A spokesman says former President George W. Bush did not vote for Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Freddy Ford says the most recent Republican president voted “none of the above for president and Republican down-ballot.” That means Bush voted for Republicans in congressional and local races.
It’s not a complete surprise. The Bush family includes the two most recent Republican presidents but neither endorsed nor campaigned for the billionaire businessman who captured the party’s nomination. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was a one-time favourite to win the GOP presidential nomination until Trump got into the race and branded him with a name that stuck: “Low energy.”
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Bush, a Republican, served as president from 2001 to 2009.
Several family members are prominent Republicans – Bush’s father, George H.W. Bush, preceded him as president from 1989 to 1993. In September, the senior Bush was reported as saying that he planned to vote for Hillary Clinton.
A brother, Jeb Bush, was governor of Florida and unsuccessfully ran against Trump for the Republican presidential nomination.
Barbara Bush, George W. Bush’s mother, was the only member of the family to overtly criticize Trump, calling the Republican presidential nominee’s many controversial comments about women “unbelievable.”
Mitt Romney, the GOP’s presidential nominee in 2012, has been more outspoken, saying that Trump had “revealed a character and temperament unfit for the leader of the free world.”
-With files from The Associated Press
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