Why It's Possible George H.W. Bush Could Vote for Clinton

A meeting between two members of American political dynasties caused a campaign tremor Monday night when the daughter of Robert Kennedy said that former President George H.W. Bush intended on voting for Democrat Hillary Clinton.



Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, also the former Lt. Gov. of Maryland, posted on her Facebook page a picture with the former president along with the caption that told her he will cast a vote for Clinton, according to Politico.

The photo is no longer on her Facebook page and after confusion, Bush's spokesperson released a statement neither confirming nor denying that the 41st president would vote for Hillary Clinton.

"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," Jim McGrath told NBC News.

While it appears that Bush has no plans to publicly announce which presidential candidate he's going to vote, however he votes, he has a personal history with the Clintons.

The Bush's and the Clinton's relationship have defied political lines. With three former presidents spanning the families, a post-presidency life has led to a closeness between them.

Even after blocking the first President Bush's attempt at re-election in 1992, President Bill Clinton and the elder Bush have developed a father-son like relationship. That has trickled down to President George W. Bush, who also has an affinity for Clinton. The two former presidents are the same age and have children and grandchildren of similar ages as well.

The 43rd president has joked that Clinton is his "brother by another mother." And First Lady Barbara Bush told C-SPAN in 2014, "I love Bill Clinton."

Despite being members of the same party, the Bush family has shown their dissatisfaction with Donald Trump.

Trump soundly defeated Jeb Bush in the Republican primary after lobbing personal insults against him, calling him "low energy" and criticizing his wife, Columba.

None of the three Bushes attended the Republican convention, breaking with tradition for the party's nominee.

Former President George W. Bush has been on the campaign trail but not for Trump. Instead he's been campaigning on behalf of Republican Senate candidates. 

Source : http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/why-it-s-feasible-george-h-w-bush-would-vote-n651251

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