April 30th, 2012
08:07 PM ET
10 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. Russ in Md

    My next bumper sticker: Dogs against Obama.

    May 1, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. Russ in Md

    @Ol' Lefty: At least the family pet didn't become the main course for dinner.

    May 1, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. Jim Hahn

    She is supporting a Democrat (see "....fellow democrat ..."). @ Truth, functioning brains flourish in the Democratic Party. They perish in the Republican Party (see No Child Left Behind, where students are taught to pass a test and do what they're told, but not to think).

    May 1, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. Wake up people

    @Bernie mac, you insult Bernie Mac with your name and you insult our President with your lies. People all around the world are watching this disrespect and shaking their heads.

    Thank you Jan for the well deserved comments you made about our illustrious President. There are many of us that feel the same way and then there are the tea baggers.

    OBAMA 2012!

    May 1, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. The Real Truth and Nothing But Real Truth

    Russ in Md
    @Ol' Lefty: At least the family pet didn't become the main course for dinner
    Another 4 years of Obama and many families will be FORCED to make a dinner out of their best friend, just to survive. It is part of Obama's "A Dog in every Pot" program.

    May 1, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. Ol' Lefty

    Russ in Md
    Willard was a grown man who should have known better. But as in much else, he was clueless

    May 1, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    My next bumper sticker: Dogs against Rmoney.

    May 1, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. dave

    Eventhough I may like her candidate, why would I really care who she supports?

    May 1, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. Kevin

    Betty, you are so funny and adorable! If you were 70 years younger, I would propose to you immediately!

    May 1, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. Fido

    Cruelty to animals scandal just keeps DOGGING Slick Mitt.

    May 1, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. Pander Bear

    Russ in MD – keep posting that drivel. No one compares an eight year old boy to a grown man who should know better. Your just reinforcing how weak Romney and the rest of the GOTea party is.

    May 1, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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