April 30th, 2012
08:07 PM ET
2 years ago

Betty White makes her political pick

(CNN) - Betty White took her love for animals into the political world with the release of a new campaign ad Monday, backing longtime U.S. Rep. Howard Berman of California in his heated re-election bid.

White, 90, standing on set alongside “Hot in Cleveland” co-star Wendie Malick, praises Berman in the ad for his work with animal rights.

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“Betty, if you want a friend in Washington, do you know what you do?” Malick asks White in the spot.

“Get a dog,” White replies. “At least that's what I've been told.”

Smiling, Malick asks White: “And what else?”

“Re-elect Congressman Howard Berman. The Valley leader who fights for the humane treatment of all animals,” White says, later adding: “And he has very nice blue eyes.”

White, often dubbed “America’s Grandma,” has long used her fame to promote animal advocacy groups.

The congressman also appears in the ad, holding a small white dog and delivering the standard political ad message: “I'm Howard Berman, and my friend and I approve this message.”

Berman, now in his 15th term, represents California’s 28th Congressional District, which covers parts of the San Fernando Valley. Due to redistricting plans, he faces a tough primary battle against fellow Democratic Congressman Brad Sherman.

Among his work for animal rights, Berman co-sponsored a law passed in 2010 that bans the selling of videos showing intentional animal torture.

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soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. Slightly Left of Center

    Ninety? She's 90?!?!? She's got more energy (and brains) than most of Washington.

    Betty White for President :)

    April 30, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  2. Fred L. Fraud

    I believe in Betty!

    April 30, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    I love some Betty White – She's a loaded pistol always firing off with the mouth and MEAN IT!! U Go Girl!!

    April 30, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  4. GonzoinHouston

    Anybody who can hit 90 and still have their wits about them is worth listening to.

    April 30, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  5. Solitaire

    Sounds to me like Betty White picked a winner.

    April 30, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I know that Betty has a soft spot in her heart for animals. It is a good issue but shouldn't be the only one.

    April 30, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  7. me

    So I'm guessing Romney won't get her vote.

    April 30, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  8. Don

    Gee, thanks CNN! Betty White check. Now how about Angela Lansbury?

    April 30, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  9. NanookoftheNorth

    Way to go Betty ! Might as well use your celebrity for anyone that is for our beloved animal friends:-) Good Luck Mr. Berman !

    April 30, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  10. Marla

    I love Betty White, and it was no surprise to see that she is backing a Democrat.

    April 30, 2012 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  11. Nameobumma

    Who cares what actors or musicans or athletes endorse? Think for yourself!!!

    May 1, 2012 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  12. Jerry

    Grandma, I am really, really proud of you.

    Thank you, and I believe America THANKS you!

    May 1, 2012 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  13. vatoloke

    Betty, bless your heart.

    May 1, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  14. Honeybe

    You go, Betty! A beautiful lady inside and out at 90 years old. Amazing.

    May 1, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  15. JB

    The treatment of animals is a big factor in my vote as well. Most people who are good to animals will just be good people overall. Go Betty!

    May 1, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  16. ray

    betty would make a better president than that lying, hypocrite, flip flooping romney. bettey seems smarter, honest, and more likeable than they romneys, romneys lies for a living and gets away with it.

    May 1, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  17. Marlee

    Betty White for President 2012!

    May 1, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  18. right hand goodolboy

    Betty white is q great actress.but the love of animals is just one thing id do more checkin into the guys voting record and she will see he doesnt care about her just his own pocket

    May 1, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  19. Donald "ORANGE JULIUS" Trump

    No surprise that classy Hollywood Star Betty White picks a democrat.

    May 1, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  20. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    Betty White needs to do anti-GOP ads and pro-Obama ads from now until Obama's reelection!

    May 1, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  21. Anonymous

    Betty White is right! The love of animals indicates a good heart. This may not be the only issue, but it's a damn good one. I totally support animal rights and speaking out for those who cannot. Jennifer Hollis.

    May 1, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  22. Jennifer Hollis

    Speaking out for those who cannot speak for themselves-shows good heart. I totally support the cause for animal rights and Ms. White.

    May 1, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  23. andrew.peter

    And everyone ridicules and criticizes conservatives for being single issue voters. There's far more important things going on that animal treatment!! What are his economic policies?!

    May 1, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  24. kennysandberg

    That's right just keep pretending that Ron Paul isn't even thereB. You will have no choice soon just ask any enlisted or any vet their opinion! I dare ya

    May 1, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  25. anna

    Love Betty, she's awesome!

    May 1, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
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