Sunday, October 19, 2008
Colin Powell endorses Barack Obama
Former Secretary of State during George Bush's first term Colin Powell has endorsed Barack Obama. Speaking earlier today on MSNBC's Meet the Press he said he was supporting the democrat because of his extraordinary ability to communicate his message to young people and the rest of the world. Today is a bad day for John McCain. Colin Powell, a republican, a former Secretary of State, National Security Advisor and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has a lot of street cred in Washington. His endorsement of Obama will reassure many hesitant voters that Obama is not a hard core leftist, as the McCain campaign have been trying to convey. If he were, the shrewd general would not be backing him. Powell like McCain is a Vietnam veteran and a politician that is seen as being close to the soldier, not the kind to send men off to war without understanding the consequences. So McCain's public endorsement of Obama is another big boost for the Illinois senator.