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President Bush: Fundraiser In Chief

Seeking to return to business as usual after what even his closest advisers admit has been a harrowing last four weeks, President George W. Bush is headed to series of fundraisers for congressional candidates over the next few weeks.

Bush will be in Arizona to raise dollars for Sen. Jon Kyl (R) on Nov. 28. The next day he will be in Colorado for an event with Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R) and follow that up on Nov. 30 with a fundraiser for Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele (R), who is running for that state's open Senate seat. 

Bush will be back out on the rubber chicken circuit on Dec. 9 when he travels to Minnesota for an event for Rep. Mark Kennedy (R) -- the party's likely nominee in that state's open-seat Senate contest.

Aside from a fundraiser for Virginia's 2005 gubernatorial candidate Jerry Kilgore, the president has kept a low fundraising profile for the last few months as his administration has been buffeted by criticism over its handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the ongoing Iraq war and the indictment of White House aide Scooter Libby.

Bush's last fundraising swing for downballot candidates came in June when he raised campaign cash for Missouri Sen. Jim Talent (June 2) and Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (June 14). Interestingly, when Bush came to Pennsylvania last week to deliver remarks on the war on terror, Santorum did not attend. Other Republican incumbents -- Reps. J.D. Hayworth (Ariz.) and Anne Northup (Ky.) have expressed trepidation about Bush coming into their districts in the current political climate.

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Phil Singer offered up some tongue-in-cheek advice for Bush, urging him to schedule more events with GOP candidates on the ballot next year.  "If the 2005 elections taught anything, it's that George Bush is hazardous to the Republicans' political health," Singer said.

Brian Nick, Singer's counterpart at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, shot back that the fundraisers offered candidates the chance "to stand with the president and talk about a record of accomplishments."

Did I miss any other candidate fundraisers that President Bush will be attending?  Use the comments section below or drop me an e-mail.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 15, 2005; 12:42 PM ET
Categories:  Republican Party  
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And another thing, the democratic party can not believe they are still out of power so they have been frothing and spitting since 2000. There is no policy statement or new ideas, just keeping up the railing against the President. They will never regain power by running against the President BUsh, remember he is no longer a candidate but the candidates he supports should be so lucky. He has charisma wherever he goes.

Posted by: politicobabe | November 21, 2005 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Polls numbers have fallen for Bush because he has been governing too much like a liberal on many issues. When conservatives answer the question "do you agree with the direction the country is going'" as no, the reason is President Bush in trying to be a compassionate conservative is overspending like the Dems want for all the social programs, he has thrown in with the likes of Ted Kennedy and has paired up his Dad one too many times with the sleeze Bill Clinton. Also he hasn't addressed the border problem and has given up on private accounts. It isn't the Irag war that has caused the polls to fall for Bush, it because he is too liberal.

Posted by: politicobabe | November 21, 2005 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Trying to be balanced, I check out periodically. Wow, this am, Michele Malkin had a blistering anti-Bush column talking about BushCo's repeated failures and cronyism when it comes to Immigration and Homeland Security. The already falling poll numbers will really be abyssmal once more conservatives start seeing reality, like MM.

Posted by: katiem | November 16, 2005 1:28 PM | Report abuse

They always say that Prsident Bush and the GOP, can and will foil the truth. This is not true, President Bush and everybody else behind him don't lie, these people are Christians, and Christians don't lie. The real truth, this man will lie in heart beat, with a straight face. He has lied about Iraq, social sercuity, CIA leaks. Poll numbers will soon be at "zero".

Posted by: c dubb | November 16, 2005 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Why has it taken the American public this long to wake up???

Posted by: logicaldog | November 16, 2005 11:13 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: DR JIVASIO GEORGEPOSVO | November 16, 2005 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I cant wait to see the ads next year, all the dems will have to do is to run ads that take a mug shot of Steele or other repulican and morf the "Jailbird" Delay, Bush, Rove, or Libby into it. This is exactly what the GOP have done and would do. Everyone GOP running in 1998 tied their Democratic candidate to Clinton. It didnt work as well as it could have because Clinton was so popular. Bush and the GOP are not popular so it will work.

Posted by: db | November 15, 2005 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Not a bad point Rick, but Bush did make a 11th hour stopover to have a campaign rally with the GOP candidate in Virginia and many who voted for the democrat said that Bush showing up got them out of their couches and heading to the voting booth.

Believe if you want that all is well with Bush and the GOP, but the evidence is that many in the GOP do not want to be seen with Bush these days. The questions are:

1) Will the Bush liability affect fundraising?

Probably not. Bush still has many faithful followers and GOP candidates can effectively distances themselves from Bush's mistakes and Bush himself, so funds will continue to flow to the GOP.

2) Will it affect the election outcomes next year?

Good question. A lot can happen in a year. The democrats have to make the point that voting for your local republican is a vote to support Bush, Delay, Hastert, the Iraq war policies, torture, Scooter Libby's actions, Karl Rove and all the other boggiemen of the current GOP leadership. I haven't seen the democrats making that point effectively yet and the GOP's electioneering machine is very good at obscuring the truth with lots of FUD.

Posted by: Sully | November 15, 2005 4:51 PM | Report abuse

The Democratic response quoted here is just more of the same. I guess the belief is that if you say it loud and often enough (regardless of whether or not it may be true), people will start to believe it.

Whoop, whoop! Two governorships failed to change hands. The President is forever doomed. Whatever will the GOP do?

Oh, did someone mention that New Jersey and Virginia both elected Democratic Governors in 2001 when Bush's approval ratings were bumping 90%? Perhaps that doesn't gel with the overall message.

Posted by: Rick | November 15, 2005 4:17 PM | Report abuse

"Reps. J.D. Hayworth (Ariz.) and Anne Northup (Ky.) have expressed trepidation about Bush coming into their districts in the current political climate."

Hayworth is a 'clever' faux-Arizona good-ole boy how else can one explian a second-tier sports reporter landing a prime seat in the US Congress. As a former peer from Arizona, the guy is a complet jerk. I encourage the Bush people to inist on a joint appearance with the gentleman from Arizona.

Rome, Italy

Posted by: Lee GIABENELLI | November 15, 2005 3:47 PM | Report abuse

As someone from MD I agree, Steele is an idiot if he appears with Bush. Steele is black and trying hard to overcome the oreo label. Bush is not liked here in MD (and that's putting it mildly). If Steele appears with Bush, its over. The only thing Steele might get is some recognition in the republican party.

So its my guess he's simply using the senate bid to raise his profile and really wants an appointed position in this or a future republican administration.

Posted by: Sully | November 15, 2005 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see a complete list so I can know who will be defeated in the coming election.

Posted by: Long Beach, CA | November 15, 2005 2:49 PM | Report abuse

In the long run, I think Steele may regret appearing with Bush in Maryland. The ads with Bush and Doug Forrester in New Jersey helped Corzine, and Maryland is one of the bluer states.

Posted by: Tim | November 15, 2005 1:58 PM | Report abuse

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