Prominent Conservative Will Only Support Republican Candidates If They Walk Back Policy Positions

SOURCEThink Progress
In this February 26, 2007 file photograph, Charles Koch, head of Koch Industries, talks passionately about his new book on Market Based Management. (Bo Rader/Wichita Eagle/MCT via Getty Images)

Conservative billionaire Charles Koch said “it’s possible” Hillary Clinton could be a better president than any of the current GOP candidates.

In an interview on ABC News’ This Week that aired Sunday, Koch said that Bill Clinton was “in some ways” a better president than George W. Bush. “As far as the growth of government, the increase in spending, it was two and a half times [greater] under Bush than it was under Clinton.”

“So is it possible another Clinton could be better than another Republican next time around?” asked ABC News’ Jonathan Karl.

“It’s possible,” Koch said. “It’s possible.”

Charles Koch and his brother David are serious conservative political players in the United States, and have a history of supporting conservative candidates for decades.

During the same interview, Koch said the remaining Republican candidates include some “terrible role models,” and he would only support Donald Trump or Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) if they go back on some of the policy proposals they have made thus far, including Cruz’s proposal to carpet bomb ISIS and Trump’s proposal to ban all Muslims from the country.

“What was worse was this ‘we’ll have them all registered,’” Koch said during the interview, referring to Trump’s proposal to create a national database of all Muslims in the United States. “That’s reminiscent of Nazi Germany. I mean — that’s monstrous, as I said at the time.”

Despite his criticisms of Cruz and Trump, he said that he and his network would not be supporting or opposing any of the candidates. “We haven’t put a penny in any of these campaigns, pro or con,” Koch said. “That’s not what we do. What we’re trying to do is build alliances to make the country better.”


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