August 14th, 2008
05:59 PM ET

What would Powell endorsement mean for Obama?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

For a moment there, it looked like Colin Powell was going to endorse Barack Obama.

But the former Secretary of State has denied a report that he would publicly back the Democrat for president at the party's convention. Several sources say he hasn't made up his mind yet, and Powell himself insists he won't be going to the convention in Denver. However, despite Powell's immediate denials, the reporter who broke the story on Fox News yesterday stands by it – saying that the Obama people expect Powell to endorse him.

Powell indicated earlier this year that he was considering endorsing a Democrat or Independent. He said he was keeping his options open and called Obama an "exciting person on the political stage."

An adviser to Powell says that he likes and admires John McCain, which would factor into any decision he makes. But another source close to Powell says although he's known the Arizona senator for over 30 years, he hasn't found a reason to vote for him yet. That's not such an encouraging sign if you're John McCain.

One of the things Powell is waiting for is the vice presidential picks from both candidates. A Powell aide says that a decision to back Obama wouldn't be a surprise, but a decision to attend the Democratic convention would be.

Nonetheless, for Obama, hope springs eternal. As long as Powell hasn't said no, the possibility remains that one of the most popular people in this country could still come out and support him.
Here’s my question to you: What would Colin Powell's endorsement mean for Barack Obama?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Patrick writes:
Rocket fuel, Jack. What would also help is if Powell would come forward to confirm the forged intelligence, the dirt on Plame, yellowcake, aluminum tubes and multiple high crimes and misdemeanors that the White House has perpetrated on the greatest people on the planet.

Joe from Clinton, Massachusetts writes:
I think it would hurt him. Powell was one of the White House puppets who lied to the nation about Iraq. If he endorsed Obama, I would hope Obama would decline the endorsement based on this fact. Powell cannot be trusted.

Dave from Toronto writes:
Jack, About 3 months ago, I predicted Powell would be Obama's nominee for V.P. So, an endorsement of Obama by Powell will increase my confidence on winning a bunch of bets. Think about it, who better to bring foreign policy and military experience to Obama's team? Nobody would be better, nobody.

Michelle from Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania writes:
Not much, Jack. Right or wrong, Powell lost most of his credibility when he made the case for war in Iraq to the U.N. Either he was naive enough to let himself be played, or he was part of the deception. He lost the rest of his credibility when he allowed Bush and Co. to marginalize him for four years, rendering him ineffective in his office. The man deserved better, but he also should have been smart enough to avoid it.

Bill writes:
It would give a monumental boost to Obama and the entire campaign. Powell represents and embodies integrity, patriotism and vision, the very qualities Obama has projected all his adult life. Secretary Powell's counsel on military and foreign affairs would be invaluable.

Bonnie from Dana Point, California writes:
It would mean that my husband just lost his last excuse to vote for McCain. He supported the invasion of Iraq, when I didn't. As the Bush administration hacks were discredited one by one, my husband held out Colin Powell as the reason to believe in what we Americans were doing. Sooner or later it becomes undeniable that the emperor has no clothes.

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soundoff (226 Responses)
  1. Mark - Asheville, NC

    For one thing, Obama would have to answer questions as to what he thinks about Powell's aiding and abetting the run up to the invasion of Iraq. This is a person who was 100% behind the Iraq War, at least at that time, and their positions are incompatable.

    In general it would help, however, no doubt about it. But not enough.

    August 14, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  2. AndyZ Fairfax, VA

    It would lower my very high opinion of General Powell. Then again, maybe it would be payback to the Bush White House for what it has done to America.

    August 14, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  3. Nancy from Florida

    An endorsement by Colin Powell carries huge weight and a sense of gravitas. Powell's endorsement means that a universally respected military man who is also a Republican believes that Barack Obama is the man best qualified to be President. His endorsement of Barack Obama for the President of the United States is huge in my estimation.

    August 14, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  4. MIKE

    What i can say here is simple endorsing Obama is like going back to correct your errors of Iraq at least Obama is pulling us out.

    August 14, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  5. Deb, Allentown, PA

    Although Powell was partially complicit in the Bush administration's decision to invade Iraq, I think that most people believe him to be a decent man who was caught between a rock and a hard place. He didn't make the tough stand he should have made until it was too late. But, I think he is still viewed very favorably by voters in both the Republican and Democratic party, and his endorsement of Obama will, in the end, turn out to be positive.

    August 14, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  6. Jama from Ohio

    Jack , In point of view I believe that Colin Powel's endorsement would mean many things. General Powell is a Republican, and if he votes for Obama that means Obama can reach across his parties lines. It would also fight against John McCain's statement about him appealing to democrates. Powell also was a member of the Bush administration which would overcome everything. Maybe not everything !

    August 14, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  7. Bodo, Ann Arbor

    Obama needs a VP who is strong on defense, not just an endorsement. Or is Powell angling for a job as Secretary of Defense?

    August 14, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  8. Joe, Clinton Ma.

    I think it would hurt him. Powell was one of the White House puppets who lied to the Nation about Iraq. If he endorsed Obama, I would hope Obama would decline the endorsement based on this fact. Powell cannot be trusted.

    August 14, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  9. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    Under ordinary circumstances the answer would be yes. But with the swift boaters and a moronic electorate, anyone who makes sense (like Obama) doesn’t have a chance.

    August 14, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  10. Phil-Apple Capital of the World

    Powell's endorsement would play huge in Obama's campaign for the WH. Both Democrats and Republicans hold an enormous amount of respect for the general who, by self admission, later realized he was fed a pack of lies leading to the invasion of Iraq. I would love to see his endorsement as well as an invitation from Obama to become his running mate.

    August 14, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  11. Jenny Rome Ga

    I think it would be very beneficial to Obama. He is a man who worked a Republican administration. I would really love to see the man run as VP but doubt that ill happen. He may have supported the war initially but did have the guts to say enough and quit or resign his position (depending on to whom you talk) when it became plain that the war was NOT a good decision. He wouold add much weight to Obama's lack of foreign policy experience.

    August 14, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  12. Paul

    Powell's endorsement would show that the country is ready for change. It would also show that General Powell is tired of being the fall guy for the blunders of the Bush administration such as the WMD UN presentation. His endorsment would only help Obama more.
    Round Rock, Texas

    August 14, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  13. mitchell ,arkansaw

    it would mean a big win!and it would earn powell the vp spot,if it were me picking.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  14. Dan, Maryland

    Simple Jack.....a landslide.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  15. Sly, Alpena, Mi

    It means to me Jack, that Colin Powell would be the Best and Only choice for Vice President.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  16. Hubert Bertrand

    It shows that he is mad at BUSH, For miss leading him.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  17. Jim in British Columbia

    The Powell endorsement would help, obviously. But he should not be the Veep candidate, if this is being considered..

    August 14, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  18. Warren - Detroit, MI

    Three words for you Jack, "Not Gonna Happen"!

    Why speculate?

    August 14, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  19. circy in New Mexico

    I wouldn't be impressed with a Powell endorsement of Obama. After all, Powell was naive ehough to go along with the staging of the invasion of Iraq. Or, did he just go along?

    August 14, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  20. Jed in Redding, CA

    I'm expecting much more than that from Colin Powell. I think he's the 'left field' pick for VP that Obama and his team have talked about for months. That puts the whole 'national security' question to bed by getting someone McCain would have to salute. And there's that big thumb to to his nose to people who say he has to pick a white VP to balance the blackness of the ticket. But then there's that whole Iraq thing......

