George W. and Laura Bush decline to vote for either candidate

Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush are introduced at the dedication ceremony for the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

AUSTIN (AP) – Former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura have declined to vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.

Spokesman Freddy Ford says neither made presidential selections during early voting two weeks ago.

Ford says via email Tuesday: “President and Mrs. Bush voted `None of the Above’ for president and Republican down-ballot.” That means Bush voted for GOP candidates in congressional and local races.

Neither had endorsed Trump, who was largely shunned by the Bush family. The exception was George W. Bush’s nephew and Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, who has praised Trump at state GOP events.

In September, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend said Bush’s father, 92-year-old former President George H.W. Bush, told her at a Maine gathering that he was voting for Clinton. The family didn’t confirm that, though. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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