I'm also troubled by, not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the party say. And it is permitted to be said, such things as, "Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim." Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, he's a Christian. He's always been a Christian. But the really right answer is: What if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer's no, that's not America. Is there something wrong with some 7-year-old Muslim American kid believing that he or she could be president? Yet I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, "He's a Muslim and he might be associated with terrorists." This is not the way we should be doing it in America.
- Colin Powell, not just endorsing Barack Obama for President, but in doing so, also "defen[ding] Muslim Americans against stereotypes about their patriotism" (Johanna Neuman).