George HW Bush for Democrat Clinton? A Kennedy says so

2016-09-20 20:12
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes a selfie during a campaign stop in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke, AP)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes a selfie during a campaign stop in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke, AP)

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Washington - Former president George HW Bush plans to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, the niece of president John F Kennedy wrote in a Facebook posting.

"The President told me he's voting for Hillary!!" read the caption of a picture Kathleen Kennedy Townsend posted on Facebook, as she shook the 92 year-old ex-president's hand.

The news site Politico posted a screenshot of the picture with the comment.

Townsend, 63, is a Democratic former lieutenant governor of Maryland and the daughter of former attorney general Robert Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1968. Her uncle was president Kennedy (1961-1963).

On Facebook Townsend is identified as Kathleen Hartington, her middle name.

The Bush clan has not offered their support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

A spokesperson for Bush, president from 1989 to 1993, was neutral on the subject when asked.

"The vote president Bush will cast as a private citizen in about 50 days will be just that: a private vote cast in about 50 days," spokesperson Jim McGrath said in a statement on Tuesday.

"He is not commenting on the presidential race in the interim."

Neither Bush nor his sons - including ex-president George W Bush (2001-2009) and Jeb Bush, a former Florida governor and ex-2016 presidential hopeful - went to Trump's nomination at the Republican National Convention in August.

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