Your daily jolt: Colin Powell picks Barack Obama – again

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell this morning endorsed Barack Obama for a second time, declaring during a CBS interview that “I signed onto a long patrol’ with the president.

Powell also expressed concern about what he called Mitt Romney’s shifting views on world affairs, pointing to this week’s final presidential debate. “I’m not sure which Governor Romney we would be getting with respect to foreign policy,” Powell said. Watch here:

Said Powell:

”When [Obama] took over, the country was in very, very difficult straits, we were in one of the worst recessions we had seen in recent times, close to a depression. The fiscal system was collapsing. Wall Street was in chaos. We had 800,000 jobs lost in that first month of the Obama administration and unemployment would peak a few months later at 10percent. So we were in real trouble….

“I think generally we’ve come out of the dive and we’re starting to gain altitude. It doesn’t mean we are problem-solved, there are lots of problems still out there. The unemployment rate is too high. People are still hurting in housing. But I see that we are starting to rise up.

“I also saw the President get us out of one war, start to get us out of a second war and did not get us into any new wars. And finally, I think that the actions he’s taken with respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very, very solid.”

Powell said that, although it needs improving, he would also like to see Obama’s universal health care initiative preserved. “I did not want to see the Obamacare plan thrown off the table,” he said.

Powell described himself as “a Republican of a more moderate mold, and that’s something of a dying breed, I’m sorry to say.” But he has no intention of leaving the party, he said.

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Meanwhile, Condoleezza Rice, another African-American and former secretary of state, on Wednesday defended Republican Mitt Romney and his running mate from Democratic charges that they were insensitive to women. From Politico.com:

Rice, who served as President George W. Bush’s secretary of state, said on Fox News’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” on Wednesday night that the Romney-Ryan ticket will “respect” those who differ with them on those subjects.

“I would like to say to people that I am not always in agreement with everything that’s written in the Republican platform about social issues,” she said. “But I know that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are going to respect the views of those who may disagree on these issues. They are going to take that into account.”

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That off-the-record, then on-the-record interview of President Barack Obama by the editors of the Des Moines Register provides much of today’s fodder. From the Washington Post:

The transcript gave a surprising glimpse of Obama as political pundit, gaming out timetables and calculations for his dealings with Capitol Hill Republicans. He predicted, for instance, that an expectedly poor showing by Republican challenger Mitt Romney among Hispanics would put pressure on GOP lawmakers to ease their opposition to an immigration overhaul that offers a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

“Since this is off the record, I will just be very blunt,” Obama said at one point. “Should I win a second term, a big reason I will win a second term is because the Republican nominee and the Republican Party have so alienated the fastest-growing demographic group in the country, the Latino community.”

Obama said he also expected to put together a bipartisan compromise to address the federal debt and avoid the “fiscal cliff” of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts:

“We’re going to be in a position where I believe in the first six months we are going to solve that big piece of business,” Obama said. “It will probably be messy. It won’t be pleasant. But I am absolutely confident that we can get what is the equivalent of the grand bargain that essentially I’ve been offering to the Republicans for a very long time, which is $2.50 worth of cuts for every dollar in [taxes], and work to reduce the costs of our health-care programs.”

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A travelling Gov. Nathan Deal said he expects some good economic news next month. From the Augusta Chronicle:

During his address to the CSRA Regional Commission, Deal said the federal government’s formal “record of decision” that will allow the Savannah Harbor deepening project to move forward is expected soon.

“I am now being told it will be next month,” he said, though it is not likely to occur before Election Day.

The record of decision is a document in which every federal agency with oversight of the $600 million project signs off on the plan.

“It will be the green light to move forward toward making that project a reality,” he said.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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70 comments Add your comment

Mark

October 25th, 2012
9:23 am

Colin Powell endorses ObamaThe former Secretary of State announced his endorsement of Obama and Biden for reelection on “CBS This Morning”

What an intelligent endorsement!

OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!

Ted

October 25th, 2012
9:24 am

He really loses all credibility when he suggests that we are getting solid international or domestic leadership from his candidate.

To Tell the Truth

October 25th, 2012
9:24 am

RACIST!!! No surprise here!!!

CL

October 25th, 2012
9:25 am

And the hateful remarks start in 3,2,1……

George

October 25th, 2012
9:27 am

Surprise…Surprise!!! What choice did he have? If he endorsed Romney he’s branded an Uncle Tom.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

October 25th, 2012
9:27 am

Oh, we know which Mitt Romney we are going to get – we are going to get the white, offshore-banking, bully.

