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Before school, P. speaks for W.

By BILL ADAIR

© St. Petersburg Times, published August 4, 2000


PHILADELPHIA -- George P. Bush, the unofficial Republican ambassador to MTV and the Hispanic community, told delegates Thursday night that his uncle would be an inclusive president who will "end the cynicism and the fussing and fighting in Washington."

Speaking in English and Spanish, the 24-year-old former teacher declared that his uncle, Texas Gov. George W. Bush, "really cares about those he was elected to serve, including those of us whose faces look different."

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He said the Texas governor would be a "leader of dignity and honor" who would bring a cooperative spirit to the White House.

"That's why I got involved in my uncle's campaign, because I realized that we not only share the same name, we share the same dreams -- the dream for a leader who will bring people together and solve problems, not create them; who will get the people's work done for the good of the people not the good of political careers," he said.

Bush recounted some of his experiences as a teacher and said his uncle would "give teachers and schools and parents the support they need to help all children in our country get the best education they possibly can."

The oldest son of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and his Mexican-born wife, Columba, George Prescott Bush has become the GOP's youth and Hispanic spokesman during the party's convention. The Philadelphia Daily News has been following his activities with a column called "Hunk Watch."

On Thursday, he missed an afternoon news conference because he was having lunch with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jeb Bush said.

The governor's son has been such an effective spokesman that many people have encouraged him to delay his start in law school so he could campaign for his uncle this fall. Jeb Bush said his son decided three weeks ago he preferred to start law school.

"It was the right decision, to get back to normality."

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