Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday he would vote for President Barack Obama as he did in 2008.
Powell is a Republican and retired four-star Army General who also served in the Bush admininstration as national security adviser and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in addition to leading the State Department. He cited Obama's stewardship of the flailing economy he inherited and oversight of the ending of the Iraq war as reasons for his endorsement.
"I think the actions he's taken with respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very, very solid," Powell told CBS Morning Show host Charlie Rose. "I also think we should keep on the track we are on."
While he said he has the "utmost respect" for Obama's Republican rival Mitt Romney, Powell said he's not convinced Romney's economic plan will work.
"As I listen to what his proposals are ... it's essentially, 'let's cut taxes and compensate for that with other things,'" Powell said. "But that compensation does not cover all the cuts intended of the new expenses associated with defense."
Romney has said he would increase defense spending beyond what Obama has proposed. He also launched a radio ad airing in Virginia, a key battleground state, promoting his plan for boosting the number of ships in the Navy, highlighting the number of defense-related jobs that could be lost in Virginia if Obama is re-elected.
Obama also let loose during a just-published interview with Rolling Stone magazine. As reported by Politico, after Obama was told that the magazine's executive editor's 6-year-old daughter wanted to tell the president, "You can do it," the president replied, "You know, kids have good instincts."
"They look at the other guy and say, 'Well, that's a bullshitter, I can tell,'" Obama said.
Obama's sharp snark comes with less than two weeks until Election Day.
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Rebekah Metzler is a political writer for U.S. News & World Report. You can follow her on Twitter or reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.