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Vice President: Dick Cheney


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Bush:
The Unexpected Candidate

George Walker Bush was not the son believed most likely to follow in the footsteps of his father, the former president. Though he attended two of his father's alma maters, Andover and Yale, and is the oldest of the Bushes' six children, George was considered less studious and settled than his brother, now Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Born on July 6, 1946, Bush was always very close to his mother and was her solace when his three-year-old sister Robin died of leukemia. He continues to consult the popular former first lady and refers to her in nearly every stump speech.

Fits and Starts
After Bush graduated from Yale and was eligible for the draft, he joined the Texas Air National Guard in 1968 and avoided active duty in Vietnam. He earned his MBA from Harvard in 1975, then dabbled in the oil business -- unsuccessfully -- and ran for Congress in 1978 -- also unsuccessfully. Bush met and married his wife, librarian Laura Welch, in 1977 and became a father to twin daughters Jenna and Barbara in 1981. His Arbusto Energy firm went bust when oil prices fell and despite several attempts to revive the company, Bush sold off the company in 1990. Fortunately, Bush had found his niche as owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team, which he bought with investors in 1989 and later sold at a huge profit.

Those Political Roots
Bush worked on his father's successful 1988 presidential campaign, moving to Washington to devote himself full-time to the effort. He also worked on his dad's failed 1992 bid, and in 1993 decided to run for office himself. Considered a long shot from the start, Bush upset Ann Richards, and in 1998 he went on to become the first Texas Governor elected to consecutive four-year terms. Early in 1999, Republicans launched a concerted effort for another Bush White House, raising record sums and descending on Texas en masse to convince the governor to run. Initially, Bush said he would take a shot at it but insisted he'd be happy to go back to fishing with his dad if it didn't pan out. But as the 2000 election has become the tightest in at least 40 years, Bush's drive to follow in his father's footsteps appears to have intensified.


audio button George W. Bush Profile -- NPR's Peter Kenyon profiles George W. Bush. The Republican presidential candidate often speaks about the influence of his upbringing in West Texas and his experiences as owner of a major league baseball team in shaping him into a leader. But Bush is also a third generation politician, the grandson of a U.S. Senator and the son of a U.S. President.

  • Listen to the interview.

  • Read the transcript of the interview with George W. Bush on Morning Edition October 9, 2000.


  •  Resume:
    Full Name: George Walker Bush
    Party: Republican
    Born: July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut
    Age: 53

    Political Experience:
    Governor of Texas, 1995-present
    Adviser and speech writer for Bush-Quayle presidential campaign, 1987-1988
    Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives seat for Texas' 19th district, 1978

    Work Experience:
    Managing general partner of the Texas Rangers Baseball team, 1989-1994
    Consultant for Harken Energy Corporation, 1986
    President of Spectrum Corporation, 1984-1986
    Founder/CEO of Bush Exploration, 1975-1984

    Military Experience:
    Texas Air National Guard, 1968-1973

    Education:
    M.B.A. from Harvard University, 1975
    B.A. from Yale University, 1968

    Family: Married to Laura. Has twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna. Lives in Austin, Texas.

    Contact campaign office:
    Bush for President, Inc.
    P.O. Box 1902
    Austin, TX 78767-1902
    Phone: (512)-637-2000


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    Republican National Committee: www.rnc.org

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    Morning Edition, December 19, 2000

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    Morning Edition, December 18, 2000

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    Morning Edition, December 18, 2000

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    Condoleezza Rice (14.4 | 28.8)
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    All Things Considered, December 14, 2000

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    Morning Edition, December 14, 2000

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    Morning Edition, December 14, 2000

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    Morning Edition, December 13, 2000

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    Morning Edition, December 8, 2000

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    Morning Edition, November 13, 2000

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    Morning Edition, November 8, 2000

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    Bush (14.4 | 28.8)
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    Bush (14.4 | 28.8)
    All Things Considered, November 3, 2000

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    All Things Considered, November 2, 2000

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    George W. Bush (14.4 | 28.8)
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    All Things Considered, October 25, 2000

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    All Things Considered, October 19, 2000

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    Morning Edition, October 19, 2000

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    All Things Considered, October 18, 2000

    In the third and final debate last night, presidential candidates George W. Bush and Al Gore presented radically different cures for the issues that ail America. For Democrat Gore, the answers lie in policy, and on issue after issue Gore said he disagreed with his opponent. Republican George W. Bush took different tack. He argued that the real difference was who could be trusted, who could get things done, and he pointed to his record in Texas. In marshalling evidence to support their divergent views, both candidates occasionally stretched the truth. NPR's Peter Kenyon sets the record straight.

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    Morning Edition, October 18, 2000

    N-P-R's Andy Bowers reports from St. Louis, Missouri where presidential candidatesAl Gore and George W. Bush met last night for their final debate before next month's election. The two candidates are nearly even in the polls, but it doesn't look like last night's debate will tip the scales.

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    Morning Edition, October 18, 2000

    Presidential candidates, Al Gore and George W. Bush met in St. Louis, Missouri last night for the third and final debate. Organized in a "town hall" fashion, both candidates were asked audience-generated questions on issues from prescription drugs to affirmative action.

