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Bush's sister campaigns in W.Va.

October 14, 2000

Bush's sister campaigns in W.Va.



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer


SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Doro Bush Koch, the sister of Republican presidential nominee George W. Bush, touted her brother's leadership and trustworthiness during a campaign appearance in his behalf here Friday night.

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Koch addressed about 100 people who attended the Eastern Panhandle Eisenhower Dinner at the Bavarian Inn and Lodge in Shepherdstown. Organizers held the event in support of Bush and seven Republicans running for state and local offices.

Koch, one of five Bush children, is 13 years younger than the Republican nominee, who is governor of Texas.

When Koch was born, George W. was attending Andover boarding school in Massachusetts. But Koch said she later spent a lot of time with the future presidential candidate at the family's summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

She recalled Bush always being the life of the party at family get-togethers. He was always finding fun things for the family to do, "and we would follow him," said Koch, a mother of four who lives in Bethesda, Md.

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"You wanted to be part of it. He has a magnetism," Koch said.

"To see him blossom into his leadership role has been a natural progression," Koch said.

Just as his young friends and family members wanted to be around Bush, leading Republicans now want to be a part of his campaign, said Koch.

Koch said her brother has been able to break from the "filter of the media," which has allowed people to become familiar with his "compassionate conservatism."

"I know George is a man you can trust, and credibility has become an issue in this campaign," Koch said.

She said some people have described Bush as an "empty suit," which she called an unfair characterization.

"Labels are for cans, not for people," she said.

Growing up, Bush never talked about running for president, Koch said.

"So he was normal," she said.

Koch said she has been campaigning for her brother for the past year and a half. She has been speaking wherever she can about Bush's plans for education, tax relief and other issues.

Koch said she that in coming weeks she will be stumping in Maine, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

Koch and Bush's mother, former first lady Barbara Bush, spoke in Jefferson County 18 years ago, said Jean Jacobs, chairperson of the Jefferson County Republican Executive Committee.

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