Think Progress: Gallagher on Powell’s endorsement: ‘Race is the factor I think that drives much of this.’

Think Progress

Gallagher on Powell’s endorsement: ‘Race is the factor I think that drives much of this.’

Responding to former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), right-wing talker Mike Gallagher declared on his radio show today that “race is the factor I think that drives much of this” because Powell is “enamored and in love with the concept of a black man being president of these United States.” Gallagher then suggested that Powell might not “have the intellectual capacity to, you know, make a distinction and realize the difference” between Obama and the “long list of black Americans who would make fine presidential candidates.” 

Earlier today, Rush Limbaugh claimed that Powell’s endorsement “was totally about race.” Powell, however, rejected such claims on Meet The Press yesterday, saying, “If I had only had that in mind, I could have done this six, eight, 10 months ago.”

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