Colin Powell Endorses Barack Obama
LIANE HANSEN, host:
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell announced his endorsement of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama this morning on NBC's "Meet the Press." Powell was the secretary of state for President Bush during his first term and served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Clinton. Long rumored to support Obama's candidacy, Powell is also a Republican and a long-time personal friend of Senator John McCain, the Republican nominee.
But this morning, Powell said the party had moved too far to the right for him to feel comfortable. And he said Obama as a senator, candidate, and nominee had shown the necessary depth of judgment to be president. Powell said he would cast his own vote for Obama but did not have plans to campaign for him.
Senator John McCain responded on Fox News Sunday, saying four other former secretaries of state - Henry Kissinger, James Baker, Lawrence Eagleburger and Alexander Haig - have endorsed him.