Colin Powell will appear on “Meet the Press” Sunday, and First Read teases it in a way that suggests he may weigh in on the presidential race:
In an exclusive interview on Sunday, former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell Ret. — who has been courted by both Obama and McCain — will break his recent silence and share his views on a variety of important issues in a live interview on “Meet The Press” this Sunday. Be sure to tune in…
It wouldn’t exactly be a profile in courage on Powell’s part to get behind Obama now, but it would help rehabiliate his post-Iraq image in some quarters. And it would be the sort of validating endorsement — Republican, military man, well-known elder statesman — that the Democrats would trumpet in the closing days of the campaign to assure voters that Obama is a “safe” pick.
by Jonathan Martin at Politico.com: That Powell endorsement cometh?
While hints have been circulating that Powell may give his public support to Obama, those are rumors at this point, not facts. His recent testimony as a character witness for embattled Alaska Ted Stevens leads me to wonder. With the race between Obama and McCain appearing to be drawing closer post-debate, if he gives the nod to the Republican, it could be a sort of October Surprise and a major GOP boost. Should he pick Obama, it would do a great deal for the Democrat’s efforts to sway undecided voters and anti-Palin Republicans. Then again, he may opt to endorse no one. I guess we’ll find out Sunday, when Powell sits down with Tom Brokaw.