    August 14, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  21. jim, South Carolina

    Are we talking about the same candidate who beat Hillary's brains out in the Primary over her vote for the war. Surely not. Remember this is Bush's Cartographer who appeared in front of the UN with a Power Point display outlining the verification and location of WMD's, Portable Chemical Labs, and other "Slam Dunk" evidence to promote the invasion of Iraq.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  22. Joe in DE

    Probably very little. Powell is strongest with the constituency that Obama has already.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  23. circy in New Mexico

    I wouldn't be impressed with a Powell endorsement of Obama. After all, Powell was naive enough to go along with the staging of the invasion of Iraq. Or, did he just go along?

    August 14, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  24. Stacy from wonderful Loudoun, Virginia

    Jack, I wish Colin Powell would take the next step and be the Vice President for Obama. He is a modern day George Washington—a man of war who became a hero of peace. He is universally respected by both parties and would be the perfect man to not only give Obama credence in the foreign policy realm, but bridge both sides of the Senate. He is everything Tricky Dick from Wyoming is not. Thank God.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  25. sarah, indiana

    i don't know what it would do for obama but it would sure make me question the intelligence of a man i have always admired.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  26. Dave of Oregon

    Very little, perhaps, a truthful assessment from a man highly tainted and reactive from this Bush administration which tossed him to the wolves after the United Nations debacle served them and his moderate republican position proved too uncompromising! Once, Powell's position was that of an individual with admirable qualities, but when he lied for this administration, and we haven't heard from Suskind on this as of yet, Powell's position is one of merely an average American of Joe Blow character. Powell, after all, is not a man of high stature once thrown out by George W. Bush because once tainted, always tainted! The real surprise might come from ex-Attorney General Gonzales, but I am not holding my breath!

    August 14, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  27. dennis north carolina

    It would mean or show that Obama can reach across the aisle or reach people on both side of the fence.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  28. Venia PA

    It would be a plus in every way. But the interesting thing is that if Powell was going to support his party's presumptive nominee he would have already so the fact that he is taking so long with his announcment shows that he is definitely not excited about mccain. and with good reason.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  29. Helena

    Clearwater, FL
    If he denounces the Iraq war and say that it was a mistake founded on lies, it would help a lot.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  30. James S. Lenon

    I'd rather see Obama endorse Powell and then step aside for the Democratic party to draft General Powell.
    Unless something of that nature happens in Denver, there is truly no reason to wast money or air time covering the Convention. Same applies to the Republican's excuse to misbehave away from home.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  31. JS

    Colin Powell lied to help get us into a war with Iraq, so I think he will stay low profile. And of course there are those of us who remember his antics in Viet Nam.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  32. Willow, Sheldon Iowa

    I think an endorsement by Powell would be good for Obama. And good for Powell. He could even explain what he did and why during his Bush years. He's not a political figure anymore. Maybe he should write a book?

    August 14, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  33. James S. Lenon - Chuckey TN

    I’d rather see Obama endorse Powell and then step aside for the Democratic party to draft General Powell.
    Unless something of that nature happens in Denver, there is truly no reason to wast money or air time covering the Convention. Same applies to the Republican’s excuse to misbehave away from home.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  34. Shirley -AK OHIO

    It will mean a great deal for Obama, it will probably increase his lead in the polls putting him further ahead of McCain. He will also send a clear message to Americans that we do not need anymore Repulican Presidents in office any more thus paving the way for Colin Powell to cross over as a Democrat and run for president in 2012. Not only am I painting a pretty picture, but I am also perdicting the weather.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  35. Chicago Bob from Illinois

    It means a lot, but the racists will not see through color to the real signifiicance.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  36. Shafi Alam

    I still remember Collin Powel showing on CNN the satellite pictures of the places suspected to be stockpiling WMD, weapons of mass destructions. Was Powel confused by the improper intelligence? Most probably he was. Definitely he didn’t fabricate those pictures because he was not part of that intelligence. If it’s so, he can be pardoned. Also his record with the administration after that means that he was not happy of what he did. And if the majority of general public believes so, his endorsement will mean much for Senator Barack Obama.

    Shafi Alam
    Austin, Texas
    Now Tokyo, Japan

    August 14, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  37. Peter in Alberta,Canada

    His endorsement of Obama would be like showing his battle scars from association with Bush , Cheney and the Republican Party to the American people. It woul be a complete repudiation of the Republican Party!

    August 14, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  38. mitchell ,arkansaw

    collin powell was lied to ,just like the rest of us.he was mislead with faulty intelligence and FORGED letters.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  39. Ed Reed

    I'm not sure. I once had tremendous respect for Gen. Powell until he testified before the U. N. about Iraq's WMD, which later turned out to be non-existent. He was supposed to have been the adult in Bush's Administration and I was deeply disappointed.

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX

    August 14, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  40. Mike Smith, New Orleans LA

    Powell's endorsement of Obama would mean nothing to me since Powell relayed this President's lies to congress to justify sacrificing our troops. However, in the grand scheme of vote-getting, I'm sure an endorsement by Powell would rank somewhere in between Oprah Winfrey and Snoop Doggy Dog.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  41. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    It would be a negative in my book as he sat at the UN and sold the invasion of Iraq to most of the world. He knew he was lying, I knew he was lying, and look at what it costs us in human lives. If he really wants to redeem himself then he should go to every family member of those killed or injured and tell them the truth.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  42. Linda in Florida

    We can only hope!

    August 14, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  43. Jackie in Dallas

    I don't agree with many of the previous posters (not unusually), but I do think that it means that even some Republicans are pulling their heads out of the sands dumped by the Bush Administration for their convenience in hiding from reality.

    It could help Obama's position as someone who can cross party lines and work compromises. However, it could hurt Obama too, as a reaction to having a one-time Bush man supporting him.

    Powell does have lots of military experience and world affairs experience, and to give him credit where credit is due, he has been respected on both sides of the party lines. I think only time will tell what the overall effect it will have: first, whether he follows through with this endorsement, and two, how both parties will respond. The best way for the Democrats to deal with it is to accept the endorsement, but not try to make too much political hay out of it - as that will play into the hands of the Republicans.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  44. Jason, Koloa, HI

    It would mean that Obama will become that much more attractive to independant voters and center leaning Republicans. If Ronnie can win with Reagan democrats, then Obam can win with Powell Republicans.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  45. Ron Mechanicsville, Va

    Considering his help starting the War in Iraq, NOTHING!

    August 14, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  46. Jayne

    Powell's endorsement would probably open the floodgates and the saner members of the right wing would pour through them and toward Obama.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  47. Frank from Peterborough

    It really doesn't matter if Colin Powell supports Obama or not as he has already stated he hasn't made up his mind whether to support Obama or an Independent.

    That statement alone shows he knows John McCain is unfit for the job and any American capable of forming a sentence or a thought will understand and act accordingly.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  48. Gina in Racine, Wi

    Correct the wrong judgement that Powell used when he trusted the Bush Administration.

    I think he will support Obama and I think that this will undo alot of the bad feelings people had about his part in the invasion of Iraq.

    For the record....I believe Powell to be a good man and a great American that was duped. When he left the Bush Administration he proved that he was a stand up guy......and that he did not approve of how he was lied to and used.

    I also think that Obama will have room for Powell in his Administration.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  49. Shannon Wadding, St. Paul, MN

    I think that Powell's endorsement will resonate the leadership that Obama represents.

    However, many uneducated voters might get stuck in their mentality that Powell is just promoting a black man.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  50. Marie, Ewing, NJ

    Nothing! This man has always been overrated in my opinion. When he gave that bogus presentation at the UN, during the run up to the Iraq war, I lost all respect for him.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  51. Tom, Avon, Maine,The Heart of Democracy

    Not a thing. Obama is going to win with or without it. What it would mean for Powell is redemption in the eyes of history. He was duped by Bush, as was McCain, Clinton, and so many, excluding Obama of course. He had the experience and the judgment to recognize a con man when he saw one.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  52. Kerry Diehl

    With the respect our nation has for Colin Powell, it would prove a huge benefit to Barack Obama’s campaign.

