- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 2, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) Retired Gen. Colin Powell, mentioned as a possible secretary of state if Republican George W. Bush wins in November, said Tuesday he also would entertain a job offer from Democrat Al Gore if he captures the White House.
"If he were the president, I would have to take it under serious consideration," Powell said after being asked on ABC's "Good Morning America" if he could work for Gore.
"I've had conversations with President Clinton like this," Powell said. "I elected not to accept some of the offers that were out there but you always have to listen when a president comes to you …."
Bush hinted Monday night that Powell, the only black to serve as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, would be offered a top job in his administration. "I hope his greatest service to America might still lie ahead," the Texas governor said.
Addressing the GOP convention Monday night and calling himself a Republican, Powell praised Bush for bridging racial divides and improving schools in Texas.
But he also took Republicans to task for missing no opportunity to "roundly and loudly condemn affirmative action" and said the party must reach out to minorities "and not just during an election-year campaign."
Appearing later on CNN's "Larry King Live," Powell said he was "not trolling for a job." But he also said that "of course I would consider a cabinet position or any position in the government that a president was to offer me." He said he had not discussed the matter with Bush or his staff.

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