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Subject:  Colin Powell and the Republican Party Date:  10/19/2021  9:53 AM
Author:  alstroemeria Number:  2365190 of 2381073

Powell had donated to McCain in the early days of his candidacy but pivoted his support in 2008 to Obama....

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"I'm also troubled by — not what Sen. McCain says — but what members of the party say, and it is permitted to be said. Such things as, 'Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim,' " Powell said on NBC's Meet the Press in 2008.

"Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim; he's a Christian. He's always been a Christian. But the really right answer is, 'What if he is?' Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer's no, that's not America. Is there something wrong with some 7-year-old Muslim American kid believing that he or she could be president?"

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Powell would go on to advise Obama on issues regarding the United States' presence in Afghanistan and endorse Obama again in 2012 for a second term.

In later years, Powell continued to try to right the ship of the Republican Party, which he viewed as having veered dangerously far right.


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