Colin Powell gives Obama endorsement

Republican Colin Powell says he is voting for Obama a second time around

WRITTEN BY: Jill Treacy
Colin Powell gave Obama endorsement for second term
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Colin Powell gave Obama endorsement for second term

 

Colin Powell has announced his endorsement for President Obama, saying he plans to vote for him again in the upcoming election. A Republican, Powell claims Mitt Romney has been wavering on his foreign policy and the country needs to stick with the plan Obama set for it.

“I think we ought to keep on the track that we are on,” Colin Powell said in his endorsement on CBS This Morning. “I voted for him in 2008 and I plan to stick with him in 2012, and I will be voting for he and for Vice President Joe Biden next month.”

The endorsement was well-received by Obama as the President called Colin Powell on Thursday to thank him and the Obama campaign televised the endorsement within 30 minutes of Powell’s CBS appearance.

Powell, a moderate Republican, served on the Bush administration, but he says some of Romney’s advisers are a little too conservative for his taste. Colin Powell also claims Obama has been gaining momentum for the economy since first taking office, a transformation that elicits an endorsement. 

“So we were in real trouble,” Powell said. “The auto industry was collapsing, the housing was start[ing] to collapse and we were in very difficult straits. And I saw over the next years, stabilization come back in the financial community, housing is now starting to pick up after four years, it’s starting to pick up. Consumer confidence is rising.”

Powell added that there are other issues that the next presidential term will be facing, but he thinks Obama might just be the man to tackle them. 

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