Obama gets endorsement from Colin Powell

By Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Oct 26 2012 04:29 PM | Updated as of Oct 27 2012 12:29 AM

LAS VEGAS -  As he did in 2008, President Barack Obama again won the endorsement of General Colin Powell, a Republican who served as Secretary of State during the presidency of George W. Bush.

Powell told CBS he is sticking with Obama because he believes the economy is improving. 
The endorsement comes at a time when both Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney are pounding on battleground states in the hopes of coming ahead in this very close presidential race. 
Both candidates were in swing state Nevada, convincing the state ravaged by severe unemployment and home foreclosures that their economic plan can save America. 
At the Obama campaign, recording artist Katy Perry tried to help deliver that message. 
“Hello, Nevada. Are you fired up?" he addressed a crowd of 13,000 Nevadans waiting for the president at Doolittle Park.
“Nevada, you know me by now, you know I say what I mean, and I mean what I say. We haven't finished everything we set out to do in 2008. But you know that every single day I sit forth in that office I am thinking about you,  I'm fighting for your families, with your help I am keeping the commitments I made,” Obama told supporters.
Filipino Americans in the crowd say President Obama's policies affect middle class families in Nevada. Obamacare provides affordable insurance to more than 200,000 hispanic residents who were previously uninsured. 
“I don't know anything he does bad for me. He is good. People don't appreciate him if Romney would get in there, this people they think different, I think Obama is for the poor people,” Richard Muniz said. 
“When I shook his hand he even squeezed my hand. He wouldn't let go. That's when I know that's the right president to have,” another Filipino American, Paul Michael Sison added. 
Hoping to encourage other democrats to vote ahead of the November 6 election, Obama cast his ballot early in his home town of Chicago on Thursday.