    I would much rather that Colin Powell be the Presidential candidate and Barack Obama rendered his endorsement for the good general.

    Here is a man that truly could and would reunite our country and the world.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  53. RLD

    The only real value is that it will not be going to Senator Mcsame.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  54. Joe St Louis, MO


    This endorsement could only mean he is looking to purge the demons that haunt him. A great military leader knows when to go to war and more important when to pull out. Rather than an Obama endorsement maybe he should tell our country what happened in the White House that eventually lead us into Iraq.


    St Louis,MO

    August 14, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  55. Rose

    I don't think a Powell endorsement of Obama would benefit Obama at all. I like Powell but after all he is a part of "Old Washington" and did agree to the invasion in Iraqi, two things that Obama says he is opposed to, how would he explain accepting his endorsement. I think people are jumping the gun on this one, I think Powell is smart enough to wait until after the debates and then judge, he also may not endorse at all and just go and vote privately


    August 14, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  56. Annie, Atlanta

    Personally, Jack, for those who can't stand Obama it's just going to be one black guy endorsing another. For those who like him, it would be further justification that the republican party is self-destrucing and the few honorable members left are jumping ship.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  57. Pat,Lexington, Ky.

    Powell's endorsement would be a terrific boost for Obama. I just wish he could be #2 on the ticket!

    August 14, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  58. MMN-Milwaukee WI

    A Colin Powell endorsement for Obama would go a long way by showing more and more that Obama has an appeal with all political predispositions. Not that it matters but Colin Powell will also be getting even with GWB for using him at the UN and Americans to lie about the WMD. Also Powel will get even with the back stabbing dog catcher Dick Cheney who treated him like dirt when he was Secretary Of State.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  59. Sally, Seattle

    Not only would it mean a lot for Obama, it would mean a lot for America. It would send a resounding message to the world and help elevate our standing in global matters. It would be a ringing endorsement because it is coming from someone who knows the truth about what went on in the White House leading up to the war, and what the future holds if we continue with our foreign policies as they now stand.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  60. Lynn - frustrated Republican, CA

    Colin Powell is the only Republican in the Bush Administration that I trust – they may have swift-boated Kerry but they put a knife in Powell's back – I have no doubt that Obama would be better for the country then McCain, but if Powell supported Obama it would be icing and candles on the cake.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  61. aaron in Carolina Beach NC

    Colin Powell betrayed our country with his complacency and in-action during the build up to the barbaric invasion of Iraq. I hope he has nothing to do with Senator Obama's campaign.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  62. Teri in North FL

    It means more to Bill Kristol than it does Obama or Powell. If Powell would endorse Obama, Kristol could say 'see – told you so – they all stick together'. If Powell endorses McCain, Kristol could then say 'see – even Powell thinks he's an empty suit'. This rumor campaign from the neo-cons is as dispicable as anything else they've come up with. I can't wait until January 2009 when it'll all be over.
    Palm Coast FL

    August 14, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  63. Jan/AR

    It may help some undecided on who to vote for *we should be past the voting against" . Remember Collin Powell served his country honorably in the battlefield. He was the company man when he went to the UN and told his falsehood. He believed what he was saying was the truth? or was he taking one for the team?

    August 14, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  64. Judie from St. Augustine, Fl.

    Powell's endorsement of Obama would show that all people have the capacity to change. Another noteworthy Republican crossing over to support the best candidate for our country. Is that working across party lines or what. On top of that Powell has more real experience than McCain and if Powell endorses Obama hopefully that should tell the American people something.

    St. Augustine, Fl

    August 14, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  65. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: I don't think that it would have any significant meaning. Powell has been wounded by the Bush Administration; wounds heal, but the scars remain, and Obama seems to be doing quite well without his endorsement......doesn't help, but then again, it doesn't hurt.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  66. Ben, Ontario

    You mention in your book about an Obama-Powell run third party. Now is the time. Leave the Democrats for Hillary.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  67. Janice, Illinois

    Endorsements for anyone, by anyone, are meaningless to SELF-EDUCATED voters.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  68. Rudy NYC

    It would mean the GOP failure is almost complete. They have quietly thrown Powell under the bus for promoting the Iraq War lies about WMDs. Powell for his part, has quietly not embraced Bush policies. Did you notice he quit back in 2004. Finally, it would bring something to the table that closes the only talking point that McCain can use against the junior senator.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  69. Cesar Ganao

    Any endorsement is welcome at this stage of the campaign however, Powell's endorsement wouldn't carry any weight and McShame will be quick to make an add featuring the General making his case for war. As far VP, we all know that it will be offered to Evan Bayh and Hagel will be the next secretary of defense with Biden the next secretary of states.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  70. Bob from Richmond VA

    The most impact would be the slap in the face to McCain. It may not help Obama much at all, but it sure would be funny to see McCain try to rationalize it to himself and his constituents. It would be better than the Viagra moment.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  71. Conor in Chicago

    To the average voter who is skeptical of Obama it won't mean anything. Powell and Obama are black. Therefore in the minds of many people it is only natural that Powell would support Obama. Sadly this is how a lot of America thinks.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  72. Tom in Desoto Texas

    Powell was obvious given "facts" that George W Bush wanted presented. Powell was intentionally duped, after it was exposed Powell resigned in disgust. With a 4 star generals endorsement Obama's stock should rise. Just imagine Obama picking Powell as his VP?

    August 14, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  73. Josh in Sylvania, Ohio

    I think General Powell's endorsement could very well help him. I don't blame Colin Powell for the Iraq War because he was only doing what Bush told him to do. He is just making amends for buying Bush's lies and should aid the World Court when it charges Bush and Cheney for war crimes, breaking international law and crimes against humanity.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  74. Jack Carlson

    It would mean alot Jack, however that won't happen for Obama.
    We were for Colin Powell for Pres in 2000 going forward and am for him to be VP now...we need some intelligence and knowledge of the world re military and cultures and Mr. Powell has that.
    Think what would of happened if Pres Bush would of listened to Powell re Iraq? Powell said to Bush "you break it you own it'.....well the American people have paid dearly to this point as we own it, and our kids, and our grand kids.
    I recommend Powell be VP.
    Jack Carlson
    Portland OR

    August 14, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  75. KarenB in Polk County, Florida

    Don't think Powell endorsement would affect one way or another. With the latest announcement of Hillary's name allowed to be placed into nomination at the convention, I think the Obama folks better be more concerned about that than worry about whether or not Powell "likes" him.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  76. Leah, Vancouver, BC

    Why don't we all just wait and see if he does and then see what the effect is?

    August 14, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  77. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    It would mean that Obama has no credibility. When Powell went before the United Nations and told all of bush's lies about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq he lost all respect and credibility. Why do you think he has disappeared from from view since he left the White House? No one will believe a word he says anymore. It is sad that a man like Powell let himself be used so shamelessly. He lost his respect as a man and when you lose respect you are finished.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  78. John, Fort Collins, CO

    As the most respected American leader in recent times, Colin Powell's endorsement would be huge for Barack Obama. Then if he were to go one step further and agree to act his advisor for international and military issues it would really cement the deal. This is the stuff dreams are made of. Could we really get this lucky?

