Colin Powell Announces Who He's Voting For

And it's not Donald Trump
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2016 6:40 PM CDT
Colin Powell says he's voting for Hillary Clinton.   (AP Photo/Eric Reichbaum)

(Newser) – Hillary Clinton secured the support of a fellow former secretary of state on Tuesday when Colin Powell announced he would be voting for her, New York magazine reports. "She is balanced, she has temperament, and no matter what anyone says she has stamina," the retired four-star general said. "I think she is fully qualified to serve as the president of the United States and will serve it with distinction." As for Donald Trump, Powell said he isn't qualified: "He has insulted Latino-Americans. He has insulted African-Americans. He has insulted women. He has insulted his own party. He has insulted our allies around the world one by one. He has insulted veterans."

The Los Angeles Times notes that Powell was critical of both sides in emails leaked earlier this year. He called Trump a "national disgrace" involved in the "racist" birther movement. He also said, "Everything [Clinton] touches, she kind of screws up with hubris." Powell served in three Republican administrations but endorsed Barack Obama in 2008. (Read more Colin Powell stories.)

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