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. steve

    margo, we are already in the worse trouble this country has ever been in!!!! you want 20+ trillion in debt? obama is a celebrity, nothing more.

    October 25, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • AProudLiberal

      Oh and Mitt Romney is going to reduce the deficit? Exactly how? Oh that's right you have no clue. But don't worry, neither does he. But of course you still 'trust' him right?

      October 25, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emmanuel Goldstein

      One of the biggest problems in our country right now is idiots who think that the country is 'in the worst trouble we have ever been in'. During the depression, people were literally starving on the streets in droves. You think the middle class situation is bad now? How about everyone going to their bank and being told 'sorry your money is all gone and will never come back'. The recession we are in is not anywhere CLOSE to the depression, but fear mongers from both parties want to make the American Sheep think that the sky is falling. Sadly, people like Steve believe it!!! The debt is troubling, for sure, and it is the result of American's electing the politicians who say what they want to hear (i.e. 'i can lower taxes, keep all social plans, lower the debt, and make your fats smell like cherry pie!'), as opposed to the ones who are real (We are paying the lowest taxes in the modern history of our nation, gee I wonder why our income does not keep up with our spending...hmmm......).

      October 25, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teri

      Did it ever occur that these predictions are just a scare tactic used to get a vote? No one can predict the future. There is no quarantee that Romney would do any better then what has been done in the past, there is no way Romney could quarantee that he can produce jobs in the future. There is no way to prove things could have been any better then what they are today under any other President. People are scared of their own lives and the media play on it. One thing we do know....there is way too much money spent on the campaigns by "ALL" wanting to be a winner in the POLITICAL ACTORS AWARD.

      October 25, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Margo

      Why isn't anyone laying blame where it should be? CONGRESS! IDIOTS! ALL OF THEM!

      October 25, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    What a huge disappointment! I always admired Colin Powell and thought he risen above racial partisanship.

    October 25, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • AProudLiberal

      It's you who expose yourself as a bigoted racist for that comment. How quickly you jumped to that conclusion. Wow, all is well with this country...

      October 25, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Collinidiot

      Disappointment indeed- and a slap in the face to the idea, that virtue takes precedence over racial bonding in this country, Just unnerving when someone of such stature, and who we were told to admire and revere- stoops to this temptation so shamelessly.

      October 25, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mandy

      Evidence...? You have none. Just shows he's wary of the GOP candidate, as he SHOULD BE!!!

      October 25, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chatles

    Powell should have been first black president, Powell was a general in warfare, he knows Obama is being a weakling on Russia, China, Iran, Syria, aka the Communist Axis of Terrorism, look up the film No Where To Run, about how Communists used terrorism as a low cost strategy against a nuclear US post WW II in fear of us, as they used the UN to handicap the country that should rule this planet by now, fight over, we win, but no the leadership in the US failed to seal the deal and now it looks like we have a WW III coming with a nuclear Iran, China, Russia. BTW why does Iran need to build its own missile? Why do you assume Russia will not give them one, or China, ala Fidel Castro and the threat of imminent nuclear death?

    October 25, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Willy H

      ..., he knows Obama is being a weakling on Russia, China, Iran, Syria, aka the Communist Axis of Terrorism ...

      Huh, Obama has taken out more Al Qaeda than the past two Presidents combined. "W" was so focused on "Mission Accomplished" he all but ignored the rest of the world, especially Russia and China, the latter whose economy began to outshine ours. "W" actually called Mexico our greatest friend and neighbour! LOL

      October 25, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mandy

      So he's endorsing Obama because he thinks Obama is weak? Your logic is weak.

      October 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tim

    I think, therefore I am not a Republican.

    October 25, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • AProudLiberal

      Where's the LIKE button when you need it?

      October 25, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Margo

      Oh, Tim! PERMISSION TO USE!

      October 25, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      Amen.

      October 25, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. George

    Powell endorsed Obama in '08 saying "it's not just because he's black". If not, why even mention it ? Racism isn't just a white disease.

    October 25, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mike Busse

    Because affirmative action helped his career at every turn, he finally reached a point where he could have an intellectual impact with his viewpoints, but remember, not without special treatment in place for him to do so. Now you see what a mistake it would have been for him to have been president.

    October 25, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ramon Lopez

    I endorse Colin Powell's endorsement of President Obama's re-election bid. Gen. Powell is a bright, articulate, thoughtful man who has served his country well (both in and out of uniform), except for faiiling to offer good advise regarding the alleged WMD in Iran. He lost some of my admiration as a result. But, in general, he speaks volumes for Obama, who I must back in another "better of two evils" election.

    October 25, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dr Bill

    Mitt is a white-collar crook and will say anything to get elected. If Mitt gets elected the economy will temporarily improve, however soon after we will be right back were we started in 2008 and going down faster. Obama unfortunately was not smart enough or too nice to man-handle the republicans when the dems had control, that's a mistake that Bill Clinton didn't make. If he gets a second chance I hope he's smart enough to know that most (and I said most, not all) of those republicans would vote to bring slavery back if it would get him out of office, so step up and do things your way Obama while you have a chance.

    October 25, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. lcp

    Well he endorsed PRESIDENT OBAMA back in the 2008 election. It really shouldn't be a surprise. He hasn't left his party although he should. The Republican party overall looks like a bunch of racists even if they aren't. As our Canadian friend has said how could anyone vote for romney...he's shown no integrity or true character. His own party doesn't like him – didn't even want him. Now really they couldn't have come to the plate with someone better? McCain minus palin was a good candidate. Ok. I digress lol but in closing Colin Powell is about the only one (Republican) brave enough to vote his conscience. I wouldn't doubt that behind the curtains that they'll be other republicans voting for PRESIDENT OBAMA.

    October 25, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kennyg5

    Oh Golly Gee, like I didn't see that coming. If people take stock in his endorsement I feel sorry for them.

    October 25, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Margo

      Okay Kenny, look nothing personal, but really? Golly Gee? Really? We all better get tougher than that!

      October 25, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ron L

    Great. I was greatly disappointed with how the Bush Neocons threw Powell under the bus. Colin Powell know his stuff. His backing of Obama is based on facts about wars and economics.

    October 25, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Wyona

    Who cares what Powell says, what has he done worthy of recognition ? What little respect people had for him is now completely gone.

    October 25, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. thehasbeen

    i once had respect for powell and thought he was an American but to endorse obama simply shows that the color of your skin supercedes patriotism. bird of a feather flock together.

    October 25, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. *lucas

    He endorsed Obama four years ago, so why is it surprising he should do so now? Its Obama really this excited to have one repeat endorsement? Seems a bit desperate.

    October 25, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Willy H

    Colin Powell is a class act. He has nailed Romney.

    One could accuse Romney of flip-flopping and fibbing over the course of this election cycle, but that would actually mean that Romney held a position on something long enough for the public to actually come to reallize he had a position. Sadly, Romney cannot be pinned down on much of anything of substance. It's the GOP's naked grab for power.

    That is why, my friends, Romney is completely unfit for the Presidency of this great nation.

    October 25, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colon

      Yes fibbing- and trying to white wash a terrorist attack that killed our ambassador and find a vulnerable scapegoat and throw him in jail over nothing, and try to pretend it wasn't a terrorist attack, because it doesn't fit your personal agenda is just fine- completely understandable – , right? But then again, going to a church for 20 years where the preacher is shouting obscenities and hatred at america- I could see how is indoctrination could make him no want to confront america's enemies- just protect them.

      October 25, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
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