Former Bush official endorses Clinton
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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty MORE on Wednesday picked up an endorsement from another member of former President George W. Bush's administration.


“Secretary Clinton has demonstrated her skills as Secretary of State, especially but by no means exclusively in helping other Asian countries counter Chinese bullying in the western Pacific," James Clad, the former deputy assistant secretary of Defense under Bush, said in a statement.

"For Republicans and Democrats alike, everything in national security requires clarity and steadiness, whether managing nuclear weapons or balancing great power rivalries."

Clad talked about the importance of never losing sight of national interest. He said that is a "discipline which Secretary Clinton possesses in full measure."

"Our adversaries must never hear flippancy or ignorance in America’s voice," he added.

"They should never take satisfaction from an incompetent president. Giving an incoherent amateur the keys to the White House this November will doom us to second or third class status."

Clad tied in his own experiences, saying he has seen what can happen when "American reliability falters."

"It’s not pretty, for us or for the world," he said.

"There is no choice: In razor sharp contrast to her opponent, Secretary Clinton is ready, steady and prepared. With a proven preference for bipartisanship, she must win this election.”

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The list includes former national security adviser Brent Scowcroft, former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson.