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Bill Kristol Claims Powell Will Endorse Obama (UPDATE: Powell Rep Denies)

Bill Kristol says on Fox News that former Secretary of State Colin Powell will endorse Obama and do so at the Democratic Convention.

UPDATE: Also says that Lieberman and Ridge are “seriously in play” for McCain’s running mate. He thinks Obama, in light of recent events, is leaning towards Bayh or Sam Nunn for his running mate. He suggests that Tim Kaine’s stock has dropped in light of the continuing foreign policy crisis.
If accurate, this is huge and great news for Obama. Powell even contributed to McCain at the beginning of the race.
At the beginning of last month, I wrote:

I’ll be stunned if Colin Powell does not endorse Barack Obama. (Today brings word that they met June 18.) Right now, Powell’s going to be largely, if not primarily, remembered as the man who sold the Iraq war at the United Nations. When Powell passes on, a reference to “showcasing erroneous intelligence about weapons of mass destruction that were not found in Iraq” will crop up no later than the third sentence in his obituary.

It’s hard to believe that’s how he wants to be remembered, demonized by nearly half the country and most of the world’s elites as “Bush’s enabler.”
But if Powell endorses Obama, it will not only be a PR and momentum bonanza for the Democratic nominee, but the retired general will be touted as the man who put his credibility on the line for Obama. The questions surrounding Obama – experience, accomplishments, familiarity with the military and national security issues, connection to middle-American values – are all Powell’s strengths. If the retired general and former Secretary of State says Obama will do okay as commander-in-chief, a lot of Americans will exhale with relief.

UPDATE: Interesting denial:

Powell spokeswoman Peggy Cifrino strongly denied the report.
“There’s absolutely no truth to it whatsoever,” Cifrino told FOXNews.com. “Colin Powell will not be at either convention. There’s absolutely no truth to this.”

If I believed in truly devious motives, I would speculate that someone leaked this in order to scuttle whatever discussions were going on between the Obama camp and Powell…
Many Campaign Spot readers object to the above comment, “the retired general and former Secretary of State says Obama will do okay as commander-in-chief, a lot of Americans will exhale with relief.” Note that was written before this Georgian mess, as well as Obama’s “I’m a citizen of the world” tour. 
But many readers think a Powell endorsement will be no big deal, an assessment I just don’t share. But I’ve been wrong before.

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