Democrat Barack Obama, who has pledged to include Republicans in his administration, already has his eyes on one: former General Colin Powell, who handed him a high-profile endorsement on Sunday.
"He will have a role as one of my advisers," Obama said this morning on NBC's "Today" show. "Whether he wants to take a formal role, whether that's a good fit for him, is something we'd have to discuss."
Powell, who effusively praised Obama and criticized Republican John McCain's campaign in his endorsement, served as President Bush's secretary of state during his first term and President George H.W. Bush's chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
While Powell said he doesn't plan to go out on the campaign trail for Obama, the nominee said, "I won't lie to you, I would love to have him at any stop. Obviously, if he wants to show up he's got an open invitation."
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