June 17, 2016


An unlikely savior emerges to help endangered Republicans: George W. Bush (New York Times, June 16, 2016)

In the weeks since Trump emerged as the party's presumptive presidential nominee, Bush has hosted fundraisers for two Republican senators and has made plans to help three more. Among them are Sens. John McCain of Arizona, who was one of Trump's earliest targets of derision, and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire.

Friends say the former president is deeply bothered by Trump's campaign message, especially his derogatory remarks about Muslims and immigrants. At the event with McCain, Bush stressed the importance of preserving the Republican-held Senate as a "check and balance" on the White House, suggesting that such a check was needed, whether the next president is Trump or Hillary Clinton.

Bush announced through a spokesman last month that he would not support Trump's candidacy and would not attend the Republican convention in Cleveland next month. His father, former President George H.W. Bush, and his brother Jeb Bush, who was defeated and ridiculed by Trump in the primary, also are staying away. [...]

"President Bush believes that it's critical to keep the Senate in Republican hands," said Freddy Ford, Bush's spokesman, who confirmed the heightened activity. "He is actively helping some senators in tight races who are strong leaders and share timeless conservative values."

The fundraisers held by Bush are expected to generate hundreds of thousands of dollars for the candidates, in total.

Next week, he will appear at a fundraiser for Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri. And similar events are being planned for Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Rob Portman of Ohio.

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