Known conservative, ex-TV game show host, and former Nixon/Ford speechwriter Ben Stein will not be casting his ballot for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race.
Calling the GOP frontrunner “dangerously misinformed,” Stein actually said he may vote for a Democrat this year — his first time ever considering such a thing.
“I went to law school with Mrs. Clinton, so I’ve always had a kind of fondness for her,” he said Wednesday on CNN. “She was … a very nice young woman.”
On Clinton’s leftwing opposition, Stein added: “I admire the fact that Bernie Sanders has a single-payer health plan.”
Still, the former co-host of “Win Ben Stein‘s Money” says he “would like to see it be a Republican” in the White House. If it were up to Stein, that candidate would be Marco Rubio, but the Florida senator has been “disingenuous lately” in the political commentator’s mind.
“He’s really hanging an albatross around Mr. Trump’s neck that doesn’t deserve to be there,” Stein said of Rubio. “Mr. Trump definitely did disavow the Ku Klux Klan and to say otherwise is simply not true.”
Stein, who also said he likes Ted Cruz, was sad to see New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pull out of the race. And then he was sadder to see where Christie ended up — standing behind Trump.
“I think he made a mistake getting on the Trump bandwagon,” Stein said. “And I just hope that bandwagon does not drag the whole party out to sea and sink us like the Goldwater bandwagon did when I was a young man. I don’t want to see that happen again to the Republican Party, but I’m afraid that’s what’s coming down the road.”
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