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Could Colin Powell be Obama’s Veep?

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There has been a lot of buzz on the interwebs today that Colin Powell will likely announce his support of Barack Obama and may even speak at the Democratic convention.  This coming just two days after Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, who is overseeing organization of the convention, hinted that Obama’s VP pick may have a military background.The Night that the VP pick is scheduled to speak is also the night that is dedicated to veterans and their families.

I think Colin Powell could be the perfect pick for Obama.  Powell has quite an impressive resume.  He is a retired Army General, former National Security Adviser, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of State. There has been a lot of talk about Chuck Hagel being a possible choice as a show of bipartisanship by Obama.  Selecting someone from the other side of the aisle would be an excellent way to bring over some Republican voters who aren’t sure about Obama but aren’t pleased with John McCain as the nominee.  Despite his serving in the Bush administration, many Democrats respect Colin Powell for his honesty when he admitted he had been mislead by intelligence about Iraq.

Colin Powell is known as a moderate Republican, he has been criticized by some conservatives as being too liberal on some issues.  Powell is pro-choice, which makes him more palatable to Democrats than pro lifer Chuck Hagel.  He also supports “reasonable” gun control and affirmative action.

Colin Powell brings an encyclopedic knowledge of the military and has a history with many of our military leaders.  Serving as Secretary of State, Colin Powell has built a strong rapport with many world leaders and is highly respected in the international community.  Powell’s experience would quell McCain’s attacks that Obama is a risky pick because he “isn’t ready to lead on day one”, because with Colin Powell by he side he doesn’t really need to be, Powell can help guide him when the need arises.  Who better to answer the phone at 3 a.m. than Colin Powell?

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  1. Totally and utterly agreed. Powell’s experience as head of the Joint Chiefs is perfect for Obama’s campaign because some people think Obama’s foreign policy is weak because of his inexperience. Powell would be a great veep, but, rationally, I can’t see it happening. There is just so much more attention right now on other (obscure) senators and the like that it would be a huge surprise if Colin were to be the VP.

    leapsecond

    August 13, 2008 at 7:37 pm

  2. You’re probably right, it’s probably going to be Joe Biden, who is also an excellent choice in my opinion. Watching the earlier primary debates, you could see how much Biden and Obama respected and liked each other, they would make a great ticket.

    J.P. Franklin

    August 13, 2008 at 8:20 pm

  3. As I posted that Keith Olbermann said the same thing. What are the odds?

    J.P. Franklin

    August 13, 2008 at 8:20 pm

  4. Let’s quote Biden: “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” Biden said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

    haha. Still brings laughs and I don’t know why it brought so much controversy.

    leapsecond

    August 13, 2008 at 8:21 pm

  5. Even Obama laughed it off, but I’m sure the Republicans would play it over and over again.

    J.P. Franklin

    August 13, 2008 at 8:26 pm

  6. I can see it now:

    “Joe Biden… Said Obama was the ‘first… African American… who is clean…’, and he is a VP. Do you want a racist as vice president? That’s our job! Vote John McCain.”

    leapsecond

    August 13, 2008 at 8:31 pm

  7. I agree Powell would pretty much seal the deal. But frankly, I don’t think Obama even needs to reach out to the Republicans. Biden would be great.

    doligee

    August 13, 2008 at 8:31 pm

  8. leapsecond,

    That has got to be one of the lamest reasons to vote for John McCain yet. Biden is not a racist and you damn well know that. Quit being a moron. I sincerely hate how conservatives attack character when they can’t when any other battles to fight. i.e. John Kerry’s military service.

    doligee

    August 13, 2008 at 8:37 pm

  9. doligee, relax. I was kidding, sincerely. ‘Twas just a bit of satire highlighting exactly what you said: conservatives attacking “character flaws”.

    leapsecond

    August 13, 2008 at 8:43 pm

  10. I think you misread what leapsecond wrote. He was saying that he doesn’t understand why that was such a controversy.

    J.P. Franklin

    August 13, 2008 at 8:44 pm

  11. ahhhh excuse me. I feel dumb. Sorry leapsecond….

    doligee

    August 13, 2008 at 10:04 pm

  12. No problem. You could’ve done worse… You could’ve thought I was serious there and agree with me.

    leapsecond

    August 13, 2008 at 10:10 pm

  13. That would have been really embarrassing. haha

    J.P. Franklin

    August 13, 2008 at 10:17 pm

  14. I realllly like the idea of Powell being his runningmate. Talk about punching McCain in the gut…

    Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s realistic. That’s depressing.

    Craig Berger

    August 13, 2008 at 10:46 pm

  15. It would destroy McCain, he might quit at that point. But sadly it probably won’t occur, Wes Clark would be another choice that might have a similar effect, although he isn’t as well known.

    J.P. Franklin

    August 14, 2008 at 1:30 pm

  16. Let’s just hope Colin reads this and decides to try to get the VP spot.

    leapsecond

    August 14, 2008 at 3:15 pm

  17. I just found these poll results online:
    http://ktracy.com/?p=1560

    42% of likely voters would be more likely to vote for Obama if Colin Powell were his running mate. That is a bigger boost than any of the other possible choices polled would have.

    J.P. Franklin

    August 14, 2008 at 6:31 pm

  18. That Hillary statistic worries me, however…

    leapsecond

    August 14, 2008 at 6:34 pm

  19. Hillary’s negatives were too high in that poll. Hardly a surprise.

    Thanks for the plug, JP.

    kevintracy

    August 19, 2008 at 10:17 am

  20. I think you should fix this sentence: “Colin Powell brings a dearth of knowledge on the military and has a history with many of our military leaders.” “Dearth” means scarcity!

    Siobhan M.

    Siobhan Mackenna

    August 21, 2008 at 10:39 am

  21. Haha, thank you, I can’t believe I did that.

    J.P. Franklin

    August 21, 2008 at 1:49 pm


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