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Ace Gunner 10-25-2012 11:12 AM

Colin Powell Endorses Obama -- Again
 

Powell Gives Obama His Endorsement for a Second Time


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12:22 p.m. | Updated Colin L. Powell, the former Republican secretary of state and retired four-star general, said on Thursday that he had decided to endorse President Obama’s bid for re-election and was concerned that Mitt Romney was “a moving target” on foreign policy.

In an interview on “CBS This Morning,” Mr. Powell said that he was “more comfortable” with the president’s views on immigration, education and foreign policy.

“I do not want to see the new Obamacare plan thrown off the table,” Mr. Powell said. “It has issues — you have to fix some things in that plan — but what I see is that 30 million fellow citizens will now be covered.”

It is an open question whether his endorsement will carry as much weight as it seemed to four years ago when he threw his support behind Mr. Obama in the final weeks of his campaign with Senator John McCain. But the president’s advisers had been waiting with anticipation of an endorsement, which Mr. Powell did not reveal until his television interview Thursday morning.

In the interview, Mr. Powell said that the nation’s unemployment rate was still too high, but he added: “I think generally we’ve come out of the dive and we’re starting to gain altitude.” He praised the president for his handling of national security.

“I also saw the president get us out of one war, start to get us out of a second war and did not get us into any new wars,” Mr. Powell said. “I think the actions he’s taken with respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very, very solid. And so I think we ought to keep on the track that we are on.”

On Afghanistan and other foreign policy concerns, Mr. Powell said that he did not believe Mr. Romney “has thought through these issues as thoroughly as he should have.” He added, “There are some very, very strong neo-conservative views that are presented by the governor that I have some trouble with.”

He said that he still considered himself a Republican, but in “of a more moderate mold.” He added, “That’s something of a dying breed, I’m sorry to say.”

Mr. Powell, a retired Army general who was a chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, criticized the Republican Party as failing to recognize a need for compromise. He also had sharp words for Congress, which he said had fallen down on the job in dealing with the nation’s fiscal burdens.

Four years ago, Mr. Powell announced his endorsement of Mr. Obama in an appearance on “Meet the Press” on NBC. He did not say during his interview Thursday on “CBS This Morning” whether he would campaign on Mr. Obama’s behalf.

“I voted for him in 2008,” Mr. Powell said, “and I plan to stick with him in 2012.”

Update: Mr. Obama had no advance warning of Mr. Powell’s endorsement and learned about it while waiting to address a rally in Tampa, Fla. Before taking stage, Mr. Obama called Mr. Powell to thank him. “We think it sends a strong signal about why he should be sent back for another four years to be commander in chief,” said Jen Psaki, a campaign spokeswoman.

Senator John McCain said Thursday that Mr. Powell had “harmed” his legacy by endorsing Mr. Obama a second time. Appearing on Brian Kilmeade’s radio program, Mr. McCain said “General Powell, you disappoint us and you have harmed your legacy even further by defending what is clearly the most feckless foreign policy in my lifetime.”

Ace Gunner 10-25-2012 11:14 AM

Romney to Powell; "You sunk my battleship!!"

Powell to Romney "I used a pea shooter on your raft punk!!"

BigCatDaddy 10-25-2012 11:17 AM

The guy still has a lot of butthurt.

DaKCMan AP 10-25-2012 11:19 AM

Funny to see McCain talk about other people's harmed legacies.

Ace Gunner 10-25-2012 11:19 AM

they are all butthurt lil scammers. you picked on these folks in grade school. now they are paying you back.

Ace Gunner 10-25-2012 11:20 AM

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Originally Posted by DaKCMan AP (Post 9048402)
Funny to see McCain talk about other people's harmed legacies.

McCain should be behind bars for his role in scamming seniors.

ROYC75 10-25-2012 11:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Lou_Zare (Post 9048369)
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“We think it sends a strong signal about why you shouldn't feel safe working for the government as an Ambassador or CIA agent in the ME for another four years".

This is how it should be ........

Powell is a disgrace if he can't see what happened in Libya.

HonestChieffan 10-25-2012 12:45 PM

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Originally Posted by ROYC75 (Post 9048532)
This is how it should be ........

Powell is a disgrace if he can't see what happened in Libya.

Amazing.

Easy 6 10-25-2012 12:48 PM

Colin Powell has done more for America than everyone here combined x pi.

If he was behind your guy, he'd be a Saint.

|Zach| 10-25-2012 01:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ROYC75 (Post 9048532)
This is how it should be ........

Powell is a disgrace if he can't see what happened in Libya.

There goes Roy. Self described moderate.

J Diddy 10-25-2012 01:07 PM

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Originally Posted by ROYC75 (Post 9048532)
This is how it should be ........

Powell is a disgrace if he can't see what happened in Libya.

ROFL

Yep, you obviously know better than a 4 star general former secretary of state.

patteeu 10-25-2012 01:08 PM

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Originally Posted by scott free (Post 9048667)
Colin Powell has done more for America than everyone here combined x pi.

If he was behind your guy, he'd be a Saint.

FTR, I was anti-Powell long before being anti-Powell was cool.

Colin Powell has certainly served his country admirably at times, but he's also dropped the ball a few times, including with this endorsement. We shouldn't forget that Benedict Arnold served his country well too for a while. Powell is no traitor, but he's not an untainted hero who can do no wrong either.

mikey23545 10-25-2012 01:10 PM

Well, 96% of Colin Powells voted for Hussein the first time around, looks like we've got a repeat coming up...

BigMeatballDave 10-25-2012 01:11 PM

Keepin' it real

fan4ever 10-25-2012 01:15 PM

Weird. I mean the left called this guy an Uncle Tom (house n*gger I think was also used) when he was in the Bush administration. He must be trying to get his cool back. Poor guy.


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