Endorsing President Obama for a second term on a CBS This Morning panel Thursday, Colin Powell — who was secretary of state for George W. Bush — said he was “not comfortable” with GOP candidate Mitt Romney’s economic plan and his inconsistency with respect to foreign policy. Asked for his specific concerns, Powell replied:
Well, it’s hard to fix it. I mean, it’s a moving target. One day he has a certain strong view about staying in Afghanistan, but then on Monday night he agrees with the withdrawal. Same thing in Iraq. On almost every issue that was discussed on Monday night, Governor Romney agreed with the President with some nuances. But this is quite a different set of foreign policy views than he had earlier in the campaign. And my concern, which I’ve expressed previously in a public way, is that sometimes I don’t sense that he has thought through these issues as thoroughly as he should have, and he gets advice from his campaign staff that he then has to adjust to modify as he goes along.
Powell also criticized what he called the “very, very strong neoconservative views that are presented by the governor” and said he was more comfortable with the Obama administration’s approach to issues including climate change, immigration, education and health care.
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