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Forum Post: FINALLY- Colin Powell endorses Obama

Posted 7 years ago on Oct. 25, 2012, 11:29 a.m. EST by bensdad (8977)
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[-] 1 points by Marlow (1141) 7 years ago

..& McCain is furious! .. ( cant stop laff'n)

[-] 1 points by WSmith (2698) from Cornelius, OR 7 years ago


Colin Powell endorses Obama for second term

Thursday, October 25, 2012 7:22 a.m. CDT

By Susan Heavey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell on Thursday endorsed Barack Obama's bid for re-election, citing the Democratic president's efforts to wind down the war in Afghanistan and tackle terrorism.

"I think we ought to keep on the track that we are on," the Republican, who also backed Obama in 2008, told "CBS This Morning," adding, "I voted for him in 2008 and I plan to stick with him in 2012."

The move comes just days after Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney clashed over foreign policy in the third and last presidential debate ahead of the November 6 election.

Polls show Obama and Romney neck and neck. A Reuters/Ipsos online tracking poll gave Romney a 1-point edge on Wednesday, 47 percent to Obama's 46 percent.

Obama's campaign was quick to promote the endorsement in a video statement released about 30 minutes after Powell's appearance.

Powell criticized Romney's foreign policy as inconsistent and questioned the former Massachusetts governor's ability to tackle the deficit and looming defense cuts.

"I'm not quite sure which Governor Romney we'd be getting with respect to foreign policy," Powell said, calling Romney's foreign policy "a moving target."

As for the U.S. budget, he added: "It's essentially, let's cut taxes and compensate for that with other things, but that compensation does not cover all the cuts intended or the expenses associated with defense."

Powell has been critical of Romney's foreign policy advisers and has taken issue with the former business executive's stance on countries such as Russia.

A moderate Republican, Powell served under President George W. Bush. Some of Romney's advisers are more conservative veterans of the Bush administration.

"There's some very, very strong neo-conservative views that are presented by the governor that I have some trouble with," Powell said on CBS.

He added that other issues such as the economy and education also loomed large in his continued support for a second term for Obama.

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"Even money odds that Rush Limbaugh comes out and says it's because Powell is black. One in two chance that Sarah Palin denounces Powell's endorsement as a "shuck and jive"."

OMG! This is not the Onion:


"(and conservative comments once again go racist wingnut)":



[-] -1 points by Grimreaper2 (-318) 7 years ago


[-] -1 points by frovikleka (2563) from Island Heights, NJ 7 years ago

The day that Powell went before the UN to justify the invasion of Iraq, I lost all my respect for him.

[-] 2 points by bensdad (8977) 7 years ago

On that day, did YOU know there were no WMDs ?
He was following orders.
For him to have lied - he must have known the truth and I DONT THINK HE DID.
I dont know - but there were a very large number of Americans who were stupid enough ( like me ) to accept the criminal conspiracy that cost 100,000+ lives

and the majority of willard's international team are shrub's

[-] -1 points by frovikleka (2563) from Island Heights, NJ 7 years ago

I don't really have the time to do the research now, but didn't that Norwegian inspector, Hanss Blix at the IAEA say all along that Iraq did not have WMDs, and there was an enormous amount of pressure put by Cheney on another agency for them to reach the conclusion that they had 'em. Sorry, i usually do my research before, but i do know that at that time there was a lot of crap going on to promote that war, including having to eat Freedom fries, because of the French criticism to the proposed invasion. Shadz, where are you when i need you?

[-] -2 points by marvelpym (-184) 7 years ago

Didn't he also say that Iraq had WMD?

[-] 2 points by bensdad (8977) 7 years ago

He was told by his bosses to say it - AND he should have resigned

[-] 0 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 7 years ago

So if you were told to get up and lie to the public, sending thousands to their death, you would?

Or do you hold yourself to higher standards than the ones you hire to make the calls on your behalf?

Im not trying to be an ass, but this "let everything slide" mentality has got to stop if we are going to end the corruption.

They have zero tolerance for us when we fuck up, why are we so forgiving?

[-] -3 points by marvelpym (-184) 7 years ago

the man clearly has issues with his judgment.

[-] 0 points by VQkag2 (16478) 7 years ago

There is no one better running who can be elected. So his judgment is obviously fine.

[+] -4 points by marvelpym (-184) 7 years ago

sometimes i think a barking dog would do better than anybody who's running

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 7 years ago

But of course they wouldn't, even though you sometimes think it!