"I will vote for the individual I think that brings the best set of tools to the problems of 21st-century America and the 21st-century world regardless of party, regardless of anything else other than the most qualified candidate," Powell said. "Both of them certainly have the qualifications to be the president of the United States, but both of them cannot be," he added. Asked whether he thinks it is a difficult decision to make, Powell said, "I think so. Yes."
Powell, who has appeared on some lists speculating about John McCain's vice presidential choices, served as Secretary of State in President Bush's first term. He's generally considered a Republican but has not shied away from disagreeing with his party on several issues.