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. Dean

    Jason has it right to a point. All through Powell's public experience he has given small clues into his true biases. He admitted he was pleased to vote for a black man for President. In his statements at the time he did not talk about endorcng Obama because of his "qualifying" experience; only his race coupled with his personality. Obama's background experience, or lack of it, should have been Powell's most important consideration, not his race, but it appears Powell didn't care about it. You really have to ask, why did Powell and others settle for the symbol and not the qualifications of the person? I believe you have to look into Powell's political associations today. Could they be directly connected to the White House? Perhaps he is associated with the real people in control of the White House; not this President. Perhaps Powell is really endorsing this "shadow" government group and Obama being the President is really just irrelevent to him; Obama could simply be a talking head for them. Perhaps they are the one's making the decisions, not Obama? I don't believe an opportunist like Powell would settle on associating with anyone in less than the highest power position in any organization. That's where his ego places him!

    October 25, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mandy

      He was pleased to vote for a black man because a) there had never been a black presidential nominated on either side before, and b) he sawe the writing on the wall that McCain/Romney would just carry on Bush's path of destruction...derp.

      October 25, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      I agree. It appears his choice has everything to do with race. Too bad because I would much rather have him or Condi Rice as the first president of color. Now, it is clear that the election needs to be about more than the usual beauty contest. If the paramedics come to save your life, do you really care what color they are? Of course not. This country is on life support and needs someone who can revive it.

      October 25, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • kent

      I didn't hear him say " it is only about race"?

      October 25, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike V

      OR... perhaps you should read his "entire" reason for endorsing BO in 08' and with Romney flip-flopping every wk in 12'. Could he possibly have been pushed from the right into a different direction after realizing he was setup as the fall guy for the lie that helped sell the war in Iraq ?????
      He has done more for this country than all of the MFer's questioning his endorsement COMBINED !

      October 27, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      I don't believe Colin Powell was ONLY voting for Obama because he is black, it is just nice to see a black man as president. I hear my grandparents and parents always say they thought they will never see the day. I think people forget that the civil rights movement, Jim Crow laws, sharecropping, slavery, and even the middle passage were not that long ago. As a black young male I believe it’s nice to see, but I will never vote for a candidate simple because of race. I'm an independent because I have problems with both parties and the whole system in general. To be honest no matter who gets into office some people will still get screwed.

      October 29, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ronald

    Even General Powell sees how dangerous and flawed Romney's policies are. Obama fixed our standing in the world and Romney wants to wreck it the same exact way Bush did...no thanks.

    October 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colon

      Oh yes how dangerous Romney is- but Obama's just peachy keen. Obama and his american hating maniac preacher shouting pronfaities about america, celebrating 9/11 declaring we deserved it. Obama thug administration, trying to hostile take over the economy with tax payers money, and boring from China- so he and his clan can pull the strings- right out of the marxist handbook- cheak trick, Yes we need to fear Romney, because he put his dog, on the roof od his car. You twerp.

      October 25, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mandy

      Citation needed, Colon, because you are just plain making up stuff... dee dee deeeeee. Romney "hey, what do you think? I'll think it too, to be President" is the worst thing to come along in YEARS...and Bush was hard to beat for that honor.

      October 25, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colon

      No citation needed – go pn youtube and search for Obama's preacher and listen for yourself. Just that it's been covered up.

      October 25, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mandy

      The POTUS's PREACHER? Not what you said, Colon. You said, "Obama and his american hating maniac preacher", as if the POTUS did it, also. I can see why you're in the Romney camp. You can't tell the truth, either.

      October 25, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • rick lively

      Obama is a lyre he covered up fast &furious and now Benghazi..Emails prove that he knew right away and tried to avert his wrong doings to a u tube video.The truth is they were gun running again by going threw Islamic terrorist to the Syrian rebels by Turkey.Has Americans where being slaughterer over a 7 hr time span your president and his military personal in the CIA watched from a live time camera on a drone and did nothing but eat popcorn. I don't understand why the media including Google will not pursue the truth before the election for this corrupt administration.

      October 25, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shon Riley

      Fixed our standing in the world? You mean the world that Russia and China run ruff shout over us. The standing where Egypt is now a true threat to Israel for the first time ever. The standing where riots destroy our embassy in Egypt and where Al Quaida kills our ambassador in Libya? Pull your head out of your ass. This president is an abject failure.

      October 28, 2012 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. CANative

    As much as I like Colin Powell his trust of Obama is questionable. How can he trust Obama and think he has plans he will keep for his next term. Barrack did not keep the promises he made in 2008.

    October 25, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Forward

      And you honestly think Romnesia-in-Chief is more credible and trustworthy???

      October 25, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • kent

      Right on- Floppy the Flopper, "what ever you want to hear man"

      October 25, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dkl

    I am disappointed in Colin Powell. I really cannot believe he feels Obama is a good leader with his failed foriegn policy. I admire Powell. His endorsement sure didnt seem enthusiastic. Glad Condi Rice is speaking up for the right path for the right reasons...

    October 25, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • APH

      If his foreign policy is such a failure, why does Mitt agree with most of it?

      October 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mandy

    Or he put his Nation above his partisan hijinks....seems like the honorable thing to do.

