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Top talkers of 2012: Colin Powell endorses Barack Obama for a second term

October 25, 2012: “I think we ought to keep on the track that we are on.”

October 25, 2012:

“I think we ought to keep on the track that we are on.”

Unsurprisingly, Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama was among the most “liked” and shared moments within msnbc’s social media community:

Colin Powell has endorsed President Barack Obama for a second term of presidency. Powell, who backed Obama in 2008, announced his endorsement on CBS This Morning on Thursday.“I think we ought to keep on the track that we are on,” Powell said.Neither candidate asked for Powell’s endorsement and the general did not give early notice to either candidate, he said.His backing arrives less than two weeks before the Nov. 6 election. Earlier this year, Powell declined to endorse, saying he was not ready to choose until he’d seen more of Gov. Mitt Romney’s campaign.President Obama called Powell to thank him for his endorsement, according to spokesman Jay Carney.Powell, who served as secretary of state under President George W. Bush, found fault with Romney’s changing views, particularly on international affairs.“The governor who was saying things at the debate on Monday night was saying things that were quite different from what he said earlier,” Powell said referring to the final debate on foreign policy earlier this week. “I’m not quite sure which Gov. Romney we would be getting with respect to foreign policy,” he added.“One day he has a certain strong view about staying in Afghanistan but then on Monday night he agrees with the withdrawal – same thing in Iraq. On almost every issue that was discussed on Monday night, Gov. Romney agreed with the president with some nuances. But this is quite a different set of foreign policy views than he had earlier in the campaign,” Powell said. “And my concern is that sometimes I don’t sense that he has thought through these issues as thoroughly as he should have.”

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