On April 24, during the Sunday Morning Talk shows, billionaire businessman Charles Koch said that “it’s possible” another Clinton could be a better option for president than another Republican.
Koch told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl that in some ways, Bill Clinton was a better president than George W. Bush; specifically on the growth in the size of government and regulations, which was at a more accelerated rate under Bush than Clinton.
Concerning whether the Kochs would back a Clinton candidacy, Charles was necessarily averse, but added that she would have to do a lot of work to do to convince them that her governing style would be very different from the rhetoric she’s dishing out on the campaign trail.
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It’s not a secret that the two brothers, who have been at the receiving end of the political left’s incessant rage for their right-leaning views, aren’t happy with how things have played out in the Republican primary. Reportedly, the brothers have allocated some $900 million to be spent on various elections this cycle.
They’re also not attending the RNC Convention in Cleveland this July. Koch also said that while they think Speaker Ryan is better on the issues than those who are currently left running on the Republican side, supporting him would not help their cause since a) it would only reek of the politics of corruption that they have no interest of being part of, as it doesn’t help move the country forward in a positive manner and b) they don’t think he can win (via Politico):
Add the Koch brothers' massive political network to the growing list of those who say they will not be attending the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this July.
“Why go?” Charles Koch told ABC News in an article published Monday, referring to the brothers' umbrella political organization, Freedom Partners. “We're not interested in politics. We’re interested in moving us towards a culture and policies that will enable people to improve their lives.”
Koch also said that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is "better on the issues" than the remaining Republican candidates but that supporting him as a "white knight" nominee would do more harm than help their cause.
“I don’t see how he could win,” Koch said. “If he did, I mean, that would create the impression this whole thing is rigged, which — that's the opposite of the direction we want to go.”
Then again, Clinton doesn't seem to want the Koch's long-shot endorsement, but when have the Clintons ever turned down boat loads of money.
Not interested in endorsements from people who deny climate science and try to make it harder for people to vote. https://t.co/TWN4zYhMBh— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 24, 2016