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George W. Bush Sitting Out Election With H.W., No Plans to Endorse Trump

George W. Bush Sitting Out Election With H.W., No Plans to Endorse Trump

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush (R) and his son President George W. Bush (L) stand together during the commissioning ceremony on the deck of the US Navy aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, January 10, 2009. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

By    |   Friday, 06 May 2016 05:26 AM EDT

George W. Bush and his father, George H. W. Bush, will be sitting out the presidential election and have no plans to endorse Donald Trump, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

The Washington Post reported that it is the first time in five presidential election cycles that Bush 41 is not endorsing the Republican nominee.

A spokesman for his son, Bush 43, made a statement Wednesday evening after Ohio Gov. John Kasich followed U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz to the exit, noted The Guardian.

"President George W. Bush does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential campaign," said the spokesman for the two-term president before President Barack Obama.

Jim McGrath, spokesman for George H. W. Bush, told The Guardian that the elder Bush has stepped away from politics.

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

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the brother of George W. Bush, dropped out of the presidential race in February after his campaign failed to gain traction in the South Carolina primary, reported Politico.

"It's also not a total surprise, even though the Bushes have been prominent voices in the last several presidential elections," The Dallas Morning News said about George W. Bush's announcement on the 2016 race.

"Trump taunted former Florida Gov. Jeb Brush with vigor this year. He spared not even former first lady Barbara Bush from his barbs. And the mogul blasted George W. Bush over national security, using 9/11 to challenge the notion that Bush kept the U.S. safe," the News said,.

On the campaign stump, Trump called the Iraq War "a mistake" and claimed that he was against it at the time, said The Guardian. 

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George W. Bush will be sitting out the presidential election, a spokesman said on Wednesday when Donald Trump became the presumptive party nominee after his final two rivals dropped out of the race.
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