    August 14, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  79. Chuck, Eugene Oregon

    The only way Powell can add anything to the Obama ticket would be to join the ticket as the VP or in some function such as Secretary of Defense or some other major high level cabinet post. Then it would be a serious kick in the pants for the Republicans as Powell is a highly respected man in this country, throughout the world and with in the political community. Other wise any endorsement would be meaningless other than to state that he agrees with the bulk of the Obama platform.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  80. Chad , Los Angeles

    It would show that it is okay to switch party support due to the Bush administration's failure. Its okay to change your position on things.
    Its not flip-flopping, its called using judgment!

    When something is failing, like this administration, stop supporting it. Its that simple.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  81. Phillis an American in Germany

    I think it would speak volumes. Colin Powell is a highly respected man (I wish he would run for president ! ). Everyone knows he was used by the Bush administration. He was lied to just like the rest of us.
    But we know that, so I don't think it deminished the respect we have for him. Yes, he would be someone I would like to see endorse Sen. Obama.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  82. Larry in Florida

    Depends Jack. A man never knows when a skelton is going to come leaping out of the closet. Let me go read the enquier first before I answer this question.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  83. Terry from North Carolina

    Means a lot, this is a great man who Barack can draw on for advise. I would even go as far as offer this guy the secretary of state job. Colin Powell brings a lot to the table besides his endorsement.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  84. Diane, Barneveld, NY

    There are people that still respect and like Colin Powell. I liked him, but lost much respect for him with that little act he put on for the UN. He would help in some respects, but I hope Obama isn't thinking of giving him any political posts for his support. His credibility is zilch. That would drag Obama down for sure.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  85. Monty Squier

    It would be powerful.
    If Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama, and then Obama chose Powell to be his running mate, I believe that America would overwhelmingly select these two instead of McCain and Lieberman (or whoever).
    Even though Mr. Powell was “fed” misinformation and spewed it out at the U.N., voters know that he can be trusted, and that he is overall a very astute leader who offsets the McCain claim of being the “experienced war veteran” who would lead better than Barack Obama.
    I’d vote for this ticket in a second.


    August 14, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  86. Al, Lawrence KS

    I think if he gives a simple statement showing his support, it would help. If he starts using drawings of trucks, satellite photos, and fake intelligence memos to confirm his reasons...well that might not be the best idea.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  87. Patricia F Pine Plains NY

    Powell made a hugh error in his presentation to the U.N., but the American people, who truly love this man, have long since forgiven him.

    I think an endorsement from Colin Powell to Barack Obama would be a feather in the Democrat's cap. Not to mention a deep blow to fellow veteran John McCain.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  88. 60 YO white female , Springfield, VA

    Considering that Powell has been friends with McCain for 30 years,
    I think an endorsement of Obama would mean exactly what an endorsement should mean... That he/she feels this person is best qualified!
    Obama 08!

    August 14, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  89. Obama-Powell 2008--one can dream

    It would be a win-win situation for both of them to partner-up as much as is reasonably feasible given the strained and awkward party divide.

    August 14, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  90. Howard M, Bolingbrook IL

    Jack, I don't think anyone's endorsement should mean anything. I think every voter should do some reading, research, then listen to the candidates position (without pundits...C-span) and decide for themselves.

    August 14, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  91. Dwayne (Atlanta)

    His endorsement would be a huge factor in gaining respect from the Independents and moderate conservatives who would crossover and support Obama. When the Iraq war began, our country was like a DNA test. 99.99999 was for the war. So don't get on General Powell case for supporting the war. At least he had the guts to leave the Bush Administration once the reports start coming in about no WMD's being in Iraq. Go Obama

    August 14, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  92. Pat, Greenville, Ohio

    An endorseent for Obama would be a slap in the face for McCain.

    August 14, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  93. Don (Ottawa)

    It would mean he came to his senses, which he should have done long ago.

    August 14, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  94. Richard McKinney, Texas

    It won't mean anything becaue it isn't going to happen.

    August 14, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  95. lynne from lattimore, nc

    General Powell's endorsement would go a long way in solidifying Senator Obama's run as President.

    General Powell is seen as a 'safe bet' with the Republican party. That is the reason he was touted so much as a possible Presidential candidate.

    His endorsement would send both moderate Republicans and Independents alike to the Obama tent despite the fact that he basically lied to the United Nations about Iraq. But I gather, if one lies from White House orders, it's not really your lie or is it?

    August 14, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  96. L.M.,Arizona

    Not much Powell's political clout has been long gone. He will go down as the man who gave the UN speech that led us into a misguided war.

    August 14, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  97. Hana

    I don't believe Powell will endorse Obama or McCain. And, there's no way Colin Powell will be chosen as the Democratic vice-presidential nominee.

    August 14, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  98. Martin

    I hope he will endorse Obama. After all I believe he resigned from his position after he found out the he was presenting all this by the White House fabricated BS about the aluminum cylinders for Uranium Enrichment at the UN!

    August 14, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  99. Beartrack Truckee,CA

    It would certainly be a big deal. Many Reps still admire him, blacks, whites, all of us, do to. It would be a good step for him to cleanse himself of his role in the Bush admin.

    August 14, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  100. Kelly, Philadelphia

    It means Powell would be his chief advisor on foreign affair whereas I for one am quite comfortable with that. I only wish Bush had listened to him. If so, this messy Iraq situation would not exist. Plus, the independent draw of Powell could definitely help.

    August 14, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  101. Marie Ontario

    If you are a high profile person with any kind of self respect you couldn't possibly support John McCain. This is evident in Colin Powell's case or his being a Republican would have already garnered his support for McCain.

    If you mention American politics almost anywhere and it doesn't matter who you are talking to they just shake their heads that almost half of the U.S. voters are even considering voting for a Republican let alone a 72 year old war monger who appears to be less intelligent than the buffoon you have kept in office for the past 8 years.

    August 14, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  102. Fred Fernandez, Manila, Philippines

    The idea that a Republican hero general endorsing Obama would sabotage those "Is he ready to lead?" ads...

    August 14, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  103. David Richards

    Nothing. Colin Powell lost all credibility when he went before the United Nations and lied for the Bush Administration.

    August 14, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  104. be real pam

    a republican general that held one of the highest positions in the land endorsing a democrat, what a blow to the gop. powel is an upstanding man and was fed the same spoiled bologna the rest of the usa ate. his stomach started churning and he went to barf and never returned. he realized his mistake. one mistake doesn't make the person, it's what you do when u learn the truth. mcain graduated at the bottom of his class, do u want another dummy to try and run this country or somebody who worked their way through harvard. powell sees this. take the blinders off my friends...... it can only help obama, and kill mcwhatever.

    August 14, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  105. Greg from Mechanicsburg PA

    It will help Obama to win over moderate Republicans and Independents who are still waiting to make a decision. It will not matter in the least for those who believe that Fox News is "fair and balanced."

    August 14, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  106. Jay in Texas

    See what I mean about the shortness of Americans' memories. Here you have the biggest liar in recent history, Colin Powell, being called "one of the most popular people in this country" and you have BOTH major parties' presidential candidates holding their breaths hoping he will endorse him. It seems like only yesterday, to me, that this same man was telling the U.N. and Americans a series of whoppers to justify invading Iraq. We had better wake up from our dream world and we'd better do it quickly. Powell's endorsement for either candidate, with possible impeachment of the president he served under looming on the horizon, will be the kiss of death for whoever he endorses.
    Brownwood, Texas

    August 14, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  107. Michael from Greenfield, Wi.

    It would mean everything. Powell was against the Iraq war, but no one would listen to him in that inner circle. I am still waiting for Powell to come out and say what he really thinks and feels. The nation needs to hear the truth from this great man.

    August 14, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  108. stephanie/houston/tx

    What I like about Colin Powell is he thinks for himself. Any candidate he supports would have his respect and that carries a lot of weight because He would have to Earned it. I believe Obama knows this as well as McCain.

