Sunday, October 19, 2008

Former Bush official backs Obama

Former Bush official backs Obama

Powell served in the Bush administration as secretary of state

Colin Powell, the former secretary of state in the Bush administration, has backed Barack Obama, the Democratic candidate, for president.

In an appearance on NBC's Meet The Press on Sunday, the retired US general said Obama had "met the standard" to lead "because of his ability to inspire, because of the inclusive nature of his campaign, because he is reaching out all cross America".

"I think he would be a transformational president. For that reason I will be voting for senator Barack Obama," Powell, who was the first African-American to become chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, said.

Powell expressed concerns over, what he said, was a negative campaign by the Republican party under John McCain, the party's presidential candidate, and Sarah Palin, his running mate.

"I have said to Mr McCain that I admire all he has done. I have some concerns about the direction the party has taken in recent years. It has moved more to the right than I would like to see it," Powell said.

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