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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 BidenDemocrats warn GOP will regret Barrett confirmation Trump campaign eyes election night party at his sold-out DC hotel Harris blasts GOP for confirming Amy Coney Barrett: 'We won't forget this' MORE in the presidential race.

LaHood told The State Journal-Register he would “absolutely not” vote for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump admin to announce coronavirus vaccine will be covered under Medicare, Medicaid: report Election officials say they're getting suspicious emails that may be part of malicious attack on voting: report McConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote 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 LaHoodHow to expand rural broadband, fast and affordably America can't afford to ignore the food service distribution industry On The Money: McConnell previews GOP coronavirus bill | Senate panel advances Trump Fed nominee who recently supported gold standard | Economists warn about scaled-back unemployment benefits 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 ObamaTrump is cruising for a bruising State lawmaker Elizabeth Fiedler discusses the top issues for Pennsylvania voters Joe Biden's transit plan: Party like it's 2009 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.