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 BidenPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks State school board leaves national association saying they called parents domestic terrorists Sunday shows preview: Supply chain crisis threaten holiday sales; uncertainty over whether US can sustain nationwide downward trend in COVID-19 cases MORE in the presidential race.

LaHood told The State Journal-Register he would “absolutely not” vote for President TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event 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 LaHoodIllinois Democrats propose new 'maximized' congressional map US must support Lebanon as it faces economic and political instability The case for improving America's research and experimentation tax credit 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 ObamaProgressives say go big and make life hard for GOP Biden giving stiff-arm to press interviews Jill Biden campaigns for McAuliffe in Virginia 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.