Is George H.W. Bush sidestepping the Republican party and voting for Hillary Clinton in November? According to the Kennedys: Yes.
Politico reported that on Monday Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend, daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy, posted a picture to Facebook of her and Bush Sr. with the caption, “The President told me he’s voting for Hillary!!”
Politico stated that they reached out to the Kennedy family member via phone and she confirmed “that’s what he said” when she met with him in Maine earlier on Monday. They also reached out to the former President’s spokesman to see if he would confirm Bush’s preference for the 2016 election.
“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 replied to Politico in an email. “He is not commenting on the presidential race in the interim.”
However, in May of this year, McGrath told the Texas Tribune that “At age 91, President Bush is retired from politics,” and that he “came out of retirement to do a few things for Jeb, but those were the exceptions that proved the rule.”
Also adding that Bush 41’s son, former President George W. Bush “does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential campaign.”
Jeb Bush, Bush 41’s other son who ran for President in the 2016 election, has been outspoken about his plans to not endorse Donald Trump but has never alluded to the fact he would vote for Hillary Clinton.
According to The Washington Post, George H.W. Bush would be the first President since 1948 to buck his political party in an election.