A group of military veterans and Black businessmen launch a petition drive to support Colin Powell as a 1996 presidential candidate.
1995 (Jun 17)
In Washington, D.C., a group of military veterans and Black businessmen launched a petition drive to support Colin Powell as a 1996 presidential candidate. Ever since his retirement in 1993 as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Powell had been mentioned favorably by political analysts and others as a potentially strong candidate for the presidency. In a September 1993 Baltimore Sun article, Republican political consultant Charles Black said, "I don't think he has any negatives, it's more a matter of question marks.... I don't know where he stands on a lot of issues. He has to talk about his vision for the country, and as soon as he does that people will criticize him."