A former GOP speechwriter is considering voting for a Democratic candidate in the general election over Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally MORE.

Ben Stein, a conservative economist, said he's never voted for a Democrat before — adding that he'd like to see a Republican in office — but called the front-runner "dangerously misinformed" and said he would "sink" the party.


"I like him, but he’s dangerously misinformed," he said on CNN on Wednesday.

Stein said he went to law school with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump jokingly blames 'Crooked Hillary' after his rally mic stops working The Hill's Campaign Report: Two weeks to the election l Biden leads in new polls as debate looms l Trump pressures DOJ on Hunter Biden Trump remarks put pressure on Barr MORE, adding he's always had a "kind of fondness for her."

“She was always a very nice young woman,” Stein said.

He also said he admired her rival Bernie SandersBernie SandersOcasio-Cortez rolls out Twitch channel to urge voting Calls grow for Democrats to ramp up spending in Texas The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Tipping point week for Trump, Biden, Congress, voters MORE's single-payer national health plan.

“When I worked for Mr. Nixon as a speechwriter, I wrote the message that sent up Mr. Nixon’s proposal for single-payer health plan,” he said.

Stein said he liked Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Two weeks out, Trump attempts to rally the base Senate Republicans offer constitutional amendment to block Supreme Court packing 10 bellwether counties that could signal where the election is headed MORE and "loved" Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump remarks put pressure on Barr Owners of meatpacker JBS to pay 0M fine over foreign bribery charges Questions raised about conflicts of interest around Biden son-in-law MORE. But he added Rubio is "hanging an albatross around Mr. Trump's neck that doesn't deserve to be there," referring to criticism over David Duke and The Ku Klux Klan.

“Mr. Trump definitely did disavow the Ku Klux Klan and to say otherwise is simply not true,” Stein said.

"If I could just snap my fingers and have anyone it would be Marco Rubio," he said. "But I think he's been a little bit disingenuous lately."

He also called New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie a very capable governor but said he made a poor decision in his endorsement of Trump.

"I think he made a mistake getting on the Trump bandwagon, and I just hope that bandwagon does not drag the whole party out to sea and sink us," Stein said. 

"I'm afraid that's what's coming down the road."