Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh said that the only reason Gen. Colin Powell endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) was because they’re both African-American. “Secretary Powell says his endorsement is not about race. OK, fine. I am now researching his past endorsements to see if I can find all the inexperienced, very liberal, white candidates he has endorsed.” On his show today, Limbaugh went a step further and shouted his accusation against Powell:
Let me say it louder, and let me say it even more plainly. IT WAS TOTALLY ABOUT RACE! The Powell nomination — or endorsement — totally about race.
In an interview with Laura Ingraham today, McCain said that he disagreed with Limbaugh, adding that he admires Powell and doesn’t “question people’s motives or why they do things.”
,Powell has reportedly been given the cold shoulder from his former Bush administration colleagues, who have not said anything to him about his endorsement. However, a close friend of Powell’s said that the response from everyone else has been “overwhelmingly positive.”