George W. Bush, Jr.
Son of former President George Bush,
Bush made his debut as a
candidate in 1978 when he lost a race for the House of Representatives to Democrat
Kent Hance. He worked in the oil and gas business in the 1970s and 1980s and
assembled a group of partnerships that bought the Texas Rangers baseball team
in 1989. Bush became a fixture at the Rangers’ stadium, signing autographs and
mingling with fans. When his father ran for president in 1988, Bush served as
what political operative Mary Matalin calls "his father's trusted consigliere,"
monitoring the campaign, discouraging leaks to the press, and berating reporters
for unflattering stories. In 1991, when discontent was rife in the White House with
chief of staff John Sununu, "consigliere" Bush persuaded Sununu to resign. In
1994, Bush challenged incumbent Texas Gov. Ann Richards and beat her with 53
percent of the vote. Four years later, Bush won a second term with 68 percent
of the vote over Democrat Garry Mauro.
||George W. Bush
||Announced candidacy June 12, 1999 in Des Moines, Iowa
|Age on Inauguration Day 2001
||July 6, 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut
||Midland and Houston, Texas
||M.B.A. in business administration, Harvard (1975); B.A. in history,
||Married to Laura Welch Bush; have
twin 17-year old daughters, Barbara and Jenna
||Governor of Texas (1994-present); Adviser
to father's presidential campaign (1987-88); Republican nominee for U.S Representative from
Texas Congressional District 19 (1978).
||Oil and gas entrepreneur (1975-1986); Managing General Partner for the Texas
Rangers baseball team (1989-94); Consultant for Harken Energy Corporation (1986); President
of the Spectrum Corporation (1984-86); Founder/CEO of Bush Exploration (1975-84).
||Pilot in Texas Air National Guard (1968-73).
||Bush for President, Inc.
P.O. Box 1902
Austin, TX 78767-1902
Web site: http://www.georgewbush.com
||Bush criticized President Clinton's cautious conduct of the war, saying that
the commander-in-chief has a responsibility, once the troops are committed, to win.
Bush said it was mistake for Clinton to say at the outset that U.S. soldiers would
not be sent to fight in Yugoslavia.
||Bush has criticized the Clinton administration for being slow to
respond to charges of Chinese spying at U.S. nuclear labs. He said,
China is not America's strategic partner. China is a competitor, a competitor
which does not share our values but now, unfortunately, shares many of our nuclear
secrets. But Bush advocates trade with China, arguing that as we
introduce American products into that huge market, we will introduce
American values as well.
||Bush has signed for a Tax Reform pledge to veto any
federal income tax increase. As Texas governor, Bush has built a record
of cutting taxes, signing into law $1.35 billion in property tax cuts and
a repeal of the state tax on over-the-counter medicine.
||Bush signed into law a bill requiring that parents
be notified whenever their daughters seek abortions. He has said
that America is not ready to ban abortion because America's hearts are not right
and that instead of arguing over Roe v. Wade, what we ought to do is promote
policies that reduce abortions.
|Crime & Guns
||Bush approved a measure allowing law-abiding Texans to
carry a concealed gun. He also approved bills to crack down on teen-age
felons by lowering to 14 the age at which the most violent juveniles can
be tried as adults and increasing the penalties for selling guns to kids.
|Candidate's priority issue
||Bush is trying to define the Republican Party as fiscally
conservative but not doctrinaire. He stresses the need to
welcome immigrants, but to not put people in little ethnic and racial boxes.
He calls himself a compassionate conservative -- he favors cutting taxes
and allowing individuals to keep more of what they earn. But he also stresses that
it is compassionate to make sure every child learns to read and no one is left behind.
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