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October 25, 2012

Colin Powell: I plan to "stick with" President Obama

The former Secretary of State and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff -- who gave Obama a critical endorsement in 2008 -- says he's still on board in 2012.

In an interview on CBS This Morning, Powell gave an enthusiastic review of the president's term in office.

"When he took over the country was in very, very difficult straits, we were in one of the worst recessions we had seen in recent times, close to a depression," he said. "And I saw over the next several years stabilization come back in the financial community, housing is now starting to pick up..Consumer confidence is rising. So I think generally we've come out of the dive and we're starting to gain altitude."

Obama's 2008 challenger, Sen. John McCain, ripped the endorsement on FOX News Radio, saying he was disappointed and that Powell has "harmed (his) legacy even further by defending what has clearly been the most feckless foreign policy in my lifetime."

Powell noted the unemployment rate was still "too high" and there were lingering problems in the housing market, "but I see that we are starting to rise up."

He also credited Obama with ending the war in IRaq and winding down the war in Afghanistan. 

The Obama campaign said it had no advance warning of Powell's endorsement and learned about it before Obama's event in Tampa. Obama called Powell to thank him before he took the stage, though there was no discussion of any joint appearances.

Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the campaign is "very excited" about the endorsement: "We think it sends a strong signal about why he should be sent back for another four years to be commander in chief."


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So Colin Powell endorses babies going through the agony of pain being aborted.!

Margaret Ross

McCain is my senator and I so wish he weren't. I hear commentators calling him a hero because he was imprisoned and tortured in another foolish USA war. He's a victim, but not a hero, just as are the guys serving in the Middle East right now. McCain wants to add more victims by continuing and expanding our role as world's biggest bully.

Fish Hook

Given the fact that the US troops are war weary and Romney is prepared to continue with wars in Iran, Afghanistan and start new wars with Russia and China, and if you were in Collin Powel's shoes, having been involved in all the wars of the past decade, would you rather endorse Obama or Romney?

Fish Hook

Osama bin Laden's declaration of War on the West was to induce exactly the economic hemorrhage and recession that the US and Europe have been contending with.China grew past Europe because they stayed away from expensive troop costs overseas.It is in the interest of the US and her western allies to refresh their troops and rebuild their economies. Britain has declared they are not prepared to attack Iran whereas Romney would want to show his strength as a war President

Fish Hook

Having succeeded in ending the US wars against terror, Obama must be allowed to build the peace. ROMNEY represents the extremist views and the neocons and the war mongers can't wait to takeover and continue where GW Bush left. If Romney is elected the world will sit on a boiler plate. John McCain will be appointed Secretary of Defence and he is waiting to sell arms to everyone around the globe, from drones to Nuclear Warheads. Republicans love wars because wars sell weapons. Romney is not happy that Obama intends to bring the troops home.

Fish Hook

The extremist political pundits find it difficult to thank Obama for steadying and stabilizing the US economy and international friendships. Even Europ had treated the US with great disdain before Obama came into office. Not to mention the icy threat of terrorism on US soil. Today American citizens are free to on holidays in virtually any part of the world. That did not happen at the inception of Obama's administration. The US has been enhanced while Obama has been personally 'diminished' since taking office. For instance, having been subsequently involved as Commander in Chief of US forces in Afghanistan, deployed drones that have killed innocent people, threatened Iran, backed the violent overthrow of Ghadafi, killed Osama bin Laden, sent US fleets to Asian seas in the Pacific as a soft threat to China, threatened Russia with NATO missiles buildup, Obama is no longer perceived as a pacifist around the world.An Obama of today is still welcomed in world circles in preference to GW Bush,hawkish John McCain or potentially pugnacious Romney. Powel's endorsement is in recognition of what Obama has achieved for America and still stands to achieve, if reelected. On the domestic front Obama steered a divided Congress that was more in interested in politics than economics. They would rather have preferred the US economy to fail than see Obama succeed and get a second term. If at all there was racism in the Obama granite was that he should not get a second term. But American people have gradually outgrown racism that John Sununu tries to adduce and this why Romney will be defeated in a landslide.


Tsk, tsk...left out the bit about that staunch Republican John Sununu going all racist and accusing Powell of only doing it because Obama is black. What is happening to McClatchy? Whatever it is, it surely is happening FAST.

For I see you even left these words of McCain's out: "I just wish that he wouldn't call himself a Republican. I mean, we Republicans have a habit of supporting Republicans, so that's all."

Those are important words, for they clearly demonstrate that the Republicans put political goals and Party ahead of America and doing the right thing.

Thats right

And the DETROIT News endorses Governor Romney. The tsunami is beginning to build. http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121025/OPINION01/210250332/Editorial-Mitt-Romney-President?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

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