Powell for Bloomberg From Virginia

Colin Powell, George W. Bush’s first Secretary of State, was just on Larry King endorsing Michael Bloomberg.

Here’s a transcript of Powell’s remarks (courtesy of the Bloomberg campaign):

KING: So you leave New York, but New York never leaves you. Therefore, do you have a thought about the Mayor’s race?

POWELL: Of course, yes. I think that Mike Bloomberg has done a tremendous job in his eight years as the Mayor. In 2005, when he was running for his second term, I was asked about this and I said, I am a Virginian now, but if I lived in New York, I would vote for Mike Bloomberg.

Well, he has managed now to run for a third term, and I feel even more strongly about it. I think he is a great candidate. I think what he has done for education, what he has done to manage the economic problems New York is having, what he has done for safety, what he has done for tourism, he is an independent guy who is always trying to solve problems.

And he is working for the whole city. So I think Mike Bloomberg should be given a third term. And yes, I would say, reelect Mike Bloomberg.