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Former president George H.W. 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, 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 spokesman for Bush, president 1989-1993, was neutral on the subject when asked.
“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,” spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement 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.