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> > > I don't know if it that important of an endorsement. Most would say that Powell only endorsed Obama because they are both black, and even Powell admits that race was a factor. Also, Powell is really only perceived to have knowledge over foreign policy, which makes the endorsement even less important.
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> > I think you cut the corners a bit. What he said, from memory, was that if it was ONLY for skin color he would have endorse Obama a long time ago. So, yeah, we may conclude he somewhat want to back-up a fellow black guy BUT you also have to understand that he wouldn't have done it if he wasn't endorsing the guy he thought would do the best job. The way you make it sound the guy can't have a solid unbiased answer. I think people who claim he will vote Obama ONLY because of his skin color, I'm not talking about you, are trying to attenuate the significance of what happened. The Guy was a republican and a military figure too. It struck me that he would go so far as to commit himself like he did.
> Going from the AP article "Powell said he recognized the racial aspect of his endorsement, but said that was not the dominant factor in his decision." To me, that means that Powell means that race was a factor, just not a dominant one.
> I'm sure Powell has great reasons for his endorsement, and I think he is a stand up guy.
> But I don't think the endorsement will mean that much, because of public perception.
I watched the actual interview and I don't remember him saying anything remotely close to that.
I'll try to find the video and watch it again though. I'm about 99% that quote is wrong.