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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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