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Bush honors Spring Valley student; visits Fort Jackson November 3, 2007

Posted by Judy Kratochvil in South Carolina.
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Bush honors Spring Valley student; visits Fort Jackson

WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – Friday, President Bush made a rare visit to the Palmetto State. Many people were eager to meet the president, but perhaps none more so than 17-year-old Graham Van Schaik.

Friday, Schaik was honored for his work helping children learn about science.

When Air Force one pulled up at Columbia Metropolitan Airport, President George Bush made his way toward the Spring Valley High student. “It’s quite an opportunity, and I feel honored to have the opportunity to do this.”


Bush expresses sympathy for fire victims November 2, 2007

Posted by Judy Kratochvil in South Carolina.
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Bush expresses sympathy for fire victims

(AP) – President Bush says he and first lady Laura Bush are sorry for the loss of seven South Carolina college students in a fire in North Carolina.

Bush spoke this morning when he arrived in Columbia, South Carolina, for a fundraiser for Senator Lindsey Graham.

Bush says he knows people are hurting at the loss of the six University of South Carolina students and one Clemson University student.

Full Day Of Politics In South Carolina November 2, 2007

Posted by Judy Kratochvil in Re-election Campaign.
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Full Day Of Politics In South Carolina

A full political day in South Carolina.

President Bush will be in Columbia late Friday morning to raise money for Senator Lindsey Graham. The president will also speak at a basic training graduation at Fort Jackson.

Graham eyes benefits from Bush visit November 2, 2007

Posted by Judy Kratochvil in Re-election Campaign.
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Graham eyes benefits from Bush visit

Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham hopes to cash in Friday in more ways than one from President Bush’s visit to formally kick off his bid for a second term.

While Graham expects to generate approximately $500,000 from a Columbia fundraiser featuring Bush, he’s also banking on the president’s popularity with the state GOP’s conservative base to rehab his image heading into the campaign.

Clemson University’s Bruce Ransom said Bush’s high South Carolina approval ratings — in contrast to national numbers — “makes a powerful statement about his support for Graham’s re-election. For Graham, President Bush’s visit is designed to grab the attention of the Republican base and hopefully help soften his critics among Republican voters.”

Graham came under fire last summer for his support of bipartisan immigration reform legislation. With conservative critics, many of them his own constituents, heatedly denouncing it as amnesty for 12 million illegal immigrants, the bill crashed and burned for lack of support within the Senate’s minority GOP bloc.

Bush, Defending Justice Nominee, Sees Unfairness November 2, 2007

Posted by Judy Kratochvil in Judiciary.
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Bush, Defending Justice Nominee, Sees Unfairness

The warning shot may have done Mr. Bush some good, at least with Senators John McCain, Republican of Arizona, and Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, both of whom have condemned waterboarding as torture. They issued a joint statement Thursday saying they would vote for Mr. Mukasey.

“Once he is confirmed, however,” the statement added, “we strongly urge that he publicly make clear that waterboarding is illegal and can never be employed.”