By Mitra Taj
WILL SEBERGER/Arizona Daily Wildcat
George P. Bush, President Bush's nephew, talks to students and press after yesterday afternoon's political rally at the Marriott on East Second Street. Bush feels that his Hispanic background may help his uncle win votes in Arizona.
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Friday, August 27, 2004
The president's nephew reminded students yesterday how much their votes matter as he rallied them to vote republican and keep the president serving them in office.
"Your votes will make the difference," said George P. Bush, the nephew of President George W. Bush. "You all are here, and the political system is alive and well because of you. We have to show the country that our generation cares."
Bush spoke at the Marriott yesterday to rally support among young people, later joining the College Republicans on the UA Mall to register republicans and speak with students.
Young people should vote republican, the 28-year-old Bush said, because "we know the issues that are on the minds of young people."
Bush said the younger generations tend to be more individualistic, and the Republican Party allows them "more breathing room to manage their own paycheck," whether it's earned from a summer job or by paying less in taxes because of lower interest rates for student loans.
"This president believes that you know how to spend your money better than some bureaucrat in Washington, D.C.," he said.
Bush said he's in the middle of a five-day tour to different states to rally support for his uncle and "remind young voters what's at stake this November."
"Can we count on your support?" he asked the crowd, which responded by cheering loudly and waving signs that read, "Viva Bush."
Bush, son of Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and his wife Columba Bush, a Mexico native, said on the Mall yesterday that he hopes to garner support for his uncle among young and Hispanic people.
He urged the crowd of supporters to include everyone in campaign efforts.
"Diversity is important," he said. "We've got to reach out to all demographics."
He said his tour is a part of that - giving both a young and Hispanic face to the Bush/Cheney campaign.
"I think I lend a different voice that they can relate to," he said.
John Chamberlain, a civil engineering sophomore who said he will be voting for the first time in November, said it's good that a young republican campaigner has come to campus to reach out to students. "We can relate more to someone like him," he said.
Bush said young people can trust his uncle to continue fighting terrorism, lowering unemployment, improving education, and strengthening the economy.
"He's working hard so he can be ready to fight for your interests," Bush said. "We need this vote this election."
Pete Seat, a theater arts senior and state chair of the Arizona College Republicans, said students should vote for Bush because "he has delivered on every single one of those issues and those are all issues that affect us now and in the future."
Seat said young republican campaigners bring "energy and passion" that is needed, especially when "there's so much on the line."
Bush discouraged negative attacks on Democrats, urging students to campaign by reminding friends about how important this election is.