I have always had so much respect for Colin Powell, not just for his service to this country but because he is a man of such high character. Listen to what he said about his own party regarding the assertions that Barack Obama was a Muslim:
"Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, he's a Christian. He's always been a Christian, but the real right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer's no, that's not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president? Yet, I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, 'He's a Muslim and he might be associated terrorists.' This is not the way we should be doing it in America."
Now that is what I call a maverick.