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Monday, February 18, 2008


More from Colin

posted by Aziz P. at Monday, February 18, 2008 permalink View blog reactions
More from Colin:

"I will vote for the candidate I think can do the best job in America. Whether that candidate is a Republican or Democrat or an independent," Powell told CNN's "Late Edition."

"Frankly, we lost a lot in recent years," Powell added in a swipe at the administration of President George W. Bush, under whom he served as secretary of state from 2001 to 2005.

Powell, a top general and former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, said he would vote for the candidate with a vision "that starts to restore confidence in America. That starts to restore favorable ratings to America."

"I am going to be looking for the candidate that seems to me to be leading a party that is fully in sync with the candidate and a party that will also reflect America's goodness and America's vision."

As others have pointed out, though, it's more likely that Powell will simply endorse McCain and play it safe. Betting on Colin Powell to make a splash is a fools' errand nowadays.



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