Ray LaHood backs Biden for president

Former U.S. Transportation Secretary and former Republican Rep. Ray LaHood (Ill.) reportedly said he is backing former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE in the presidential race.

LaHood told The State Journal-Register he would “absolutely not” vote for President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE, adding that he’s backing Biden. 

He said Trump is not his “kind of politician” and called out the president for “the way he disparages people.” 

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“I have met every president since Nixon,” LaHood told The State Journal-Register. “Although I haven’t 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.”

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His son, however, Rep. Darin LaHoodDarin McKay LaHoodHouse GOP to launch China probes beyond COVID-19 McCarthy unveils new GOP-led China task force Overnight Health Care: Pressure builds on White House on testing | Georgia to reopen some businesses | Trump to meet with Cuomo Tuesday MORE (R-Ill.) is an honorary co-chairman 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 ObamaHarris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Five ways America would take a hard left under Joe Biden Valerie Jarrett: ‘Democracy depends upon having law enforcement’ MORE, a Democrat, as transportation secretary from 2009 to 2013. 

“I love my son,” Ray LaHood told the newspaper. “I think he’s done a fantastic job … probably a better job than I did. And I’m 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.

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