Laura Bush Plays Key Role in Campaign

Laura Bush in Phoenix, Ariz., Oct. 12, 2004.

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Laura Bush is seen as a serene and supportive presence in the White House. On the other hand, she is not given to adoring gazes, as first lady Nancy Reagan was. Within the constraints of her life in the White House, she seems very much her own woman. During this election year, Mrs. Bush campaigns across the country, sometimes making several speeches a day. NPR's Linda Wertheimer has been listening.

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