Former Secretary Of State Colin Powell Endorses Obama

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president Sunday, describing the Illinois senator as a "transformational figure."

Powell said both Obama and Republican John McCain are qualified to be commander in chief. But he said Obama is better suited to handle the nation's economic problems as well as help improve its standing in the world.

"It isn't easy for me to disappoint Sen. McCain in the way that I have this morning, and I regret that," Powell said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"But I firmly believe that at this point in America's history, we need a president that will not just continue, even with a new face and with the changes and with some maverick aspects, who will not just continue basically the policies that we have been following in recent years," Powell said.

"I think we need a transformational figure. I think we need a president who is a generational change and that's why I'm supporting Barack Obama, not out of any lack of respect or admiration for Sen. John McCain."

Powell's endorsement has been much anticipated because he is a Republican with impressive foreign policy credentials. At the same time, he is a black man and Obama would be the nation's first black president.

Powell said he was cognizant of the racial aspect of his endorsement, but said that was not the dominant factor in his decision. If it was, he said, he would have made the endorsement months ago.

Powell served as secretary of state in President Bush's first term, and helped make the case before the United Nations for the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003. A retired general, Powell also was the nation's top military commander, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during the first Gulf war under President George H.W. Bush.

McCain said he disagreed that Obama is qualified to be president.

"We have a respectful disagreement," McCain, interviewed on "Fox News Sunday," said of Powell.

Powell said McCain has been a good friend for 25 years. But Powell expressed disappointment in the negative tone of McCain's campaign, as well as in his choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as the Republican vice presidential nominee.

"I don't believe she's ready to be president of the United States," Powell said.

Powell said he does not plan to campaign for Obama

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  • by $$$ on Oct 24, 2008 at 09:05 AM
    John McCain, who has harshly criticized the idea of sitting down with dictators without pre-conditions, appears to have done just that. In 1985, McCain traveled to Chile for a friendly meeting with Chile's military ruler, General Augusto Pinochet, one of the world's most notorious violators of human rights credited with killing more than 3,000 civilians and jailing tens of thousands of others.
  • by Red State Location: Washington Co. on Oct 24, 2008 at 08:39 AM
    Since you posted my comment about not posting my comments, I'll try again. Just Google any of these names - all Obama's friends, co-workers, allies, business partners, etc. Ready? Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Terrorists William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, Former PLO member Rashid Khalidi, convicted felon and slum lord Tony Rezko, Communists Frank Marshall Davis (Obama's mentor) and Michael Klonsky (loyal Maoist, recipient of almost $2M from Ayers and Obama, and more committed to communism than Communist China), Dr. Khalid Al-Mansour, his 1st cousin Raila Odinga (tried to bring all of Kenya under Sharia law - Obama campaigned for him in 2006), and don't forget that Obama's name was found on a seized laptop of FARC commander Raúl Reyes. Now, any one of these associations alone might be a coincidence and nothing to worry about, but all of them together clearly shows any objective reader that Obama has a pattern of radicalism that America does not want and can not afford.
  • by Red State Location: Washington Co. on Oct 24, 2008 at 07:19 AM
    3 times I've tried and WITN refuses to post my comments on this. What was the problem? I mentioned names of Obama's KNOWN associates and allies beyond the usual Bill Ayers and Rev. Wright. Media biased much?
  • by C on Oct 23, 2008 at 03:12 PM
    Okay, Ace, one more time for me on this; I hope WITN will be gracious enough to indulge me this one last time. Ace, I don't recall giving YOU any direct criticism...but I criticized the heck out of your candidate of choice. I'm by no means on here looking for a ''fight'' with anyone, nor am I out to ''win'' any particular disagreement. I enjoy a spirited, but civilized, discussion of differing opinions, and see no need for personal attacks or blatant insults directed to other bloggers. I know my opinions on Obama are just that, opinions..but they're also grounded in solid, irrefutable facts that he and his supporters pretend don't exist. Perhaps you and I should agree to disagree and just leave it at that. Take care..C
  • by ACE on Oct 23, 2008 at 01:53 PM
    To C, It does not matter one way or the other, whether I am right or wrong. I will be a winner ether way. I take a lot of criticism some times about what I believe in but I very rarely lose a fight. What I was saying in my previous post is people believe what they want to believe. I hope you don't have a problem understanding this comment.Regards, ACE
  • by C on Oct 23, 2008 at 12:10 PM
    It's me again, Ace. I read your last post, and, quite frankly, I'm not sure what you're trying to say. But I did understand your last about ''what you can do with your opinion''. Am I the only one to notice that when you confront a liberal with the truth in a respectful manner, they quickly revert to immature outbursts? I guess that the polite exchange of opinions is simply beyond some people. Obama Snake Oil Co., thanks as always for the assist. Ace..calm down and don't take this stuff so personal, eh? We're all adults here. As for your political opinions, I would wholeheartedly agree with you...if you were right. Regards, C
  • by Windy on Oct 23, 2008 at 11:56 AM
    I'm glad to see Obama is pulling away. I suspect this trend will continue until the 4th, when we will see a landslide in the electoral college. McBush should attempt to restore a little honor to himself and his campaign by talking about his plan for America and his story. It's clear his crazy attacks have not helped and have actually hurt, both his standing in the polls and his legacy. He needs to save face some how, good luck McBush, make sure your VP finds her way back to Alaska so she can sit on her porch and see Russia. lol
  • by Boots on Oct 23, 2008 at 10:49 AM
    McCain can only look in the mirror and blame himself. He's the one that picked Palin Six Pack to be his VP, now He's becoming HER sidekick. From the moment he announced her as his running mate, his campaign has been one long, straight to DVD pathetic comedy.
  • by ACE on Oct 23, 2008 at 08:28 AM
    To C, You know I have been on here for weeks and people only call you out if they "THINK" you are wrong in their minds. If I say what think in their mind is the truth they say nothing, they don't take the time to agree. If I come on here make something good up about McBush then every one on here would agree. Don't say that is not the truth because I have tried it time and time again . So now you know what you can do with all of your opinion.
  • by Hilarious on Oct 23, 2008 at 08:28 AM
    To quote Father Gilbert "Nobody would even be here right now if everybody was aborted. Try to argue that point." No need to argue that because it's not even a point and completely ridiculous.

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