October 25th, 2012
08:39 AM ET

Colin Powell endorses Obama

Colin Powell is endorsing President Barack Obama in the election.  He announced his decision Thursday on "CBS This Morning."

The former U.S. secretary of state, who served under President George W. Bush, made news four years ago when he pledged his support for Obama.  Powell recently spoke with CNN's Fareed Zakaria about President Obama's foreign policy record.

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  1. saywhat

    Ge.Powell was the level headed cabinet member in Bush admn. But he too got sucked into cortex of fabrications leading up to the Iraq debacle.
    I have doubts whether this endorsement would make much of a difference to the campaign.

    October 25, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Some wanted him to run for president years ago.

      I still wish George W would have lost in 2004. Things might be a lot better now.

      October 25, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I doubt it makes any real difference to the campaign, but it speaks volumes as to what a high-profile Republican thinks about the GOP candidate.
      I read this and went WHAT?!?
      And then I laughed.

      October 25, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Joseph DuPont

      Dear CNN,
      News of Colin Powell's endorsement of 4 more years of economic disaster through the re-election of Obama raises many questions about the dear general. When our soldiers were coming down with various ailments from their participation in our various desert wars, Powell contended that it was perhaps psychosomatic.
      Despite mounting evidence that exposure to chemical agents and vaccinations were related to "Gulf War Syndrome", Powell and Hillary Clinton summarily dismissed those allegations.

      As of July 27, when our national debt was "only" $14.5 trillion, our debt was identified as the number-one threat to our national security by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen. Today that number is closer to 16.2 trillion and by October of 2016 it will be between 18.3 and 20.2 trillion, thanks to Obama. Although I can appreciate Powell's desire for hope and change in 2008, Powell’s choice to take the same economic road to disaster would indicate that he is just racially partial to Barack Hussein Obama II! But then again Collin's lack of concern about our "Gulf War Syndrome" casualties demonstrates a compromise of moral fiber in the first place!

      October 25, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. hotdoggery

    This comes a little late, however, maybe it's because of the poor showing mitt made during the debate on foreign policy issues. romney was clearly out of touch

    October 25, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ancient Texan

    Powell's endorsement means nothing this time. He is no longer relevent to the Republican Party.

    October 25, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • radio

      Very true, he means nothing to the republicans but a lot to moderate undecided voters 🙂

      October 25, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Cleveland Rocks

      Agreed. He is the definition of a true RINO.

      October 25, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Native Texas

      The Republican party is no longer relevant to America. But about half the population, clinging to their guns and religion, still votes for it.

      October 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Willy H

      True enough, the GOP eats it's moderate young. Of course what the GOP hasn't figured out is that everytime a white American dies there is a 7 in 10 chance they are Republican. From what I understand dead people don't make a very good political base and they have a great deal of trouble actually voting. The only way forward for this party is moderation.

      October 25, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kim

    The best choice president Obama.

    October 25, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. Hamsta

    So where is all the racial accusations now that Powell won't endorse his own party because he isn't the right skin color?

    October 25, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Looks to me like "you" are the only one trying to race bait here. What is it you're trying to say ?

      October 25, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. larry5

    Is he looking for work? Needs a job. Learning how to be a politician. Life is different out of the lime light. At least he knows how to follow orders. Gives him a better shot at being appointed to something or other.

    October 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      A Republican following orders from a Democrat?
      Surely you jest.
      And, um, if he were going to be appointed something or another in this administration, he would have been already appointed.

      I stil find this hilarious.

      October 25, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JoAnn

    President Obama will be our chief again THANK GOD!!!!!! Romney go home and count your money

    October 25, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    Amen to that @JoAnn. The electoral college points that way though the popular vote may end up close.

    October 25, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fernace

    Or maybe Powell is endorsing Obama because he doesn't recognize this new Extreme GOT-Party! It sure isn't your dad's republican party! That's why many republicans are voting for Obama, because they want no part in catering to the 1% or the severe ideas put forth by T-Party politicians! People who continuously vote for party instead of the best person for the job are not doing themselves any favors!!

    October 25, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |

    Powell is a great American!! He put his life on the line for this great country. He served the USA honorably for 37 Years.
    The notion that the general shouldn't endorse a candidate of his choice is un American. Peope may disagree
    with Mr. Powell's politics, but the last time I checked exercising one's First Amendment right is the American way!!

    October 25, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. lightfoot

    Why isn´t this on the front page of the CNN-site? I think this should be a main head line, but it seems CNN is trying to hide this important news somewhat

    October 25, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Daniel

    It clear that General Powell would support OBAMA, since General Powell support the ONE WORLD ORDER and ONE WORLD CHURCH. Guess what OBAMA will be the next leader of the ONE WORLD ORDER as soon as he is re-elected and issues Marshall LAW for all American and for us to join forces with Europe, Muslims. They will take your religious freedom away and mandate everyone to follow OBAMA dictatorship and also follow the Muslim way of life. Down with OBAMA, Clinton, Bush, Soros, Muslims and ONE WORLD ORDER!!!!!!!

    October 25, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      That's quite the imagination you have there Daniel.

      October 25, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kat

    Daniel – where in the world do you people get your thought processes. Call the cops on this dude or the psych center. Man oh man, Am I living in the same country as Danny?

    October 25, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JG

    General, with all due respect, just get it over with and become a Democrat.

    October 25, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Undecided Voter

    I have voted for Colin Powell in '08. I will do so again this year.

    October 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
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