Welch Talks Presidential Politics at WFCT

October 5th, 2015 by Casey Flores

During a Q&A panel at the 2015 International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off, Jack Welch received a question asking his thoughts on the presidential election.

Former GE CEO Jack Welch discussed the current field of presidential candidates.

Former GE CEO Jack Welch discussed the current field of presidential candidates.

“I’m a Republican. I pray to God we win the next election,” he said. “… I think Trump has been an incredibly powerful force. Most people might not agree with that, but he says things that most people think but don’t dare say. Now I know Trump very well so I am a little bit biased. I don’t think he’s going to be president. But I may be wrong—I didn’t think he was going to go this far. I’m not sure he did either. But the fact that he is there is almost like addictive. You want to turn the TV on to watch what he’s going to say. And when 25 million people will watch a debate 18 months from the election, he’s surfaced.”

Welch also said Trump has helped former CEO of HP Carly Fiorina become nationally known.

“Her name wouldn’t have been mentioned if there were 2 million people watching the debate,” he said. “He created all that oxygen that gave a lot of people a chance to look at lots of candidates. I think the Republican party has a lot of good, good candidates. I don’t know yet where I’m going, but I want to keep watching to see where I go, but I’m excited about the field.”

Though a staunch Republican, Welch hopes Hillary Clinton gets the Democratic nomination for president.

“I’m not excited about killing Hillary because I think Joe Biden might be tougher to beat than Hillary,” he said. “I think Hillary’s beatable. So if you’re a Republican, I wish they would lay off her a little bit and get her later. Because, remember, the last time they nailed her and we got Barack. Be careful what you wish for. That’s my view of the election.”

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