WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said fellow Republican Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama is a major boost for Obama's U.S. presidential campaign.
In an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" program, Powell, the former secretary of state, said he was endorsing the Democrat for president because "he has both style and substance," adding that the Illinois senator "has met the standard of being a successful president, being an exceptional president."
Gingrich said on ABC's "This Week" program that Powell undercut Republicans' argument that Obama is not prepared to lead the nation. The former Georgia congressman said Powell's endorsement is a difficult one to diminish given his military and government experience.
"What that just did in one sound-bite -- and I assume that sound-bite will end up in an ad -- is it eliminated the experience argument,'' Gingrich said. ``How are you going to say the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs, former national security adviser, former secretary of state was taken in?''