Colin Powell touts Biden's support for military families at convention

Colin Powell touts Biden's support for military families at convention
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Former Secretary of State Colin PowellColin PowellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Manchin, Sanders in budget feud; Biden still upbeat Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — House lawmakers eye military pay raise next year Memorial service for Colin Powell set for Nov. 5 at Washington National Cathedral MORE will be the latest GOP voice featured in the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, touting former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHow 'Buy American', other pro-US policies can help advocates pass ambitious climate policies Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan Photos of the Week: Manchin protestor, Paris Hilton and a mirror room MORE’s support for military families.  

In an advanced clip of his address, Powell, who served under former President George W. Bush, says the “values I learned growing up in the south Bronx and serving in uniform are the same values that Joe Biden’s parents instilled in him in Scranton, Pennsylvania.”

In the video he notes that Biden can sympathize with military families because his late son, Beau Biden, served in the military.


“I support Joe Biden for the presidency of the United States because those values still define him and we need to restore those values to the White House,” Powell said. “Our country needs a commander-in-chief who takes care of our troops in the same way he would his own family.”

“For Biden that doesn’t come with teaching, that comes with the experience he shares with millions of military families, sending his beloved son off to war, and praying to God he would come home safe.”

Powell first said in June that he would be voting for Biden. 

“I certainly cannot in any way support President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Twitter's algorithm boosts right-leaning content, internal study finds Ohio Democrat calls Vance an 'ass----' over Baldwin tweet Matt Taibbi says Trump's rhetoric caused public perception of US intelligence services to shift MORE this year,” Powell said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” In the same interview he said he is “very close to Joe Biden,” whom he has worked with for four decades.

Powell will join other prominent Republicans in participating in the Democratic convention. Cindy McCain, the widow of late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump attacks Meghan McCain and her family In Montana, a knock-down redistricting fight over a single line McCain: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner had 'no goddamn business' attending father's funeral MORE (R-Ariz.), will also highlight her husband’s ties with Biden in a video set to air at the convention Tuesday. 

Several more Republicans spoke at the convention on Monday, including former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), a Trump critic who said Biden can help the country “do better than what we’ve been seeing today.”