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Obama wins Powell endorsement
Massive cash haul: $150 million
FAYETTEVILLE — Democrat Barack Obama won the coveted endorsement of former secretary of state Colin Powell Sunday as he entered the final fortnight before election day flush with cash to unleash against Republican John McCain.
The Illinois senator, who is riding high in the polls ahead of the November 4 presidential election, amassed more than $150 million last month, aides said, smashing his previous one-month record of $66 million in August.
The enormous cash pile leaves Obama set fair to hit McCain even harder with a nationwide advertising blitz in the closing stages as he bids to flip Republican “red” states into Democratic “blue.”
The Republican Powell, on NBC program “Meet the Press,” said Obama had “met the standard” to be commander-in-chief “because of his ability to inspire” Americans of all ages and ethnic and political stripes.
“I think he would be a transformational president. For that reason I will be voting for Senator Barack Obama,” said Powell, who was the first African-American to serve as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff.
He said victory by the mixed-race Obama would make all Americans “proud,” not just African-Americans, and would “electrify the world.”
It was a stinging rebuff to McCain, the former Vietnam War prisoner and national security veteran whose White House hopes have dimmed as economic crisis has stalked the United States.
Speaking on Fox News Sunday, McCain said he had “always admired and respected General Powell.”
“We’re long-time friends. This doesn’t come as a surprise,” the Arizona senator said, while touting his endorsement by other former secretaries of state including Henry Kissinger, James Baker and Lawrence Eagleburger.
McCain defended automated “robo-calls” unleashed by his campaign in at least 10 swing states, insisting that charges Obama is a closet radical who would subvert democracy were “legitimate and truthful.”
Obama was “honored” to have the Republican grandee’s support, campaign spokesman Robert Gibbs said after the candidate spoke by telephone with Powell for 10 minutes.
“He said he looked forward to taking advantage of his advice in the next two weeks, and hopefully over the next four years,” Gibbs said.
Powell had harsh words about the rightward lurch the Republican Party has taken in recent years and extended under McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin — who he said was not ready to be president.
McCain’s shifting positions on the crisis did not reflect well on his calm under fire, and his choice of the Alaska governor as vice presidential nominee “raised in my mind some question as to the judgment that Senator McCain made.”
Powell said that Obama, in contrast, had come out of recent weeks looking presidential with a “steadiness, an intellectual curiosity, a depth of knowledge” in his approach to the economic crisis.
Powell, who was tarnished by his role in promoting the US invasion of Iraq, denied he was “anxious” to return to government.
Obama supporters said his endorsement would help sway moderates of the Democrat’s readiness to lead as the nation pursues two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“General Powell is not seen as a dividing figure but a uniting figure,” Virginia Governor Tim Kaine said on CBS, touting Powell’s appeal to military veterans in his own and other states.
The Democrat’s campaign was crowing over its September fundraising record as Obama pursued an audacious hunt for votes in Republican “red” states.
After attracting record-breaking numbers with more than 175,000 supporters at two rallies in Missouri Saturday, Obama campaigned Sunday in North Carolina — which has not voted for a Democratic presidential hopeful since 1976.
The latest poll in North Carolina by Research 2000 showed a statistical dead heat with Obama up a marginal two points over McCain — 46 percent to 44.
Nationally, Rasmussen had Obama on 51 percent to McCain’s 45 in another new survey Sunday.
Despite Obama’s bumper fundraising haul, his campaign manager David Plouffe appealed to donors to keep stumping up on the election’s home straight.
New funds were needed to unleash campaign resources in suddenly competitive states such as Georgia, North Dakota and West Virginia, and to rebut McCain’s “robo-call” blitz, he said in a video message to supporters.