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Colin Powell Just Endorsed Obama

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It was the debates, the economic crisis and selection of Palin (OUCH!) that did it.

Powell hit the “small town” values meme.

Powell hit the “Bill Ayers” attacks.

Powell still respects McCain.

I’m telling you folks…Powell’s critique was devastating and unequivocal.

Here’s what McCain had to say:

McCain, appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” sought to minimize the endorsement by noting his support from other former secretaries of state and retired military flag officers.

“This doesn’t come as a surprise,” McCain said. “But I’m also very pleased to have the endorsement of four former secretaries of state … and I’m proud to have the endorsement of well over 200 retired generals and admirals. I respect and continue to respect and admire Secretary Powell.”

And scene.