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On Sunday morning’s Meet the Press, Colin Powell formally endorsed Barack Obama for President. The announcement comes as a potential “October surprise” that favors the Democratic nominee because of the five-star general’s established trust with veterans and older voters. Powell was genuinely disappointed by the Bush administration’s deceptive practice in searching for weapons of mass destruction, and expressed his dissent from Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and VP Dick Cheney after resigning his post.

Colin Powell, once rumored to be running for president himself, is a moderate in his beliefs which may assure voters that Barack Obama is similarly steady. Although he served as Secretary of State with the most partisan administration in years, Powell was never nearly as staunch in his loyalty to the Bush doctrine.

From CNN:

Powell, a retired U.S. general and a Republican, was once seen as a possible presidential candidate himself.

Powell said he questioned Sen. John McCain’s judgment in picking Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate because he doesn’t think she is ready to be president.

He also said he was disappointed with some of McCain’s campaign tactics, such as bringing up Obama’s ties to former 1960s radical Bill Ayers.

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