    October 25, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dkl

    I just noticed this is on that guy who palgerized and is still at CNN.... funny that is the show a man of Colin Powells staure would make his endoresement. Maybe there is an underlying story here...

    October 25, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Melody

    I suppose he hasn't learned anything in the last four years. Who is going to fix the economy? Someone who has created jobs his entire career and balanced budgets? Or someone who knows how to take lots of good vacations on taxpayer money, bring in and hire Chinese workers in order to spend our stimulus money, and put people on welfare?
    We need someone who openly worships the Lord and knows how to cultivate a good economy.

    October 25, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • APH

      Your assertion that he has created jobs for many years is bunk. While he has had some success stories, they are far outweighed by job destruction. He is not a net job creator.

      October 25, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • APH

      Reagan's economic advisor even just recently came out and said, as a privat equity guy now himself, creating jobs and building businesses is not what they do, it isn't what Romney did. They buy companies and mostly end up selling them for parts. His experience is piling on debt while making a profit.

      October 25, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary168

      Well said

      October 25, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • kent

      Well said

      October 25, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • APH

      And melody... President GW spent 32% of his presidency on vacation. Why don't you look up and compare to President Obama. Get back to me.

      October 26, 2012 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. nic

    I lost all respect for Colin Powell the first time he backed Obama. If he was an Independent it would not even be an issue, but not a republican. Most blacks can't get past the skin color when voting. I don't understand that.

    October 25, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • 82airborne1968

      You must be very, very old to have actually met and spoken with "most blacks".

      October 25, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • ujelly?

      u mad brah? u mirin' Obama?

      October 25, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • james clement

      Most blacks? 99% of blacks have one time or another voted for a white candidate. While 47% percent of white people have never voted for anyone black, for anything. not dog catcher, not city council, any office. So don't use this He only is president because he is black nonsense. Despite the fact he is black. They are only voting for him because he is black. Most black people felt white people only voted for George W. Bush because he is white. and the other Candidates were getting 90% of the black vote. Both Gore and Kerry. that's why they voted for Bush. Now if that is not racism. What is.

      October 26, 2012 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. nic

    Reply to post below.
    Emmanuel Goldstein, that was spoken like a working man. If you are unemployed and losing your house it may look a little different.

    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'. ...

    October 25, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jon

    I am a white male Christian (of a semi-Evangelical stripe) and had to react to the above poster (nic). He writes: "Most blacks can't get past the skin color when voting."

    Here's a classic racially-charged comment coming from the truly blind. We of a pale persuasion are rarely able to comprehend just how racist we sound... no, how racist we ARE. Your comment is, of course, racist.

    And oh. Colin Powell supports Barack Obama because Barack Obama happens to be the best candidate... as he also was in 2008. And one other thing... Powell's very close proximity to what happened in Iraq also motivates him to go with the one candidate and then President who most clearly saw through that whole Dick Cheney dog and pony show.

    Now go back and listen to Rush some more.

    October 25, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • 82airborne1968

      Bravo to you, sir.

      October 25, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bert kolmel

    Well if i had to choose between Collin Powell or Thomas Peterffy , i choose Powell, Romney only seems to attract the likes of Peterffy another 1% billionaire , who comes to the USA from Budapest , Hungary and makes it rich and still wants more for the rich sounds a little greedy to me , vote Obama , its time to stick it to the rich , ps in case u dont know who peterffy is, he is the one running the ad on t.v. for Romney

    October 25, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sunny

    I am voting for Obama but do not understand such divisiveness in our country. No party by itself can make the country better. It takes the strengths and ideas of both parties to move this country forward. We should respect the ideaology of each party but come together for the benefit of all America. Congress needs to start compromising and whoever gets in office needs to lead from the middle. Economically, both candidates are a wash with their rhetoric if Congress doesn't play nicely. Socially, Romney scares the heck out of me. A CEO can hire and fire anyone he chooses but when you run a country, you can't fire the poor or 47% of the people you don't like. Globally, Romney is clueless. Add them all together and Obama adds up for me. You may not agree but I can respect that. We need to focus our efforts on compromise instead of divisiveness.

    October 25, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Sunny- Yes, you are right about the need for collaboration. But Obama wasted years of political capital trying to work with a Republican Congress that had no interest in thoughtful analysis of issues or compromise... only to block everything POTUS put forth in an effort to make him look like a "failure" for the next election. This made the passage of Affordable Care Act a truly Herculean task. It's a sad state of affairs, and with a Democratic Senate and a Republican President, I'm not certain things would (will?) be any better.

      October 25, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Margo

      Well said, Sunny! Thank you!

      October 26, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  13. Andrew

    General Powell can endorse anybody he wants to. I'm still not voting for Obama.

    October 25, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. durak

    Colin Powell is a bigger disappointment than Obama.

    October 25, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. APH

    That seals it then. You can't possibly be wrong about the President, so Colon Powell must be a racist. Idiot.

    October 25, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike f

      colon powell and barrack obama just dont have the best interests for this country in mind , the presidents progessive , socialistic policies have crippled the economy and the American dream , i can not imagen why anyone would cast a single vote for him. Black, white , blue, or green, this president is just a poor leader, with bad policies!!

      October 25, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
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