Former Bush official endorses Clinton, rips Trump
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A top figure in George W. Bush’s White House says she is breaking with the GOP and backing Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders thanks Iowa voters for giving momentum to progressive agenda Manchin wrestles with progressive backlash in West Virginia Arizona newspaper backs Democrat in dead heat Senate race MORE for president.

“I have disagreed with and criticized Hillary Clinton’s positions, but I have come to the conclusion that she would be a far better president than the Republican candidate could ever be,” Rosario Marin, the former U.S. Treasurer, said in a statement Wednesday.

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“She understands that words spoken from the White House have consequences, that sarcasm is not a strategy when dealing with delicate world situations, that our friends and foes listen to every word spoken by our president and react accordingly,” Marin added.

“There is too much at stake both domestically and abroad to have a thoughtless individual at the helm of the most important economy in the world. My party and its standard-bearer leave me no choice; on November 8, I will vote for Hillary Clinton.”

Marin, who is Hispanic, said she could not tolerate GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Gillum and DeSantis’s first debate GOP warns economy will tank if Dems win Gorbachev calls Trump's withdrawal from arms treaty 'a mistake' MORE’s rhetoric on immigration and the Hispanics.

“I have come to the devastatingly painful realization that my party right now doesn’t want my vote nor that of my community,” she said. "Evidently it is not important, or not as important as some other voting bloc. So, for me to consider the unthinkable — to vote for a Democrat — has been a profound soul-searching process.

“Leaders are tested time and time again and so, I will stand up for my community against the menace of a tyrannical presidency that does not value the countless contributions of immigrants across its beautiful and bountiful history.”

Clinton’s campaign launched an initiative last week touting endorsements from current and former Republican officials.

“The list of nearly 50 endorsements includes three former Cabinet Secretaries, six current or former members of the House and Senate, six former ambassadors, five former leaders in the armed forces, nearly 20 senior Republican administration officials and numerous business or community leaders,” the Democratic presidential nominee’s campaign said in a statement last week.

Several Republicans have announced they oppose Trump as their party’s nominee amid several controversies surrounding the billionaire.