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Colin Powell endorses Obama again

By Reuters
October 25, 2012

Colin Powell and Barack Obama
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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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2 Responses to Colin Powell endorses Obama again

  1. Sandy Price

    October 25, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    I wondered if he would do it again. Colin Powell is a well-respected American and I am glad he did this. We are going to need more men like this to stand up for the good guys and gals.

    This entire election depresses me as I have never feared the religious right as much as I do at this time. They have little respect for individual
    freedoms and they aren’t shy about their threats.

    America is a free nation and we don’t need threats from any group. I’m never certain just how good these frightening Christians are.

  2. sherry

    October 26, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Sandra, This “fear” of yours is bordering on an obsession. It may help to talk to a professional