Colin Powell Endorses President Obama For a Second Term
Former Republican Secretary of State Colin Powell shook the conservative landscape when he supported President Obama in 2008, and now he’s doing it again by supporting Obama’s 2012 bid for reelection.
On Thursday, Powell endorsed Obama, telling CBS This Morning, “I think we ought to keep on the track that we are on,” adding, “I voted for him in 2008 and I plan to stick with him in 2012.”
Powell’s endorsement comes as polls are showing a dead heat between President Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney. The most recent Real Clear Politics poll shows Mitt Romney leading President Obama in a national average of polls by 47.7 percent to 47.1 percent.
Powell questioned Romney’s many inconsistencies on foreign policy, and questioned whether Romney would tackle the deficit.
“I’m not quite sure which Governor Romney we’d be getting with respect to foreign policy,” Powell said, calling Romney’s foreign policy “a moving target.”
With regard to the budget, Powell added, “It’s essentially, let’s cut taxes and compensate for that with other things, but that compensation does not cover all the cuts intended or the expenses associated with defense.”
Powell, a moderate Republican, also expressed qualms with the extremism in the GOP.
“There’s some very, very strong neo-conservative views that are presented by the governor that I have some trouble with,” Powell said.
The Republican party has gone so far to the right, there is little space for moderates like Powell anymore. In recent elections, we’ve seen more and more moderate Republicans being replaced with Tea Party fanatics.
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