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    Bush 41, 43 Do Not Plan to Endorse Donald Trump

    Bush 41, 43 Do Not Plan to Endorse Donald Trump


    • By SHUSHANNAH WALSHE
    • May 4, 2016, 7:31 PM ET


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    President George H.W. Bush and his son President George W. Bush have no plans to endorse Donald Trump, their spokespeople told ABC News.

    "President Bush does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential campaign,” the younger Bush's spokesman, Freddy Ford, said.


    Jim McGrath, spokesman for the elder Bush, said the 41st president is out of politics.


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    "At age 91, President Bush is retired from politics," McGrath said in an email. "He naturally did a few things to help Jeb, but those were the 'exceptions that proved the rule.'"


    Jeb Bush
    , former Florida governor and son and brother of the former presidents, left the race in February.


    The Texas Tribune was the first to report the news.


    This is the first time in the last five election cycles that Bush 41 has not endorsed the GOP nominee.

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    Who cares who they vote for? 41 is the one who crafted NAFTA and 43 is the one who invaded Iraq on false information. In my book, a grain of salt has higher value than who they are or are not voting for.

    This American is done with the Bushes, because as a family, they've done enormous harm to our country and citizens.
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    The only reason we even had Bush 43 is because of Bush 41. Bush 43 IMO would have been the worst president this country ever had if it weren't for BO. BO takes the cake!
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    8 years of Bush + 8 years of Obama = 16 YEARS DOWN THE TOILET!

    16 years of US taxpayers taking it in the shorts with the out of control spending, regulations, Executive Orders, never ending wars and the invasion of our border, DACA, DAPA, Cuban Adjustment Act, Anchor Baby. Bad trade agreements, jobs lost, health care costs rising, millions out of work, more division, riots, looting, burning down cities...the list is long.

    Both incompetent bumbling morons! Every time Bush showed his face on TV I wanted to wipe that smirk off his face...remember that look? 22 trillion in debt. Thousands of US troops lives lost...for what? Should have never gone into Iraq, those people have been raping, killing and blowing stuff up for thousands of years. Leave them alone, not our business. Now they are invading our Country because of these two idiots. Obama worst President ever, you can stick your pen and phone where the sun don't shine! We need to take the checkbook away and defund everything Obama wants! Not one more dime for your lawless destruction of our Country.

    Europe has a hot mess on their hands and I do not want to send our troops or spend our money to defend them! Trump is right! So they better start paying up, getting their troops ready because they are under massive invasion.
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    Paul Ryan declines to support Donald Trump as Republican standard-bearer





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    Thursday 5 May 2016 17.27 EDT

    House speaker Paul Ryan, the highest-ranking elected Republican official, has said he does not yet support Donald Trump as the party’s presumptive presidential nominee.

    Republicans plunged into five stages of grief over Trump's unstoppable rise

    Marking the latest defection in a brewing civil war that threatens to tear apart the GOP before the general election in November, Ryan, who will chair the party convention in Cleveland in July, said Trump had yet to prove he shared the conservative values and principles necessary to be the party’s standard-bearer.

    “I’m just not ready to do that at this point,” Ryan, the 2012 Republican vice-presidential nominee, told CNN in an interview on Thursday when asked if he was backing Trump. “I’m not there right now.”


    Republicans remain torn on whether to embrace Trump, who following his victory in the Indiana primary this week and the withdrawals of Ted Cruz and John Kasich became the presumptive nominee.


    Ryan has rebuked several of Trump’s controversial statements over the past few months, including his proposal to ban Muslims from the US and a refusal to disavow an expression of support from a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan.


    “The bulk of the burden on unifying the party will have to come from our presumptive nominee,” Ryan said. “I don’t want to underplay what he accomplished … but he also inherits something very special, that’s very special to a lot of us.


    “This is the party of Lincoln and Reagan and [former congressman and champion of supply side economics] Jack Kemp. And we don’t always nominate a Lincoln or a Reagan every four years, but we hope that our nominee aspires to be Lincoln- or Reagan-esque, that that person advances the principles of our party and appeals to a wide, vast majority of Americans.”

