Ninety-five retired generals and admirals have endorsed Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNo Hillary — the 'Third Way' is the wrong way The dangerous erosion of Democratic Party foundations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat MORE for president, the campaign announced Wednesday.
The announcement comes as the presidential campaign shines a spotlight on the military and veterans. Both Clinton, the Democratic nominee, and GOP counterpart Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll We must do more to protect American Jews 6 in 10 say they would back someone other than Biden in 2024: Fox News poll MORE are participating Wednesday night in NBC's Commander-in-Chief Forum, which will focus on military issues.
The Clinton campaign's list includes a number of four-star generals, including Gen. Lloyd Newton, who announced Wednesday he was backing Clinton, calling her the best qualified candidate in a statement.
“Growing up in South Carolina, respect for individual liberties and the right for every person to vote was taught to me at an early age and it is of the utmost importance to me today. These fundamental rights are why I served and care so deeply about our great nation," he said.
"Given the challenges we face around the world today, and the rhetoric we are hearing from some at home, I feel I have a moral imperative to come forth and endorse Secretary Hillary Clinton for President."
Newton said his decision to endorse Clinton, a former secretary of State, is not about party but about "who is best qualified to lead the country in this complex world we live in."
"Hillary Clinton is the only candidate that has the experience, temperament, critical thinking and level-headed leadership to keep America safe and our partnerships strong," he said.
"She has my vote in November."
On Tuesday, a group of 88 retired military figures released a message in support of Trump. The group called the GOP nominee the leader to deal with "burgeoning threats" facing the country.