He can say up is down and left is right and that’s quite alright with the conservative voters.

HaHa

October 25th, 2012
9:28 am

Sounds like someone watched the 3rd debate and realized Gordan Gecko is not ready to be Commander in Cheif!

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Walt

October 25th, 2012
9:28 am

And in other shocking, unexpected news, water is wet.

Mark

October 25th, 2012
9:28 am

@ To Tell the Truth

October 25th, 2012
9:24 am

I was waiting on the first race card response and you my friend are the winner. It’s funny how when African-Americans support another African-American they are called racist immediately.

If it’s so racist then what is it called when Condoleezzsa Rice supports the Romney/Ryan ticket?

straitroad

October 25th, 2012
9:30 am

No surprise here. Blacks are a monolithic voting group.

RGB

October 25th, 2012
9:30 am

Once again, race trumps country.

OJ was found “not guilty” also.

As Walt expressed, this is not breaking news.

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Justin

October 25th, 2012
9:32 am

It’s all about the economy and the American people ain’t STUPID! This is not an election about RACE! We do not need to keep spending money without a budget, it just can’t work, their are other ways to help the poor without the government greed and greedier quest for power. This is exactly what we see now.
For me Romney is looking like the better choice. Pres. Obama has really done nothing to change anything inside of Washington.
The American people are suffering. They can’t feed their families, can’t fill up the gas tank without breaking the band, can’t spend money they don’t have.
Since Obama took office:
Gasoline went from $1.85 to now $4.00 a gallon in a lot of places
Household Median declines in Obama years.
More Government implication in insurance policies by requiring
insurances to pay for contraceptive. (What happen to freedom of religious practices with religious institutions)?
2010 poverty rate over 46 million people the highest since, 1993 1959
Food prices are higher by over 6% if not more in some areas
Over 23 million people trying to get work.
Obama spent over $$$670 million dollars on bad investments like Solyndra
Unemployment rate is over 8%
Blood shed in foreign countries because no one carried weapons on 911 2012? Why?
4 more years of this?
While the debt passes $16,000,000,000,000. Trillion dollars and the country has no budget since Obama took office in 2008!.
Cut spending, bring America back to prosperity! simple and easy.
Romney could change Washington as the outsides, owes no favors to anyone, fixes and gets things done in my opinion. Has compassion helps the poor with his OWN money and is honest!
Period end of story!
Romney is looking good for my vote.

TB222

October 25th, 2012
9:32 am

This from the person who as the Secretary of State in 2003 lied to the UN – and to the world – about the existence of WMD’s in Iraq to justify going to war. He is not believable. Let’s hope he’s not Hillary’s replacement.

Stephen Guy Hardin

October 25th, 2012
9:35 am

Powel once again shows that skin color is more important to him than the future of America. Very sad, indeed….

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Not Surprised

October 25th, 2012
9:41 am

brutha from another mutha

Voting is so easy

October 25th, 2012
9:45 am

I am for Obama because we have so much in common – i’m black, he’s..well not white…and so on

PR

October 25th, 2012
9:46 am

So ready for this election to be over. I’m not sure we have a good option with either candidate… so let’s get this over with and let the bickering cease.

joe

October 25th, 2012
9:46 am

The respect I once had for Powell is all gone. He puts skin color ahead of whats best for our country. Pathetic.

Armed Liberal

October 25th, 2012
9:49 am

Colin Powell knows the comments by Justin are the usual uninformed Hannity drivel. He knows Romney is a fraud with no core. He knows history, not hate radio falsehoods.

Romney (liberal, severely conservative, or now moderate) has no core. No economic plan, either, except putting his money offshore, making jobs in China, not even showing his tax returns, and the usual FOX “I can get this economy Working” blah, blah, blah. Truth is, he is a huge DEBT CREATOR. Destroying AMerican jobs for profit–moving the work offshore, but untagging the rich, which isn’t doing anything but making the elites richer and the deficit worse.

Romney is also a DRAFT DODGER, like many elites of his day. Mitt went to the beaches of France. Now he’s a war-monger, in some speeches where he’s playing to select crowds. He has no core.

Justin, all the economic run-down you post shows we are in a global economy. The President doesn’t set the price of gas, investors and multinational producers and global customer demand do. Whining won’t change it, and electing a liar won’t change it. Obama has an intelligent energy policy. The Salt Lake Tribune (Mormon Central) endorsed Obama, and they are an energy state.

