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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a powerful figure in the Republican Party, endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president Sunday, an endorsement that could help sway independents and moderate Republicans, especially in battleground states like New Mexico.
“It isn’t easy for me to disappoint Sen. (John) McCain in the way that I have this morning, and I regret that,” Powell said on the television program, Meet the Press. “But I firmly believe that at this point in America’s history, we need a president that will not just continue, even with a new face and with the changes and with some maverick aspects, who will not just continue basically the policies that we have been following in recent years.”
Powell added that both Obama and McCain are qualified to be president, but that Obama is better suited to handle the nation’s economic problems and help improve its standing in the world.
“I think we need a transformational figure,” Powell said. “I think we need a president who is a generational change and that’s why I’m supporting Barack Obama, not out of any lack of respect or admiration for Sen. John McCain.”
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