After General Colin Powell, a prominent conservative political figure, nominated Barack Obama for the presidency of the United States of America, something came over America's Independent Party nominee Alan Keyes. Though Keyes ran against Barack Obama in his 2004 Senate race, the conservative politician has dropped out the presidential race to endorse Senator Obama.
Alan Keyes handed in his letter of resignation and then took questions from reporters, saying, "My support of Barack Obama is totally about race and nothing else. Sure we differ on almost every issue, but Rush Limbaugh hit the nail on the head; I endorsed Barack Obama, even though I am opposed to everything he stands for, because Colin Powell and I are both African-American. It's that simple."
Radio talk show host and drug abuser Rush Limbaugh was upset with Keyes' surprise endorsement, saying that he expects "black people to fall in line and support the white candidate." He went on to say, "it is not about race; I am supporting McCain because, well..." The quote ended there. Limbaugh used the thirty second delay on his talk show to cut out the remainder of his statement.
"To be honest, I never thought I would endorse Barack Obama for president," said Keyes, "but then my blackness got the best of me, you might say."