Colin Powell: GOP Suffering From ‘Identity Crisis’ (VIDEO)

[ 0 ] January 14, 2013 |

Colin Powell

Colin Powell is blasting his fellow Republicans, saying the GOP harbors a “dark vein of intolerance” and that it needs to “take a very hard look at itself.” The party is currently having an “identity crisis” and has gone through a massive “shift to the right” that has caused it to lose the last two presidential campaigns, Powell added.

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Powell, former secretary of state for President Bush who supported President Obama in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that members of the GOP “still sort of look down on minorities” and that the party needs to change with the shifting demographic of the country if it wants to stay relevant.

Watch Colin Powell interview on “Meet the Press” here 

After the 2012 presidential election in which Obama beat Mitt Romney, there was – and still continues to be – much discussion about how the Republican Party needs to change if it wants to stay relevant and attract a broader swath of supporters and loyalists. Former Sen. George Mitchell, a Democrat who has been named one to the 100 most influential people in the world, recently talked to genConnect about the importance of bipartisanship in politics today and of working together to achieve goals that best serve the American people:

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“There has never been a time in American history when politics wasn’t rough and tumble, with a lot of invective, a lot of difficulty, a lot of factions,” Mitchell said. “There isn’t any magic era that one can look at when it was all sweetness and light. But I do acknowledge and believe that it is worse now than it’s ever been.”

For reasons not least of which, Mitchell said, include the 24/7 news and media cycle that provide vehicles for negative attack ads.

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“I don’t know that you can overcome the problems that arise from the tremendous sums of money, this sort of single-issue thing,” Mitchell said. “You’ve got a growing number of people who sort of feel infused with righteousness … reasonable people can disagree on issues without one being bad.”

During the “Meet the Press” interview, Powell also threw his support behind former Sen. Chuck Hagel, Obama’s nominee for defense secretary. Hagel, a twice-wounded Vietnam Veteran and a fellow Republican, is “superbly qualified” to run the Pentagon, Powell said.

Powell said Hagel “is a solid guy who speaks his mind. He’s ultimately superbly qualified based on his overall record, his service to the country, how he feels about the troops and their families.”


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About Senator George Mitchell: Sen. George Mitchell is Partner and Chairman Emeritus at DLA Piper global law firm. He served as US Special Envoy for Middle East Peace from January 2009 to May 2011 and in 2008, TIME magazine [...]
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