BREAKING: Colin Powell endorses Obama

UPDATE: From the Daily Shocker:

How long until the McCain campaign reminds us he’s Black?

UPDATE: AP has quotes:

“I firmly believe that at this point in America’s history, we need a president that will not just continue, even with a new face and with the changes and with some maverick aspects, who will not just continue basically the policies that we have been following in recent years,” Powell said.

“I think we need a transformational figure. I think we need a president who is a generational change and that’s why I’m supporting Barack Obama, not out of any lack of respect or admiration for Sen. John McCain.”

….Powell said McCain has been a good friend for 25 years. But Powell expressed disappointment in the negative tone of McCain’s campaign, as well as in his choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as the Republican vice presidential nominee.

“I don’t believe she’s ready to be president of the United States,” Powell said.

Watching NBC’s Meet the Press – Tom Brokaw is killing me – he totally buried the lede, asking Powell about the economy and generic issues first. Now we’re finally on to the question of the Presidential race (all quotes are quick verbatims, not exact quotes):

  • Powell was concerned about McCain’s response to the economic crisis.
  • About Palin: I don’t believe Sarah Palin is ready.  The choice of her as VP raises questions about McCain’s judgment.
  • Powell was angry about the Bill Ayers and how it was used by the McCain camapign and the Republican party. 
  • Supreme Court “I would have difficult with two more (conservative) appointments to the Supreme Court”
  • On the use of religion as a divisive issue in : “We have got to stop polarizing ourselves this way”

Based on these issues, Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama – here’s the video:

UPDATE from Joe: I’m watching MSNBC. “Meet the Press” isn’t on in D.C. til 10:30. At 9:10 a.m., Brian DeBose from the Moonie Times was being interviewed. He said “I don’t expect Colin Powell to endorse either candidate.” A couple minutes later, the anchor announced the breaking news that Powell was endorsing (which I had already learned from Rob via instant message.) DeBose then had to admit it was “huge.” He thinks it will help Obama in Virginia and with military voters. Just one of those fun moments when a reporter from the right wing had to eat crow.

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