    August 14, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  109. toni in florida

    I respect Colin Powells service to our country, both milatary and his appointments. However I felt he should have spoken up before the Irag war! not after thousands and thousands of our troops and civilians had been killed. Countless numbers of our troops mamed or totally disabled. Not to mention all the innocent Irag citizens injured or Killed. So his opinion ,No dosent mean much to me...

    August 14, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  110. cy gardner

    You think Colin Powell is "one of the most popular people in the country"? Is that because he was such a roaring success as a Secretary of State? Or was he just on "Dancing With the Stars"? It would mean that if Colin Powell gave Obama his endorsement AND a cheeseburger, Obama could eat the cheeseburger. cy gardner, arlington, va

    August 14, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  111. Carole S.C.

    A lot really. He has flaws I know but I still have a great deal of respect for his long service to our country.

    August 14, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  112. Darren S.

    After General Colin Powell was used and discarded by the Bush administration, can you really blame him for endorsing the Democratic candidate?

    August 14, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  113. David

    As much as I admire General Poweel, I have to say he would come off as a disgruntled White House staffer with an axe to grind.

    Don't think that's going to help Obama.

    August 14, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  114. Norman from Queens

    It would create a warm and fuzzy feeling for Obamanites, but as a Powell admirer I am worried about possible conservative revenge.

    August 14, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  115. Sam Taylor Lake Oroville California

    I respect general powell, and know how he was used , abused, and then discarded by the neo con war mongers.
    His recomendation would help me in who to decide to vote for.
    I would follow that recomendation, even though i prefer to vote for a vet
    as I know they understand just what it means to those who we ask to
    pay the price of those decisions.
    they count the cost and not just act "cause the want to"
    I would prefer a fellow combat vet over someone who saw war afar off,
    or even at 16 thousand feet.

    August 14, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  116. Steve Idaho

    I'm not sure how much credibility Powell holds with the American people anymore. His endorsement will most likely break even as far as how it will affect Obama's campaign.

    August 14, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  117. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    It will only confirm the opinions the people already have of Powell. To some, he's an upstanding expert on foreign policy while to others he's a patsy of the Bush administration who helped sell us on the Iraq war at the U.N.

    August 14, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  118. Pat in Hampstead , MD

    Jack – it would mean alot considering he is a republican. Still, people will say he is only doing it because he was Black. Powell is still well respected so I think it will positively impact Obama's credibility with undecided

    August 14, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  119. Richard Williams in Larchmont, NY

    It cements Senator Obama's chances even further in securing the White House.

    August 14, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  120. John T. Lucas

    Mr. Cafferty:

    If Colin Powell, one of the lead villains in the run-up to the murderous Iraq adventure endorses Senator Obama and he accepts the support, then I could not and would not vote for this Democratic nominee. Obama railed against Clinton for her vote on the war rather unfairly so if he accepts Powell's support he is nothing more than a common garden variety hypocrite.

    John Luca
    Victoria, BC

    August 14, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  121. Kay

    General Powell is a true honorable man. Whoever he decides to back is his decision to be made when he goes into the voting booth. If he prefers not to announce his endorsement that is his business. He should not be forced to do anything different.

    August 14, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  122. Nadine

    I believe there are lots of GOP members are ready to jump ship and doesn't mean they're ready to cross over to democrats. Voters has had it with their party leaders lies and poor direction America was steer. Colin Powell will go with his heart not his head!

    August 14, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  123. Iris in Saugatuck, MI

    It would mean a lot for Obama's chances in November. Those voters who are hesitant to vote for an African-American might just get off the fence and vote for Obama, for Colin Powell commands the respect of most Americans. Although, in the long run, he is probably hurting himself by burning his bridges with the Republican Party faithful. We'll soon see what kind of metal he is truly made of. Is he about principle or party loyalty?

    August 14, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  124. Marvin

    Gen. Powell will not likely endorse a candidate until after both conventions are concluded. After that, he will come out publicly. I tend to think he will endorse Obama if for no other reason than help America recover from the last eight years... as an apology for the first few years when Bush/Rove/Cheney had even Gen. Powell fooled, and eventually very embarassed.

    Ocala, FL

    August 14, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  125. deano, Peoria, AZ

    As far as I'm concerned, his endorsement would be one of the best that Obama could get. Powell is the only good thing that came out of the last eight years, including all politicians, and he managed to survive without getting any of the crap splashed on him that the Bush Administration has been good at generating and slinging around.

    August 14, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  126. bertha malveaux

    HoustonTexas Jack,a powell endorsement for obama will not mean a thing!!!!! just like the john edwards and al gore endorsement did not mean a thing.

    August 14, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  127. Judy Knight

    I have the greatest respect for Colin Powell. I think it would be a great honor for him to endorse Senator Obama.
    J.K. In Boise, Idaho

    August 14, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  128. Joseph Peterson

    For every barrel of oil we produce, it means $130.00 less that we send to our enemies in the mid-east. Why are we not drilling everywhere we can find oil?

    On the subject of energy, why don't we start building neuclear power plants. We need both the jobs and the power.

    Our government has been asleep for more than just the last seven years. Wake up America, Wake up.

    August 14, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  129. Keith, Birmingham, AL


    I think it is very interesting how one can justify the occupation of a soverign nation and defiantly argue this stance on his decision to support the war in Iraq. I think Sen. McCain has just hung himself out to dry, especially since it has been proven that he has had interactions with lobbyists from Georgia. I think Sen. McCain's comments are not only hypocritical, but they are very arrogant.

    Birmingham, AL

    August 14, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  130. Tino

    To me it would mean absolutely nothing to me. In fact since Powell's performance at the UN on WMDs pushing for war against Iraq I'm even ashamed to be a graduate of the same high school as he. That said, I think, however, an endorsement by him might bring some undecided voters, independents and even some moderate Republicans on board with Obama, so It might help somewhat.

    August 14, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  131. Che-3

    Who cares about Colin Powell? He has no creditability. A so-called soldier who cannot stand on its own two legged military feet against draft dodger Dick Chaney. We in the black community have no respect for any Uncle Tom’s. Not only that; he has no real judgment or the mind-set to sought out the truth from bogus backward lies of the Bush-Chaney slaughter house. He's a useless soul seeking to redeem his lost image. “The Chosen One – Obama” doesn’t need him. We will travel this path alone with the Living God on our side.

    August 14, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  132. Karl in CA

    It would be great for Obama and the country. Remember, when he was reading his speech to the UN, he was told it was factual by Bush and Cheney. He was conveying their message. I doubt he will be a VP pick, but he could serve America well in the Obama administration in any number of areas.

    August 14, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  133. Mark Ravndalen

    You asked is John McCain being hypocritical–yes!! as is Bush and Company when trying to respond to the invasion of Georgia by Russia. After the invasion of Iraq, and all the disasters that have followed including Guantanamo, rendition, suspension of habeas, the FISA scandal, and the outright fabrication of evidence to support the war, the US has lost the "moral high ground" to quote Ron Suskind. Our authority as a democracy has always come from doing what is closest to truth and justice. This Administration and the GOP have led the country far astray from its principles and worlwide creedance will take a regime change here to return to what America once was!

    August 14, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  134. Dave in MO

    It means all my Liberal friends can shut up about how Powell was involved in the war in Iraq if they are going to embrace this endorsement. Also just remember his son former FCC chair Michael is a big supporter of McCain so the endorsement might not be coming.

    August 14, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  135. Denise Velez, Saugerties NY

    My dad was a Tuskegee Airman, he honored and respected General Powell and wanted to see him run for President. Our whole family was saddened when he decided not to run.

