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  posted on 10/17/2008 at 01:19 PM
Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press".
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Retired Gen. Colin Powell, once considered a potential running mate for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), now may endorse his opponent, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), according to Republican sources. But an air of mystery surrounds Powell's planned live appearance Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," and no one is sure what he will say.

Powell’s unassailable national security credentials could sway voters who are vacillating about whether Obama is ready to be commander in chief, and his endorsement of the Illinois senator would make a national security emphasis by McCain in the election's closing days extremely difficult.

Powell, 71, a professional soldier for 35 years, has advised the last three Republican presidents.

The general’s camp is being coy about what he might or might not say on Sunday. But some McCain advisers suspect, without being sure, that Powell will endorse Obama.

“It’s going to make a lot of news, and certainly be personally embarrassing for McCain," a McCain official said. "It comes at a time when we need momentum, and it would create momentum against us.”
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Powell, a four-star Army general, was national security adviser to President Ronald Reagan; chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the 1991 Persian Gulf war, when George H.W. Bush was president; and President George W. Bush’s first secretary of State,

Powell has consulted with both Obama and McCain, and the general’s camp has indicated in the past that he would not endorse.

On “Meet the Press” in June 2007, Powell said: “I’ve met with Sen. Obama twice. I’ve been around this town a long time, and I know everybody who is running for office, and I make myself available to talk about foreign policy matters and military matters with whoever wishes to chat with me."

Asked by moderator Tim Russert if he would come back into government, Powell said: “I would not rule it out. I’m not at all interested in political life, if you mean elected political life. That is unchanged. But I always keep my, my eyes open and my ears open to requests for service.”

Asked about an endorsement, he said: “It’s too early.”

NBC’s ‘Andrea Mitchell broke the news of Powell’s surprise “Meet the Press” appearance on the “Today” show Friday.

“In what promises to be a dramatic moment Sunday, Colin Powell — a lion of the Republican establishment, whom McCain and Obama both have courted for months — will finally speak out on a variety of issues, appearing exclusively on ‘Meet the Press,’” Mitchell said. “Of course, years ago, he was talked about as the possible first … African-American nominee of a major party.”

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1008/14665.html


Can you say "Secretary of Defense Powell"?

 

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  posted on 10/17/2008 at 01:21 PM
Hopefully he's preparing to serve no matter who is elected.

 

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  posted on 10/17/2008 at 01:27 PM
I believe he would, he is an honorable man. America first, politics second, or somewhere down the list!

 

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  posted on 10/17/2008 at 01:33 PM
Im probably in the minority, but we dont need any leftovers from the Bush administration, especially one that sold out his integrity and honor on behalf of this disasterous administration and furthering of their ideals.

 

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Im probably in the minority, but we dont need any leftovers from the Bush administration, especially one that sold out his integrity and honor on behalf of this disasterous administration and furthering of their ideals.


I think he was super duped.

 

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  posted on 10/17/2008 at 01:45 PM
I it would be so much fun to watch Fox Noise spin it after his endorsement of Obama.

 

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  posted on 10/17/2008 at 01:49 PM
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I believe he would, he is an honorable man. America first, politics second, or somewhere down the list!
Agree - Powell seems to me to be one of the good guys.

 

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  posted on 10/17/2008 at 02:15 PM
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Im probably in the minority, but we dont need any leftovers from the Bush administration, especially one that sold out his integrity and honor on behalf of this disasterous administration and furthering of their ideals.
I think he was super duped.
I believe you are right, Jon, and he resigned when he realized he'd been duped to distance himself from the Bush administration.

If Powell endorses Obama, and makes any overtures about sitting in his cabinet, it will cause me to give more consideration as to how I'll cast my vote.

 

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  posted on 10/17/2008 at 02:17 PM
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Im probably in the minority, but we dont need any leftovers from the Bush administration, especially one that sold out his integrity and honor on behalf of this disasterous administration and furthering of their ideals.


I'm with Squatch. Powell sold his soul when he appeared in front of the UN knowing full well the intelligence was cooked. He should have resigned immediately after his attempt to come between the Dark Lord Cheney and his puppet Bush failed. If he had done so, the public may have opened their eyes as to the manipulation going on behind the scenes. See the Frontline episode entitled "Bush's War" to understand what I'm talking about.

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  posted on 10/17/2008 at 02:18 PM
I think Powell would make a fine Secretary of Defense.

 

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  posted on 10/17/2008 at 02:20 PM
Wesley Clark or Chuck Hagel get my vote for Secretary of Defense....
 

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  posted on 10/17/2008 at 02:31 PM
It's good to see consistency among the "left" here...you've bashed him before and continue to do so, even when it helps your candidate.

Personally, I think he's an intelligent and good man that would be an asset to either administration, as advisor or cabinet member.

His endorsement of Obama would be important to me.

 

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  posted on 10/17/2008 at 02:32 PM
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I think Powell would make a fine Secretary of Defense.


I agree.

I don't believe that he would back away from his convictions a second time.
I can forgive his first, and believe that he would serve with honor... keeping the best interests of our troops in mind.

I believe that he's a man that learns from, and is humbled by his mistakes!

 

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I agree.

I don't believe that he would back away from his convictions a second time.
I can forgive his first, and believe that he would serve with honor... keeping the best interests of our troops in mind.

