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. Robert Bates

    Colin Powell–a republican and an honest,thoughtful man endorses President Obama NOT his own party's candidate.
    Doesn't that tell you volumes about what he thinks of Mitt Romney?? As a neutral Canadian observer I would direct Americans to look at what the rest of the world thinks - Obama – a respected , rational leader, Romney – a liar of tremendous proportions throughout his entire political and business career. How could anyone be stupid enough to vote
    for this lying weasel.

    October 25, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • KatKat57

      It tells me he's short on cash

      October 25, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      The "World" thinks we are idiots for electing as our President a man who is not even qualified to run the local Dairy Queen.

      October 25, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • jason

      Mr. Bates, of course not. Powell became a Republican to earn a paycheck NOT conservative conviction. he was just a face in the crowd, a black soldier with no pedigree from West Point, Harvard when Reagan/Bush elevated him to fulfill political imagery . Powell recognized and capitalized this and for over 50 yrs. he was an opportunist to eke out a rising path in a world that stacks against a black man. now, he is rich enough he can say anything, his true self came out. which is sticking with one's own race. as such, i don't see him as a turncoat.

      Samuel Huntington observed peoples of same ethnicity, race go together and clash of civilizations always occurs along racial/ethnic lines first, religious cultural line second.

      as to Powell's opportunist nature...i refer you to the My Lai Massacre. if you read the history of My Lai Massacre where 26 army soldiers went into My Lai village to massacre 300-500 of unarmed old women and kids (the men all left for war). Colin Powell, then a 31 year old Major was put in charge of the investigation. he wrote a report to refute the soldiers' involvement. by most account, his report was a "whitewash". this incident clearly shows the "practical" nature of a guy climbing "the ladder". My Lai Massacre did not come to light until one army helicopter pilot (a white dude) refused to give up and continued to make noises despite personal danger. (now this is conviction). as such, today's Powell is no different from the 31 y.o. Powell. an opportunist with no conviction but his race. nothing wrong with that, white people stick together, why not the blacks? this is definitely not "exceptionalism".

      October 25, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • S. Dorcus

      Please keep your opinion to yourself. You do not live here, you cannot speak for the "rest of the world". Mr. Obama is not a honorable man. He hides more than Mr. Romney has and if he were not black, 70% of those who voted for him would not have voted at all.
      We have a chance to become a strong Nation under God once again, and I for one am voting in MY country for MY candidate Mitt Romney. As for Mr. Powell, he lost my respect years ago.

      October 25, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted A.

      Right on Robert. Good thing the trolls are not electing our President at least.

      October 25, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joann

      Powell doesn't trust the Neo-Cons who coached Romney for the debates. They're the ones who convinced the Bush administration to start a war with Iraq, knowing full well there were no weapons of mass destruction. Check it out. Oil was the real reason. Romney is in their camp if he pulled them into his team for coaching advice.

      October 25, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      @Jason: me thinks you doth protest too much.

      October 25, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Megabrains2

      Colin Powell is still heralded as a brave hero,but in the age of retirement he has become demented and an abhoration. It is one thing to vote to support his beliefs, but when he votes twice for President Obama because of race only then his value lessens to zero. In addition, twice he voted for a socialist agenda which is completely against his record of supporting a freedom seen no where else in the world and supporting a class warfare. Pitiful and a great shame on other heroes.

      October 25, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      No, it tells me one of three things: 1. That he's really not as much of a Republican as he claims, or 2. He's a racist who would rather support a black man rather than the party he claims to be a member of, or 3. He's an idiot. And you know what, maybe a combination of all three.

      October 25, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      P.S., Robert, keep your Canadian opinion to yourself.

      October 25, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marti Brae

      This tells me that Powell is somehow involved in this Libya cover up and I'm not sure how, but it's going to be ugly when it comes out in full. Or maybe he wants a job in the next four years? He must have enough money so that he doesn't mind if the rest of the country is going down in flames. Strange that he would endorse such a terrible president. It's gotta be connected to Libya and the deaths and possible dirt in that mess.

      October 25, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • dmashby1

      Are you kidding me? Do you honestly believe that Obama has not been lying? If you check your facts, you will find that Obama had lied on many issues. He has not accomplished what he said he would do in these 4 years......what makes you think that he can do it now?. Wake up people!! Our economy will only get worse under his authority, in addition to the way that the world looks at America.

