Charles Koch: Hillary Might Not Be So Bad
The remaining GOP candidates aren't inspiring billionaire to pull out his checkbook
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2016 12:37 PM CDT
In this May 22, 2012, file photo, Charles Koch speaks in his office at Koch Industries in Wichita, Kan.   (Bo Rader/The Wichita Eagle via AP, File)
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(Newser) – Charles Koch is currently sitting on his checkbook, and he tells ABC News that he's not exactly inclined to start scribbling checks—either in support of, or to undermine—the remaining Republican presidential candidates. The billionaire calls Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich "terrible role models," reports the AP, and says a candidate should "compete on making the country better."

Then he turns an eye toward Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton and imagines the country could do worse, even comparing Bill Clinton's presidency favorably to George W. Bush's. "In other ways, I mean [Clinton] wasn't an exemplar. But as far as the growth of government, the increase in spending," Koch says. "It was 2.5 times [more] under Bush than it was under Clinton." He concedes "it's possible" that Clinton could be a more palatable candidate than her GOP rivals, but that he would "have to believe her actions would be quite different than her rhetoric."