Mitt and the GOP hate women and plan to outlaw reproductive rights–contraception, abortion–it’s been a perverse fixation of Lyin’ Ryan and Mitt for some time, exempt when he was pro-abortion liberal to get elected in Massachusetts, a state that is solidly AGAINST MITT, supporting Obama because they’ve dealt with this fraud Mitt, setting a new record for unpopularity in his “home state” though it’s not the home with the car elevator.

Maybe you 1% and the ignorant masses and racists are all in for Mitt. Your wives and daughters, if they read, should be afraid. Be very afraid–rape as God’s will and forced childbirth are on the horizon with these crazies.

Look for Manadarin to be your employer’s language if this fraud Mitt takes over. That’s who he works for.

Not Blind

October 25th, 2012
9:51 am

Powell still thinks he is in uniform so he will never go against a sitting ‘president’.

George

October 25th, 2012
9:52 am

You people tickle the hell out of me any time a nlack person endoreses another.What a hell of a dam nerve in this dam countrys history that is the nerve of some of you stupid fools but we are in Georgia.last in every dam thing

SBinF

October 25th, 2012
10:02 am

Undoubtedly, if Powell had switched his endorsement to Romney, all you chumps would be on here gloating about it.

I assume all the white people that endorsed Romney did so because he was white? By your logic, why isn’t Condolezza endorsing Obama?

I’m ready for this election to be over so that you folks, so apoplectic at another Obama term, will stomp yourselves out of existence a la Rumpelstiltskin.

Skip

October 25th, 2012
10:02 am

Maybe Powell’s not a fan of draft dodgers?

Georgia

October 25th, 2012
10:03 am

Kung Fu Panda said he aint hittin’ no more homeruns unless Romney releases his tax returns.

Dennis

October 25th, 2012
10:05 am

Follow Colin’s example. Vote your race.

Georgia

October 25th, 2012
10:06 am

God intended for birthers to be borne by the Tea Party.

JC

October 25th, 2012
10:06 am

What a “surprise”. Colin Powell is going to vote just like 95% of his race! Powell showed his true “colors” in 2008 and even though Obama is the worst President since Jimmy Carter he’s going to support him again! What a joke! Colin Powell is a racist it just took a while to finally present itself. 384 past and present Generals support Mitt Romney and only 4 support Obama, what does that tell you?!

CL

October 25th, 2012
10:11 am

Daily jolt. Thats exactly what u did Jim.

JusticeinSuwanee

October 25th, 2012
10:12 am

To Justin – Most of these problems originated during both Republican and Democrat Presidential Terms and simply came to a head as President Bush was going out of office. If anyone ever believed it could all be fixed in 4 years, they are either truly naive or an eternal optimist. That said, there is one thing you are missing — the biggest obstacle we have had since the President took office is not the President — it is CONGRESS – on BOTH sides of the aisle. Because a Presidential election was forthcoming, NEITHER PARTY was willing to do anything, except oppose the other party, and ALMOST NO ONE SERVING IN EITHER THE HOUSE OR SENATE was willing to sit down and have actual civilized and thoughtful discussions about how to solve our nation’s problems. They also only worked about 8 days in 14 weeks just prior to adjourning for the elections. AND SPECIFICALLY, it has become the NORM in Congress not to pass a budget, but just pass resolutions to keep the Federal Government running. They don’t care if a budget passes or not. How can you balance a budget if you don’t even have one? Who is President is not our problem — who is in the Legislative Branch is — at least so far as domestic issues are concerned.

bronc62

October 25th, 2012
10:12 am

Funny, I really thought Powell was a smart man; but now I see he votes his race also…sad really..

HAHA

October 25th, 2012
10:15 am

he said MONOLITHIC LOL….

Mark

October 25th, 2012
10:15 am

Just as I suspected fromt the racist South…just a bunch of backwood rednecks who still believe we are in the 1950’s. This is why Georgia will never be in play in any major Presidential Election.

OBAMA 2012!

The Mirror

October 25th, 2012
10:17 am

Republicans are disgusting.

The Mirror

October 25th, 2012
10:17 am

But not as disgusting as moderates who know better and still compromise between reality and fascistopia.

Solydra--What about Alpharetta's Siemens?

