Bush comes to Livonia to stump for candidates, defend his record
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President George W. Bush came to
Bush spoke for about 20 minutes before a group of about 400 party supporters, who paid $1,000 or $5,000 to attend the Max M. Fisher National Republican Award Dinner at Laurel Manor.
At a time when Bush’s national approval rating in recent polls has been in the mid-20 percent range, the president defended his tax cuts, his energy policies, the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo and the war in Iraq.
“The decision to remove Saddam Hussein was the right decision at the time and is the right decision today,” he said.
Bush acknowledged that times are hard.
“These are challenging times in
After Bush’s speech, Republican Party chair Saul Anuzis said the speech could help raise $500,000 toward a $1 million victory program for state GOP candidates.
“I think the president gave a great speech,” he said. “The crowd was excited. It’s helpful to motivate the troops, the base, and we raised a few dollars as well.”
Bush opened his remarks by spotlighting several Republican office holders and candidates including U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter of
“Our message will be to get to work to elect Republicans to the state legislature, to Congress and to elect John McCain to be president,” Bush said.
While urging support for Republicans, he supported the decisions of his administration and said there is a “wide chasm” separating Democrats and Republicans.
He said he delivered the largest tax cut since Ronald Reagan and Democrats are threatening to end those tax cuts.
“The last thing we need is a tax increase, that is why we need to elect a Republican Congress and John McCain to the presidency,” he said.
He reserved his most stinging criticism for the Supreme Court and its decision allowing
“By a bare majority, five Supreme Court justices overturned a bipartisan law that Congress passed and I signed to deliver justice to detainees at
Carl Berry, a candidate for