    My father, now deceased would have been proud to vote for Barack Obama, and our whole family would love to see Gen. Powell endorse the Senator.

    We don't consider Gen. Powell a politician. We view him as a patriot. And as a patriot, we hope he will answer the call to speak out against 4 more years of Bush. He was set-up and manipulated by Bush-
    Cheyney; he, and we would get more of the same if he endorses McCain.

    August 14, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  136. Joseph Peterson

    I cannot vote for a candidate who refuses to drill for oil.

    Does he not understand that we need the oil?

    August 14, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  137. circy in New Mexico

    I wouldn't trust Colin Powell any more than I would trust Hillary Clinton.

    August 14, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  138. Peg

    This is just a question. What was Edwards inferring when he mentioned Senator McCain's name in his statement relating to infidelity? I have seen reports regarding McCain's first marriage and the subsequent divorce. These reports leave McCain's character issue , at least regarding marriage vows, in question.

    My question: are they accurate?

    August 14, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  139. norm in alabama

    Well, of course it would be huge. Regardless of Powell's enormous screw-up before the onset of the US Aggression aginst Iraq, he is still a highly respected military and diplomatic figure in the world. He is also a Republican, and any and all prominent persons who endorse "across the aisle" is a big story, and his color doesn't hurt either./ The Black vote for McCain would drop to three percent.

    August 14, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  140. rocky from chicopee

    Interestingly enough, in a world gone a little topsy-turvey with an African American candidate, it would help Obamma IF Powell were white; otherwise, there's too much racial connection between the two not to have peope see THAT as the reason for the support.

    August 14, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  141. Cheri

    I think Colin Powell could be the answer to Obama and his supporters prayers. Powell could erase some of the doubts people have expressed about Obamas lack of experience in foreign policy. Colin Powell is a very well respected and trusted public figure. An affirmative nod from Powell would go along way towards securing him the presidency.

    August 14, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  142. RW Chicago

    It will mean nothing because it will never happen.

    August 14, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  143. hstevens

    It would be great if Mr. Powell endorse Sen. Obama. Mr. Powell know that the republican party have done so such wrong and he is sick of them. I bet that is one of he reasons that he retired.

    August 14, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  144. Michael Sparks, Nevada

    I will not vote for Obama if Powell endorses him because of the roll Powell played in the Iraq war. I at one time had much respect for Colin Powell, after Iraq and the lies behind the war I have no respect for him. If Powell endorses Obama and Obama accepts his endorsement then Obama will loose my vote. I have no use for anyone who served in the Bush administration and I will not vote for any candidate who allies himself with current or past members of the Bush administration. Colin Powell is guilty by proxy, he was part of the Bush administration and as far as I'm concerned he is just as guilty as Bush in wrecking this country and destroying our respect around the world.

    August 14, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  145. Rocky

    Powell's speech, delivered on February 5, 2003, made the case for the war by presenting U.S. intelligence that purported to prove that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction
    "I wish I had not been involved in it," says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, a longtime Powell adviser who served as his chief of staff from 2002 through 2005. "I look back on it, and I still say it was the lowest point in my life
    Still, Powell said that while he has always been a "reluctant warrior" he supported Bush on going to war the month after his U.N. speech
    therefore, his endorsement of Obama, would be for the benefit of his own conscience, and tainted with dishonor, from a former statesman, who is now a hypocryte.

    August 14, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  146. bingo of connecticut

    Colin Powell would be the best VP selection for Obama. An Obama/Powell ticket would be awesome for this country, and would put competency and quality ahead of the ignorance of the 2 major political parties.

    August 14, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  147. DAK

    When over 90% of black Americans support Barack Obama, why would it mean anything other than what we already are reading into it . So his endorsement for me would be meaningless.

    August 14, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  148. Daniel McCarthy

    It would mean a great deal for Obama to have that endorsement.
    Colin Powell was the only member of the Bushette administration
    with a modicum of integrity, in spite of his UN speech. This would also be a good move for Powell in reestablishing the credibility he lost as a result of that speech.
    And, as an unfortunate result of swiftboaters and other right-wing mischief-makers, Obama could use a bump in the polls from people who regret having made the mistake of helping put Dubbya in the White House in the first place.
    Good work, Jack

    Daniel from NYC

    August 14, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  149. Vegas

    I'd vote for Powell... any day... he left because he felt bad about the wrong intell for Iraq that he stood behind... I think he's an honorable man.

    On the other hand... Obama is a tool

    August 14, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  150. Linda Brewer, Highland Falls, NY


    August 14, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  151. Allan

    All this election shows is that the USA is fast becoming a second rate nation of whiners. We are nothing but a bunch of idiots if we elect Obama. We will deserve what he will bring to the Presidency – absolutely nothing. All of you who vote for him will rue the day in the very near future. He will complete the downfall of this once great nation. I am sorry that my children and grandchildren will have to live with these changes.

    August 14, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  152. Jasmine in Germany

    Colin Powell is an extraordinary leader, statesman, and man. I really wish he would have been able to become President in 2000. He is wise and trustworthy, too bad he and the Bush Administration had/has ethical and diplomatic differences. General Powell is a man with great foresight and diplomacy.

    Powell is above the dirty Washington politics, so your question is a smart one. Would his endorsement of Obama help the Obama campaign? 1) Yes, but probably within the market of educated voters who don't have a short memory. 2) No, because his opinion will be discriminated against by a large number of people in the USA who will suggest the endorsement is a matter of race and they really don't know who he is.

    August 14, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  153. rick viburnum Mo

    I have a lot of respect for Powell I believe he was the only person in the Bush administration that had any integrity. He tried to stop Bush from invading you break it you own it. He was lied to like the rest of us and he figured it out and quit. I think he uderstands the devestation the neocons have done to our country. His endorsement of Obama may save this country from the same neocons McCain has surrounded himself with.

    August 14, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  154. beth

    His endorsement would show how hopeless McCain's chances are. People I have known as staunch Republicans for years are voting Democrat this year. People have had it with the status quo....this is really the year for a change candidate.

    August 14, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  155. Parker in Covington KY

    I don't know why Powell doesn't renounce the GOP altogether. Bush treated him abominably, and gave the Medal of Freedom to the hack who verified, personally, every lie that Powell was told to tell at the UN. Powell would be a daring VP pick for Obama, too bad it won't happen. I just hope Powell's endorsement, if it does come, is followed by a tell-all book and a change of Parties. Come on home, Colin, to a party that won't throw you under the back of the bus!

    August 14, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  156. John Regehr


    August 14, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  157. Mary CT

    It would mean about as much as all the other endorsements have meant....

    August 14, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  158. john,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, marlton, nj

    Nothing, Powell was the guy that lied about Iraq ... Obama should distance himself from Powell, just like he did that preacher ....

    August 14, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  159. circy in New Mexico

    Isn't Colin Powell the one who bought hook, line and sinker the crap that the Bush administration used to get us into Iraq? I don't trust him any more than I would trust a Clinton.

    August 14, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  160. Surafel Melaku

    It means a couple of things, first independent will move more than what we have see on Obama's side. Second, moderate Rep. will follow his foot step in battle ground state.

    August 14, 2008 at 5:58 pm |
  161. Kevin

    Jack, it would help to solidify the military vote and Powells foreign policy knowledge would be of great benefit for Obama. Experience is a needed factor when dealing with foreign affairs especially in todays firestorm and Powell has been in that storm.

