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Colin Powell Not Sold on Obama in 2012… Yet

By Doug Powers  •  August 28, 2011 06:18 PM

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Like many others (except not as surprisingly), on-again but mostly off-again Republican Colin Powell was swept up in the wave of Hope & Change in 2008. That wave has proven to be accompanied by a severe undertow, but not severe enough to make Colin Powell rule out a repeat endorsement:

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who famously crossed party lines to vote for President Obama in 2008, said today that he’s not necessarily supporting the president for reelection in 2012.

“I haven’t decided who I’m going to vote for,” Powell said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “Just as was the case in 2008, I am going to watch the campaign unfold. In the course of my life I have voted for Democrats, I have voted for Republicans, I have changed from one four-year cycle to another.
Powell, the nation’s first African-American secretary of state, praised Obama’s leadership style in 2008 in endorsing him, saying shortly before the election that Obama “has a definite way of doing business that will serve us well.” He also said at the time that he didn’t think the GOP vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, was “ready” to be president.

In 2008 Powell also said he thought Obama’s presidency would be transformational, and that it has been… in a “triple-A to double-A” kind of way.

Which Republican candidates will this send clamoring to lobby for the endorsement of the man who thought Barack Obama was the best choice to lead America into the future in 2008? (put your hand down, Mr. Huntsman, it was supposed to be a rhetorical question)

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