George W. and Laura Bush decline to vote for either candidate

FILE - In this April 25, 2013, file photo, Former President George H.W. Bush, left, applauds with Laura Bush after former President George W. Bush's speech during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. Former President George H.W. Bush is publicly criticizing for the first time key members of his son's administration. A biography of the nation's 41st president to be published in November, 2015, contains his sharply critical assessments of former Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

AUSTIN (AP) – Former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura have declined to vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.

Spokesman Freddy Ford says neither made presidential selections during early voting two weeks ago.

Ford says via email Tuesday: “President and Mrs. Bush voted `None of the Above’ for president and Republican down-ballot.” That means Bush voted for GOP candidates in congressional and local races.

Neither had endorsed Trump, who was largely shunned by the Bush family. The exception was George W. Bush’s nephew and Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, who has praised Trump at state GOP events.

In September, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend said Bush’s father, 92-year-old former President George H.W. Bush, told her at a Maine gathering that he was voting for Clinton. The family didn’t confirm that, though.