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Former GOP Virginia Senator John Warner to endorse Clinton

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Posted at 10:17 PM, Sep 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-27 22:17:24-04

NEW YORK — Former Sen. John Warner will endorse Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine Wednesday morning, handing the Democratic nominee another high-profile Republican endorsement just 42 days before the election, CNN has learned.

Warner will join his fellow Virginian and Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine at a campaign event in Alexandria, Virginia — a state Clinton is favored to win but that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been eyeing.

A Clinton campaign official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak freely about the forthcoming GOP endorsement, said that Warner’s public show of support will help underscore that the former secretary of state has the temperament and experience to serve as president and head of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Warner is a former US Navy secretary, who served 30 years in the Senate, most of those in a senior position on the Armed Services Committee. Several other former high-ranking Republicans have already endorsed Clinton over Trump including diplomat John Negroponte, who served under President Ronald Reagan and President George W. Bush, and Brent Scowcroft, national security advisor under Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.