R4C16 Expands Support With More Republican Officials Endorsing Clinton

 


For Immediate Release: 
September 2, 2016

 

R4C16 Expands Support With More Republican Officials Endorsing Clinton
Republicans for Clinton in 2016 organization is consolidating GOP leadership to beat Trump & save Congress

 

Washington, DC - More Republican leaders joined the growing ranks of those who cannot support Donald Trump for president and instead will cast their votes for Hillary Clinton, the group R4C16 announced today.

"We already have a 'great wall' in America — a wall of Republican leadership rising up to support Secretary Clinton over Mr. Trump," said John Stubbs, Co-founder of Republicans for Clinton in 2016 (R4C16).

“We are not political operatives,” said Stubbs, who served in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in the George W. Bush administration. “Our supporters are policy experts, business leaders, and dedicated public servants who believe our country and our party will be in severe jeopardy if Trump wins.”

“Supporters of R4C16 have gravely serious concerns about Trump’s fitness to be president," said Ricardo Reyes, Co-founder of R4C16, who also served in the George W. Bush administration and most recently led global communications for Tesla Motors. "This is not the time for a protest vote or a third party option. The only candidate standing in the way of Trump and the White House is Hillary Clinton."

“R4C16 is also working to return Republicans to the House and Senate and to define a bipartisan policy agenda for the future Clinton administration,” said Stubbs. “If you believe Clinton is better than Trump, and that the country would be better served with Republican leaders in Congress, R4C16 is your home.”

More than 30 Republican leaders and former administration officials have endorsed R4C16's efforts to defeat Trump. Today they issued the following joint statement:

"Together, we look forward to restoring the Republican Party to its roots in liberty and respect for the individual. We support policies of limited government, free-market economics, and a strong, global vision of foreign policy and national security.  We aim to continue the bipartisan approach to foreign policy that until recently was a hallmark of America’s face to the world. We fear in Donald Trump both recklessness in decision-making and a retreat to isolationism. He cannot become president.”


R4C16 Supporters Newly Endorsing Secretary Clinton Today

Charles Dunne, former Foreign Policy Adviser to the Director for Strategic Plans and Policy at the Joint Staff in the Pentagon and former Director for Iraq, National Security Council

“I served in government for 24 years as an American diplomat, with experience at the George W. Bush NSC, the Pentagon, and State counterterrorism. I joined R4C16 because I find Trump’s international policies incoherent and alarming. In my view, they would abandon over 60 years of Republican consensus on foreign policy, especially on trade and alliances, and thus would be dangerous to US security if adopted. Hillary Clinton is the best option for a robust, strong, internationalist policy.”

Robert Manning, former Member of the Secretary of State's Office of Policy Planning

“It is mind-boggling that the party of Lincoln, Roosevelt and Reagan has been taken hostage by Donald Trump, a fact-free, dangerous, ignorant, authoritarian with little regard for the Constitution or civility. Trump would not only put our economic future at risk, but spell the end of still needed US global leadership in perilous times. The nation needs a dynamic, center-right internationalist opposition Party. Hillary Clinton is a flawed candidate, but one that is competent to steer the ship of state and modernize a 21st century economy – and there is no other rational choice.”

Jennifer Sarver, former Bush Administration Official, former GOP Senate Staffer, former RNC Professional Volunteer

“I’ve spent 20 years in Republican politics, but I am and always will be an American first. In this election we have two primary choices: someone who has substantive, credible, realistic policies that will move our country forward. Or, someone who divides, mocks and maligns, and whose campaign slogan explicitly yearns for the past. The choice is clear.”

Jim Magill, Chief Master Sergeant (ret.), US Air Force

“I am a 30-year vet, with combat deployments support to Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and several operations supporting Deny Flight, Southern Comfort, and the Lebanese Embassy evacuation. I am a registered Republican in Sarpy county, Nebraska. And yes I am supporting Hillary. This is all about defeating Trump. I do not intend to become a Democrat.”  

