Colin Powell’s TV Ad for Obama: `Keep on the Track We Are On’

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Colin Powell, former U.S. secretary of state, during an interview in Washington.

Colin Powell, the retired Army general who served as secretary of state for one Republican president and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff for another, explains his endorsement of President Barack Obama in one of a series of election-closing ads.

“When he took over, we were in one of the worst recessions we had seen in recent times, close to a Depression,” Powell is shown saying in a CBS “This Morning” interview in which he voiced his support for Obama this year — as he had during the 2008 election.

“And I saw over the next several years stabilization come back in the financial community,” Powell says. “Housing is starting to pick up. The president saved the auto industry. And the acts that he has taken with respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very, very solid. And, so I think we ought to keep on the track that we are on.”

Endorsements in and of themselves may not carry an impact. But the message of Powell’s endorsement — the turning of an economic corner, the saving of the auto industry — is the same one that former President Bill Clinton has been expressing in his campaign ads and appearances for Obama’s re-election.

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