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Obama Met with Powell in June

By Shailagh Murray
Sen. Barack Obama and retired Gen. Colin Powell met for about an hour on June 18 in Powell's Alexandria, Va., office, a source close to the Obama campaign said.

Powell spokeswoman Peggy Cifrino told the National Journal that Powell and Obama held an "informal conversation," adding "there's no looming endorsement."

The former Secretary of State and retired chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has praised Obama repeatedly throughout the presidential race, and would represent a high-profile Republican defection, but not a surprising one.

In January interview with television host Tavis Smiley, Powell said he was "taking joy" in Obama's success and downplayed the racial dimension to his candidacy.

"This argument about him not being black enough, that's just absolute nonsense. He is putting himself forward not as a black man but as an American man who wants to be president of the United States of America," Powell told Smiley. "We should see Barack as a candidate for president who happens to be black, and not a black candidate for president."

Obama spokesman Bill Burton refused to confirm the meeting.

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I was reading some old news. Right before the last election in Spain, there was a terrorist attack on the railway system. What will happen if there is a terrorist attack in the US right before the election?

Posted by: Megs | July 1, 2008 10:06 PM

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The intrepid up and comer won that election. In this case the parallel is BHO. Don't think American's will fall for that scam after Charlie Black's treasonous comments.

Posted by: hadenoughnonsense | July 2, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

How ironic to think that Obama might pick Powell as his VP, the guy who is most responsible for setting the Iraq invasion into high gear with his speech of lies at the UN. One good thing: Obama can use the great Kerry line from 2004: I was against the war before I voted for it.

Honestly, you Obamites will buy anything this guy has to sell.

Posted by: thinkwithyourbrain | July 2, 2008 10:43 AM

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Sage advice "thinkwithyourbrain". Now follow your own advice and quite thinking with your gut. You're the fanatic 1/4 of America who still thinks that George W Bush is doing an outstanding job and you have the gall to lecture us.

Warren Buffet and Paul Volcker know a heck of a lot more than you buddy boy and their routing for BHO.

Posted by: htruman | July 2, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: PJ | July 1, 2008 8:09 PM

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Of course what PJ fails to inform you on is that this is a GOP front that calls for overturning Roe v Wade and defiling everything that Hillary stands for.

Don't fall for this people. Look at where the candidates stand on the issues and then contemplate the downside of a McCain rampage.

Posted by: htruman | July 2, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

WRITE IN HILLARY 2008 - The LEGITIMATE nominee with the historical MOST VOTES 18+ MILLION!

Posted by: librairie | July 2, 2008 11:22 AM

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Yeah right as if any self respecting women is going to do and take the risk that McDeath will stack the Supreme Court against them.

Now why is it that you want to continue along the same self-destructive path? Is the 1.5% marginal tax rate issue that informs your pseudo persona?

Posted by: htruman | July 2, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Powell only supports Obama because he is black...it is racism in reverse.

Posted by: Chrissy SF | July 2, 2008 3:57 PM

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Boy that's sooooo original Chrissy SF. You only try to make this point because you're cynical and pedantic. Have you ever had an original thought or narcissism driven impulse in your life?

P.S. for those of you who try to call my on my posting name they didn't call him "Give'm Hell Harry" because he was shy about his convictions. Please don't waste our time with the nonsense about how Truman would be a Repub today.

Posted by: htruman | July 2, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

The attacks on Colin Powell are completely unwarranted. It was clearly reported that he vetted all of the responsible neocons in the administration all of whom assured him that everything he was about to report at the UN was accurate. It was for this reason that he reportedly said that that day was the worst day of his life. If he supports Obama and becomes a member in some capacity of Obama's cabinet, he will add considerable weight and integrity to the administration. Let's hope it goes that way. Howard Beardslee

Posted by: howard m beardslee | July 2, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Thank you ladies, for your support of John McCain, a real MAN who will fix the pansy drift of this country. Now, could you get me a drink?

Posted by: Biff Gropington | July 2, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Powell only supports Obama because he is black...it is racism in reverse.

