Former Secretary of State Colin Powell announced Sunday that he will be voting for Sen. Barack Obama, citing the Democrat’s “ability to inspire” and the “inclusive nature of his campaign.”
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says he is voting for Barack Obama.
“Obama displayed a steadiness. Showed intellectual vigor. He has a definitive way of doing business that will do us well,” Powell said.
Powell, a retired U.S. general and a Republican, was once seen as a possible presidential candidate himself.
Powell said he questioned Sen. John McCain’s judgment in picking Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate because he doesn’t think she is ready to be president.
He also said he was disappointed with some of McCain’s campaign tactics, such as bringing up Obama’s ties to former 1960s radical Bill Ayers.
Powell served as secretary of state under President Bush from 2001 to 2005.
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In an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Powell backed Obama over fellow Republican John McCain, calling the Democratic nominee a “transformational figure” who could be an “exceptional president.”
Powell said he plans to vote for Obama in the November 4 election but does not intend to campaign for the Illinois senator as Obama and McCain enter the final weeks of their battle for the White House.
Powell, who served in the military and government for 40 years, said he is not looking for a job in an Obama administration. However, he said, “I’ve always said if a president asks you to do something, you have to consider it.”
McCain, appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” said Powell’s support of Obama did not come as a surprise and said four other secretaries of state had endorsed him.
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