George H.W. Bush Reportedly Voting For Hillary Clinton
Former president George H.W. Bush will cross party lines and vote for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in November, according to former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.
The daughter of assassinated presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy posted a photo to Facebook on Monday of her posing with Bush.“The President told me he’s voting for Hillary!!” she wrote in the caption.
A spokesman for the 41st president, however, would neither confirm nor deny whether the Republican grandee is voting for the former secretary of state.
“The vote President Bush will cast as a private citizen in some 50 days will be just that: a private vote cast in some 50 days,” Jim McGrath told CNN. “He is not commenting on the presidential race in the interim.”
McGrath said on Twitter early Tuesday that he was “still checking” to verify Townsend’s claim. But Townsend,who is also the niece of the assassinated president John F. Kennedy, told Politico “that’s what [Bush] said.”
Neither the 92-year-old nor his son, former President George W. Bush, have endorsed 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. The brash real estate businessman defeated Jeb Bush, another member of the political family, in a bitter primary this year. Although the former Florida governor has repeatedly denounced Trump, he has not made his choice for president known.
Many former members of both Bush administrations have announced their intention to vote for Clinton in November, including former national security adviser Brent Scowcroft, former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.