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Colin Powell in Tulsa for a speech says he has no plans to run for office

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell called the 2008 presidential election "very, very important" Tuesday but said he has no intention of running for public office.

A Tulsa audience of about 2,500 people broke into applause when Powell was asked about his presidential aspirations, but the retired general indicated he lacked the "passion" needed to seek elective office.

"I'm always available to do things for my government," he said. "Elected political life is something I'm not able to do."

Powell spoke as part of a business forum sponsored by Oklahoma State University. He was also scheduled to speak later Tuesday in Oklahoma City.

He also touched on the war in Iraq, saying he believed Iraq had stockpiled weapons of mass destruction when he made his case for war before the United Nations.

He said that if Saddam Hussein and his generals had given the United States a clear picture of what weapons they did have, war might have been avoided.
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