The Washington Times - October 25, 2012, 07:49AM

Colin Powell, who served in multiple Republican presidential administrations and was secretary of state under President George W. Bush, endorsed President Obama on Thursday — as he did in 2008 — while reiterating that he is still a member of the Republican Party.

Mr. Powell described GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s foreign policy as a “moving target,” adding that “sometimes I don’t sense that he has thought through these issues as thoroughly as he should have and he gets advice from his campaign staff that he then has to adjust [or] modify as he goes along.”


Mr. Powell added that he thinks there are some “very, very strong neoconservative views presented by the governor that I have some trouble with.”

But he also said that on domestic issues he feels more comfortable with Mr. Obama’s positions on issues such as climate change, immigration and education.

“I do not want to see the new ‘Obamacare’ plan thrown off the table,” he said on “CBS This Morning.” “It has issues — you have to fix some things in that plan. But what I see when I look at that plan is 30 million of our fellow citizens will now be covered by insurance, and I think that’s good.”

Mr. Powell said the major problem facing Mr. Obama or Mr. Romney, if he’s elected, is the looming “fiscal cliff” of pending tax increases and spending cuts scheduled to take effect early next year.

And despite the endorsement, Mr. Powell said he still considers himself a Republican.

“Yes, I think I’m a Republican of more moderate mold, and that’s something of a dying breed, I’m sorry to say,” he said. “But the Republicans I worked for — President Reagan, President Bush 41 … people who were conservative, people who were willing to push their conservative views, but people who recognized at the end of the day, you’ve got to find a basis of compromise. Compromise is how this country runs.”