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Wed May 23, 2012, 05:21 PM

 

Colin Powell: Same sex couples should be allowed to marry

Source: Raw Story

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Wednesday that he had “no problem” with President Barack Obama’s recent endorsement of same sex marriage.

“I have no problem with it,” he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “And it was the Congress that imposed ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ It was certainly my position, and my recommendation, to get out us of an even worse outcome that could have occurred, if you’ll recall.”

As the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1993, Powell had opposed allowing gay men and lesbian women to serve openly in the military. But in 2010 he announced that he supported the repeal of the military policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

“But, as I’ve thought about gay marriage, I know a lot of friends who are individually gay but are in partnerships with loved ones,” Powell added


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Reply Colin Powell: Same sex couples should be allowed to marry (Original post)
Playinghardball May 2012 OP
Solly Mack May 2012 #1
Fearless May 2012 #2
SpartanDem May 2012 #3
Fearless May 2012 #4
Solly Mack May 2012 #5
PoliticAverse May 2012 #6
Fearless May 2012 #9
RZM May 2012 #16
Fearless May 2012 #17
RZM May 2012 #18
Fearless May 2012 #19
Rosa Luxemburg May 2012 #15
Solly Mack May 2012 #20
tblue May 2012 #21
Cal33 May 2012 #26
edcantor May 2012 #7
Solly Mack May 2012 #8
tblue May 2012 #22
Iliyah May 2012 #10
Robb May 2012 #11
tblue May 2012 #23
totodeinhere May 2012 #12
tblue May 2012 #24
unkachuck May 2012 #13
KG May 2012 #14
uppityperson May 2012 #25
Thrill May 2012 #27

Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 05:23 PM

1. Does he have a new book coming out or something?

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #1)

Wed May 23, 2012, 05:26 PM

2. Wants to be someones VP no doubt.

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Response to Fearless (Reply #2)

Wed May 23, 2012, 05:30 PM

3. Then why would he say this?

Mitt can't even have a gay press secretary.

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Response to SpartanDem (Reply #3)

Wed May 23, 2012, 05:30 PM

4. Didn't say whose VP he wanted to be.

The winning one no doubt.

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Response to Fearless (Reply #2)

Wed May 23, 2012, 05:33 PM

5. Something is up...he's been in the news way too much lately.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #5)

Wed May 23, 2012, 05:37 PM

6. Perhaps he's negotiating for his endorsement...


Former Secretary of State Colin Powell declined Tuesday to renew the presidential endorsement he gave Barack Obama four years ago, saying he wasn't ready "to throw my weight behind someone" at this time.


http://news.yahoo.com/powell-not-ready-endorse-obama-election-112339700.html

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #5)

Wed May 23, 2012, 05:39 PM

9. Yes he has.

Distancing himself a little from Rmoney but also pulling back support of the president while at the same time being Black... sounds like a sad attempt at finding a niche for Republican VP in a year where not too many are supportive of their presumed candidate.

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Response to Fearless (Reply #9)

Thu May 24, 2012, 12:09 AM

16. I find that extremly implausible

 

Of course when it comes to unrealistic personal ambitions, I wouldn't put anything past a public figure like him. But I highly doubt he's angling for a spot on a ticket, especially the Republican one. Mitt has to shore up his base with a strong conservative. Somebody who endorsed Obama in 2008 is pretty much the opposite of that. Powell's never struck me as a genius, but even he has to know that.

I suspect he's angling for attention and trying to restore his credibility after his disastrous turn as SOS.

*On Edit*

And pimp his new book that I'm sure tries to make himself look good.

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Response to RZM (Reply #16)

Thu May 24, 2012, 12:12 AM

17. He could put himself in the spotlight

Dangling the possibility of a VP spot to sell books... That has happened before... ahem Sarah Palin... ahem...

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Response to Fearless (Reply #17)

Thu May 24, 2012, 12:13 AM

18. The idea of Powell as Romney's running mate would elicit guffaws

 

From both Democratic and Republican strategists. I think he's pretty much selling books and trying to salvage his reputation at the same time. That's probably why he wrote this book in the first place.

