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Old 10-25-2012, 12:12 PM  
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Colin Powell Endorses Obama -- Again


Powell Gives Obama His Endorsement for a Second Time





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.”
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:18 PM   #16
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That could have been you Colin. tsk tsk. I guess you didn't have the courage, or, you were a Democrat all along.
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:29 PM   #17
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So he's for Obamacare, so he never was a Republican in the first place? I find it worse that he posed as a Republican just to get on Bush's cabinet more than him switching sides now.
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:35 PM   #19
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Colin Powell has done more for America than everyone here combined x pi.

If he was behind your guy, he'd be a Saint.
Nope, he wasn't a true conservative to start with. But to back Obama with this going on and being big military guy, he should have just told the country he was vote private and ruining his image many Americans have of him.
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:38 PM   #20
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So he's for Obamacare, so he never was a Republican in the first place? I find it worse that he posed as a Republican just to get on Bush's cabinet more than him switching sides now.
Maybe he's liked the idea ever since it was proposed by the Heritage Foundation.
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:39 PM   #21
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Nope, he wasn't a true conservative to start with. But to back Obama with this going on and being big military guy, he should have just told the country he was vote private and ruining his image many Americans have of him.
He's not ruining his image. What the hell is wrong with you? Voting for Barack Obama doesn't mean you're a bad person.
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:44 PM   #22
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He's not ruining his image. What the hell is wrong with you? Voting for Barack Obama doesn't mean you're a bad person.
It means you're a bad Republican though.
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:45 PM   #23
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He's not ruining his image. What the hell is wrong with you? Voting for Barack Obama doesn't mean you're a bad person.
I didn't say bad, misinformed maybe ?

How will you feel about your selection of Obama if this Libya fiasco turns into a complete scandal ( of which it appears to be ).

Will you second guess yourself ? Many voters will, it happens every 4 years somebody feels this way.

With Powell being a person within the political field of high honor, if it was me and I knew what was going on but still wanted to vote for said candidate, I would keep my vote silent. Nobody has to know who you vote for or who you do not vote for.
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:47 PM   #24
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I didn't say bad, misinformed maybe ?

How will you feel about your selection of Obama if this Libya fiasco turns into a complete scandal ( of which it appears to be ).

Will you second guess yourself ? Many voters will, it happens every 4 years somebody feels this way.

With Powell being a person within the political field of high honor, if it was me and I knew what was going on but still wanted to vote for said candidate, I would keep my vote silent. Nobody has to know who you vote for or who you do not vote for.
Literature is going to vote for Romney, I think. He just doesn't dislike Obama as much as you and I do.
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I didn't say bad, misinformed maybe ?

How will you feel about your selection of Obama if this Libya fiasco turns into a complete scandal ( of which it appears to be ).

Will you second guess yourself ? Many voters will, it happens every 4 years somebody feels this way.

With Powell being a person within the political field of high honor, if it was me and I knew what was going on but still wanted to vote for said candidate, I would keep my vote silent. Nobody has to know who you vote for or who you do not vote for.
That's the thing; he knows infinitely more than you and he endorses Obama.
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There goes Roy. Self described moderate.
So says the man who claims he knows me better than I know myself ?

Quick, tell me who I'm leaning with this year in the Nov. elections, please list all the people and issues I will be voting on too.
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I didn't say bad, misinformed maybe ?

How will you feel about your selection of Obama if this Libya fiasco turns into a complete scandal ( of which it appears to be ).

Will you second guess yourself ? Many voters will, it happens every 4 years somebody feels this way.

With Powell being a person within the political field of high honor, if it was me and I knew what was going on but still wanted to vote for said candidate, I would keep my vote silent. Nobody has to know who you vote for or who you do not vote for.
Come on, Roy. He doesn't have to be quiet about who he supports. His support of Obama is respectful and insightful, even if you disagree with it.
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That's the thing; he knows infinitely more than you and he endorses Obama.
That's kind of a dumb argument since there are plenty of infinitely knowledgeable people on both sides of this contest.
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Well, 96% of Colin Powells voted for Hussein the first time around, looks like we've got a repeat coming up...
I'm not sure, but I think that's racist even though 100% accurate...

I'd just like to add - I don't think 96% will this time. I think it's going to be more like 90%.
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Come on, Roy. He doesn't have to be quiet about who he supports. His support of Obama is respectful and insightful, even if you disagree with it.
You are correct but I didn't say he has to, I said if I were Powell. Thing is, high profile black man voting for Obama once and not voting for Obama a 2nd time as as much fall out with the black community as it would have the first time.

If he is sincere with his vote, he does have every right to be this way.

Again, I used the term if I was Powell and in this position.
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