    Ryan’s comments come a day after his counterpart in the Senate, the majority leader, Mitch McConnell, offered a tepid endorsement of Trump in a statement.


    Ryan emphasized that he did not believe Republicans should vote for Hillary Clinton, who is on course to be the Democratic nominee. But he added that Trump must work to unite the Republican party and run a campaign that Americans can be “proud to support and proud to be a part of”.


    “And we’ve got a ways to go from here to there,” Ryan said.


    Neither George W nor George HW Bush will endorse Donald Trump

    Trump is poised to accept the nomination at the Republican convention. Several prominent figures have said they will not attend, including former presidents George HW Bush and George W Bush, who also confirmed through a family spokesman that they will sit out the remainder of the presidential election.

    Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor who dropped out of the 2016 race in February, will also skip the convention.


    The 2012 nominee, Mitt Romney, who in March delivered a scathing takedown of Trump’s candidacy, has said he will neither vote for Trump nor attend the convention. Senator John McCain, the 2008 nominee, will sit out the convention but has wrestled with the question of whether he will support Trump in the general election.


    McCain is one of several Republican senators who face a tough re-election battle this November – races that will now be all the more hard-fought as Democrats seek to define them as belonging to the “Party of Trump”.


    According to an audio recording obtained by Politico on Thursday, at a private fundraiser last month McCain offered his candid assessment of how a Trump nomination would affect his chances of holding on to his Senate seat.


    “If Donald Trump is at the top of the ticket, here in Arizona, with over 30% of the vote being the Hispanic vote, no doubt that this may be the race of my life,” he said.


    Trump, who launched his campaign by calling Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “killers”, has shown little indication that he would transform into an effective courter of the Hispanic vote, although he did win the Republican caucuses in Nevada.


    On Thursday the bombastic billionaire used Twitter to share a photo taken at Trump Tower in Manhattan, in which he marked the Cinco de Mayo anniversary with a taco bowl and the caption: “Happy #CincoDeMayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!”


    Republican race is not over yet as Trump nomination faces further bumps in road

    The cracks extend even to some who are not defending seats. Ben Sasse, a first-term senator from Nebraska, shared on Facebook an open letter stating his opposition to Trump. In the letter, Sasse wrote that his voicemail was full of “party bosses and politicos” urging him to unite behind Trump because he was better than Clinton.

    “This open letter aims simply to ask ‘WHY is that the only choice?’” Sasse wrote. “I signed up for the party of Abraham Lincoln – and I will work to reform and restore the GOP – but let’s tell the plain truth that right now both parties lack vision.”


    In an op-ed published on Thursday, the conservative editorial board of the Wall Street Journal added its voice to the intra-party anguish.

    “Mr Trump may be able to improve his image if he controls his perpetual insult machine, but there is little evidence that he can or will do so,” the board wrote.

    “The essence of his politics is personal, and it’s not obvious he knows any other way.”

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    yay! Good because we need Donald Trump to go to work completely destroying the political machines of the internal enemies of America like the Bush dynasty!

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    1:39 P.M.KURTIS LEE

    Mitt Romney joins list of Republicans who plan to sit out GOP convention

    Mitt Romney (Tom Smart / European Pressphoto Agency)

    Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, plans to sit out the party's nominating convention this summer — and he's not alone.

    With Donald Trump now the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, a chorus of prominent Republicans -- past presidents and nominees alike -- are shunning endorsements and offering similar sentiments about the July convention in Cleveland: will not attend.

    Last month, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who ended his candidacy for the White House in February, was curt when asked if he would attend.


    "No," said Bush, who was often the subject of personal taunts by Trump.


    Several members of Congress, including Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Richard Burr of North Carolina, who both face tough reelection fights, have said they will not attend. McCain, the 2008 GOP nominee, has battled Trump publicly for much of the last year.


    Still, in recent days Trump has sought to assuage any ill will from within the party, calling for Republicans to unite around him in anticipation for a hard-fought battle with Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton this fall. And some Republicans, such as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, McCain's 2008 running mate, have become some of Trump's most ardent supporters.


    But when it comes to establishment figures, Trump has stumbled.


    Former Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush will not make endorsements this election cycle, according to the Texas Tribune.


