What Powell wants in a 2012 presidential candidate
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a Republican, endorsed Democrat Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential race.
But the former top U.S. military officer, who once considered a presidential run of his own, tells NPR’s “Morning Edition” he’s undecided about which candidate to vote for in the 2012 election.
“I’m always undecided in every election,” he said in excerpts of an interview taped for Friday. “I always measure each candidate against what I think the country needs at that time and I will vote for the person I think who is most qualified to serve the nation at that time.”
Powell said he could support a Republican in the 2012 campaign — if someone emerges who is like the Republicans he voted for in the past.
“I’ve voted for Republicans who were strong on defense, who believed in a free and open economy, but who also understood that there’s a place for government in our lives, that government has a responsibility to those of our citizens who are in need and those of our citizens who are needy of health care,” Powell said.
“I’ll be looking for those candidates that make the most sense with respect to resolving these issues as opposed to some of the more far-out positions that I sometimes hear expressed by some of them,” Powell added
The 2012 field of Republican White House hopefuls is dominated by conservatives — both fiscal and social.
After the 1991 Gulf War, Powell became a very popular American figure and was considered as a potential Republican presidential candidate in 1996. But he decided not to run.
Photo Credit: REUTERS/Truth Leem (Powell at Korea Vision Forum in Seoul May 2010)