US Elections 2016

Republican financier: Clinton may be better

Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch (left) and US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch (left) and US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. PHOTOS: BLOOMBERG, REUTERS

WASHINGTON • Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch, a key source of financing for conservative Republican causes along with his brother, said Democrat Hillary Clinton might make a better president than the candidates in the Republican field.

Mr Koch, in an interview to air on Sunday on ABC, said that, in some respects, Mr Bill Clinton had been a better president than Mr George W. Bush, who Mr Koch said had increased government spending.

Then when asked if Mrs Clinton would be a better president than the Republicans currently running, he said: "It's possible, it's possible." ABC said Mr Koch, who along with brother David leads an influential political organisation called Freedom Partners, has been displeased so far with the tone of the Republican presidential race, in which Mr Donald Trump leads Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Ohio Governor John Kasich.

 

Asked if he could support Mrs Clinton over the Republicans, Mr Koch responded: "We would have to believe her actions would be quite different than her rhetoric. Let me put it that way."

While many conservatives have questioned Mr Trump's commitment to their agenda, a spokesman for the Koch brothers said last month that they would not use any of their money to block him from winning the Republican nomination.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 25, 2016, with the headline 'Republican financier: Clinton may be better'. Print Edition | Subscribe