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Colin Powell in Private Confab With Obama

Wednesday, 02 Jul 2008 08:53 AM

By Phil Brennan

Sen. Barack Obama and former Bush Secretary of State Colin Powell met privately two weeks ago, according to an exclusive report in the National Journal's On Call blog.

Powell, who last month in British Columbia hinted that he might vote for Obama, met with the all-but-certain Democratic presidential nominee in Powell's Alexandria, Va., office on June 18.

The meeting was confirmed by Peggy Cifrino, Powell's spokeswoman, who said the two met for about an hour. She told On Call that the meeting was "Just an informal conversation," and added, "There’s no looming endorsement. They came to talk about issues."

Cifrino said that Powell and Sen. John McCain met the week prior in Arlington.

On June 26, veteran Washington columnist Robert Novak wrote, "Powell probably will enter Obama's camp at a time of his own choosing." Later that day, On Call noted that Juan Williams, NPR senior correspondent and Fox News political contributor, touted a McCain/Powell pairing.

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