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Powell endorses Obama on Sunday

Former Secretary of State and Republican Colin Powell endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, the presidential candidate for the Democratic Party, in an interview with “Meet the Press� on Sunday morning.

According to the New York Times, Powell said “he had been disturbed in recent weeks by the negative tone of Mr. McCain’s campaign, particularly its focus on Mr. Obama’s passing relationship with William Ayers, a 1960s radical and founder of the Weather Underground.�

The New York Times looked extensively at how the Powell endorsement may affect the election, focusing on Powell’s political views and his history in the Bush administration.

The Financial Times also reported on the endorsement, focusing instead on specific comments made by Powell during “Meet the Press�.

According to the Financial Times, Powell said that “both candidates were qualified to be commander in chief. But Mr Obama was better suited to address the challenges facing the US economy and to improve its international standing.�

The slightly differing focuses of the articles still generally led to many of the same themes and quoted materials. For example, both the New York Times and the Financial Times noted Powell’s disapproval of McCain’s choice for a vice-presidential candidate in Sarah Palin as a significant factor in his endorsement of Obama.