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Powell may not endorse Obama for second term

Colin Powell had cross party lines to endorse Barack Obama’s candidacy four years ago – but isn’t likely to do so again.

Colin Powell crossed party lines to endorse Barack Obama in 2008 - but declined to do so again in an interview today.
Colin Powell crossed party lines to endorse Barack Obama in 2008 - but declined to do so again in an interview today.
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FORMER UNITED STATES Secretary of State, Colin Powell, is declining to renew the endorsement he gave Barack Obama four years ago, when he called Obama “a transformational figure.”

Pressed in a network interview today to say whether he’s backing Obama, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff demurred.

Powell told NBC’s ‘Today’ show, “I always keep my powder dry, as they say in the military.”

He credits Obama with stabilizing the financial system and “fixing the auto industry”, but says he should have spent more time on the economy.

Powell called Mitt Romney a viable candidate, and said he was “still listening” to Republican proposals.

Powell, who served under President George W Bush, also said “I don’t want to throw my weight behind someone” at this point in the campaign.

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