Thursday, October 12, 2006

POTUS appears with Hastert

Pres. Bush joined Dennis Hastert at an Illinois campaign stop today, trying to shore up both of their tattered images. Bush was able to raise oodles of cash for GOP candidates and talk about low gas prices, and Hastert got the Foley scandal spotlight off of him for a few minutes. Bush was only next to Hastert for a short time, but he did glowingly mention Denny in his remarks.

I am proud to be standing with the current speaker of the House, who is going to be the future speaker,'' the president said to applause throughout the room. "Speaker Denny Hastert has a long record of accomplishment. He is not one of these Washington politicians who spews a lot of hot air.

"He just gets the job done,'' Bush said. "I have worked with him up close. I know what's it like to work with a speaker who is determined to protect the United States of America… The country is better off with Denny Hastert as speaker and it will be better off with him as speaker the next legislative session.''

That's good backing. But how fast will Bush drop Hastert if the Speaker is found to have known about the Foley messages for months or years?


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