      October 25, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Aquina Ohara

    Maybe Colin Powell is trying to appease his bad Karma for taking the US and allies to war in Iraq based on lies (what WMD??)- he lost my respect there and all those guys should be tried at the Hague for war crimes.... just sayin'...

    October 25, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ohioian

    Colin Powell is a TURNCOAT.

    October 25, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kevin

    A black man endorses the black candidate just like the other 98% of African Americans in this nation. Yes it does speek volumes but not about Mitt Romney!

    October 25, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • shann

      you are wrong. color is gone long ago; perhaps, you have to catch up with the time.

      Our former Secretary of State is an honest man.

      October 25, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. KatKat57

    I used to like Colin Powell....up until this morning....

    October 25, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mo

      KatKat, you do realize this is his 2nd time backing up President Obama. P.S. Nobody cares what you like.

      October 25, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • LMckee

      Wow, was that former pseudo respect because he was a soldier who served this country or because he is a republican??? Never mind, I already know the answer. You see some of us military vets and family members know that some of you "republicans" are not really about supporting soldiers if they vote against your party. Party above respect for a decorated soldiers, nice.
      And by the way you idiots, if it was because Obama is black then Herman Cain or Clarence Thomas would be popular. Maybe it is Romney that is an ass hat, ever think of that??????

      October 25, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steve

    Is General Powell serious? After 4 years of the Obama adminsitration playing amateur hour, it's time for professional leadership and management to return to government. Let's hope Romney wins, but if not, let's also hope the General does not return to government service. And to think that I almost supported General Powell for president.

    October 25, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. artie

    He lost his credibility a L O N G time ago. What else did you expect ?

    October 25, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lainie

      I agree, but was waiting for him to wise up this time.

      October 25, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Darlene

    This endorsement disappoints me more than any other endorsement of Obama. I have also thought so highly of Colin Powell. Listening to his reasoning this morning regarding his decision to "continue to stand behind" Obama, I lost respect for him. I strongly suspect that he just doesn't want to admit that he was initially wrong about Obama.

    October 25, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. T

    Do people really think that Obama is not qualified to run a Dairy Queen or do they know nothing about the presidents background? Being black doesn't disqualify you..if that's what you really meant to say.

    October 25, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bohica

      Nothing about race. If O-Blame-O ran a Dairy Queen the same way he has run the nation, he would be bankrupt.

      His debt ratio would be 400% higher. His debt obligation would put him in in the cash only or payment in advance with most of his suppliers. He most likely would not have paid his payroll tax and the state board would have a lean on his establishment.

      October 25, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lorraine Conley

    Now I know WHY Colin Powell couldn't be President of United States when I wanted him to be.

    October 25, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. silettoolong

    A few weeks ago Colin Powell gave a presentation at SalesForce.com convention. He has lost his touch. He wasnt nearly as impressive as he was 5+ yrs ago. Surprise no one has mentioned race being a factor.

    October 25, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • alicia

      I was there too, for sales force and Gen. Colin Powell was wonderful. The crowd agreed and loved him. Maybe you weren't there.

      October 25, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. josephcciii

    Any man or woman willing to indorse a candidate, who excuses the murdering of unborn children, is confused about what is destroying our nation, does not care, or both, This is Mr. Powell endorses President Obama.

    In this case, a vote for Mr. Romney is only the smarter choice.

    Joseph C. Carbone III; 25 October 2012

    October 25, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Van de Putte

    I use to admire Colin Powel until I read about his brush off of Tom Glen's complaint about My Lai massacre in 1968.
    In my view avoiding the truth in order to reach the top is a disgrace .

    October 25, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • jason

      Powell is no better and no worse than most of us. being a whistle blower is very difficult. everybody got a family to feed, a paycheck to hold on to. it is rare that anyone would speak up for JUSTICE or MORAL when a paycheck is at stake. i don't blame Powell for this. however, those who "admire" Powell, or for that matter any "hero", be it political leader, sports star, soldier, actor should really have their heads checked.

      October 25, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Eugene Hohol

    Sounds like spite to me . I was unhappy the Republicans didn't chose Powell as a candidate but seeing how petty he is makes me understand .

    October 25, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      Petty is Romney who always want the last word...that's not good presidential qualities...

      October 25, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 25, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • oscar

      Fuunnnyy and amazing how one mans decision unravels the the core of this country, allowing so much hatred and racism out of the closet! This country has a long ways to go.

      October 26, 2012 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
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