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Powell Endorses Obama as Candidates Hit Campaign Targets

President Barack Obama, whose defense-spending plans are under attack by challenger Mitt Romney, was endorsed for re-election today by retired Army General Colin Powell, a onetime chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former secretary of state.

Powell, a Republican, backed Obama in 2008 and reaffirmed his support on the CBS News “This Morning” show. His 2008 endorsement of Obama helped enhance the then-Democratic senator from Illinois’s standing with independent voters and allay concerns about his lack of national security and foreign policy experience.