Apr 22, 2021 - Politics & Policy

George W. Bush says he wrote in Condoleezza Rice for president in 2020

George W. Bush

George W. Bush. Photo: Bess Adler/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former President George W. Bush told People magazine that he wrote in Condoleezza Rice when he voted for president in the 2020 election.

The big picture: Bush also clarified comments made earlier this week in which he called today's GOP "isolationist, protectionist and, to a certain extent, nativist." The former president told People that he "painted with too broad a brush" and excluded "a lot of Republicans who believe we can fix the problem."

  • "Really what I should have said — there's loud voices who are isolationists, protectionists and nativists, something, by the way, I talked about when I was president," he said in a wide-ranging interview for next week's issue about his new book of oil paintings, "Out of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants."

What he's saying: Bush said Rice, who served as his secretary of state from 2005 to 2009, knew he wrote her name on his ballot.

  • "But she told me she would refuse to accept the office," he added.

Worth noting: While Bush has largely avoided talking about his successors, he said the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol siege by supporters of former President Trump "disgusted" and "really disturbed" him.

  • "I was sick to my stomach ... to see our nation's Capitol being stormed by hostile forces," he told the Texas Tribune in February.

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