Right-wing mouth Rush Limbaugh stood by his comments Sunday that Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama was about the color of his skin, CNN reports. "This was all about Powell and race, nothing about the nation and its welfare," Limbaugh said on his radio show yesterday. He chided the media for taking issue with his statement. "So what if it's race? Why is it so hard to admit that it's race?"
Limbaugh had said Sunday he was searching Powell's record for any "inexperienced, very liberal, white candidates he has endorsed." Yesterday he added, "Just so you know, I haven't come up with any," he said. "I worked diligently on this on the airplane on the trip home from Green Bay." Powell said in his endorsement that race was not the deciding factor—noting that he could have come out for Obama months earlier if that was the case—although he added: "I can't deny that it will be a historic event for an African-American to become president."