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Colin Powell Splits With Son Over White House Race

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Colin Powell Splits With Son Over White House Race Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, has put him at odds with his own son, former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Michael Powell. Michael Powell, who served as a policy adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney, is a surrogate for John McCain and represents the GOP nominee on the campaign trail. He endorsed McCain early in the Republican primary in January, and said the Arizona senator was the best candidate to “calm the turbulent economic waters and to steer the new economy in a direction that will bring growth, opportunity, and prosperity to all Americans.”

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kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
"GS, I was pretty annoyed that the media didn't make it more clear that Obama had badly twisted Kissinger's words in that debate. He completely lied about Kissinger's point and pretty much got away with it." Really? I heard about it a lot. CNN covered it whenever they talked about the debate and did a special fact checking report on it.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
No I don't have a different def of mocking they where mocking it but to say Obama Supporters in general mock it is wrong because I for one do not.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Well 4 of the 5 comments before the one you quoted were mocking it, so maybe you and I have different definitions of mocking.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
"[What a surprise, the obama supporters are mocking it.]" Obama supporter and not mocking it so you generalization as is most generalization is wrong!
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
Good for him, he is an individual and an adult so he should be making his own decision to say he isn't backing up his father is silly. People shouldn't follow anyone's political lead blindly because of their relations to that person, it's silly . I know for a fact I have voted the opposite way of my parents many times case in point was during the Primaries!
Michelann Michelann 8 years
GS, that's the way I saw it too. It's just politics as usual.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Yeah, that's why the press didn't cover it. :innocent: And during the primaries Obama said he would. He said they weren't even a threat. He has changed his tune as he saw that hillary's attacks on him for it were effective.
stephley stephley 8 years
I think we all know from our years of watching diplomats work on the world stage that 'very high level' does mean secretary of state or special envoy or president. But, thinking that the president would simply hop a plane and knock on Iran's door is kind of like expecting the president to put on an eyeshade and pull out a calculator and a box of pencils to do the budget himself. That's why the press didn't get excited about McCain's distinction.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
But perhaps that misunderstanding is why the media did not attack the point.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
I think it was pretty clear that Obama was talking about the president. Even if he didn't say it in that debate, in the primaries he made it clear that he himself would do the meeting with the heads of those nations. Kissinger's quote clearly says he thinks it's best to do it at a lower level. "And, therefore, I actually have preferred doing it at the secretary of state level"
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
The most important thing is Obama never denied he was refering to a presidential meeting.
stephley stephley 8 years
McCain tried to misdirect the audience by making it about said the president- that's why McCain didn't get any traction out of the exchange. The important point is Kissinger favors 'very high level' talks beginning without preconditions - which is what Obama said, so Obama was correct. He didn't twist, he wasn't rude.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Steph, directly after Obama made that comment McCain mentioned the president's role. Obama, if that is not his meaning should have immediately corrected this. He didn't. He just kept saying mccain was wrong, which, what mccain was saying wasn't wrong.
stephley stephley 8 years
GS: Obama didn't say president, Kissinger didn't say president, McCain and you are adding the word president. Obama didn't 'badly twist' anything, and he wasn't 'rude'. McCain tried to alter the meaning of Kissinger's statement to win a point against Obama. "SESNO: Put at a very high level right out of the box? KISSINGER: Initially, yes"
Mina-Xue Mina-Xue 8 years
"I don't see any reason why the father and son should be expected to support the same candidate." Precisely!!
Meike Meike 8 years
My father and I don't agree on politics either. We still love each other. I don't see what is so uncommon about this.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I don't see any reason why the father and son should be expected to support the same candidate.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Steph, you just proved the point. The whole thing was about the President meeting with Iran. Which your post points out nicely, thank you.
stephley stephley 8 years
It was Kissinger who lied, again: September 26, 2008, From tonight’s Presidential debate: Obama: Senator McCain mentioned Henry Kissinger who is one of his advisors who along with 5 Secretaries of State just said that we should meet with Iran; Guess what? He said without preconditions. This is one of your own advisers… McCain: Look. Dr. Kissinger did not say that he would approve a face to face meeting between the President of the United States and Ahmadinejad. he did not say that. He said there could be lower level meetings. I’ve always encouraged them. After the debate: Kissinger: Senator McCain is right. I would not recommend the next President of the United States engage in talks with Iran at the Presidential level. My views on this issue are entirely compatible with the views of my friend Senator John McCain. We do not agree on everything, but we do agree that any negotiations with Iran must be geared to reality. ---------------------------------------- From CNN Transcripts - Kissinger's original comment: KISSINGER: Well, I AM IN FAVOR OF NEGOTIATING WITH IRAN. And one utility of negotiation is to put before Iran our vision of a Middle East, of a stable Middle East, and our notion on nuclear proliferation at a high enough level so that they have to study it. And, therefore, I actually have preferred doing it at the secretary of state level so that we — we know we’re dealing with authentic… (CROSSTALK) SESNO: Put at a very high level right out of the box? KISSINGER: Initially, yes. And I always believed that the best way to begin a negotiation is to tell the other side exactly what you have in mind and what you are — what the outcome is that you’re trying to achieve so that they have something that they can react to. Now, the permanent members of the Security Council, plus Japan and Germany, have all said nuclear weapons in Iran are unacceptable. They’ve never explained what they mean by this. So if we go into a negotiation, we ought to have a clear understanding of what is it we’re trying to prevent. What is it going to do if we can’t achieve what we’re talking about? BUT I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT WE CAN MAKE CONDITIONS FOR THE OPENING OF NEGOTIATIONS. We ought, however, to be very clear about the content of negotiations and work it out with other countries and with our own government.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Good night
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
Thanks, it's almost over thanks to the Theraflu Nighttime. Get well too! Night people.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Exactly. And it was just crickets chirping about it. And kradd, I get what your saying. I hope you feel better. I've been nursing a doozy the last week or so and can't take any damn medicine!
Michelann Michelann 8 years
GS, I was pretty annoyed that the media didn't make it more clear that Obama had badly twisted Kissinger's words in that debate. He completely lied about Kissinger's point and pretty much got away with it.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
I see your point too GS, but rather than going in circles about this at this late hour and recovering from a severe cold, those endorsements matter for McCain and his the people voting for him and have been noted by McCain and his surrogates. They are to be noted. But I'm just comparing the endorsements of Michael P. vs. Colin P. I just don't think they are equal.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I get your logic Krrad, but what about the four other secretaries of state that have endorsed McCain. Haven't heard much about that. Especially given the fact that one, Kissinger, was misquoted, rather rudely in my opinion, by Obama in the second debate. He had to issue a statement about it the next day saying how Obama is repeatedly misquoting him. Didn't hear about that either.
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