Here is one of the most distinguished Americans of modern times, a Republican, explaining why he is supporting the re-election of the President.
Appearing on "CBS This Morning," Powell credited Obama with reversing the country's abrupt economic downturn and expressed general approval of the president's policies on issues ranging from national security to climate change to health care reform.
“I think, generally, we’ve come out of the [economic] dive and we’re starting to gain altitude,” said Powell, who served as George W. Bush’s secretary of state. “It doesn’t mean all our problems are solved....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," Powell added. "The actions that he has taken with respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very, very solid."
And here is Mitt Romney campaign Co-Chair John Sununu explaining why the Romney campaign thinks Mr. Powell endorsed Mr. Obama.
"Frankly, when you take a look at Colin Powell, you have to wonder if that's an endorsement based on issues, or whether he's got a slightly different reason for preferring President Obama?" Sununu said on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."
"What reason would that be?" a somewhat-perplexed sounding Morgan replied.
"Well, I think when you have somebody of your own race that you're proud of being President of the United States, I applaud Colin for standing with him," Sununu said.
Add those offensive remarks to Sarah Palin’s references to “shuck and jive” and you get the picture of the modern Republican party with respect to race and racial prejudice.