Next on Bush Agenda: Helping a Rescue Opponent
Updated 11:15 p.m.
By Dan Eggen
ST. LOUIS--After finally convincing Congress to approve his administration's $700 billion financial rescue plan, President Bush flew here today to help raise money for a bailout opponent: Rep. Kenny Hulshof.
Hulshof, the Republican candidate in Missouri's governor's race, voted against Bush's bailout plan both times it was considered by the House this week. The plan was characterized by Bush as vital to forestall an economic crisis, and was approved today by the House on its second try.
Hulshof's opponent, Democrat Jay Nixon, has attacked Hulshof for holding a top-dollar fundraiser amid the credit crisis. The event, attended by 600, raised about $1.5 million, according to the Hulshof campaign.
White House officials demurred when asked how Bush views Hulshof's opposition to the bailout. "The president supports his election for governor," said White House spokesman Scott Stanzel, adding that Bush was also "pleased" by the House's approval of the rescue plan.
Bush and Hulshof discussed the plan briefly on the plane, campaign spokesman Scott Baker said. "It was kind of an interesting lead-up to the event," he said. "I think the president understands Kenny's concerns."
Bush's stop in Missouri was on his way to his ranch in Crawford, Tex., for the weekend. Bush also plans to attend two more GOP fundraisers this weekend, in Midland, Tex., and San Antonio. Both are closed to the media.
Posted at 8:17 PM ET on Oct 3, 2008
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