell to seek their nomination for president. Instead look at the parade of far right wing clowns they rolled out for their constituents to choose from. I would vote for a man like Gen. Powell, he is one republican I would trust not to be more worried about silly social issues that were settled long ago and do whats right for America.

    November 1, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    All respect for Colin Powell, is now gone.

    Anyone who can support Obama, is no patriot, as Obama seeks to become a socialist dictator in America.

    November 1, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  7. Lizzie

    No surprise here.

    November 1, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  8. Guest AGAIN

    Powell used to be respected...now he is shallow and transparent. See ya!

    ROMNEY/RYAN 2012!

    November 1, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  9. MIDave

    "The actions he's taken with respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very, very solid." I'm sure if our Ambassador to Libya, the one who warned over and over again of terrorist threats that were ignored by Obama and Clinton at the State Department, tha same Ambassador who repeated calls for help on 9/11 (9/11!!!) were ignored, the same Ambassador who had SEAL's close by but were ordered to stand down, our American Amabassorder who was murdered by terrorists, would disagree.

    November 1, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  10. chilly g

    i think the ads will be a great help to the president campaign and will help in some of the swing states

    November 1, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  11. Data Driven

    This is excellent news!! For Romney!!!

    November 1, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  12. GI Joe

    If your Delegate to the House voted NO on infrastructure jobs, vote him out.

    Get rid of all obstructionists, dem or rep.

    November 1, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. Kr55

    Didn't Obama hear from that racist republican guy that looks like his face was run over by a truck? Powell's endorsement was 100% racist 😛

    November 1, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  14. Ray E. (Georgia)

    The supposed near collapse of the economy in 2008 was a result of 75 years of Liberal Democrat policies put in place by the democrats. The Democrats had the Congress for 40 years. The 16 Trillion dollar federal debt is all there is to show for it. Obama will just continue those policies. Anyone who thinks bigger and expanding the federal government is just deluding themselves. It was a raging sucess in the old Soviet Union. It isn't working too well in Europe either. We have had the Nanny State for 75 years. Liberal Poliicys isn't the answer.

    November 1, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |