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Colin Powell undecided

Powell still undecided, says Obama win would be ‘electrifying’ — CNN.com

(CNN) — Former Bush Secretary of State Colin Powell said Monday that he has not yet decided which candidate to back in this year’s presidential race.

The election of an African-American president “would be electrifying,” Powell told a George Washington University audience, “but at the same time [I have to] make a judgment here on which would be best for America.

“I have been watching both individuals, I know them both extremely well, and I have not decided who I am going to vote for. And I’m interested to see what the debates are going to be like because we have to get off of this ‘lipstick on a pig’ stuff and get into issues,” he said.

Last month, as the retired general’s office denied a report that he had decided to publicly back Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention, several sources told CNN’s John King that Powell was still undecided. “As always, he is holding his cards close and waiting for more information,” one adviser close to Powell told CNN’s John King.

Earlier this year, Powell told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he was weighing an endorsement of a Democrat or independent candidate. “I am keeping my options open at the moment,” said Powell.

Colin Powell is one of the few Republicans that I’ve always respected; save the decision that he made to join George W. Bush’s cabinet during the chimp-in-chief’s first term in office … but he made the wise decision to leave the administration.

I think that Colin Powell would be one of those outstanding across-the-aisle choices for Obama to put on his own Cabinet, preferably in the same Secretary of State role in which he has already served. The foreign policy credentials are there, as is a more cautious approach to military intervention.

So, General Powell, please don’t give me any reason to re-think my admiration.

3 Comments on "Colin Powell undecided"

  1. Colin Powell is off my list. He knowingly lied about the war and intelligence to the UN. Ever since his speech at the UN his credibility has been forever shot. Even in his own words he regrets that speech the most in his career. He was too good of a soldier to know when to say no and do the right thing. His soldier mentality made him listen and do things that he knew was wrong.

  2. I don’t think Colin Powell knowingly lied about the war intelligence to the U.N. I believe he was intentionally misled by Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld, which is why he resigned.

    It is well-known that he often disagreed with the rest of the administration over foreign policy; and I think that the administration knew that the only way to really sell the war to the public was if Colin Powell presented the evidence.

    It is also a soldier’s obligation to refuse an order that he knows is wrong or illegal.

  3. You two are idiots. Didn’t Hillary support the war along with 99% of the other Senators? Barak is a moron as well. Against the surge and it was a success and he is too arogant to admit he was wrong. he is such a phony and he will lose the election because people can see through it. Isn’t it ironic that no incumbent party has ever won the presidency when the sitting president has had such low approval ratings…yet Barak is trailing in the polls! He is a complete idiot. If he had picked Hillary he would have a double digit lead right now! That shows you what an egotistical moron he is!

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