Colin Powell touts Biden’s support for military families at convention
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell will be the latest GOP voice featured in the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, touting former Vice President Joe Biden’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.
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“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 Trump 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 McCain (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.”