Colin Powell Criticizes New N.C. Voting Law

by Andrew Johnson

Colin Powell took another shot at Republicans and their policies today, knocking North Carolina’s new voting measures in front of the governor who just signed them, Pat McCrory.

“I want to see policies that encourage every American to vote, not make it more difficult to vote,” the former secretary of state said at the North Carolina CEO Forum in Raleigh. “It immediately turns off a voting block the Republican party needs.”

Powell, the event’s keynote speaker, worried that minority voters will interpret the law as “sort-of punishing” them. At one point, according to the Charlotte Observer, Powell directly addressed the governor’s concerns about voter fraud, stating, “You can say what you like, but there is no voter fraud.”

The retired general, who endorsed President Obama in both 2008 and 2012 but says he still considers himself a Republican, has found himself at odds with his party recently. Most notably, in January he said the GOP has “a dark vein of intolerance” when it comes to minorities.