- The Washington Times - Monday, March 7, 2016

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Monday that the Republican presidential race has “gone into the mud.”

Appearing on “CBS This Morning,” Mr. Powell said he hoped the death of former first lady Nancy Reagan would influence the 2016 GOP candidates to “stop with the nastiness” and get on to the issues, Newsbusters reported.

“The American people really want to hear about the issues,” he said. “Let’s not make this a reality show. You know you’re in trouble when Jerry Springer even thinks it’s over the top.

“I think the campaign has gone into the mud,” he said, Newsbusters reported. “I mean, the comments they are making toward each other, the nastiness, it’s running us into the ground. The foreigners of the world looking at this are distressed. I just came back from overseas. I was in Africa. And they are scratching their heads, what is going on? Can’t they debate the issues? Politics is arguing and there are debates. But this nastiness, they really have to stop it.”

Co-anchor Gayle King asked Mr. Powell, who still considers himself a Republican despite endorsing President Obama for both terms, which candidate he is supporting in the 2016 race.

“As I always do, I will watch the campaigns unfold, watch the conventions and um I always vote for the person who I think is best for America at that time,” Mr. Powell replied. “I’m first and foremost an American concerned about this country, deeply in love with this country and political party has to be set aside when I’m deciding who I’m going to vote for as president of the United States.”

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