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Response to RZM (Reply #18)

Thu May 24, 2012, 12:29 AM

19. Could be. Time will tell. Hopefully he fades away regardless.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #5)

Wed May 23, 2012, 11:48 PM

15. Surely he's not going to run with Romney?

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Response to Rosa Luxemburg (Reply #15)

Thu May 24, 2012, 01:11 AM

20. I've no idea. He does have another book coming out though.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #5)

Thu May 24, 2012, 02:15 AM

21. What else has he got to do?

He is such a nobody.

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Response to Fearless (Reply #2)

Thu May 24, 2012, 05:55 PM

26. I seriously doubt it. If you remember, it was the general opinion that if Powell

 

had wanted to run in 1992 and 1996, he was so popular that he would most likely
have won the presidency hands down. He would have beaten Clinton in 1996.

But there were several considerations. Among them, (1) He would have had to
run against G.H. Bush, in 1992 at least, whom he looked upon as his patron, and
this was something he wouldn't do. (2) Another thing I read was that his wife was
totally against his running for the presidency because she was afraid that the chances
of his being assassinated (because he was black?) were too high.

I also wouldn't be surprised if he had agreed to work for George W. Bush as Sec'y of
State out of a sense of gratitude to Bush, Sr. That was the biggest mistake of his
life. Whomever or whatever Bush, Jr. touched, would eventually turned into a disaster.
Bush, Jr. sure was a jinx-man.

Just my opinion.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #1)

Wed May 23, 2012, 05:38 PM

7. As a matter of fact, he DOES have a new book.

 

"Colin Powell's New Book: War With Iraq Never Debated"

WASHINGTON -- In his new book, former Secretary of State Colin Powell provides what may be the most authoritative confirmation yet that there was never a considered debate in the George W. Bush White House about whether going to war in Iraq was really a good idea.



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/09/colin-powell-book_n_1503592.html

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Response to edcantor (Reply #7)

Wed May 23, 2012, 05:39 PM

8. Thanks!

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Response to edcantor (Reply #7)

Thu May 24, 2012, 02:16 AM

22. Now he says it. Why didn't he say that and resign before the '04 election?

Never mind. I know why already.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 05:48 PM

10. Seems like all they needed

was a push from the present admininstration from the TOP on down. Well done Colin, and from what I'm hearing from him, I believe he is on board.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 05:52 PM

11. Robb: Shut the fuck up, Colin.

Shut. The. Fuck. Up.

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Response to Robb (Reply #11)

Thu May 24, 2012, 02:17 AM

23. What ^^ Robb said ^^. nt

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 09:02 PM

12. Powell could sprout wings and grow a halo over his head and it won't matter. He already sold his

soul to the devil when he lied to help us get into the illegal war in Iraq. Once you go over to the dark side there is no turning back. Trying to jump on the gay marriage bandwagon after having been one of the major architects of DADT won't redeem him either.

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Response to totodeinhere (Reply #12)

Thu May 24, 2012, 02:21 AM

24. His rec of DADT was a big step forward at the time.

Before DADT, when you couldn't serve at all if you were gay, there were witch hunts and blackmail. The idea at the time was to try to put a stop to that. I give him some credit for going in a better direction. There is plenty to criticize Powell about, and yes, he should have taken a more progressive stand at the time. But this was progress compared to where we were back in the day.

Having said that, I can't stand looking at him or hearing him because he is such a freaking wimp and hypocrite. And he always was, if you know his history going back to My Lai in Vietnam.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 09:21 PM

13. I wonder if he's telling the truth?....n/t

 

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 11:00 PM

14. piss on Colin Powell

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 05:13 PM

25. I respected and appreciated Mr Powell for a long time. Too bad he lied to get support for the Iraq

invasion/occupation. He really blew it there and lost a lot of credibility during a time when he seemed the only sane or moral one of the bunch.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 06:30 PM

27. Reality is. Even if you were always against it

When you really start thinking about it. You start saying to yourself. Why the hell should I care who gets married?

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