Ray LaHood backs Biden for president

Ray LaHood backs Biden for president
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Former U.S. Transportation Secretary and former Republican Rep. Ray LaHood (Ill.) reportedly said he is backing former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket MORE in the presidential race.

LaHood told The State Journal-Register he would “absolutely not” vote for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE, adding that he’s backing Biden. 

He said Trump is not his “kind of politician” and called out the president for “the way he disparages people.” 

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“I have met every president since Nixon,” LaHood told The State Journal-Register. “Although I haven’t agreed with every one of them on every issue, each one of those people, except for Nixon, distinguished themselves in a way that made our country proud. ... And this president has not done that.”

His son, however, Rep. Darin LaHoodDarin McKay LaHoodBlagojevich calls himself a 'Trumpocrat,' praises Trump after release from prison Sanders slams Trump pardons as part of 'broken and racist criminal justice system' Illinois GOP House delegation blasts Blagojevich commutation: 'The face of public corruption' MORE (R-Ill.) is an honorary co-chairman of the Trump campaign in Illinois. 

Ray Lahood served as a House Republican from 1995 to 2009. He later served under former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Hill's Campaign Report: Gloves off in South Carolina 6 ways the primary fight is toughening up Democrats for the fall general election Bloomberg called Social Security a 'Ponzi scheme' as mayor MORE, a Democrat, as transportation secretary from 2009 to 2013. 

“I love my son,” Ray LaHood told the newspaper. “I think he’s done a fantastic job ... probably a better job than I did. And I’m very proud of him.”

He added that he plans to vote in the GOP primary so that he can vote for his son but said he would probably leave the presidential race blank on the ballot. 

Trump reportedly faces the little-known candidates John Schiess and Rocky De La Fuente on the Illinois primary ballot. 

A spokesperson for the Biden campaign was not immediately available for comment.