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    Former US President George W. Bush Campaigns for Brother Jeb

    Republican U.S. presidential candidate Jeb Bush (L) is joined by his brother former, U.S. President George W. Bush, on the campaign trail for the first time in the 2016 campaign at a rally in North Charleston, South Carolina, Feb. 15, 2016.
    Republican U.S. presidential candidate Jeb Bush (L) is joined by his brother former, U.S. President George W. Bush, on the campaign trail for the first time in the 2016 campaign at a rally in North Charleston, South Carolina, Feb. 15, 2016.
    Ken Bredemeier

    Former U.S. President George W. Bush has emerged from a self-imposed hiatus from the American political scene to try to boost his younger brother Jeb's bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

    George Bush attested to his brother's character and called for voters to reject the rhetoric of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump during a rally Monday night in the southeastern city of Charleston.

    Without mentioning the billionaire real estate mogul by name, Bush said "These are tough times and I know that Americans are angry, but we do not need someone in the Oval Office who mirrors and inflames our anger and our frustrations."

    Bush took the stage with his wife, Laura, in Charleston in the state of South Carolina, where Republicans are holding a key presidential primary election on Saturday. The one-time American leader had stayed away from politics since leaving office in 2009 after two terms in the White House, but is now making appearances to support Jeb Bush's flagging campaign.

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during a Faith and Family Presidential Forum at Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., Feb. 12, 2016.
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during a Faith and Family Presidential Forum at Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., Feb. 12, 2016.

    George Bush and his father, George H.W. Bush, each won two Republican primaries in South Carolina, and the family has strong political ties in the state.

    Jeb Bush sparred sharply with Trump at a debate last Saturday over his brother's legacy as the U.S. commander in chief who took the United States to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq after the 2001 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York.

    Jeb Bush is telling voters that his brother kept America safe.

    But the flamboyant Trump mocked that claim, drawing a chorus of jeers from Republican supporters at the debate.

    "The World Trade Center went down during the reign of George Bush," Trump said. "He kept us safe? That is not safe."

    He went on to describe the 2003 invasion of Iraq as a "big, fat mistake," saying: "They lied. They said there were weapons of mass destruction. And there were none."

    Jeb Bush retorted, “I could care less about the insults Donald Trump gives to me. ... I am sick and tired of him going after my family.”

    Candidates Jeb Bush, left, and Donald Trump, right, spar as Sen. Marco Rubio listens in the middle during a Republican presidential debate at St. Anselm College, Feb. 6, 2016, in Manchester, N.H.
    Candidates Jeb Bush, left, and Donald Trump, right, spar as Sen. Marco Rubio listens in the middle during a Republican presidential debate at St. Anselm College, Feb. 6, 2016, in Manchester, N.H.

    South Carolina win seen as crucial

    Both Bushes are the sons of another former U.S. president, George H.W. Bush, who served one term in the White House, from 1989 to 1993. Both of the Bushes who became president won bruising party nominating elections in South Carolina in the lead-up to their eventual national election victories.

    Jeb Bush has collected millions of dollars in campaign donations from Bush family supporters, but struggled to win support from rank-and-file Republican voters angered at political gridlock in Washington. Polls have shown, however, that George W. Bush still holds wide appeal among South Carolina Republicans, which could help sway some support for his brother.

    A CBS survey of South Carolina Republicans released Sunday showed Jeb Bush, a former Florida governor, in fifth place with six percent, far behind Trump's 42 percent. A conservative firebrand, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, was in second place with 20 percent, followed by Florida Senator Marco Rubio with 15 percent and Ohio Governor John Kasich with nine percent.

    But the poll was taken last week, after Trump's convincing win in the New Hampshire primary, but before he engaged in a heated exchange of words Saturday with Jeb Bush at a Republican debate.

    Republican presidential candidates take the stage before the CBS News Republican presidential debate at the Peace Center, Feb. 13, 2016, in Greenville, S.C.
    Republican presidential candidates take the stage before the CBS News Republican presidential debate at the Peace Center, Feb. 13, 2016, in Greenville, S.C.

    South Carolina Democrats are voting in their presidential primary Feb. 27.  

    The CBS poll showed former secretary of state Hillary Clinton with a commanding lead in the state over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist who has aimed his campaign rhetoric at the financial clout of Wall Street titans.

    Clinton narrowly edged Sanders in party caucuses in the farm state of Iowa, but Sanders routed her a week ago in the primary election in the northeastern state of New Hampshire.

    The next Democratic contest is Saturday in the western state of Nevada, where the party is holding presidential nominating caucuses.

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    by: Anonymous
    February 17, 2016 3:25 AM
    King Bush trying to make a new king, after making another king.

    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    February 16, 2016 9:56 AM
    Everything else has failed for Jeb Bush. Seems to me at this point he's got nothing to lose. He's the caboose, Trump is the engine. Pull George, just keep helping Jeb pull. Get that train to go in the opposite direction.

    by: Anonymous
    February 15, 2016 9:54 PM
    No, not another BUSH again.
    We have enough of them.
    In Response

    by: meanbill from: USA
    February 16, 2016 9:28 AM
    To all those (hindsight critics) that now criticize president G.W. Bush (the decider) on the decision he made to invade Afghanistan after al-Qaeda attacked the US on 09-11-2001 to destroy the al-Qaeda training basses, [and], for the (hindsight) critics of president G.W. Bush (the decider) decision to invade Iraq after Secretary of State Colin Powell (in a history recorded February 05, 2003 UN speech) using fabricated evidence and falsified reports convinced the world, president Bush, the US congress and the American people, that Saddam had WMD and was ready to use them on his neighbors? .. Only then did G.W. Bush (the decider) decided to take action and invaded Iraq?

    Think about this? .. If only the political and news media pundits (hindsight) critics now, had the (far-sight) then, to criticize and predict that the American public would elect president Obama who would surrender Afghanistan and Iraq to the terrorists and to the 3rd world armies of Afghanistan and Iraq to fight? .. Remember? .. President G.W. Bush (the decider) didn't have then, the (hindsight) that his critics have now, to change his decisions to invade Afghanistan and Iraq? .. AND NOW? .. I believe Jeb Bush is the man G.W. Bush (the decider) say's he is? .. No country on earth ever doubted the word of the decider?
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    by: Anonymous
    February 16, 2016 9:06 AM
    I'll take him over Trump and Cruz any day.

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