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