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Colin Powell backs Barack Obama

Former secretary of state in the Bush administration, Colin Powell, endorses Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama over Republican John McCain. See special coverage.

world Updated: Oct 19, 2008 19:17 IST

Retired US General Colin Powell, a former secretary of state in the Bush administration, on Sunday endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

In an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," Powell, a critic of the Iraq war, backed Obama over fellow Republican John McCain, a leading backer of the conflict.