Like father, like son: George W. Bush rumored to be voting for Hillary Clinton

Dubya's choice will add another layer to an already interesting family drama about the campaign

By Matthew Rozsa
Published November 2, 2016 2:42PM (EDT)
 (AP/Ron Edmonds)
(AP/Ron Edmonds)

Former president George W. Bush may vote for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, according to a report Wednesday.

The news comes from George P. Bush, a Trump supporter the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and nephew of George W. Bush. The Texas land commissioner told a small crowd of Republicans in San Marcos that he believed he was the only person in his family voting straight-ticket Republican, the Associated Press reports.

"I don't know how they voted. I'm speculating, to be honest," Bush explained when an AP reporter later asked him to elaborate on what this meant about the two former presidents Bush. When asked if that meant they might vote for Clinton, Bush reiterated: "Potentially. But it's hard to speculate."

Papa Bush, the 41st president,  made national headlines in September, when he told Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend that he planned on voting for Clinton.

Jeb Bush, who was beaten soundly by Donald Trump, was on the fence about his vote, telling MSNBC: “I can’t vote for Hillary Clinton and I can’t vote for Donald Trump, and it breaks my heart. This is my the first time in my adult life I’m confronted with this dilemma.”

While George W. Bush has remained silent about his voting plans, he is well known to have developed a close relationship with the Clintons in the years after his presidency ended, even tweeting that Bill Clinton was his "brother from another mother" in 2014.

We still don't know how Billy Bush is voting.

Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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