Bush, 92, is the patriarch of the political dynasty, which includes sons, former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Jeb was one of 13 candidates who vied for the Republican nomination. Trump disparaged him with personal attacks during the presidential primary debates.
The elder Bush is a World War II hero, whose plane was shot down in combat in the Pacific theater. He was rescued after parachuting into the sea.
Trump attacked Arizona Sen. John McCain, claiming he was no hero because he was captured after his plane was shot down over North Vietnam. He was tortured and spent years in a POW camp.
Trump also attacked George W. Bush for launching the Iraq war, even though Trump supported the war when it was popular. Since he declared for the presidency, however, he’s repeatedly stated, falsely, that he opposed the war.
In a testament to the Bush family’s influence in Texas, the state’s two leading newspapers, The Dallas Morning News and The Houston Chronicle, have both endorsed Clinton for president.
“We’ve been critical of Clinton’s handling of certain issues in the past. But unlike Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton has experience in actual governance, a record of service and a willingness to delve into real policy,” The Morning News editorialized.
Dozens of top advisers from previous Republican administrations, including Henry Paulson, John Negroponte, Richard Armitage and Brent Scowcroft are also backing Clinton, the paper noted.
Of Trump, the paper said: “He plays on fear — exploiting base instincts of xenophobia, racism and misogyny — to bring out the worst in all of us, rather than the best.”
Among registered voters, Clinton only trails Trump by one point, well within the margin for error, according to The 10th annual Texas Lyceum Poll. Those results, however, are five days old. The elder Bush’s support could tip the balance in Clinton’s favor.
Texas is a winner-take-all state in electoral college with 38 votes. Losing the state would doom Trump’s chances of winning the oval office. Republican Mitt Romney carried the state in 2012 with 57.2 percent of the vote over incumbent President Obama.
Ironically, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy, revealed the elder Bush’s decision after a casual meeting with him.
Townsend posted a photo on her Facebook page yesterday (Sept. 19) showing her shaking hands with the former president. “The President told me he’s voting for Hillary!!” she wrote in the caption.
Townsend confirmed the story with politics Web site, Politico.
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