DEFENSE

I Didn't Abandon the Party, Says Powell

Prominent members of the Republican Party are taking the long holiday weekend to squabble over who best represents the GOP. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation Sunday and called for a more inclusive party—this after former Vice President Dick Cheney proclaimed earlier on the same program that he thought Powell had already left the GOP. "Rush [Limbaugh] will not get his wish and Mr. Cheney was misinformed. I am still a Republican," Powell said while burnishing his credentials, which include spending 10 years serving in Republican administrations and speaking at two GOP conventions. He countered Limbaugh’s assertion that he endorsed Barack Obama for president on the basis of race, saying, "I don't want to exchange insults with him. But I thought it was unfortunate.”