Former U.S. Transportation Secretary and former Republican Rep. Ray LaHood (Ill.) reportedly said he is backing former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from the Democratic debateSanders, Warren exchange underscores Iowa stakesDemocrats clash at debate over keeping US troops in MideastMORE in the presidential race.
LaHood told The State Journal-Register he would absolutely not vote for President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debateSanders, Warren exchange underscores Iowa stakesCNN’s Van Jones: Democratic debate was ‘dispiriting,’ no evidence party can defeat TrumpMORE, adding that hes backing Biden.
LaHood said Trump is not his kind of politician, and called out the president for the way he disparages people.
I have met every president since (Richard) Nixon, LaHood told The State Journal-Register. Although I havent agreed with every one of them on every issue, each one of those people, except for Nixon, distinguished themselves in a way that made our country proud. … And this president has not done that.
LaHoods son, however, Rep. Darin LaHoodDarin McKay LaHoodA solemn impeachment day on Capitol HillHouse Republican: ‘It’s a mistake to withdraw from NAFTA’ Republican Congressman breaks with Trump and says the U.S. should not pull out of NAFTAMORE (R-Ill.) is an honorary co-chair of the Trump campaign in Illinois.
Ray Lahood served as a House Republican from 1995 to 2009. He later served under former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaSanders on Kim Jong Un threatening Biden: ‘But other than that, you like him’Steyer calls for cuts to defense spendingBiden, Sanders tangle on Iraq voteMORE, a Democrat, as transportation secretary from 2009 to 2013.
I love my son, Ray LaHood told the newspaper. I think hes done a fantastic job … probably a better job than I did. And Im very proud of him.
He added that he plans to vote in the GOP primary so that he can vote for his son, but said he would probably leave the presidential race blank on the ballot.
Trump reportedly faces the little known candidates John Schiess and Rocky De La Fuente on the Illinois primary ballot.
A spokesperson for the Biden campaign was not immediately available for comment.