Troubled by conservative whispers that Obama is a Muslim, Powell gave a passionate defense of Obama and Muslim Americans.
"The correct answer. He is not a Muslim," Powell said. "He's a Christian. He's always been a Christian. But the really right answer is: 'What if he is?' Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer is no. That's not America."
He cited a story about a Muslim American solider who died serving in Iraq to argue that Muslim Americans also love and defend America.
Powell cited the economy as the most important issue the next president will have to deal with, and said that he's convinced Obama would better lead the country out of the economic crisis.
"In the case of Mr. McCain, I found that he was a little unsure as to how to deal with the economic problems we're having," he said.
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