Sandy has completely interrupted our lives and the Presidential election as well. However, as we clean up and dry out lets not forget about this big mile stone in Presidents Obama’s run for reelection.
Powell broke with the Republican Party during the 2008 election, to endorse then-candidate Barack Obama for president, calling Obama a “transformational figure.”
“I voted for him in 2008 and I plan to stick with him in 2012 and I’ll be voting for he and for Vice President Joe Biden next month.”
“When he took over, the country was in very very difficult straits. We were in the one of the worst recessions we had seen in recent times, close to a depression. The fiscal system was collapsing. Wall Street was in chaos, we had 800,000 jobs lost in that first month of the Obama administration and unemployment peaked a few months later at 10 percent. So we were in real trouble. The auto industry was collapsing, the housing was starting to collapse and we were in very difficult straits. And I saw over the next several years, stabilization come back in the financial community, housing is now starting to pick up after four years, it’s starting to pick up. Consumer confidence is rising.”
Although, Powell is not saying everything is prefect, he thinks President Obama has us on the right track. He said
“Generally we’ve come out of the dive and we’re starting to gain altitude.” He acknowledged that problems remain, saying “The unemployment rate is too high, people are still hurting in housing but I see that we’re starting to rise up.”
Turning to foreign policy, Powell said he saw
“the president got us out of one war, start to get us out of a second war and did not get us into any new wars. And finally I think that the actions he has taken with respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very very solid. And so, I think we ought to keep on the track that we are on.”
Powell has concerns about Republican candidate Mitt Romney. One is Romney’s changing positions on international affairs.
“The governor who was saying things at the debate on Monday night … was saying things that were quite different from what he said earlier. I’m not quite sure which Gov. Romney we would be getting with respect to foreign policy.”
“One day he has a certain strong view about staying in Afghanistan but then on Monday night he agrees with the withdrawal, same thing in Iraq. On almost every issue that was discussed on Monday night, Governor Romney agreed with the President with some nuances. But this is quite a different set of foreign policy views than he had earlier in the campaign. And my concern … is that sometimes I don’t sense that he has thought through these issues as thoroughly as he should have.”
“As I listen to what his proposals are especially with respect to dealing with respect to our most significant issue, the economy, it’s essentially lets cut taxes and compensate for that with other things but that compensation does not cover all of the cuts intended or the new expenses associated with defense.”
Powell did not warn either candidate about his endorsement but said he spoke with Gov. Romney several weeks ago, and speaks to President Obama regularly.
He added that with this endorsement, he “signed on for a long patrol with President Obama” and that he feels more comfortable with Obama’s stances on climate change, immigration, and education.
Powell also went on to say that whoever wins, their major problem is the fiscal cliff that we’re about to fly over.
“This is something that was put in place by Congress and while we’re talking about the two candidates for president let’s not forget that Congress bears a lot of responsibility for many of the problems that we have now. They’re the ones that write the appropriations bills. They’re the ones that pass the legislation for more spending and for the various entitlement programs that people have trouble with.”
Even though Colin Powell has endorsed a Democratic candidate twice, he says he is still a Republican.
“I think I’m a Republican of a more moderate mold,” he said before adding, “That’s something of a dying breed I’m sorry to say.”
Check out the full interview below:
What do you think of Colin Powell endorsing President Barack Obama again?
What are your thoughts on his comments about Republican candidate Mitt Romney?
What do you feel about Republicans voting Democrat but still a Republican?
If you are a Republican how do you feel about Powell’s endorsement?
By: CaNesha Gordon