For the second time in four years, President Barack Obama has picked up an endorsement from a former Republican secretary of state.
Colin Powell announced he is once again throwing his support behind Obama, saying he likes the president's record on fighting terrorism and his plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.
Powell, who stepped down after President George W. Bush's first term, explained his endorsement on CBS This Morning on Thursday, saying:
"Yes, and let me say why. When he took over, the country was in very, very difficult straits. We were in one of the worst recessions we had seen in recent times, close to a depression. The fiscal system was collapsing. Wall Street was in chaos. We had 800,000 jobs lost in that first month of the Obama administration and unemployment would peak a few months later at 10%. So, we were in real trouble. The auto industry was collapsing. The housing industry was starting to collapse, and we were in very difficult straits.
And I saw, over the next several years, stabilization come back in the financial community. Housing is now starting to pick up after four years. It's starting to pick up. Consumer confidence is rising. So, I think – generally -- we've come out of the dive and we're starting to gain altitude.
It doesn't mean we are problem-solved, there are lots of problems still out there. The unemployment rate is too high. People are still hurting in housing, but I see that we are starting to rise up. I also saw the president get us out of one war, start to get us out of a second war and did not get us into any new wars.
And finally, I think that the actions he's taken with respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very, very solid. And so, I think we ought to keep on the track that we are on. With respect to Governor Romney -- I have the utmost respect for him, but as I listen to what his proposals are, especially with respect to dealing with our most significant issue -- the economy, it's essentially, ‘let's cut taxes and compensate for that with other things.' But, that compensation does not cover all of the cuts intended or the new expenses associated with defense."