In off-the-cuff remarks with the press this morning, Powell made conflicting comments and criticisms. He said the negativity of the McCain campaign helped make his decision to go with Obama.
He also said he had wanted the McCain campaign to be more inclusive. Interesting.
This is the man who supported going to war in Iraq and made the successful argument to the United Nations; he praised the progress in Iraq; he supported the Surge. John McCain supported going to war in Iraq and supported the Surge.
Barack Obama says he was against the war from the beginning; we know he voted against the Surge.
As reported on CNN:
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell announced Sunday that he will be voting for Sen. Barack Obama, citing the Democrat's "ability to inspire" and the "inclusive nature of his campaign."Would anything have made Powell support John McCain? There have been rumors for months that he would support Obama so today's announcement really is not unexpected ... but he does not speak for me.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says he is voting for Barack Obama.
"He has both style and substance. I think he is a transformational figure," Powell said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
"Obama displayed a steadiness. Showed intellectual vigor. He has a definitive way of doing business that will do us well," Powell said.
Powell, a retired U.S. general and a Republican, was once seen as a possible presidential candidate himself.
Powell said he questioned Sen. John McCain's judgment in picking Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate because he doesn't think she is ready to be president.
He also said he was disappointed with some of McCain's campaign tactics, such as bringing up Obama's ties to former 1960s radical Bill Ayers.