Republican Deb Fischer has former GOP presidential candidate John McCain in her corner.
Democrat Bob Kerrey has former Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman in his corner.
Fischer and Kerrey are running for U.S. Senate in Nebraska. Both landed key endorsements Wednesday from nationally-recognized politicians who both happen to be friends and who both are political mavericks.
Lieberman crossed party lines in 2008 to endorse McCain.
Lieberman, now officially an Independent, is expected to campaign with Kerrey on Oct. 25.
“I am proud to have the support of Senator Joe Lieberman in this race,” said Kerrey. “Senator Lieberman shares my commitment to work with people in both political parties.”
Fischer also emphasized McCain's bipartisan credentials. “I am looking forward to working with John McCain and reaching across the aisle to address the tremendous challengers confronting our nation,” she said.
In addition to McCain, Fischer also landed the backing — earlier this month — of tea party favorite Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.
Rubio is set to appear at a Fischer fundraiser in Omaha on the same day Lieberman will campaign with Kerrey.
Lieberman was a longtime Democrat who served as former Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore's running mate in 2000. However, Lieberman's relationship with the party has, at times, been strained.
Lieberman now caucuses with the Democrats in the Senate, but is listed as an Independent.
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