Colin Powell the former Secretary of State of the United States endorsed President Barack Obama on Thursday for reelection. He cited the efforts made by the president to end the U.S. participation in the Afghanistan war and to fight terrorism.
Powell says the country needs to stay on the same track it is currently on. Powell, a Republican, backed Obama when he ran for the White House in 2008. He told a television show on Thursday that he had voted for Obama in 2008 and will stick with him again in 2012.
The endorsement comes just days after Obama and Mitt Romney his Republican challenger had their third debate that centered on foreign policy. Current polls show that the two are in a very tight battle for the White House. On Wednesday, Romney was given a 1 point lead in a Reuter’s online poll.
Only 30 minutes after Powell endorsed Obama, the reelection campaign for Obama released a video statement promoting the endorsement. Powell criticized the foreign policy of Romney as being inconsistent and he also questioned the former governor of Massachusetts’ ability to handle the deficit and defense cuts that are looming.
Powell said he was not sure what Romney would appear with respect to the country’s foreign policy. He labeled Romney’s policy as a moving target. Powell has expressed his criticism of foreign policy advisers that Romney has and has not agreed with the Romney’s stance on certain countries like Russia.
Powell is a moderate Republican who served as the Secretary of State under George Bush.