Colin Powell endorses Barack Obama for president

Sunday, October 19, 2008 | 6:43 p.m. CDT; updated 11:06 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 29, 2008

WASHINGTON —  Colin Powell, a Republican and retired general who was President Bush's first secretary of state, broke with the party Sunday and endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president, calling him a "transformational figure," while criticizing the tone of John McCain's campaign.