As the man credited for leading General Electric to record profitability during his years as chairman and CEO, 79-year-old Jack Welch continues to command attention when he shares an opinion. Recently, he appeared on Fox News’ Your World with Neil Cavuto, where he was asked to react to the current crop of presidential hopefuls.
Of the four – three Republicans and one Democrat – who have already announced their candidacy, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is Welch’s obvious favorite.
“Love him,” he said of the Tea Party favorite. “He says what he’s going to do; he does it. He’s highly principled. He’s a guy you can trust.”
The only criticism Welch has of Cruz so far, it seems, is that he comes across as too serious.
“I want Ted Cruz to smile more,” he explained, “because he’s a hell of a good guy.”
Welch went on to explain why he is an early Cruz supporter, noting that America “needs more truth and trust,” attributes he believes Cruz can bring to the White House.
The two other Republicans in the race, Sens. Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, received somewhat less glowing recommendations from the retired executive.
Rubio, he said, has an admirable “ability to articulate issues,” though he recognized “some concerns about where he is on immigration and how he feels about it.”
Welch went on to criticize Paul for “the fact that he was one way with the wind on foreign policy and now he’s back the other way.”
He also reacted to Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, saying that while he is “not going to vote for her,” it remains her party’s decision regarding “whether she qualifies for the truth and trust issue.”
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