Powell to Rush: I'm Not Leaving GOP

Rove blasts Obama; Joint Chiefs head backs gays in military
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2009 11:03 AM CDT
Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Colin Powell tells an audience in the Capitol Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 23, 2008, about the importance of racial integration in the military that...   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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(Newser) – Sorry, Rush Limbaugh: Colin Powell isn’t leaving the Republican Party. Striking back at critics, the general burnished his GOP credentials on Face the Nation today. “Rush will not get his wish, and Mr Cheney was misinformed” about Powell’s supposed exit from the party. Powell added that if the GOP isn’t more inclusive, it’ll be “sitting on a very narrow base.”

Domestic and foreign issues shared the table on the Sunday shows this holiday weekend:

  • On Fox News Sunday, Karl Rove joined Dick Cheney in choosing Limbaugh’s version of the GOP over Powell’s and chided President Obama for launching an “unprecedented” number of attacks on his predecessor.
  • On This Week, Adm. Mike Mullen said Iran is 1 to 3 years away from developing a nuclear weapon, and the Joint Chiefs chair vowed to include gays and lesbians in the military in a “very deliberate, measured way.”
  • Jon Kyl conceded on Fox that Republicans don’t have enough votes to filibuster Obama’s Supreme Court pick, but the Arizona senator warned they would try to block any nominee whose decisions are based on emotions or “preconceived ideas.”