After Mitt Romney surrogate and former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu stirred controversy by implying that former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsed President Obama for re-election because both men are black, the president had a few words in response. "I don't think that there are many people in America who would question Gen. Powell's credibility, his patriotism, his willingness to tell it straight," the president told radio host Michael Smerconish in an interview Friday. "So any suggestion that Gen. Powell would make such a profound statement in such an important election based on anything other than what he thought would be best for America doesn't make much sense." Sununu walked back his statements, saying that he didn't doubt that Powell's endorsement was based on his "support of the president's policies."
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