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October 2, 2014

California: John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Joe Lieberman Endorse Howard Berman

California: John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Joe Lieberman Endorse Howard Berman

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Howard Berman, running against a fellow Democrat in California’s redrawn 30th district, today announced endorsements from Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.), plus Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).

Drawn together with Rep. Brad Sherman, Berman is hoping to pick up as many non-Democratic votes as possible in the heavily Democratic district in the San Fernando Valley. The endorsements from the three Senators focused on Berman’s foreign policy chops as ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and his ability to work across the aisle.

“Howard Berman is a man of determination and honor,” McCain said in a statement released by the Berman campaign this morning. “He works to keep America safe, and our country is stronger with him in Congress.”

“We need his effectiveness and bipartisan leadership in Congress,” Graham said. Lieberman added that Berman “has been my partner in confronting the toughest foreign policy issues facing our country.”

Sherman, who currently represents far more of the redrawn district than Berman, finished 10 points ahead of Berman in the seven-candidate, all-party primary in June. Berman must overcome that geographic disadvantage to prevail in November.

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