Former President of the United States and former Texas Governor George W. Bush hasn’t really immersed himself into politics much since leaving office. During the 2016 Presidential election, Bush didn’t vote for President Trump, instead leaving his ballot empty, and telling reporters that “[Trump] doesn’t know what it means to be president.”
Now, with the midterms fast approaching, George W. Bush is fundraising for and endorsing several key Republicans, but he still strays from providing any support to President Trump.
In Bush’s home state of Texas, there are several really close House races as well as one key Senate race that has garnered national attention. Republican Senator Ted Cruz is up against quite the challenge in Democrat Beto O’Rourke.
Bush has taken the time out of his retired life to host fundraising events for many of Texas’ Republican candidates, including Rep. Will Hurd, of San Antonio, and next week for Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas’ 32nd District. One name that is missing off of Bush’s list of supported candidates, however, is that of Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
The mere idea that a former President appears to refuse to endorse the Senate candidate from his own party in his home state, says a lot. While Bush certainly isn’t endorsing Cruz’s opponent, Beto O’Rourke, this is certainly a big win for O’Rourke and his supporters.