    It's the first time in five election cycles the elder Bush will not endorse the Republican nominee.

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    Thu May 5, 2016 2:16pm EDT

    Republicans grapple with whether to back Trump for White House

    BY GINGER GIBSON AND EMILY STEPHENSON

    Republican lawmakers, operatives and donors grappled with whether to support Donald Trump, who effectively clinched his party's presidential nomination this week after his two remaining rivals, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, dropped out of the White House race.

    As Trump sought to rally the fractured party behind him, many prominent Republicans got behind the reality TV star and real estate developer, while some weighed their options. Still others said they might vote in the Nov. 8 general election for Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee.


    Bill Achtmeyer, the Boston-based founder of consulting firm Parthenon Group, was among those considering a possible vote for Clinton, a former secretary of state and former first lady.


    "If she is able to move to the center and think as creatively and thoughtfully as her husband (Bill Clinton) did ... boy, I would have a very hard time, based on what I know today, not voting for Hillary versus what Trump is espousing," said Achtmeyer, who has donated $200,000 to Republicans over the last decade.


    Another Republican donor, David Beightol, a Washington lobbyist who raised money this year for the presidential bid of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, said he was leaning toward voting for Trump because he could not support Clinton.


    "I'm not there yet, but I don't have a lot of choice," Beightol said.


    In most U.S. elections cycles, party insiders quickly coalesce around candidates once they have effectively sewn up the nomination. But Trump's bombastic rhetoric, unorthodox campaign and his lack of experience in government have left the party divided.


    The New York billionaire has vowed to deport illegal immigrants and build a wall along the Mexican border. He has also said he would temporarily bar Muslims from entering the country as a way to combat terrorism.


    Republican former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush do not plan to endorse anyone in the White House race this year, their spokesmen told Reuters.

    The party's presidential nominee in 2012, Mitt Romney, will not attend the
    Republican National Convention in July, an aide said. The former Massachusetts governor delivered a blistering attack on Trump in March.


    The party's 2008 nominee, U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona, has said he would support the eventual nominee, "who is now presumptively Donald Trump," said McCain's Senate campaign spokeswoman, Lorna Romero.


    But McCain told supporters in Arizona last month that having Trump at the top of the Republican ticket make his re-election harder, according a recording obtained by Politico. The state has a large Hispanic population.


    On Wednesday, fresh off the win in Indiana's primary that drove both his rivals out of the race, Trump pledged to unify the party and said he was getting calls from people who had criticized him in the past but who now wanted to back him.Supporters of Trump, who has never held elective office, said he could ease concerns about his lack of experience by choosing a well-known running mate.

    Representatives Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee and Chris Collins of New York both suggested former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.


    Rice did not respond to a request for comment.


    Trump told CNBC on Thursday there was a 40 percent chance his vice presidential pick would be a former Republican presidential rival.


    Backers said Trump could mend ties with allies of Cruz, who had been his strongest challenger and had trumpeted himself as a true conservative, by meeting with lawmakers in person after a heated campaign in which Trump dubbed the U.S. senator from Texas "Lyin' Ted."


    Cruz's supporters on Capitol Hill have ties to conservative activists and the Tea Party, groups that could help Trump raise money and turn out voters. DesJarlais said meeting Trump in person would improve their impressions of him.


    Representative Raul Labrador, a Cruz backer and conservative leader from Idaho, told a radio station that he saw Trump as favoring the political "establishment" even though he has run as an outsider. But he said Trump would likely appoint a conservative to the U.S. Supreme Court, a priority for many on the political right.


    "With Clinton, there is no chance," Labrador said. "In my opinion, there's just no choice between the two."

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    Why does the press announce that Bush 41 will not endorse Trump when Bush 41 hasn't got much to say about anything. He is very retired. Leave the guy alone. And don't put words in his mouth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pkskyali View Post
    Why does the press announce that Bush 41 will not endorse Trump when Bush 41 hasn't got much to say about anything. He is very retired. Leave the guy alone. And don't put words in his mouth.
    Because: "This is the first time in the last five election cycles that Bush 41 has not endorsed the GOP nominee."
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