October 25th, 2012
10:22 am

Solydra–What about Alpharetta’s Siemens? The giant energy company just announced they are exiting the solar business. Look like the GOP nutjob anti-energy programs but oil, no tax incentives but oil (and for offshoring jobs and investing against America) just hit locally. No more solar from Siemens, as soon as they can sell the business unit. GOP kills more jobs, China gets more ahead.

Mitts a fraud. No core, no facts, no tax returns. You GOP racists can keep paying global oil prices…just don’t tell your daughters you support this women hater.

Middle Class Latino American

October 25th, 2012
10:22 am

I encourage the GOP radicals and ignorance, just guarantees they will never see the presidential office again. No worries over here, they are a dying breed. Keep it coming with “rape is a blessing from god”.

JusticeinSuwanee

October 25th, 2012
10:22 am

By the way, Mark, Georgia was mostly a Democratic voting state for several decades. It has changed in recent years. In fact, many counties don’t even have any organization for Democrats, because the DNC pretty much abandoned the ones that were here. It’s like they say, if you only have one side talking, that’s who you are going to listen to. This forced me to become an “independent,” because I still vote for the person, not the party, and on the facts of the issues, and not the “spin” put out by either party. People need to start thinking for themselves, instead of being sheep — and that goes for both sides.

k483

October 25th, 2012
10:22 am

I wouldn’t be surprised at this at all, given how the Bush administration threw him under the bus with the WMD fiasco.

walker

October 25th, 2012
10:22 am

How can he support this administration that lied and covered up the attack in Libya. I thought Colin was a man of ethical character. I am shocked he would support this leaderless group. Really surprised.

PatDowns

October 25th, 2012
10:24 am

Condi Rice’s endorsement will help sway undecided voters towards Romney more than Powell’s re-endorsement of Obama. This is important since more women are undecided than men.

The Maestro

October 25th, 2012
10:30 am

Powell, who I had respected for being a fair-minded and intelligent guy has turned into nothing more than a talking-points political hack. Does anybody pay attention to this ‘do nothing’ anymore?

Educated Man

October 25th, 2012
10:32 am

Man Republicans have no idea what the real world looks like outside their made up world. He endores a man and now its because he is black? I bet most of you all are voting for Gov. Romney because he is white… Southerns please GROW UP!!! You would like to elect a man who no one knows what his views are on anything. America is a lot better now than it was when Pres. Bush left office, so get over the race thing and watch some other channels beside Fox News. Also, to all the people who have a problem with the majority of blacks and Latinos voting Democrat; look your hateful self in the mirror and you will know exactly why they do. Because the Republican Party has not done anything to help anyone even you white southerns!!! Look at Democratic states and compare them to Republican states and you will see a huge difference in education, jobs, roads, and growth. Do some self research and stop trying to play the race card because someone does not agree with you. Thank you and God bless you!!!

PatDowns

October 25th, 2012
10:32 am

To all you Dems on here…your tirades are meaningless outside of the larger urban areas (read – black majority). Romney/Ryan have the state and the GOP will have the state for at least another 15 years.

However, I will agree with you on Nathan Deal. While he has set in motion good policies, he is the most self-serving, crony awarding governor the state has seen in decades. Unless something really drastic happens, he will be a one term governor.

Bravesfan77

October 25th, 2012
10:34 am

Get off the Mitt hates women crap. Obama actually hates women and hates babies too. Remember he signed into law the infanticide law.

beanster

October 25th, 2012
10:36 am

“Mitt and the GOP hate women”. “rape as God’s will and forced childbirth are on the horizon with these crazies” “Look for Manadarin [sic] to be your employer’s language if this fraud Mitt takes over”

Armed with what? I hope you don’t mean a gun. You certainly aren’t armed with anything remotely resembling fact.

Educated Man

October 25th, 2012
10:41 am

To this Justin guy, the spending you are referring to, is mostly because he decided to stop borrowing money and put the wars on the budget… Please go get an education. Also, Pres Bush had selected all the green energy companies and most of the spending was to help assist Wall Street, if Wall Street and Detroit would have went under America would be somewhere around 25 trillion in the deficent hole, and yes the deficent and debt are different sir. So if you invest like me, and you want your money lost by Wall Street making Vegas like bets then you are truly an idiot…

Lawrence

October 25th, 2012
10:41 am

No surprise…It’s OK when 97% of blacks support Obama, but it would be racist if 97% of whites supported Rominy