Colin Powell Endorses President Obama For Re-Election
Chicago, Il – Former Secretary of State, National Security Adviser, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell, publicly endorsed President Obama for re-election today, saying that he believes Mitt Romney cannot be trusted.
Powell has been involved in the past three Republican administrations, serving as Ronald Reagan’s National Security Advisor, George H.W. Bush’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of State under George W. Bush.
Colin Powell broke with the Republican party during the 2008 election, to endorse then-candidate Barack Obama for president, calling Obama a “transformational figure.”
“I voted for him in 2008 and I plan to stick with him in 2012 and I’ll be voting for he and for Vice President Joe Biden next month.”
Powell explained his choice to Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell:
When he took over, the country was in very very difficult straits. We were in the one of the worst recessions we had seen in recent times, close to a depression. The fiscal system was collapsing. Wall Street was in chaos, we had 800,000 jobs lost in that first month of the Obama administration and unemployment peaked a few months later at 10 percent. So we were in real trouble. 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 several 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.”
The past four years under Obama, Powell said “Generally we’ve come out of the dive and we’re starting to gain altitude.” He did acknowledged that problems still remain.
Economy: Colin Powell says, “The unemployment rate is too high, people are still hurting in housing, but I see that we’re starting to rise up.”
Foreign Policy: Powell said he saw “The president get us out of one war, start to get us out of a second war and did not get us into any new wars”, and I think that the actions he has taken with respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very very solid.
Republican Party: Powell expressed concern, “The governor who was saying things at the debate on Monday night … was saying things that were quite different from what he said earlier. I’m not quite sure which Gov. Romney we would be getting with respect to foreign policy.”
He added that with this endorsement, he “signed on for a long patrol with President Obama” and that he feels more comfortable with Obama’s stances on climate change, immigration, and education.
Despite the endorsement of a Democratic candidate in two presidential elections, Powell says he remains a Republican.
“I think I’m a Republican of a more moderate mold,” he said before adding, “That’s something of a dying breed I’m sorry to say.”