Sen. Barack Obama and retired Gen. Colin Powell met privately two weeks ago in Powell's personal office in Alexandria.IMO Powell would be an asset to either candidate. Obama's problem seems to be the opposite of McCain's-he could use somebody who's older and has real-world experience and Powell has that in spades. We'll see if this amounts to anything.
Peggy Cifrino, Powell's spokeswoman, confirmed that the presumptive Democratic nominee and the retired chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff chatted June 18, one-on-one for about an hour at the Armed Forces Benefit Association, where Powell rents space.
'Just an informal conversation,' Cifrino told On Call.
'There’s no looming endorsement,' she added. 'They came to talk about issues.'
Obama's campaign declined to comment.
Cifrino said that Powell and Sen. John McCain met the week prior in Arlington.
The blogosphere is abuzz with speculation that Powell could back the Democrat, a sign of his disaffection with the Republican Party and the Bush administration. The nod could, of course, also carry weight with voters concerned about Obama's lack of foreign policy experience. In poll after poll, the only consistent question in which McCain bests Obama is on the matter of who is best able to handle national security issues. A Powell endorsement of Obama would certainly be a blow to the Arizona senator's chief selling point -- that he is better prepared to be commander in chief.
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Is there actually something to this, or is it be much abuzz about nothing?