Colin Powell: Tea Party Presidential Candidate Can't Win in 2012 (Video)

Former Bush official and Obama supporter Colin Powell told ABC’s “This Week With Christiane Amanpour” that the tea party presidential candidate can’t win in 2012.

Powell believes that the tea party is too rigid.

The Hill reported:

The Hill reported:

“The Tea Party point of view of ‘no compromise whatsoever’ is not a point of view that will eventually produce a presidential candidate who will win,” he said on ABC’s “This Week With Christiane Amanpour.”

Powell said taking the no-compromise position isn’t helping get things done in Washington, and called on members of Congress to “come back to the center to compromise” in order to see progress. “Compromise is how this country was founded,” he said, offering as an example the issue of slavery. “Can you imagine more difficult compromises today?” he asked.

“We have a Congress now that can’t even pass an appropriations bill.” Powell slammed the tone on Capitol Hill, which he called “very tense.” “Republicans and Democrats are focusing more and more on their extreme left and extreme right,” he said “Unless two people in disagreement with each other don’t find a way to reach out to one another and make compromises, you don’t get a consensus that allows you to move forward.”

It’s not the first time Powell attacked the tea party.

In September 2010 Powell criticized the tea party’s inflammatory remarks against President Obama.