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    Unwelcome Winner: Bush Ex-Presidents Will Not Endorse Donald Trump

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    After Donald Trump crushed all rivals at the Indiana primary, staking out his Republican presidential nomination, it turned out that both of the former Bush presidents, well known for providing wholehearted support for every Republican presidential candidate, will refrain from supporting anyone in the 2016 race.

    George H. W. Bush, who has favored every GOP presidential bid in the last five US elections, won’t do the same for Mr. Trump because the former president has “retired from politics” for the moment, according to The Texas Tribune, citing the ex-leader’s spokesman Jim McGrath.

    The retirement would seem plausible, if the 91-year politician had not spoken out earlier this year in support of the candidacy of his son, Jeb Bush, who dropped out in February.

    “He came out of retirement to do a few things for Jeb, but those were the exceptions that proved the rule [of not getting involved in politics],” McGrath said, regarding the elder Bush’s position on the presidential run.

    Bush has consistently taken part in the presidential campaigns for all his party fellows in recent years, including his son George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004, John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012. The elder Bush also gave his endorsement to bitter rival Bob Dole back in 1996.

    “I’ll do anything Senator Dole wants me to do — I’ll campaign for him,” Bush said at the time. “My heart lies at this level, the Dole level.”

    The elder Bush’s son, George W. Bush, the 43rd US president, also has no plans to take part or to “comment on the presidential campaign," an aide to the former president revealed.

    But, unlike his father, who preferred to stay silent on Trump’s rapid climb, ‘W’ earlier stepped out with a critique of the real estate mogul’s political rhetoric, stressing that “the strongest person in the room usually isn't the loudest one in the room."

    Trump became the last GOP nominee standing after rivals Ohio Governor John Kasich and Texas Senator Ted Cruz dropped out of the presidential run. Earlier on Tuesday, the billionaire won the crucial Indiana primary, taking the lead in delegates.

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    2016 US Presidential Run, Republican Party, John Kasich, Ted Cruz, George H.W. Bush, Donald Trump, George Bush, Indiana, United States
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