The Huffington Post reports:
Powell said that he did not agree with the economic policies put forward by other candidates. “In the last several years, I have been troubled by the right shift of the Republican party too far to the right,” he added.
“Here’s what perplexes me,” O’Reilly began. “President Obama’s economic plan hasn’t worked among African-Americans.”
“Why do you only see me as an African-American, Bill?” Powell responded. “That troubles me. I’m an American.”
O’Reilly defended his question, noting Powell’s criticism of the Republican party over minority voters. (Powell recently alleged that Republicans “look down on minorities,” and went after the party’s efforts to institute voter ID laws.)
Powell went on to say that Obama’s policies had benefited the country as a whole, and that he wasn’t speaking as an African-American.