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“…[U]nfortunately is the bastion of those people — not all of them, but most of them — who are still basing their decisions on race,” Wilkerson added.
Wilkerson’s claim comes just days after Powell announced his intention to support President Obama for re-election. Powell made a historic endorsement of then-Senator Obama in 2008, a key boost for Obama, who was seen at the time as having little foreign affairs experience.
Wilkerson appeared on the “Ed Show” in response to earlier comments made by former New Hampshire governor John Sununu, a top adviser to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who suggested Powell’s endorsement was based on President Obama’s race.
“…[F]rankly, when you take a look at Colin Powell, you have to wonder whether that’s an endorsement based on issues or whether he’s got a slightly different reason for preferring President Obama,” Sununu said Thursday.
The statement has garnered widespread attention, even from President Obama who commented on the matter Friday. Speaking in between campaign events, Obama said he appreciated Powell’s endorsement, which he touted as an sign that he remains committed to pursuing bipartisan solutions in Washington.
“I’ll let General Powell’s statements stand for themselves,” Obama told Philadelphia’s Michael Smerconish. “He spoke about the fact that my foreign policy during a very difficult time had been steady and strong. He talked about, with respect to our economy, that we had helped to rescue America from a potential Great Depression and that we were moving in the right direction. I don’t think that there are many people in America who would question General Powell’s credibility, his patriotism, his willingness to tell it straight, and so any suggestion that General Powell would make such a profound statement in such an important election based on anything but what he thought was what’s going to be best for America doesn’t make much sense.”