One of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s top advisers has backed away from his earlier suggestion that Colin Powell a fellow Republican and former Secretary of State endorsed President Barack Obama because the two men are black.
John Sununu, the former governor of New Hampshire issued a statement on Thursday night that said Powell was a friend of his and that he respected his endorsement. He said he does not doubt that the backing of Obama by Powell is based on anything other than his support for the policies of the president.
However, earlier on Thursday, Sununu’s opinion over the endorsement was much different. He told an audience on CNN that he wondered if Powell had a different reason for endorsing the President. He was then asked what that different reason might be.
Sununu responded by saying that when there is someone that is the same race as you that you are proud has become the nation’s president, then you can applaud Powell for standing with him.
Under President George H.W. Bush, Sununu served as the chief of staff of the White House. Powell was the Secretary of State under George Bush W. Bush and is a four star retired Army general.
On Wednesday Powell endorsed President Obama, saying he was able to get the U.S. out of Iraq, had set up the plan for taking American soldiers out of Afghanistan and did not get the U.S. into any further wars.
Powell also praised the economic performance of Obama, saying that even though more difficult choices were on the horizon such as for spending, budgetary policies and taxes, little by little the country had started to move upward and is gaining altitude.