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Clinton announces 40 new Republican and independent endorsements

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton looks out to the audience during a campaign stop in Des Moines, Thursday, Iowa, Sept. 29, 2016.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton looks out to the audience during a campaign stop in Des Moines, Thursday, Iowa, Sept. 29, 2016. AP

Hillary Clinton’s campaign announced Thursday that a number of prominent Republicans and independents are throwing their support her way.

The list of 40 includes several senior administration officials and congressional staffers, officials from the national security community, business leaders and elected officials from battleground states.

They include: three former members of Congress: Sherwood Boehlert, NY, Claudine Schneider, RI and John Schwarz, MI; former administration officials, including a deputy under secretary of transportation for Gerald Ford, solicitor general of the United States under Ronald Reagan, chief White House ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush, director of presidential personnel for resident Reagan; national security officials like the former director of the White House Situation Room for George W Bush on 9/11 and legal advisor to the National Security Council; and political leaders including Finance Co-Chair of Florida Governor Rick Scott’s 2014 campaign, a New York City Budget Director under Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a former Chairman of Veteran and Military Families Advisory Board for Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign, a former senior advisor to the McCain for President Campaign and a former Attorney General of Arizona.

“I have seen firsthand Hillary’s commitment to helping people, and how hard she works to deliver what she’s promised,” said Boehlert said.

“As a senator, she worked across party lines to get things done, including helping bring jobs to the rust belt communities of upstate New York. She’s smart, she’s informed, she’s responsive, and she’s responsible. She has the right temperament for the job. The choice in this election is obvious.”

In August, the Together for America initiative launched with an initial 50 endorsements.On Wednesday, former Republican Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Senator John Warner of Virginia, announced his support.

“The growing group of Republicans and Independents who are backing Hillary is a testament to how important the choice is in this election -- it's really not about Republicans or Democrats, it's about what country we will be, it's about our children's future and which candidate can bring people together to get things done, which candidate is fit to serve the office of President and Commander in Chief,” said John Podesta, chairman of Clinton’s campaign.

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