Posted by: Chrissy SF | July 2, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

If you read up on Powell going to the UN in 2002/2003, you would see he was the only one in favor of that step. The rest of the administration simply wanted to invade. Powell was the one who convinced GWB that he had to make a case and get international support. He also told GWB and Rummy that we needed to get out ASAP after Saddam was dethroned because the Iraqis would not welcome our presence much beyond that point. He was also the one who argued that all of the former Baathists in the Iraqi government should not be fired as they would be needed to make things work in a post-Saddam Iraq. Finally, he argued that under no circumstances, should the Iraqi army be disbanded. GWB and Company were intent on going to war (with or without Powell's speech at the UN) and ignored virtually every warning that Powell gave them. It is to Powell's credit that he was able to delay them as much as he did. Remember, it was Cheney and his crew that wanted to Iraq right after 9/11. Powell did manage to delay these idiots by 18 months. When the full record of the administration's lunacy is disclosed and written, I think history will be kind to Powell.

Posted by: The Franchise | July 2, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Now is the time for Gen.Powell to step up to the plate and give Sen. Obama his unconditional support, he know the game that the neocons and swiftboaters are planing to do to this young leader,We are appealing to the Gen. to stand up like A man and show us some support,we need you now,not later,hopefully if elected,Obama will chose Gen.Honore as his Chairman of the joint Chiefs.

Posted by: horney for Hannity | July 2, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Don't think for a moment that Mr. Powell did not know what the REAL DEAL was when he stood before the UN and lied. Anybody that thinks any differently is naive. With all due respect to Mr. Powell, whom I think started out with good intentions, he did lie to the world. Just like Bush, Cheney, Rove, etc. etc.

WRITE IN HILLARY 2008 - The LEGITIMATE nominee with the historical MOST VOTES 18+ MILLION!

Posted by: librairie | July 2, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

How ironic to think that Obama might pick Powell as his VP, the guy who is most responsible for setting the Iraq invasion into high gear with his speech of lies at the UN. One good thing: Obama can use the great Kerry line from 2004: I was against the war before I voted for it.

Honestly, you Obamites will buy anything this guy has to sell.

Posted by: thinkwithyourbrain | July 2, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Machiavelli say:
Lets see Obama will have Powell, and McCain has Joe Lieberman, I say McCain is ahead on that score.

You've got to be joking!!!!!!! Or at least not from Connecticut

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

This could be huge for the Obama campaign... add it to the bulging list of credible high moral people endorsing Obama

Posted by: Ron | July 2, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

I beleive that Colin Powell lost all credibility when he went before the UN and lied. Not only that, he always stated that he was a soldier's soldier. Yet, he lied and let our soldiers go into a battle they cannot and will not win. His support no longer holds any weight in the scheme of things.... Also, would he support Obama if he was white? I don't think so.

Posted by: LAMM01 | July 2, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

COLIN POWELL COULD HELP SOME SHAKY AMERICANS FEEL SAFER WITH OBAMA IF HE TESTIFIES TO HIS INTELLECT AND UNDERSTANDING OF ISSUES AND AFFAIRS.COLIN POWELL COULD ALSO TAKE THE OPPORTUNTY TO CONNECT BUSH AND MCCAIN ON FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC POLICY AND CRITICIZE THEM BOTH AT ONCE AND ALSO REMIND AMERICA THAT BUSH MISLED HIM,MISLED US AND CONTINUES TO DO SO!! AND TO REALLY MAKE IT RING,HE JUST MAY DO SOME CAMPAIGNING WITH HIM,THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

Posted by: WISE YOUTH | July 2, 2008 2:06 AM | Report abuse

Colin Powell is an American hero and those who besmirch his name are only showing their ignorance.

If Powell endorses Obama, which will probably happen after the debates and before the election, most fair-minded Americans will understand what that means.

America is safer with Obama as President.

Posted by: JR, Boston | July 1, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

I have always liked Mr. Powell, and the verdict remains out for me.

I have always thought he was used by the Bush administration to further their crap justification for the war. I was convinced by Colin Powell, and I remember his presentation well.

