Former President George W. Bush has joined forces with President Barack Obama in a public service announcement urging people to vote.
The video does not urge voters to support either party.
The video, titled, “Hamilton’s America Wants You To Vote,” uses the Broadway show Hamilton as a vehicle for urging Americans to get out and vote.
“Our future depends upon you casting a ballot,” Bush says in the video.
Bush and his wife, Laura, are unique among those featured in the video in that they have never supported a candidate in this fall’s presidential election.
The Bush family, in general, has used silence to express its displeasure with GOP nominee Donald Trump, whose campaign for the Republican nomination included savage attacks and mockery directed at former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush. Trump also criticized George W. Bush’s handling of the Iraq War and his response to the 9/11 attacks.
The Bush family did not attend the Republican National Convention. Several Bush administration officials have said they will vote for Clinton. This past weekend, George W. Bush’s daughter, Barbara P. Bush,attended a fundraiser in Paris for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Further, former President George H.W. Bush last month told former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend that he intends to vote for Clinton, she later reported on social media.
Jeb Bush later took umbrage with that disclosure, although he did not contradict it.
“I thought it was a little inappropriate for a person to overhear a frail, 92-year-old man, in a private setting, at a reception for the Points of Light Foundation, which focuses on volunteerism – to hear this and then immediately go on Facebook and put it on there and then go on national television and then not even show up at the board meeting,” he said.
The pro-voting video, which sought to include figures from both parties, also includes House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.
Obama is featured and tells viewers, “If you’re inspired by Hamilton, if you’re inspired by our founders, understand that the system of government they designed only works if you participate.”
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