Colin Powell to Vote for Hillary Clinton

The Republican former secretary of state plans to vote for Clinton in November.

Powell pointed to Clinton’s experience and stamina as reasons he’s voting for her, according to a local reporter who was at the luncheon. He said Trump isn’t qualified to be president and Trump “insults us every day.”

A representative for Powell told ABC News that the emails, which were first seen and reported on by BuzzFeed, were “accurate.”

In those emails, however, Powell also criticized Clinton.

In an message from July 2014, he wrote, “I would rather not have to vote for her, although she is a friend I respect.”

He described Clinton as “a 70-year person with a long track record, unbridled ambition, greedy, not transformational.” In another email he wrote, “Everything HRC touches she kind of screws up with hubris.”

Powell has had public tension with the her campaign staffers and surrogates, which in defending her use of a private email account while she was secretary of state, argue that he kept a personal account as well when he held the position.

He knocked her campaign, telling People magazine in August that her people “have been trying to pin it on me.”