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DenButsu
09-15-2008, 10:23 PM
Powell still undecided, says Obama win would be 'electrifying'

Former Bush Secretary of State Colin Powell said Monday that he has not yet decided which candidate to back in this year’s presidential race.

The election of an African-American president “would be electrifying,” Powell told a George Washington University audience, “but at the same time make a judgment here on which would be best for America.

“I have been watching both individuals, I know them both extremely well, and I have not decided who I am going to vote for. And I'm interested to see what the debates are going to be like because we have to get off of this ‘lipstick on a pig’ stuff and get into issues,” he said.

Last month, as the retired general’s office denied a report that he had decided to publicly back Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention, several sources told CNN’s John King that Powell was still undecided. “As always, he is holding his cards close and waiting for more information," one adviser close to Powell told CNN’s John King.

Earlier this year, Powell told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he was weighing an endorsement of a Democrat or independent candidate. “I am keeping my options open at the moment,” said Powell.

“I have voted for members of both parties in the course of my adult life. And as I said earlier, I will vote for the candidate I think can do the best job for America, whether that candidate is a Republican, a Democrat, or an independent,” he added.

Powell also offered praise for Obama, calling him an “exciting person on the political stage.

“He has energized a lot of people in America,” said Powell, who briefly weighed his own run for the White House in the mid-1990s. “He has energized a lot of people around the world. And so I think he is worth listening to and seeing what he stands for.”

Last month, a Powell adviser told CNN that "he likes and admires John McCain, and that would be a factor in anything he does if he decides to get more involved."

Another source close to Powell said that he has known McCain for more than three decades “and likes him, and is looking for a reason to vote for him. He hasn't found it yet."cnn (http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/09/15/powell-still-undecided-says-obama-win-would-be-electrifying/)

Who knows if he'll even come out and endorse? It might be a better career move for him to keep his cards close to the vest. But if he did end up endorsing Obama, that would be a real coup for him to boost his foreign policy cred. Powell took a hit for his presentation to the U.N., but I think his early exit from the Bush admin has allowed him to emerge with his rep scarred but more or less intact, and he's still a generally well respected person when it comes to military and foreign policy affairs.

Of course, it would also be good for McCain if he got the endorsement, but it would be better for Obama, who still has a [I]perceived weakness in that area by comparison (although I don't believe it's a true comparative weakness at all).


All that said, I think too much importance is probably attributed to endorsements, generally. But of all the possible remaining endorsements Obama could get, this would probably be the most significant one.

hoosiercubsfan
09-16-2008, 10:04 AM
cnn (http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/09/15/powell-still-undecided-says-obama-win-would-be-electrifying/)

Who knows if he'll even come out and endorse? It might be a better career move for him to keep his cards close to the vest. But if he did end up endorsing Obama, that would be a real coup for him to boost his foreign policy cred. Powell took a hit for his presentation to the U.N., but I think his early exit from the Bush admin has allowed him to emerge with his rep scarred but more or less intact, and he's still a generally well respected person when it comes to military and foreign policy affairs.

Of course, it would also be good for McCain if he got the endorsement, but it would be better for Obama, who still has a perceived weakness in that area by comparison (although I don't believe it's a true comparative weakness at all).


All that said, I think too much importance is probably attributed to endorsements, generally. But of all the possible remaining endorsements Obama could get, this would probably be the most significant one.

Interesting article but I doubt he will come out and endorse either candidate. I think saying good things about both allows him to stay firmly in the middle. And he said he truly likes and knows both so I don't think he would anger the other by endorsing their opponent.