Colin Powell endorses Obama for second term

Online Staff Report

Colin Powell, retired four-star Army general, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, has endorsed Barack Obama for a second term as president.

Powell, a Republican who served in three Republican administrations, also endorsed Obama in 2008.

Powell expressed his support for a second Obama term in an Oct. 25 interview on CBS News’ This Morning show.

During the interview, Powell credited Obama with helping to pull the U.S. economy back from the brink of disaster.

We’ve come out of the dive and we’re starting to gain altitude,” Powell said. “It doesn’t mean we are problem solved; there are lots of problems still out there. But I see that we are starting to rise up.”

Additionally, Powell defended the president’s defense-spending plans and his efforts to protect the country against terrorism.

The president’s actions “protecting us from terrorism have been very, very solid,” Powell said of Obama. “We ought to keep on the track that we are on.”

Powell’s endorsement may help draw undecided independent voters into Obama’s camp.

The two presidential candidates have been campaigning in key battleground states this week. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney held rallies in Ohio Thursday, Oct. 25, was expected to travel to Iowa Friday, Oct. 26, and then return to Ohio for a Friday evening rally.

Obama was in Florida and Virginia Thursday, Oct. 25, and was expected to fly to his hometown of Chicago to become the first president to cast an early-vote ballot. He then was expected to travel to Ohio for an evening rally in Cleveland.

Romney remained the leader of three of four national polls Thursday, Oct. 25 — Rasmussen Reports, 50-47; Gallup, 50-47; and Associated Press/GfK, 47-45. Obama was the leader in the Oct. 25 IBD/TIPP poll, 47-45 percent.

Although leading in three nationwide polls, Romney may still face an uphill battle in his quest for the White House. Electoral College projections seem to give Obama a slight edge, although 131 electoral votes remain up for grabs in Colorado (nine), Florida (29), Iowa (six), Michigan (16), Nevada (six), New Hampshire (four), Ohio (18), Pennsylvania (20), Virginia (13) and Wisconsin (10).

The Tuesday, Nov. 6, general election is now 11 days away.

Posted Oct. 25, 2012

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