Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday that he hasn't decided who he will support for president in the 2008 race, but that hasn't stopped him from giving foreign policy advice to a leading Democratic contender. Howie P.S.:
Powell said on NBC's "Meet the Press," that he has met twice with Illinois Sen. Barack Obama at the request of the candidate.
''I've been around this town a long time and I know everybody who is running for office," said Powell. "I make myself available to talk about foreign policy matters and military matters with whoever wishes to chat with me."
Powell, former Secretary of State under President Bush, said it was too early to say who he would support for president in 2008 or even if it would be a Republican. The former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he would "support the best person I can find who will lead this country for the eight years beginning in January of 2009."
Powell, the first African-American to serve as Secretary of State, said he has no desire to seek elected office, but would consider an appointed government position.
Powell also said "Guantamano should be closed" today on "Meet Tim Russert" (video).
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