Former Bush, Ford official backs Clinton over Trump

Clinton's Latest Endorser Is Huge, Even if You Don't Know Who He Is

Hillary Clinton just received a major bipartisan endorsement from national security expert Brent Scowcroft.

If you don't know who he is, you're probably not alone. Scowcroft was the national security adviser to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush and is widely respected in national security circles.

Scowcroft cites Clinton's unique experience as first lady, senator and secretary of state, adding: "Secretary Clinton shares my belief that America must remain the world's indispensable leader. She brings deep expertise in international affairs and a sophisticated understanding of the world."

He also seemed to bat away Clinton's hawkish reputation, saying: "She understands that our leadership and engagement beyond our borders makes the world, and therefore the United States, more secure and prosperous. She appreciates that it is essential to maintain our strong military advantage, but that force must only be used as a last resort."

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The endorsement is further proof that not just members of the GOP establishment but national security experts are disconcerted by Donald Trump and his unpredictable foreign policy approach. Just last week, Richard Armitage also made it clear he's choosing Clinton over Trump. Armitage served as deputy secretary of state for George W. Bush and assistant secretary of defense under Ronald Reagan.

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Important people who support Hillary Clinton (Politicians, famous figures, other celebs)
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Important people who support Hillary Clinton (Politicians, famous figures, other celebs)

Warren Buffett, chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., smiles during an event with Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. Buffet said at the rally that he was supporting Clinton's bid for president because they share a commitment to help the less affluent. (Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Governor Jerry Brown, seen here with then-candidate Bill Clinton in 1992, notoriously did not like the Clintons for years, but announced a week before the California primary that he would back Hillary Clinton. (Photo by Cynthia Johnson/Getty)
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, seen here at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, hasn't formally endorsed Hillary Clinton but he has donated $2700 to her campaign and backed her in 2008. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
Walter Mondale was the first former Democratic vice president to endorse Clinton (REUTERS/Craig Lassig)
Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., has been an early Clinton backer, seen here at a 'Super Tuesday' watch party her campaign in Atlanta, Ga., March 1, 2016. He is famous for his work fighting for civil rights alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
LEBANON, NH - JANUARY 09: Former U.S. Women's National Soccer Team captain Abby Wambach smiles while she is introduced to a crowd at a Hillary Clinton campaign office on January 9, 2016 in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Wambach highlighted Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's commitment to standing up for women and girls. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
Singer Demi Lovato, seen here onstage at WE Day California 2016, is a Clinton supporter. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for WE Day )
Actress and screenwriter Lena Dunham campaigns for U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at Eight Seven Central screen printers in Des Moines, Iowa, January 9, 2016. REUTERS/Brian C. Frank
Singer Katy Perry, center, holds a sign in support of Hillary Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, as Clinton speaks at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. With Vice President Joe Biden officially out of the presidential race, the nation's first nominating contest between front-runner Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders is gaining steam, according to a new Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, seen here working with Clinton when they were Senate colleagues, was an early supporter of the former secretary of state. (REUTERS/William Philpott WP/SV)
Actress Kerry Washington, seen here at a 30th anniversary presentation at the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards, is a Clinton supporter. (Adrees Latif / Reuters)

Armitage told Politico: "He doesn't appear to be a Republican; he doesn't appear to want to learn about issues. So I'm going to vote for Mrs. Clinton."

The number of Republican foreign policy experts joining team #ImWithHer might be depressing news for the GOP, but it's hard to gauge how much it actually matters in the election. None of these endorsements are likely to sway Trump's core supporters, especially since they're drawn to how unpredictable he is.

As more members of the GOP move over to the Clinton camp, it might actually damage her credibility with members on the left who already doubt her progressive credentials.

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