The two chatted, Townsend said, at a meeting in Maine of the advisory board of the Points of Lights Foundation, a nonprofit group started by the former president.
“President Bush said he’s voting for Hillary. That’s what he said,” Townsend said. “He was talking about politics and what’s going on in the elections.”
Townsend, the daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy, posted a picture of her and Bush on Facebook on Monday night as Kathleen Hartington. She described Bush as "a friend of my family for a long time."
A spokesman for Bush has issued a statement not exactly denying Townsend’s account, but stopping short of confirming it.
“The vote President Bush will cast as a private citizen in some 50 days will be just that: a private vote cast in some 50 days,” said the statement by Jim McGrath. “He is not commenting on the presidential race in the interim.”
The Bush family has largely avoided the political spotlight this year since the demise of former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s campaign for the Republican nomination. Neither George H.W. Bush nor former president George W. Bush, his son, attended the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, where Trump accepted the party’s nomination.
Jeb Bush resurfaced Sunday night during a skit at the beginning of the Emmy awards. In it, he played himself as a limousine driver for the fictional president from the show “Veep,” played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus. As the vehicle sped off, a bumper sticker was visible reading: “Jeb! 2020.”