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Powell says both Barack Obama and John McCain are qualified, but thinks Obama can be a transformational figure. Powell also says he questions McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as a running mate and the direction the Republican Party is taking
what is the meaning of "taking" here
He doesn't like the direction in which the party is heading.
If you're driving, "take a left at the next corner" means "turn left at the next corner".
"We can take the east road or the north road". = "We can choose to drive east or north". "What direction should we take?"