In an interview Monday with NBC 5’s Today, Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama listed former Secretary of State, Colin Powell, as a choice for one of Obama’s advisers for his presidential term.
The senator left the option open for Powell to take on an official role by stating “whether he wants to take a formal role, whether that’s a good fit for him, is something we’d have to discuss,” but implied that he would warrant Powell’s advice whether or not he has a formal role with his administration.
The announcement comes after Colin Powell’s official endorsement of Senator Obama for president. As reported by the Associated Press, Obama stated he did not have prior knowledge of the Republican Powell’s decision to cross the lines between the two parties, but gave him an open invitation to join him at any stop in the remainder of his campaign. Powell was quoted as saying he regarded Obama as a “transformational figure,” but had no plans to join the campaign.
Republican candidate and long time friend of Colin Powell, Senator John McCain, stated he was not surprised by Powell’s decision.