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WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell declined Tuesday to renew the presidential endorsement he gave Barack Obama four years ago, saying he wasn’t ready “to throw my weight behind someone” at this time.
The former chairman of the military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff and Cabinet member under President George W. Bush demurred when asked if he was backing Obama again. A longtime GOP figure, Powell caused a stir in Republican political circles four years ago by endorsing Obama over war hero Sen. John McCain, calling Obama a “transformational figure.”
Not so this time, Powell said on NBC’s “Today” show. At least, not yet.
“It’s not just a matter of whether you support Obama or [Mitt] Romney. It’s who they have coming in with them,” he said.
He said Obama had “stabilized the financial system” following the deep recession of 2008-2009 and had “fixed the auto industry.” Powell also said he thought the country was on the right path toward ending the war in Afghanistan.
But he also said he thought Obama needed to work more on the economy and said he thought that he owed it to the Republican Party to listen to the proposals that likely nominee Romney will be offering, particularly on the economy.
“It’s up to him and every American to decide whom they will support going forward,” he said. Carney said Obama has worked to fulfill the commitments he made on national security and domestic policy issues, two areas important to Powell.
Powell has been an enigmatic figure in the Republican Party, and his name often has been mentioned in both presidential and vice presidential speculation. He was the first black head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Last year, Powell told graduates of South Carolina’s premier historically black university that, among other things, he had been particularly heartened by a recent event.
“That was when President Obama took out his birth certificate and blew away Donald Trump and all the birthers,” he told students at South Carolina State University. That was a reference to those who doubt Obama was born in the U.S.
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