Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who endorsed President Obama in 2008 and is currently unaligned, accused Mitt Romney of harboring dangerously wrongheaded views on foreign policy on Wednesday.
Powell warned on MSNBC that some of Romney's advisers were "quite far to the right" and should be monitored carefully. He was particularly concerned by Romney's aggressive tone towards Russia, which the presumptive nominee labeled America's "number one geopolitical foe" this year."
"Come on Mitt, think," Powell said. "That isn't the case."
While Powell has not endorsed Obama, he certainly sounded amenable to his campaign, suggesting that investments in education and infrastructure that the White House has also emphasized are crucial to America's national security.
"There is no pure competitor of the United States of America," Powell said. "All the problems we talk about in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran ... they count about 700 million people in a world of seven billion. What are the rest of them doing? They're increasing their economies, they're building wealth, they're educating their kids, they're building their infrastructure. That's what we need to be doing."