Beyond Pope Francis: 10 More Conservatives Who Have Gone Liberal

The new pope isn't the only right-of-center figure to take a walk on the left side

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Colin Powell
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Colin Powell

"To sum up my political philosophy, I am a fiscal conservative with a social conscience," George H.W. Bush administration alum Colin Powell wrote in 1995. Powell has been giving right-wingers fits for years as a moderate voice on everything from affirmative action to abortion to gun control to foreign policy. Even being George W. Bush's first Secretary of State in the 2000s couldn't save his reputation on the right, and his 2008 endorsement of Barack Obama was tantamount to a final divorce. "Can we continue to listen to Rush Limbaugh?" Powell told CNN at the time. "Is this really the kind of party that we want to be when these kinds of spokespersons seem to appeal to our lesser instincts rather than our better instincts?"

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