Colin Powell, in an appearance on Larry King tonight, said that Rush Limbaugh is entitled to say anything he wants, and that he doesn't take "umbrage" with any of the remarks Limbaugh directs at him because he "can handle his criticism. However, Powell warns that
the problem I have with the party right now is when [Limbaugh] says things that I consider to be completely outrageous, and I respond to it, I would like to see other members of the party do likewise. But they don't.
When King asks if he thinks GOP members are afraid to take him on, Powell responds,
I know of several instances where sitting members in Congress or elsewhere in positions of responsibility in the party made like criticisms of Rush and within 24 hours they were backing away because there is a strong base of support for Mr. Limbaugh.
Powell also talked about Sarah Palin, calling her an "accomplished woman," but not one who is ready to be President of the United States.
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