Gary Cohn: 'I haven't made up my mind' on vote for president in November

Gary Cohn: 'I haven't made up my mind' on vote for president in November
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Gary CohnGary David CohnOn The Money: Wall Street zeros in on Georgia runoffs | Seven states sue regulator over 'true lender' rule on interest rates | 2021 deficit on track to reach .3 trillion Former Trump economic aide Gary Cohn joins IBM The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience MORE, President TrumpDonald TrumpUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Heller won't say if Biden won election MORE’s one-time economic adviser, told CNBC he has not yet made up his mind how he will vote in the November election.

“You know, I honestly haven’t made up my mind,” Cohn said Monday. “I’m really eager to see an economic debate between the two of them. I actually vote on issues.”

Cohn, a registered Democrat, criticized the president’s response to the 2017 Unite the Right white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. However, he did not resign until the next year, citing his disagreements with the president on proposed steel and aluminum tariffs.


Since leaving the White House, Cohn has been notably less critical of the president than other officials who have resigned, such as former Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisFormer Defense Secretary Mattis testifies in Theranos CEO trial 20 years after 9/11, we've logged successes but the fight continues Defense & National Security — The mental scars of Afghanistan MORE, former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right Ex-Trump adviser Bolton defends Milley: 'His patriotism is unquestioned' MORE and former Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by AT&T - Supreme Court lets Texas abortion law stand Trump-era ban on travel to North Korea extended Want to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump MORE. In January, he told CBS News that he was “leaving the door open” on his vote.

“I vote on a lot of the social issues, as well. So, you know, in many respects, I’ve got to balance both sides of that equation before I figure out who I’m going to vote for,” he said in January.

On CNBC, however, Cohn suggested economic concerns would drive his vote. “We have to have a plan to get back to a more normalized fiscal picture, once we normalize and we get back to a normal economy in the United States,” he said. “And I really do want to hear where the two candidates are. Just taxing to spend doesn’t make sense to me. We have to have a plan to get our fiscal house back in order.”

“The first set of [coronavirus] fiscal stimulus was a blunt instrument: We sort of spread it everywhere. Which at the time was the right thing to do,” he added.

“I think at this point we need a much more detailed, or scalpel-like approach,” he said. “And the place where we need it the most is in the small-business community.”