COLIN POWELL ENDORSEMENT
** BARACK OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT **
Colin Powell announced on “Meet the Press” that he is endorsing Barack Obama. He stated that he remains a Republican.
"He has both style and substance. I think he is a transformational figure," Powell said of 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 said he questioned Sen. John McCain's judgment in picking Gov. Sarah Palin, saying he did not think she was ready to be president.
Powell 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's said that the two men's response to the economic response played a role. He said that gave him an opportunity to evaluate the two men's "judgment" and way of "approaching a problem."
He praised Obama's "calm, patient, intellectual, steady approach to problem solving."
General Powell gave the keynote address at the Republican National Convention in support of George W. Bush in 2000. Powell served as Secretary of State under President Bush from 2001 to 2005.
John McCain's campaign noted in response that he has been endorsed by Henry Kissinger and Al Haig.