Powell not ready to endorse Obama for re-election

AP Photo
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell declined Tuesday to renew the presidential endorsement he gave Barack Obama four years ago, saying he wasn’t ready “to throw my weight behind someone” at this time.

The former chairman of the military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff and Cabinet member under President George W. Bush demurred when asked if he was backing Obama again this time around. Four years ago, Powell caused a stir in Republican political circles when the longtime GOP figure endorsed Obama over war hero Sen. John McCain, calling Obama a “transformational figure.”

Not so this time, Powell said in an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show. At least, not yet.


Fatal error: Cannot redeclare _comments_filter() (previously declared in /home/content/p3pnexwpnas03_data01/38/2402338/html/wp-content/themes/oldSEnewspaper/functions.php:858) in /home/content/p3pnexwpnas03_data01/38/2402338/html/wp-content/themes/oldSEnewspaper/comments.php on line 20