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Koch Says It's Possible Clinton Would Be Better Than Republican

Saturday, 23 Apr 2016 09:24 PM

(Bloomberg) -- Billionaire political donor Charles Koch said Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton may make a better president than any Republicans vying for the job, based on the example set by her husband’s years in the White House.

Bill Clinton “wasn’t an exemplar. But as far as the growth in government, the increase in spending, it was two and a half times” more under Republican George W. Bush than it was under Clinton, Koch said in an interview for ABC’s “This Week.”

“We would have to believe her actions would be quite different than her rhetoric. Let me put it that way,” the 80-year-old Koch said when asked if he would consider supporting former Secretary of State Clinton. ABC released a short clip of the interview before Sunday’s full broadcast.

The Koch brothers, Charles and David, whose combined net worth is $106 billion, have spent hundreds of millions of dollars supporting Republican candidates whose platforms are consistent with their small-government views. They haven’t backed any of the party’s 2016 hopefuls, who have been whittled down to businessman Donald Trump, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ros Krasny in Washington at rkrasny1@bloomberg.net. To contact the editors responsible for this story: Bernard Kohn at bkohn2@bloomberg.net, Stephen West

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