After suggesting a Colin Powell endorsement for President Barack Obama was racially-motivated, ex-Governor John Sununu, a top Mitt Romney Advisor, had a change of heart. The former New Hampshire governor, who hinted to CNN’s Piers Morgan that General Powell endorsed Obama because he is black, backed away from his comments late Thursday.
Mr. Sununu, according to a UPI report on October 26, issued a statement that retracted his claim that Powell supported the president in 2008 and again for the 2012 elections merely because both men are black.
Was Colin Powell’s endorsement for Barack Obama a snub for Mitt Romney? Likely not, but here’s what Sununu had to say:
“Frankly, when you take a look at Colin Powell, you have to wonder if that’s an endorsement based on issues, or whether he’s got a slightly different reason for preferring President Obama.”
Morgan then asked him to clarify his response.
“Well, I think when you have somebody of your own race that you’re proud of being president of the United States, I applaud Colin for standing with him,” Sununu said.
Sununu issued a statement several hours later seeming to back away from the observation, Politico reported.
“Colin Powell is a friend and I respect the endorsement decision he made and I do not doubt that it was based on anything but his support of the president’s policies,” Sununu said.
Sununu’s comments about Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama was due to race is another case of how Mitt Romney and his surrogates are suffering from “foot-in-mouth-disease.”
In a campaign as hotly-contested as the 2012 elections, it’s understandable that many people will demonstrate their vision about America in the form of passionate comments. However, exercising one’s right to express themselves could, at times, could result in negative voter sentiment.
From Romney’s 47% comments to John Sununu’s suggestion that race played a part in why General Colin Powell endorsed President Obama, the Republican Party has some “splaining” to do. With less than two weeks until Election Day arrives, these derisive comments could sway Independents and undecided voters to the president’s side.
What say you about his comments and change of heart? Does race have anything to do with Powell’s endorsement? Don’t forget; he is still a devout Republican.
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