Colin Powell, who served as secretary of state
under Republican George W Bush, said Thursday he will again endorse
President Barack Obama - after first publicly breaking with his party
to endorse the Democrat four years ago.
"I voted for him in 2008 and I plan to stick with him in 2012 and I'll be voting for he and for Vice President Joe Biden next month," the retired general said in an interview on broadcaster CBS.
Powell said the country was starting "to gain altitude" under Obama despite ongoing economic weaknesses.
He had high praise for the president's foreign policy and expressed concern about Republican candidate Mitt Romney's views.
"I'm not quite sure which governor Romney we would be getting with respect to foreign policy," he said, noting the candidate's changing positions with respect to Afghanistan and Iraq.
Powell praised Obama for ending the war in Iraq and winding down the war in Afghanistan as well as for his handling of terrorist threats with the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
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