Colin Powell, Republican and former Secretary of State for the Bush Administration’s first term, announced his endorsement of Democratic presidential candidate, Barack Obama on Sunday. As reported by the Associated Press, the former Joint Chief of Staff expressed his views that Senator Obama would more effectively deal with America’s foreign relations and economic issues, given the present state.
In an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press, Powell explained, “I think we need a president who is a generational change and that’s why I’m supporting Barack Obama, not out of any lack of respect or admiration for Sen. John McCain.”
The 71 year-old military officer and friend of Republican candidate John McCain also discussed two prominent factors that influenced his decision: the direction of McCain’s campaign, and the Republican vice presidential choice. Powell questioned the readiness of Sarah Palin to act as President of the United States. In regards to the Republican presidential campaign, Powell stated that the heavy focus on Obama’s relationship with ex-radical William Ayers, accusations of the Senator being of Muslim faith, and other negative focal points influenced his decision to endorse the Democratic Senator.