Obama says Powell will have a role, formal or not, in administration

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Barack Obama says, at the least, Colin Powell will have a role as a top adviser if he's elected president.

Yesterday, the retired four-star general and former Bush secretary of state said he was endorsing the Democratic candidate. This morning, on NBC's "Today" show, Obama said whether a formal role in an Obama administration would be a "good fit" for Powell is something the two men will have to discuss.

One of Obama's big challenges this campaign has been establishing his foreign policy credentials against John McCain. But for Powell, it's familiar ground. He's served senior roles under four presidents: as national security adviser to President Reagan, Joint Chiefs chairman under President George H.W. Bush and President Clinton, and secretary of state for the current President Bush.

Powell is a Republican, and Obama says he did not get a heads-up before Powell made his endorsement.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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