Powell Sticks to Fence in Prez Race

Former secretary of state still undecided
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2008 6:10 AM CDT
Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks to students during the Mexico Siglo XXI forum in Mexico City, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008.    (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
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(Newser) – Colin Powell has yet to make up his mind which way he'll vote in November, MSNBC reports. Speaking at a forum with four other former secretaries of state yesterday, the Republican said he would let neither his quarter-century friendship with John McCain—nor the "electrifying" prospect of the first African-American president—be the sole deciding factor.

"We have to make a judgment here," Powell said. "Which of the candidates blends a right measure of experience and judgment?" Powell said he would be paying close attention to the candidates' platforms, and he hoped the campaign would back away from the "lipstick on a pig stuff" and return to the issues.