Washington, Oct. 27: US President Barack Obama has criticized former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu’s assertion that retired General Colin Powell’s endorsement of the president was racially motivated, saying his remarks didn’t “make much sense.”
“I don’t think that there are many people in America who would question General Powell’s credibility, his patriotism, his willingness to tell it straight,” Politico quoted Obama, as saying during an interview.
“So any suggestion that General Powell would make such a profound statement in such an in such an important election based on anything than what he thought was going to be best for America, I think, doesn’t make much sense,” he added.
According to the report, Sununu, a top Mitt Romney surrogate, had earlier suggested during an interview that Powell might have backed Obama for ‘other reasons.”
“I think when you have somebody of your own race that you’re proud of being President of the United States, I applaud Colin for standing with him,” he had said.
However, he later retracted from those remarks in a statement that said he did not doubt that the endorsement was based on “anything but his support for the president’s policies,” the report said. (ANI)