Newsmax CEO: Hillary Would Make ‘Great Presidential Candidate’

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February 19, 2015 12:39 p.m.

Newsmax, the conservative media company that routinely hypes politicians like Donald Trump, reportedly pledged $1 million to the Clinton Foundation last year, and its CEO said Hillary Clinton would be “a great presidential candidate.”

A spokesman for Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy told the Wall Street Journal for an article published on Wednesday that the organization had pledged the money over a five-year period.

It wasn’t necessarily an endorsement of a Clinton run for 2016, the spokesman told WSJ, but he added that Ruddy thought Clinton would “make a great presidential candidate.”

The pledge may surprise those who remember the conservative Ruddy as a vociferous critic of the Clintons throughout the 1990s, raising questions about the suicide of Vince Foster at a time when conservatives suspected the couple had a hand in his death.

Despite this history, Ruddy has been friends with the Clintons for several years, according to the Journal.

The conservative website often reflects different preferences for 2016, having encouraged a possible run by Trump, also lending frequent coverage to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R).

h/t Andrew Kaczynski

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