George W. Bush Reveals Vote (He Didn't Do What Dad Did)

It wasn't a vote for Clinton—but it wasn't a vote for Trump, either
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2016 7:24 PM CST
George W. Bush Reveals Vote (He Didn't Do What Dad Did)
Former President George W. Bush speaks during the opening ceremony of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington on Sept. 24, 2016.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – Neither of the Bush presidents voted for the GOP nominee in Election 2016—but while No. 41 reportedly opted to cast his ballot for Hillary Clinton, No. 43 took a different route. George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, "voted 'None of the Above' for president," spokesman Freddy Ford told Reuters via email. The couple did vote for all Republicans in down-ballot races, however. And so one person who should be offering an "I'm sorry" to the former first couple, per Ford: Rush Limbaugh. CNNMoney reports that Limbaugh had led his radio program listeners to think Dubya and Mrs. Bush had voted for Clinton.

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"Rush is wrong and should apologize," Ford said. Limbaugh didn't exactly express regrets for misspeaking, but at the top of his website is now a short correction that reads: "We've been told by President George W. Bush's office that President Bush did not vote for Hillary Clinton as was reported on today's show. He voted two weeks ago and did not vote for her." Who's not giving up his pick: one-time 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush, who told CNN last week he would be keeping his vote secret. (Read more Election 2016 stories.)

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