Today, Elizabeth Dole will hold a fundraiser with Laura Bush in Raleigh, and in September, President George H.W. Bush held a fundraiser for her, too. Though she’s running away from President George W. Bush, with whom she’s voted 92% of the time, she’s more than happy to take his family’s help for fundraising. This election year, Dole skipped Bush’s final State of the Union, the Republican Convention, and a fundraiser with the President in Raleigh, but she’s more than happy to appear with his family, for a price. It must be even more difficult for Dole to stay this far away from Bush when she’s at home in Washington – the Watergate and the White House aren’t all that far apart.
DOLE IS SPRINTING AWAY FROM BUSH ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Bush Family, But Not George W. Bush, Campaigning For Dole. The Raleigh News & Observer’s Under the Dome blog reported that “President Bush may not be campaigning for Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole, but members of his family are.” The report noted that President George H.W. Bush held a fundraiser for Dole in Winston-Salem and First Lady Laura Bush attended a fundraiser in Asheville for Dole. [Raleigh News & Observer, Under the Dome blog, 9/22/08]
June 2008: Dole Skipped Fundraiser With Bush In Raleigh. On June 20, 2008, the Charlotte Observer reported that President George W. Bush visited Raleigh in order to attend a fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial nominee Pat McCrory. A spokesman for Dole said that she wouldn’t attend because it “requires a ton of logistics.” The Charlotte Observer noted that “Bush’s record is also expected to be a factor as U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, a Republican, runs for re-election.” [Charlotte Observer, 6/20/08]
February 2008: Dole Didn’t Attend Bush’s Final State Of The Union. The Charlotte Observer reported that Dole didn’t attend President George W. Bush’s final State of the Union address. Instead, Dole addressed the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association in Chapel Hill. It was the first State of the Union that Dole had missed since being elected in 2002. [Charlotte Observer, 2/2/08, 1/30/08]
Dole Skipped 2008 Republican Convention After Speaking At Conventions In 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000 & 2004. Senator Elizabeth Dole skipped the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. According to Katie Hallaway, a Dole spokesperson, “Nothing should be inferred about Dole’s missing the convention.” Dole spokesman Dan McLagan said that Dole was not trying to distance herself from George Bush, but said she was “just trying to run the best campaign she can and spend as much time as she can in North Carolina.” Dole had speaking roles in the 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, and 2004 Republican conventions. [Raleigh News & Observer, 7/29/08; CQ Politics, 7/31/08; [New York Times, 8/22/84; New York Times, 8/17/88; CNN.com, 8/31/04; Knight Ridder, 3/23/97; Associated Press, 8/2/00; Raleigh News & Observer, 7/29/08; Houston Chronicle, 8/17/92]
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