Bush gave him a ride anyway

October 3, 2008

bush1.jpgST. LOUIS – President George W. Bush gave Kenny Hulshof a ride on Air Force One to a fundraiser on Friday for the Republican congressman who just hours earlier had voted for a second time against the financial bailout package. 

 Bush attended the fundraiser that was expected to raise $1.5 million for Hulshof who is running for governor of Missouri and trailing in the polls against Democrat Jay Nixon. 

Bush and Hulshof emerged from Air Force One side-by-side and waved to onlookers at the airport. 

 Hulshof voted against the $700 billion bailout on Friday, when it passed the House and was quickly signed into law by Bush. On Monday his vote helped defeat the original bill. 

 “The president supports his election for governor,” White House spokesman Scott Stanzel told reporters traveling with Bush when asked whether the president was miffed at Hulshof for voting against the legislation. 

 Stanzel said that Bush was “very pleased” Congress had passed the bill.

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Photo credit:  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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