Powell made it clear he has respect and admiration for the Republican, but, he questioned John McCain’s judgement on the campagin trail, citing McCain’s “unsure” response to the economic crisis, his questionable pick of Sarah Palin to fill out the Republican ticket, and his party’s “narrow” focus on Obama’s associations with Bill Ayers.
He also made it clear it’s not just a vote against John McCain. “I strongly believe that at this point in America’s history, we need a president that will not just continue basically the policies we have been following in recent years. I think we need a transformational figure. I think we need a president who is a generational change,” Powell explained.
For his part, Obama has praised Powell on the campaign trail. Back in April before he secured his party’s nomination, Obama told reporters, “I think Colin Powell is an outstanding public servant. He’s somebody I’ve known for a long time and have extraordinary respect for. We are not speaking on a regular basis, but we speak occasionally and every time we do, I find it very useful because he’s somebody who I think has good judgment, loves his country, you know is somebody who’s council I actively seek.”
Powell will not campaign for or with Obama and is not interested in returning to government, but didn’t rule it out either.