Colin Powell and probably Cindy McCain will be in the Biden Camp in 2020

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Colin Powell, once Ronald Reagan’s National Security Advisor, George H.W. Bush’s (and Bill Clinton’s) Joint Chiefs Chairman of the United States Military, George W. Bush’s first Secretary of State, and once thought of as a Republican Presidential candidate (in 1996,) has not been fond of his Republican Party leadership for a while.

It started in 2008 (maybe earlier after the incompetence in the administering of the Iraq War, especially after his controversial 2003 presentation to the United Nations justifying the use of force) when he saw the extremist wing of the Party gaining traction in the party with the Vice Presidential nomination of Sarah Palin by John McCain. This fringe element, crystallized by an elderly lady telling the late Republican Senator that she did not trust Obama because he was an Arab (Muslim.) Please see the video below:

To his lasting credit, McCain did not allow that to fester in the audience, saying Obama was not an Arab and was a decent human being who he just had differences on the issues with.

Powell credited McCain as well but also found a little fault with him for not telling the woman and others who shared her views that it should not matter if Obama was a Muslim or not. This is the United States. Any citizen over 35 can become President.

Please see the clip of Secretary Powell’s comments to Meet the Press on this subject when he announced he would vote for Barack Obama, the Democrat, in 2008.

Powell, who said he was troubled by the racism that was penetrating his party, would vote for Obama again in 2012 and Hillary Clinton in 2016 when the KKK Endorsed Candidate, Donald Trump, became the nominee.

In 2020, Powell announced he would support Joe Biden’s Presidential Candidacy.

He made that announcement on CNN on Jake Tapper’s State of the Union, saying:

“I’m very close to Joe Biden on a social matter and on a political matter. I worked with him for 35, 40 years, and he is now the candidate and I will be voting for him.”

On Donald Trump, General Powell said:

“We have a Constitution. And we have to follow that Constitution. And the President has drifted away from it” and he “lies all the time.”

Powell is not the only major Republican who feels their party has left them and has given hints of supporting Joe Biden.

Cindy McCain, the widow of the late Senator, apparently will be as well according to reporting from Jonathan Martin of the New York Times.

With Trump’s Republican Predecessor George W, Bush and Mitt Romney revealing they will not be voting for the current White House occupant and the Democratic Presidential Nominee (who hit the magical delegate count for the nomination this last week) poll numbers, unlike Hillary Clinton in 2016, reaching 50 percent support in some recent samplings, Team Biden has had a good week.

They and the people need to remember November 3 is still five months away.

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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.

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