Gingrich to Stephanopoulos: Powell Endorsement 'Eliminated The Experience Argument'

ABC News' George Stephanopoulos Reports: Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich reacted this morning to Colin Powell's endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama explaining "what that just did in one sound that it eliminated the experience argument." The Former Bush Secretary of State announced his long-awaited endorsement Sunday morning, explaining that he is backing Obama "because of his ability to inspire, because of the inclusive nature of this campaign, because he is reaching out all across America, because of who he is and his rhetorical abilities – we have to take that into account – as well as his substance – he has both style and substance – he has met the standard of being a successful president, being an exceptional president.”

Former presidential advisor David Gergen categorized Powell's announcement as "the most important endorsement of the campaign so far". Tom Friedman of The New York Times agreed explaining, "General Powell helps a lot especially at this moment... That's a real affirmation that the country can trust Obama as commander in chief."

And Democratic strategist Donna Brazile added, "this is an endorsement that has enormous dividends for Obama... It says that he wants to govern in a different way... It says that he's going to reach across the aisle."

Gingrich, Gergen, Friedman and Brazile were featured, along with George Will, in a powerhouse roundtable on this Sunday's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos".

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