Colin Powell: Obama — `Long Patrol’

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President Barack Obama with former Secretary of State General Colin Powell during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in this file photo.

Retired Army Gen. Colin Powell, a former secretary of state for one Republican president and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff for another Republican president, re-upped with President Barack Obama today.

Powell, who had endorsed the Democrat for election in 2008, reaffirmed his support for Obama’s re-election today on the CBS News “This Morning” show.

Powell was the first African-American to serve in his highest ranking posts for both Presidents George H.W. Bush (chairman) and George W. Bush (secretary of state). His 2008 support of Obama, then a senator from Illinois, represented one of the first black president’s most prominent endorsements.

Powell’s renewal arrives during the final two weeks of the presidential contest, in which both Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are working to sway undecided voters and move their own supporters to the polls.

“I am not quite sure which Gov. Romney we would be getting with respect to foreign policy,” Powell said of the Republican nominee, who presented a moderate voice on foreign affairs during the final televised debate with Obama, in which the two largely agreed on most issues.

Powell said: “This is my decision by looking at this as a citizen.”

“I signed on for a long patrol with President Obama,” he said, “and I don’t think this is the time to make such a sudden change.”

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