According to a social media post by former Maryland lieutenant governor Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend, former president George H.W. Bush will vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton in the upcoming presidential election. Townsend is the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, and like Bush, is the offspring of a famed political family. She posted on Facebook, "The President told me he's voting for Hillary!!"
The 92-year-old Republican 41st president is the son of a patrician U.S. Senator who had dealings with the National Socialist government of Germany before the Second World War. He sired a president in George W. Bush, and a presidential contender in Jeb Bush, who served as governor of Florida.
According to POLITICO, Townsend said that she met former president Bush 41 yesterday in Maine. Bush told her his preference is for Hillary Clinton. She told POLITICO “That’s what he said.”
"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," said a spokesman for Bush to ABC News. "He is not commenting on the presidential race in the interim."
Bush 41 has departed from conservatism in the past. For example, granddaughter Lauren Bush Lauren received the 2014 Profile in Courage Award on his behalf from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation for having broken his famous vow "Read my lips: no new taxes" in 1990. Brokering the 1990 tax compromise is widely believed to have cost him re-election in 1992 and ushered in eight years of Bill Clinton. The 2014 prize credited Bush for his "decision to put country above party and political prospects" in the deal with congressional Democrats. "America's gain was President Bush's loss," Jack Schlossberg, grandson of former president John F. Kennedy and a member of the award committee.
Bush 41 also departed from conservatives in 2014 when he signed a marriage license
as a witness to a same-sex wedding in Maine for two female friends of the Bush family.
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