Mario Mangiameli, Captain US Marine Corps (Ret.) and former Counterterrorism & Law Enforcement Policy Advisor, US Department of Homeland Security

“History has taught us it takes only one bad leader for a nation to be set back significantly or cease to exist as its citizens once knew it. Donald Trump is woefully unqualified in every respect to be President of the United States. It is unfathomable that he could occupy the same Oval Office that President's Reagan, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Lincoln once did. Our nation’s economic and national security can never be jeopardized by the likes of such a person. He goes against the grain of everything our founding for fathers envisioned in a President.”

Charles Badger, former Director of Coalitions for Jeb Bush 2016, former Director of Legislative Affairs (NJ-Department of Community Affairs, Christie Administration), former Hill staff

"I must vote for a candidate who actually reads, studies policy, is prepared, and is running on bridging racial differences, not widening them."

David Meyers, former White House Assistant Staff Secretary and former Communications Advisor for the Senate Republican Leadership

“While Hillary Clinton is far from our first choice for president, a vote for anyone else is a vote for Donald Trump - and a vote that undermines 240 years of the miraculous American experiment. In 2016, there is simply no other option.”


More Republicans Joining R4C16 Effort Today

David Nierenberg, former Mitt Romney national finance chair

“Trump is the most dangerous major party presidential candidate in my lifetime, maybe in American history. His character, temperament, and behavior definitely are not presidential. I don't think he's fit to be our president. He speaks positively about foreign dictators and acts like one himself. I have decided to endorse and support Hillary Clinton for president, even though everybody else I will vote for this November will be a real Republican. Hillary Clinton knows her stuff. She is emotionally mature and centered. She respects and enjoys working with people from all backgrounds. She has the diplomatic skills needed to break the gridlock in Washington and lead our country well. America needs a steady hand on the tiller. We cannot afford the risk of a man whose temperament and behavior are erratic.”

Charles Fried, former Solicitor General

“Respect for our country, its Constitution, its history and traditions, just a sense of common decency, require that we not allow Donald Trump to be elected president of the United States. To invoke party loyalty, to dwell on one’s reservations about Hillary Clinton, to contemplate not voting at all, or the silly and self-defeating gesture of voting for the Libertarian or Green Party candidate, would be a frivolous failure of the most urgent present duty of patriotism. I support and shall vote for Hillary Clinton. Any other course risks complicity in a national catastrophe.”

Richard Painter, former Chief White House Ethics Lawyer

“It’s my commitment to conservative values that leads me to support Clinton over Donald Trump, who represents an unthinkable step in the wrong direction — both for our country and for the Republican Party. For Republican voters who care about the economy, Clinton is clearly our best choice: She has the experience and skills necessary to ensure a stable economic environment, while Trump could precipitate an unprecedented economic disaster if he’s elected. No candidate will give us everything we want, but Hillary can keep us on a steady path.”

Donna Barbisch, Major General (ret.) and former Director of Chemical and Biological Defense Program Integration

“In most areas of responsibility we have a balance of powers. Domestically and even diplomatically Congress can keep the President in check. However, as Commander in Chief, the President has unfettered power to commit our men and women in the services at his or her whim. All balances in the role of Commander in Chief are after the fact. Congress can sanction financially or impeach but only after we have committed troops and the dye is cast. The same with the Judiciary. Mr. Trump is too volatile and unpredictable to give him that much power. Sec. Clinton is much more balanced, experienced, and thoughtful in her approach.”

Mark Salter, former Advisor to Senator John McCain

“Hillary Clinton is not my idea of a conservative, but in this election she is the more conservative choice by far, and the least reckless one."

Ken Adelman, former US Ambassador to the United Nations and former Arms Control Director

"A lifelong Republican who served President Reagan for 7+ years, I can't imagine a less Reagan-like figure than Donald Trump. He's everything Reagan wasn't -- racist, mean, ignorant, waffling, cowardly, policy-indifferent and -ignorant, self-absorbed, etc. I cannot vote for Trump and will not vote for any Republican, running for any office in November, who endorsed Trump. I want to send 'em a message. And, yes, I will vote for Hillary Clinton, since that constitutes a full vote against Trump -- rather than to not vote or go Libertarian, which is a half vote against Trump."

