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Will George H.W. Bush vote for Hillary Clinton?

Former President George Bush, and Hillary Clinton seen in 1997.(PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Republican president George H.W. Bush may vote for Hillary Clinton in November, according to a member of the Kennedy family. On Monday, Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend, former lieutenant governor of Maryland and daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, posted a photo with Bush on her Facebook page. She captioned the picture: “The President told me he’s voting for Hillary!!”

In an interview with Politico, Townsend said she met with Bush in Maine on Monday, and he mentioned his preference for Clinton during their conversation. “That’s what he said,” Townsend told Politico.

A spokesman for Bush would not confirm Townsend’s claims. “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 said in an email to The Guardian. “He is not commenting on the presidential race in the interim.”

Though Bush has remained silent on the presidential elections since his son, Jeb Bush, bowed out of the race, there have been indications that the former president does support Donald Trump as his party’s nominee. In May, Bush refused to lend an endorsement to Trump, with his spokesman telling The Guardian that at “age 91, President Bush is retired from politics. He naturally did a few things to help Jeb, but those were the ‘exceptions that proved the rule’.”

Neither George H.W. Bush nor his son, former president George W. Bush, attended this year’s Republican National Convention, where Trump accepted the nomination.

Read the full story at Politico and The Guardian.

 

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