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Colin Powell Says He Supports Obama in US Presidential Election
    2008-10-20 11:06:47     CRIENGLISH.com
US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has won the endorsement of former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

On NBC's Meet the Press program on Sunday, Powell explained to anchor Tom Brokaw that America had two individuals, either one of which could make a good president, but Powell made it clear his support was firmly behind Obama.

" It isn't easy for me to disappoint Senator McCain in the way that I have this morning, and I regret that but I strongly believe that at this point in America's history we need a president that will not just continue even with a new face and with some changes and with some maverick aspects, who will not just continue basically the policies that we have been following in recent years. I think we need a transformational figure. I think we need a president who is a generational change and that is why I am supporting Barack Obama."

Powel added that Obama is better suited to handle the nation's economic problems as well as help improve its standing in the world.

He also said although John McCain was gifted he feared the Republican presidential candidate would merely roll out the Republican agenda.

Speaking on Fox News Sunday, McCain said he was "not surprised" by Powell's endorsement of Obama, but noted he was backed by four other former secretaries of state and scores of past and present military leaders.

McCain said he would "continue to respect and admire" Powell.
 
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