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    All Things Considered, October 12, 2000
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    All Things Considered, October 12, 2000
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    Bush On the Stump (14.4 | 28.8)
    All Things Considered, October 11, 2000
    Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush may not be highlighting abortion or school prayer in his stump speeches, but he does talk a lot about themes of morality and ethics. He is especially likely to do so when addressing the challenges of parenting. Last week, campaigning in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mr. Bush spoke about family values. We hear an excerpt, as part of All Things Considered's effort to air portions of the candidates' stump speeches.

    Bush (14.4 | 28.8)
    All Things Considered, October 10, 2000
    Republican George W. Bush campaigned in eastern Tennessee today on his way to North Carolina and his second debate with Democratic rival Al Gore. The debate takes place tomorrow night in Winston-Salem. Bush was pleased to visit Tennessee to highlight how close the race looks in Gore's home state. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports.

    U.S. Politics (14.4 | 28.8)
    Weekend Edition - Sunday, October 8, 2000

    NPR's Steve Inskeep reports on the latest from the campaign trail with Texas Governor George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore.

    Bush and Gore On the Day After (14.4 | 28.8)
    All Things Considered, October 4, 2000

    Presidential candidates George W. Bush and Al Gore slept only a few hours last night following their debate in Boston and their respective midnight victory rallies. This morning each candidate returned to the breakneck pace of recent campaigning, each scheduling events in three states. We have reports from both campaigns, beginning with NPR's Steve Inskeep, who is with the Bush camp. NPR's Anthony Brooks then covers the Gore campaign.

    Campaigns (14.4 | 28.8)
    Weekend Edition, September 24, 2000

    With more than a month left before the elections, the Bush and Gore campaigns are playing catch up on poll popularity in several states. In Florida, members of the Bush family are desperately rallying behind George W., who is trailing Al Gore in many polls. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports.

    Bush (14.4 | 28.8)
    Weekend All Things Considered, September 23, 2000

    Host Jacki Lyden speaks with NPR's Peter Kenyon about this week in the George W. Bush campaign. Bush appeared on two popular TV talk shows, and campaigned heavily with family members in Florida. That was supposed to be a safe state for Mr. Bush since his brother is Governor. But polls show him even with Vice-President Al Gore.

    Bush's Campaign in Florida (14.4 | 28.8)
    Morning Edition, September 22, 2000

    NPR's Peter Kenyon reports Presidential candidate George W. Bush's campaign continues through Florida.

    Bush's Attacks on Gore (14.4 | 28.8)
    Morning Edition, September 21, 2000

    NPR's Anthony Brooks reports on George W. Bush's attacks on his Democratic rival. The Republican candidate has been using a two-part strategy this week in an effort to attract voters: He's been casting doubt on Gore's character while trying to re-cast himself as the real friend of the middle class. Yesterday, Bush accused Gore of hypocrisy for criticizing the entertainment industry, and then raising money from it.

    Bush On Live with Regis (14.4 | 28.8)
    All Things Considered, September 21, 2000

    Robert talks to Jacob Weisberg, Chief Political correspondent for the online magazine Slate, about the presidential candidates' appearances on TV shows aimed at a female audience. Bush appeared on Live with Regis today, and was on Oprah Tuesday. Gore appeared on Oprah last week. Slate magazine is at http://slate.msn.com

    Bush Stump Speech (14.4 | 28.8)
    All Things Considered, September 20, 2000

    Every Wednesday this election season, All Things Considered is airing excerpts of speeches by presidential candidates. Today we hear first from Republican candidate George W. Bush, in portion of a speech delivered Monday in Little Rock, Arkansas. (8:00)

    Bush Campaign (14.4 | 28.8)
    All Things Considered, September 19, 2000

    Texas Governor George W. Bush continued his swing through the Midwest today, saying he is the candidate who will help middle class families. From birth to retirement, the Republican presidential nominee says he is looking out for working Americans. Bush made that appeal in a neo-natal ward yesterday, a school today, and in an appearance on Oprah Winfrey's daytime talk show. NPR's Anthony Brooks is traveling with the Bush campaign.

    Bush's Middle Class Benefits (14.4 | 28.8)
    Morning Edition, September 19, 2000

    NPR's Anthony Brooks reports on George W. Bush's campaign stop in the Midwest. Yesterday, the Republican candidate released a 15-page pamphlet that outlined his plans to benefit the middle class, and called his rival's tax-cuts "wrong."

    Chicago F.O.P. Endorses Bush (14.4 | 28.8)
    Morning Edition, September 19, 2000

    NPR's Cheryl Corley reports that the Chicago chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Republican Presidential Candidate George W. Bush. Some say the endorsement is meant as a political statement against city's current administration. Police have been upset with Mayor Richard M. Daley because of on-going contract disputes. Daley's brother, William, is Vice President Al Gore's campaign chairman.

    Political Events This Week (14.4 | 28.8)
    Morning Edition, September 18, 2000

    Host Bob Edwards talks with NPR's Cokie Roberts about this week's political events including the new strategy in the presidential campaign of Texas Governor George W. Bush.

    Bush Stump Speech (14.4 | 28.8)
    All Things Considered, September 6, 2000
    We hear an excerpt of a speech yesterday in Allentown, Pennsylvania, by Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush, in which he outlined his plan for Medicare.




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