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Backing Away From Bush
Some Republican Candidates Avoid
Ties With Unpopular President
President Bush goes to Pennsylvania tomorrow to campaign for embattled Republican House members in the Philadelphia suburbs. But one of the candidates isn't expected to be there.
Mr. Bush "is really doing poorly in our state," says Rep. Curt Weldon, explaining why he won't be on hand and hasn't asked for the president's help. "I've got to win this by myself."...
It isn't easy leading your party to victory when a lot of people aren't eager to follow. With Mr. Bush's job-approval ratings skidding as low as 30% in national polls, more Republican candidates face risks in associating closely with him.
Nelson reaps 'power of Bill' Clinton at Gables event
It's hard to believe that just six years ago, Al Gore balked at campaigning with President Bill Clinton, fearing the impeachment scandal would taint his national bid for the White House.
Now the former president is the hottest ticket on the Democratic fundraising circuit. To wit: He helped U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson rake in half a million dollars Sunday in Coral Gables.
Man, that's gotta hurt.