Being the 'good soldier', I have thought he was holding his tongue until the current CIC is out of office. I still believe that's true. Maybe this step will bring him closer to sharing what really happened prior to and after his speech.

Posted by: Susan | July 1, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

SOUL BROTHAS UNITE. According to the latest GOP smear rumor, it's an African American political coup. All the whites are going to carted off to Connecticut and Westchester County, NY. if they elect Obama. The only savior for the good, respectible white folk is John McBush - the Great American White Hope!

Silly you say? Yep - but there are a lot of stupid people out there that believe the drivel spewing out of the Republican slime machine. Beware.

Posted by: Daddio on the Paddio | July 1, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Lets see Obama will have Powell, and McCain has Joe Lieberman, I say McCain is ahead on that score.

VJ Machiavelli
http://www.vjmachiavelli.blogspot.com

Posted by: VJ Machiavelli | July 1, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I was reading some old news. Right before the last election in Spain, there was a terrorist attack on the railway system. What will happen if there is a terrorist attack in the US right before the election?

Posted by: Megs | July 1, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Look into Obama's soul and you'll see darkness. Study what he has been saying and will say in the next few weeks. Then determine for yourselves if he really, truly cares about you as an individual. Or does he care about himself being the first African American president, just for the sake of making history.

Posted by: Think. It's Patriotic. | July 1, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I don't expect Powell to endorse Obama, but I don't expect him to endorse McCain, either. After the election, I expect him to make a statement calling for bipartisan support.

Posted by: Tom J | July 1, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

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womenforfairpolitics.com


"No self respecting woman should wish for the success of a party that ignores her sex" Susan B. Anthony (rocks)

Posted by: PJ | July 1, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Colin POwell lost all credibility when he "testified" before the United Nations with fake "yellow cake" and "WMD" propaganda in an attempt to sell the Iraq War. He mighta been a contenda. No more. Who cares what this man thinks??

Obama is neither qualified or electable.

The Dems would be foolish to nominate him.

Hillary rocks! See you in Denver! Let the long overdue vetting of Obama finally begin......

Posted by: KO | July 1, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Powell won't back McCain - he doesn't like him personally and thinks he's too headstrong and emotional (like Bush). Powell has been quoted positively about Obama and the two have similar demeanors. Both are thoughtful, respectful of the opinions of others and not prone to rash decisions.

Powell may not endorse Obama because he doesn't want to cause any more damage to his party, but he'd like to. He won't endorse McCain, or he'd have done it by now and would have spoken up against Gen. Clark.

Posted by: bissron | July 1, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Powell was a good man that turned in to a Bush tool. Just like McCain.

Two moral cowards on one ticket would be so fitting for the republicans!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Power endorsement is his choice. Obama does not need Power endorsement to win. Power is a stone Republican and He helped this country to get in the condition it is in today.

Posted by: lclon | July 1, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Colin Powell should have resigned from the Bush Administration in protest rather than be pushed aside. He should have spoken up earlier against the evil that took over the executive branch. As secretary of state, he had no obligation to 'follow orders' as a good soldier but had an obligation to stand up for the Constitution of the United Staes or resign. He failed to do what was right and has a heckuva lot of explaing to do.

Posted by: thebob.bob | July 1, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Powell informed Barry that he will be supporting John McCain for POTUS.

Powell does not trust Obama.

Posted by: Veteran | July 1, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

How much of an impact does Powell's potential endorsement - the endorsement of Bush's former SecState - have on Obama's bipartisan appeal? It's gotta be quite a bit.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | July 1, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Powell is the canary in the cave if Mc Cain loses Powell it's all over for the Mc Cain campaign!

Posted by: Gordon | July 1, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

The latest presidential polls find a toss-up in North Carolina and split decisions in Florida, with both candidates leading in one poll. Full roundup: http://campaigndiaries.com/2008/07/01/tuesday-polls-split-florida-polls-dole-increases-lead-though-nc-is-a-presidential-toss-up/

Posted by: Dan | July 1, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Powell - I liked you until you bent over for Bush. You're tainted now.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

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