    Warren, MI

    August 14, 2008 at 6:01 pm |
  162. Julie in LA

    I don't think it would do much for Obama, Jack. But it might to a lot for POWELL.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  163. Susan from Texas

    Great question. It would mean the epitomy of "class" had joined the Obama campaign. The respect I already have for Colin Powell would be enhanced. Obama could get no better offer of support.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  164. Vic


    It would mean nothing, he lost his credibility with the yellow cake incident at the UN way back when ???

    August 14, 2008 at 6:07 pm |
  165. Wally from Gladwyne, PA

    Should Powell support Obama, the RNC will simply remind us that General Powell is an African American celebrity, and uppity.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:08 pm |
  166. Andrew

    I think that Powell's endorsement of Obama will be significant because it will strengthen his overall campaign theme of unity. Being a prominent black political figure, his endorsement will not only emphasize a sense of community within the African-American community, but also exemplify bipartisanship, something that Senator Obama has been reputable for in his political career thus far.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  167. David Sikorsky

    If Powell endorsed Obama it might help a small, hard to quantify amount, however in my opinion it would make Powell seem like just another Black voting for Obama for that reason. Even though I am a veteran of the Viet Nam era who has always supported Colin Powell, I wouldn't support Obama no matter who endorsed him. His history is simply too far left, no matter how he runs toward the center.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  168. Maddy

    Quite simply, the Republican street cred his campaign needs.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  169. Eric Damron

    An endorsement from Colin Powell would mean that the only person that George W. Bush appointed to his administration with any common sense is backing the Democrat candidate Come on... Wake up America!.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  170. justin

    What would a Powell endorsement mean? Hopefully it would mean no more bogus intel briefings when it comes to the serious matter of war. To Powell's credit, he did know that Rumsfeld & Wolfowitz where completely wrong about troop numbers and Powell's military advice would at least be based in reality.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  171. A Thompson

    He is just too old to take on this job. The energy needed for this job needs to be top noch. At his age neither brain or body can take on what is coming.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  172. Ronnie McCullough

    Jack, It would be a stronger ticket, similar to a Wolf/Cafferty ticket , if journalist could participate.


    August 14, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  173. sheilah, portland, oregon

    Having Colin Powell endorse Obama would mean that it's his turn to be the keeper of the Republican brain.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  174. Victoria

    Colin Powell's endorsement of Senator Obama would be an endorsement of intelligience, integrity, and accomplishments not given. He himself is respected because of his dignity and character and I'm confident he sees the same in Senator Obama. It would be an asset a true compliment to the movement that Senator Obama has worked hard to build.

    Huntington, WV

    August 14, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  175. Bill McLaughry

    It would give a monumental boost to Obama and the entire campaign. Powell represents and embodies integrity, patriotism and vision–the very qualities Obama has projected all his adult life. Secretary Powell's counsel on military and foreign affairs would be invaluable.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  176. John

    It would mean that John McCain will start flip flopping like the out of water fish he is!

    August 14, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  177. Andre

    I have long supported an Obama/Powell ticket. One, it could start to erase Democrat/Republican party lines and two, Powell could fill Obama's viewed shortcomings on his foreign policy experience. We want change. And an Obama (Democrat) and Powell (Republican) ticket would be it.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  178. luis

    This Is Typical Again. When Collin Powell Served Under President Bush, The Democrats Hated Him. Now That He Might Support Obama, The Liberals Welcome Is Endorsement. Oh He's A Good Guy Now.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  179. dave t.

    Well Jack I hit this one on the nail head. This is a man I have been hoping Obama would be considering. A man of tremendous
    integrity, trust.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  180. David kurtz

    Hi Jack,
    Colin Powell was the unwitting face behind the justification for the Bush Administrations LIES that led us to invade Iraq. His prestige and moderation was used by the neo-cons to advance their agenda. As such, he is culpable for the worst foreign policy decision in US history, and the thousands of casualties, and tens of thousands of injuries of our soldiers…not to mention Iraqis. For this, he “resigned” and his reputation has been irreparably harmed. I ofetn wonder how he lives with this in his silence.
    As a needed act of his OWN redemption, Colin Powell should forcefully endorse the one candidate that opposed this war from the beginning:
    Barak Obama

    Never mind that Powell knows Obama is also the better candidate.

    Thank you,
    David Kurtz
    Malibu, CA

    August 14, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  181. Michael from California

    In a strange twist of fate, McCain would then start running ads that link Senator Obama to the Bush administration blaming him for the ills that we now face.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  182. Cynthia

    Definitely it would help. It would show Republicans who might have some reservations about crossing over to vote for Obama know that he is the best candidates for the job. He might have known John McCain longer but he knows that Senator McCain is not the person who will do what is best for the U.S. I beleive that he will eventually come out for Senator Obama – at least I hope that he does.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  183. Caribe, Bridgetown

    It would probably improve his numbers in the "Commander -in-Chief" and "National security" categories. Remember that Powell advised against the Iraq war but but allowed his loyalty to Bush and the republican party to influence his decision to convince the U.N. that there were WMD in Iraq.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:34 pm |
  184. george Wilson

    Didn't he help us get these tw crazy wars off the ground? An endorsement by Powell would be an embarasment.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:35 pm |
  185. paul

    As a traditional conservative, it would mean more to me if Sen. Obama picked Gen, Powell as his Vice- Presidential candidate. I haven't voted for anybody in over 20 years, but Gen. Powell as the no.2 of Obama will definitely earn Obama my vote!

    August 14, 2008 at 6:35 pm |
  186. Rory Murray, San Bernardino, CA

    Colin Powell looked America straight in the eyes and lied. Either intentionally or he was duped. Now, his credibility is toast, and his endorsement means zip.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:35 pm |
  187. george Wilson

    Didn’t he help us get these two crazy wars off the ground? An endorsement by Powell would be an embarrassment.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:36 pm |
  188. Dave

    Endorse Sen. Obama, I think he should be his runing mate on the ballot, He has obviously has the military background and political background.
    Dave L in London, ON

    August 14, 2008 at 6:37 pm |
  189. Neale

    I'd be disappointed. Because why would Obama trust a man who can't be trusted . After all isn't a real patriot someone who has the character to stand before his country in the face of political pressure from the likes of Cheny & Bush and refuse to tell their lies. Barak..cut him loose and pass him off to John McBush.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:38 pm |
  190. Griff


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    August 14, 2008 at 6:39 pm |
  192. Loretta

    I had the greatest respect for Colin Powell when he was in the military, but once he joined forces with George W. Bush and became Secretary of State, I thought his performance was shallow, and he seemed to be controlled by Rumsfeld, Cheney, Wolfowitz and Rove.
    It would be nice if he endorsed Barack Obama but I don't feel that Colin Powell's influence is going to make any great difference in whether or not Barack Obama wins the election.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:39 pm |
  193. randy

    I can't believe, jack has the nerve to suggest that clinton supporters do not have humor, this is ridiculous coming from a grumpy old man

    August 14, 2008 at 6:39 pm |
  194. Job


    is this a plot by the media to give Mr. McCain a heart attack. Mr. powell and Mr. Mccain friendship spans 30 years if this should happen it would surely threaten his already frail frame. Come on guys he already promise to do one term. give the guy a break.

    Brooklyn NY

    August 14, 2008 at 6:39 pm |
  195. Muhamed jeibou

    Wake-up Jack, Colin Powell's endorsement of Obama would be the secret ingredient for his victory. From London.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:39 pm |
  196. Joseph Gourgue

    Hey Jack,

    What is the diff between John Edwards and Collin Powell? Well Edwards lied and no one died! Colling Powell lied and thousand died! Let Powell join the McCain team, they all have no credibity to begin with.

    The U.S. media have a long time span of amnesia. They have forgotten that Powell was a member of the Bush team that lied before the world when he testify before the U.N. They have brought us to a senseless War to no end.

