Colin Powell

** FILE ** In this Oct. 10, 2008 file photo former Secretary of State Colin Powell leaves federal court in Washington. Powell, a Republican who was President Bush’s first secretary of state, endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008, and criticized the tone of Republican John McCain’s campaign. Powell said both Obama and McCain are qualified to be commander in chief, but that Obama is better suited to handle the nation’s economic problems as well as help improve its standing in the world. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)