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Political family roulette: A Kennedy says George H.W. Bush is voting for Clinton

Politico pulls an exclusive from Kathleen Kennedy Townsend's Facebook page; Bush flack says vote is "private"

Grace Guarnieri
September 20, 2016 9:35PM (UTC)

According to Politico, former President George H.W. Bush will be voting for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. Robert F. Kennedy daughter Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, a former lieutenant governor of Maryland who is also Robert F. Kennedy's daughter, captioned a picture of her shaking hands with the first President Bush, “The President told me he’s voting for Hillary!!” on her Facebook page. The big three political families are showing each others’ voting cards: a Kennedy said that a Bush will be supporting a Clinton.

“That’s what he said,” Townsend said in a phone interview with Politico about her social media post.


The 92-year-old former president and his wife have remained quiet since their son Jeb (or rather Jeb!) dropped out of the presidential race in February. Questioned about the revelation, Bush spokesperson Jim McGrath wrote in an email to Politico, "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. He is not commenting on the presidential race in the interim." That doesn't sound like a “no.”

Last night on "The 11th Hour With Brian Williams," MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace said, “You see maybe President Bush sharing a personal opinion, maybe not. But they have made a decision, and this applies to Bush 43 [i.e., George W. Bush] too, not to weigh in, not to come out for or against anybody, and I don’t expect that to change.”  

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