Kurt Bardella, former advisor to Darrell Issa (R-CA) and former spokesman for Breitbart News

“It is glaringly obvious that Donald Trump does not have the temperament or the judgment to occupy the Oval Office. This is one of those times where the best interests of the whole outweigh any partisan allegiances or any specific issue. It’s why I’ve made the personal choice to vote for Hillary Clinton in November. Donald Trump is dangerous for America and is surrounding himself with a team that will empower him to leave a lasting mark on the political discourse in this country. Whether he wins this election or not, he is building an organization that ensures that this personal brand of nihilism continues to have a platform.”

Elizabeth Tamposi, former Assistant Secretary of State and former New Hampshire State Legislator

"If we aim to uphold our values of equality, tolerance and demonstrate empathy towards one another, I don't see how any person, regardless of their political persuasion, could vote for Donald Trump. His lack of knowledge about the world is both staggering and scary. He does not have the values, the knowledge or temperament to represent our people, our country, our honor."

Republican Leaders Publicly Supporting R4C16

·       Ken Adelman, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Arms Control Director 

·       Charles Badger, former Director of Coalitions for Jeb Bush 2016, former Director of Legislative Affairs (NJ-Department of Community Affairs, Christie Administration), former Hill staff

·       Kurt Bardella, former advisor to Darrell Issa (R-CA) and former spokesman for Breitbart News

·       Donna Barbisch, Major General (ret.) and former Director of Chemical and Biological Defense Program Integration

·       Niki Christoff, former member of the policy staff of John McCain 2008

·       James Clad, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia

·       Patrick Cronin, former Assistant Administrator for Policy and Program Coordination, USAID

·       Charles Dunne, former Foreign Policy Adviser to the Director for Strategic Plans and Policy at the Joint Staff in the Pentagon and former Director for Iraq, National Security Council

·       James Filippatos, former Assistant Administrator for International Affairs, Federal Aviation Administration

·       Charles Fried, former Solicitor General

·       Jana Chapman Gates, former speechwriter, US Department of the Treasury

·       Jean Geran, former member of the Secretary of State’s Office of Policy Planning

·       Jim Glassman, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

·       Justin Kintz, former Special Assistant External Affairs, US Department of the Interior

·       Frank Lavin, former White House Political Director, former US Ambassador to Singapore, former Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade

·       Phil Levy, former member of the Secretary of State’s Office of Policy Planning

·       Jim Magill, Chief Master Sergeant (ret.), US Air Force

·       Mario Mangiameli, Captain U.S. Marine Corps, (Ret.) and former Counterterrorism & Law Enforcement Policy Advisor, US Dept of Homeland Security

·       Robert Manning, former Member of the Secretary of State's Office of Policy Planning

·       Peter Mansoor, Colonel, US Army (Ret.)

·       David Meyers, former White House Assistant Staff Secretary and former Communications Advisor for the Senate Republican Leadership

·       Todd Moss, former Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, US Department of State

·       David Nierenberg, former Mitt Romney 2012 National Finance Chair

·       Richard Painter, former Chief White House Ethics Lawyer

·       Ricardo Reyes, former Deputy Assistant USTR for Public Affairs

·       Andrew Sagor, former Special Assistant to the US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues

·       Mark Salter, former Advisor to Senator John McCain

·       Jennifer Sarver, former Bush Administration Official, former GOP Senate Staffer, former RNC Professional Volunteer

·       John Stubbs, former Senior Advisor USTR

·       Elizabeth Tamposi, former Assistant Secretary of State and former New Hampshire State Legislator

·       Colin Tooze, former Member of the Office of Rep. Chris Cox (R-CA)

·       Dan Twining, former Member of the Secretary of State’s Office of Policy Planning

·       John Veroneau, former Deputy USTR, former Assistant Secretary of Defense

·       Davis White, former Member of the White House Office of Public Liaison


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Republicans for Clinton in 2016 (R4C16) is a grassroots movement, independent of any official campaign, of concerned Republicans who are committed to vote for Hillary Clinton for President to defeat Donald Trump. Learn more at R4C16.org.

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