    Joseph Gourgue,
    Ft Lauderdale, Fla

    August 14, 2008 at 6:39 pm |
  197. Jean

    This is about Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Convention, not Powell. Listen, Jack. I am old. ALMOST as old as you are, and I clearly remember many conventions during which all candidates' names were placed in nomination so that their supporters could cheer. The only reason this time is a big deal is because the media is choosing to make it so. Also, you clearly cannot stand Hillary Clinton and lose just about NO chance to dis her. I have been an Obama fan from the start, but fair is fair.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:40 pm |
  198. janej


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  199. ALison

    Well unfortunately YES! And that would be a huge mistake. I still would never vote for someone who is probably the most uncapable person I have ever seen fit to be a president!

    Alison Rice

    Newburyport, MA

    August 14, 2008 at 6:41 pm |
  200. blake

    Jack, this would mean instant credibility and refute all that the republican party has said, implied or attempted to imply about Obama's qualification to serve as Commander In Chief. Patreus may have the Juice, but Powell has the Oranges. If you think Lieberman can whisper the right words into McCain's ear, Powell has the ear of the country and world for that matter!

    August 14, 2008 at 6:41 pm |
  201. Randy, Salt Lake City

    It will probably help Obama's chances because the 'Murikan sheeple have the brain and attention span of a knat which mean they won't remember who lied to the UN about Iraq's alledged WMD, which propelled the US into war. He lied and people died -and will continue to die.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:41 pm |
  202. Tom in the Desert

    Some years ago, when a Presidential prospect himself and before his U.N. condemnation of Iraq, Gen. Colin Powell's endorsement would have had significant impact. Now, however, he has the same Bush Administration taint as John McCain – the whole era we and the World want to forget. Still he is one of the few "saints" left in the Republican Party and a real combat hero, so that will still be significant plus for Obama.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:41 pm |
  203. John in Nevada

    Jack, it almost doesn't matter whether Powell endorses Obama or not. The simple fact that he is not endorsing McCain speaks volumes.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:43 pm |
  204. ALison

    It would obvoiusly influence in a positive way, and this would be a huge mistake to make popele think that Obama is actuaklly capable of being anything close to a president of this country.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:43 pm |
  205. Kirk

    It is important, but having Powell on the ticket would be the real clincher.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:43 pm |
  206. Sebastian (Carlsbad, California)

    It would mean that the most principled and highly respected Republican with international stature had taken on open-minded look at the situation and come down on the side of the next generation of leaders.

    Powell would be helping the nation to TURN THE POLITICAL PAGE on th 20th century.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:44 pm |
  207. Pita, NC

    Probably nothing, Obama's an empty suit who biography is absolute fiction and you people in the media have not had the nerve to expose him. Those who research his home town news paper are bringing the truth out into the open. I hope that it is not too late.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:45 pm |
  208. jane

    Jack, I don't think it will have any affect of significance. Obama has bigger worries with Hillary and her troop of bandits

    August 14, 2008 at 6:45 pm |
  209. Roy - River Falls, WI

    Colin Powell will be a footnote in the entire election process unless he is nominated for vice president. Which would of course be just what teh doctor ordered to torpedo Obama =]

    August 14, 2008 at 6:45 pm |
  210. Leeann, Williamsburg, VA

    Why in heavens name would someone with the credentials of Colin Powell back the lack-luster Obama? Powell is a very smart man and knows how important a resume is for the highest office in the land. Not to worry, folks. Someone is pulling our leg.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:46 pm |
  211. Susan

    Barack Obama doesn't need an endorsement from Colin Powell.
    He needs him on his ticket as VP. Then there would be no talk of this Hillary Clinton nonsense.

    Des Moines IA

    August 14, 2008 at 6:47 pm |
  212. Tim

    Colin Powell's endorsement would lend the type of experience and credentials the majority of voters would feel comfortable with. He would definitely be Obama's insurance policy for winning the election!

    Tim- Half Moon Bay, CA

    August 14, 2008 at 6:48 pm |
  213. Joan Burrows

    I really do not care who endorses whom, I will make up my own mind.

    By the way, when you next see John McCain, would you tell him I am not his "friend".


    I still miss you in the morning show, but glad I sometimes get to catch you in the evening.

    Acton, MA

    August 14, 2008 at 6:48 pm |
  214. Fred Hood

    Not worth very much since the UN "Weapons of Mass Destruction" speach.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:48 pm |
  215. Roble Stockholm

    Calin Pawol endorsement would help barack Obama a lot because his a man who had enough of seing crasy men rolling the world. America dont pic kup a senil man for president

    Roble Stockholm

    August 14, 2008 at 6:48 pm |
  216. Ray

    Jack, If Obama picks Chuck Haggle as his VP, and Colin Powell speaks a the Democratic Convention, there will be no stopping Obama. It will ease the political polarity in the US more than any other posible senario, and catapult the US back into the world leader ship role that it considers its birthright. Oh, and could you tell Suzzanne that she's looking stunning tooday.
    Vancouver BC

    August 14, 2008 at 6:48 pm |
  217. Roger Cyr

    It would be a very siginificant endorsement. In act it would be so nice to see him appointed as Vice-President, but him with Obama would not end up being a winning ticket. Jack get a hold of yourself, you cannot have two intelligent human beings at the top at the same time especially two black ones. Roger

    August 14, 2008 at 6:48 pm |
  218. barbara

    if POWELL backs OBAMA maybe McCAIN will shut up about experience crap look at all the experience that has been running this country and what a fix we are in

    August 14, 2008 at 6:48 pm |
  219. william

    why is it that u americans think of wars especially mcann, georgia started this and should pay for this. sort yourselves out before sticking your nose in others biz.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:49 pm |
  220. Rob In DET

    An endorsement from Gen. Powell would be huge for OBama ,
    it'll show he has support of one of our nation's most decorated General's.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:49 pm |
  221. Ngoc Diep Sadler

    I watched your news today (2:45 PM California time). I don't remember either you or one of your viewer had strongly criticized John McCain about US invading Iraq and compare it with Russia invading Georgia now. I guess you forget that US got hit with the airplanes and 3000 people got killed unlike Russia. Georgia did not invade the neighbor nation like Iraq did to Kuwait, also Georgia did not support and harbored the terrorists who kill the American like Saddam Hussein. So you call John McCain: hypocrite, then what are you? shallow thought?

    August 14, 2008 at 6:50 pm |
  222. ray ray

    look jack does it really matter ive been able to vote since 98 i do not for the simple reason my vote does not count the people of this country indiviualy does not matter at all only a certain few btw your a great jouranilist everytime i see you on tv i try to catch your segment

    August 14, 2008 at 6:50 pm |
  223. Marian

    If Colin Powell endorses Obama it will be a sweet victory over McCain and the world will be a better place.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:50 pm |
  224. John

    This would be HUGE for Obama! This would instantly add those republican disillusioned by 8 years of Bush policies....

    August 14, 2008 at 6:51 pm |
  225. Art

    It would be an impressive endorsement to have before the Democratic convention to over shadow Clinton. I would also like to hear his account for the failed Bush policy and his role wether he was used or just ignorant.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:52 pm |
  226. Danny Webster, Houston

    Jack-Who are these people that say to themselves, "Oh well if so and so endorses Obama I think I will vote for him." Interestingly enough I think Powell may be the one guy that has that influence in the sense that the true conservative base who aren't really feeling McCain, may at least vote Obama, or at most simply stay home dazed and confused cause their great General jumped ship to the other side. Either way their vote for Obama or simply stay home it helps Obama.

    August 14, 2008 at 6:52 pm |