I believe that he's a man that learns from, and is humbled by his mistakes!
Everyone deserves a shot at redemption.

 

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  posted on 10/17/2008 at 03:41 PM
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I it would be so much fun to watch Fox Noise spin it after his endorsement of Obama.
They've already started. Last night on "Countdown" with Keith Olberman, Fox was the first in the "Worst Person in the World" segment (#1 was the Obama food stamps). Fox made a big deal how Powell was at a Hip-Hop music function. Fox was not airing this in an admiring tone. Let the diminishing of his character begin.

 

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I it would be so much fun to watch Fox Noise spin it after his endorsement of Obama.
They've already started. Last night on "Countdown" with Keith Olberman, Fox was the first in the "Worst Person in the World" segment (#1 was the Obama food stamps). Fox made a big deal how Powell was at a Hip-Hop music function. Fox was not airing this in an admiring tone. Let the diminishing of his character begin.


Hey, if there's one thing that faux "news" is better at than the other networks, it's smears!

 

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  posted on 10/17/2008 at 05:03 PM
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  posted on 10/18/2008 at 08:28 AM
I can respect Powell for quietly resigning when the administration marginalized or duped him, or whatever it was, over Iraq especially. Even if he was mistreated, he may have felt some loyalty to his superiors nevertheless to not blow the whistle on exactly what happened, and to simply quit.

I can also understand why he might prefer to remain politically neutral. That is his perogative. Still, I might lose some respect for him if he jumps on the presumptive winner's bandwagon at this late hour, even if that is my candidate too. The candidate owes him nearly nothing now that the outcome appears certain. Powell is smart enough to have made his pick months ago, when it might have made the difference. Now it would look like opportunism.

But even if Powell does endorse Obama now, I'd still think he would have to be considered for Sec'y of Defense or State. Who better to try and repair the damage caused than someone with unique knowledge of much of the previous administration?

 

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  posted on 10/18/2008 at 10:01 AM
I think Obama would be wise to have someone like Powell as an advisor whether in an "official capacity" or not. General Powell has quite a bit of wisdom about foreign policy and military matters and any Preident would do well to have him as a resource. The current Bush Administration "used" Powell, and then pretty much disgarded him after they got what they wanted from him. Powell stayed on for as long as he did, out of "loyality and sense of duty" and because he wanted to be a "voice of reason". One has to wonder, if the situation in Irag/Afganistan might have turned out much different, if Bush would have been listening more to Powell than Cheney/Rumsfeld? I like to think that it would have been.

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It's good to see consistency among the "left" here...you've bashed him before and continue to do so, even when it helps your candidate.


Greg, I take issue with this. Powell says he attempted to prevent the war, but yet he went in front of the UN waving little vials and lying to the world. Please explain exactly how he should be viewed. I would have retained my respect for this man had he found his spine and stood up to this administration BEFORE the war It certainly would have made many reconsider their support I can promise you. Given what he said and did, he was wrong. I dont see how supporting someone so clearly wrong and afraid to stand up to those he knew were wrong, would benefit anyone. Frankly, I dont want any help for Obama from Powell or anyone connected to this administration. If Obama has a clue, he wont include Powell in anything. Once you sell out and fail to stand up for whats right, you lose your credibility and honor. Well, to some folks anyway.

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Personally, I think he's an intelligent and good man that would be an asset to either administration, as advisor or cabinet member.


He was the only member of this administration that I had any respect for. Once he sat at the UN and lied to the world, I kinda didnt respect him anymore. I realize thats hard for some folks to fathom, but Im just funny about things like honesty and integrity and not lying to take us to war with claims they knew were false.

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His endorsement of Obama would be important to me.


I think it will be good overall, but I still couldnt care less. The media will eat it up and many conservatives will then get on board with Obama. An endorsement doesnt = a position with the Obama administration and thats fine.

 

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I think he was super duped.


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Im probably in the minority, but we dont need any leftovers from the Bush administration, especially one that sold out his integrity and honor on behalf of this disasterous administration and furthering of their ideals.


I think he was super duped.


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I agree. I think he stuck it out through the first term out of loyalty but got the hell out of there as soon as he could. I think he was used by the Bush/Cheney machine. I still find him to be admirable and very intelligent about foriegn policy. He would be an asset to whoever wins.

 

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  posted on 10/18/2008 at 04:22 PM
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Maybe Colin doesn't understand that it would be political suicide to do this. We'll see.


It won't be political suicide at all. He needs to break with the scum bag neo-cons who ran him up there as their yes man to present all the fabricated lies and justifications for bombing and invading Iraq at the UN dog and pony show. Pay backs are hell and Powell would be the nail in the coffin for McSame. A bunch of moderates would jump ship to Obama pronto, and Powell will regain a ton of credibility not only Nationally but Internationally where our reputation went down the crapper with dozens of long time allies. I sense a real historic and positive moment coming up here.

 

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  posted on 10/18/2008 at 04:59 PM
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Maybe Colin doesn't understand that it would be political suicide to do this. We'll see.


The man is 71; what does he care what Republicans think of him at this point? It looks like they will be on the sidelines for a good while now. Besides, an endorsement might be seen as mavericky, and we all know how valuable that can be!

 

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