WASHINGTON (October 26, 2012)--Former New Hampshire governor John Sununu was backing away Friday from his suggestion that fellow Republican Colin Powell endorsed President Barack Obama because both men are black.
Sununu issued a statement in which he said the retired Army general and former Secretary of State is a friend, and he doesn't doubt that Powell's backing for Mr. Obama is based on anything but Powell's "support of the president's policies."
Sununu is a top adviser to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and told CNN Thursday Powell might have a "slightly different reason" for backing Mr. Obama.
When host Piers Morgan asked why, Sununu suggested it could be a matter of Powell being proud of having someone from his "own race" being president.
Powell endorsed Mr. Obama this week on CBS, noting that while difficult choices lay ahead on taxes, spending and other issues, the U.S. has begun to come out of its economic dive.