Following his endorsement of Barack Obama on Meet The Press on Sunday, General Colin Powell made a few more statements explaining his decision. Powell cited the many distractions seized upon the McCain campaign, including Bill Ayres, along with comments made by the campaign supporters as to who's a Muslim and who's pro-American. He specifically referred to Representative Michele Bachmann's call for media exposes on the patriotism of members of Congress. All of these "trivial issues," Powell said, have nothing to do with the military, economic, health, infrastructure and diplomatic challenges facing the nation.
Powell also dismissed the labels thrown at Obama, including "terrorist" and "socialist" and asserted that there's nothing wrong with taking a look at how taxes are structured and who should pay more or less. He said that taxes are redistributed back to us in the form of infrastructure, airports, hospitals and schools, all necessary for the common good–and they help us pay off our national debt. To examine such issues has nothing to do with "socialism," the McCain campaign notwithstanding.
Besides his endorsement, Powell's statements during Meet The Press and afterward presented the country with an accurate critique of the sorry strategies of the McCain campaign.