Former Secretary of State Colin Powell delivered a heartfelt endorsement of Joe Biden during day two of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, handing the former vice president another boost to his national security bona fides.
“Joe Biden will be a president we will all be proud to salute,” the former George W. Bush administration official said in a video message. “With Joe Biden in the White House, you will never doubt that he will stand with our friends and stand up to our adversaries—never the other way around.”
Powell, a Republican who served in a variety of national security roles throughout the 1980s and 1990s, is the latest prominent figure from Washington’s defense community to line up behind Biden as he seeks to take on President Donald Trump for the position of commander-in-chief in November.
“The values I learned growing up in the South Bronx and serving in uniform were the same values that Joe Biden’s parents instilled in him in Scranton, Pennsylvania,” Powell said. “I support Joe Biden for the presidency of the United States because those values still define him, and we need to restore those values to the White House.”
Powell, a former Secretary of State, is the latest top Republican to openly support Biden.
The endorsement confirms his opposition to the re-election of his party member, President Donald Trump.
Powell expressed confidence that a Biden presidency would “restore America’s leadership and moral authority’’.
The former U.S. top diplomat stated that the country is divided.
Powell accused the president of doing everything in his power to keep it that way.
He noted that there would be difference if America has a leader “who unites us, who restores our strength and our soul.”
“I still believe that in our hearts, we are the same America that brought my parents to our shores, an America that inspires freedom around the world. That’s the America Joe Biden will lead as our next president,’’ Powell
Also John Bolton, the president’s former national security advisor, published a critical book about the president earlier this year, and has indicated that he will not vote for Trump or Biden in November.
On Monday, Miles Taylor, the former chief of staff of the Department of Homeland Security penned a damning opinion article in The Washington Post that accused the president of making the country less secure. Taylor also endorsed Biden.
Trump has said that Bolton’s book is made up of lies and downplayed the the position of the DHS official as a disgruntled employee