Charles Koch: In Order to Support Hillary, "We Would Have To Believe Her Actions Would Be Different From Her Rhetoric"


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Charles Koch tells ABC's Jonathan Karl it is "possible" that Hillary Clinton could be better than a Republican president. When asked if he could see himself supporting her, Koch stumbled and did not give a definitive no. Koch said like with Republican candidates, "we'd have to believe their actions will be quite different than the rhetoric" before he and his brother offers his support. Transcript, via ABC News:

JON KARL, ABC NEWS: When you look at the presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, which one in your view was worse? I know you don't like either one.

CHARLES KOCH: I would compare it to, more toward Bill Clinton. Just in spending and regulation the government grew much more under Bush's administration, whose- I think is a fine person and tried to do the right thing but was misguided.

KARL: And got us involved in a war that you adamantly oppose.

KOCH: Yeah, and tried to create democracies in countries where that's counterproductive.

KARL: Am I hearing you correctly, you think Bill Clinton was a better president than George W. Bush?

KOCH: Well in some ways. In other ways, I mean he wasn't an exemplar. But as far as the growth of government, the increase in spending, on restrictive regulations, it was two and half times under Bush than it was under Clinton.

KARL: So is it possible another Clinton could be better than another Republican--

KOCH: It's possible.

KARL: Next time around?

KOCH: It's possible.

KARL: You couldn't see yourself supporting Hillary Clinton, could you?

KOCH: Well, I-- that-- her-- we would have to believe her actions would be quite different than her rhetoric. Let me put it that way. But on some of the Republican candidates we would-- before we could support them, we'd have to believe their actions will be quite different than the rhetoric we've heard so far.

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