President George H.W. Bush fights for Georgia Senate seat
June 14th, 2014
03:49 PM ET
9 years ago

President George H.W. Bush fights for Georgia Senate seat

Programming note: CNN will air "41ON41," a film about President George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, based on interviews with 41 people who know him best, at 9 and 11 p.m. ET Sunday, June 15.

Washington (CNN) – With Democrats investing a lot of hope and money in Michelle Nunn’s bid to capture the open U.S. Senate seat in Georgia, Republicans have turned to one of their most popular leaders to help raise money to keep it in GOP hands.

Former President George H.W. Bush wrote a fundraising letter to Republicans saying he is giving to the Senate Battleground Fund, run by the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and “I am writing today to ask you to consider doing the same.”

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“Every indicator thus far suggests the Democratic nominee in Georgia will be well-funded, and stands to benefit greatly from a relatively easy primary period and the absence of a run-off challenge. The Senate Battleground Fund will try to erase or at least minimize that clear advantage, and ensure the Republican nominee enters the general election later this summer with a strong breeze in his sails – ready to propel him to victory.”

Because no Republican captured 50% of the vote in the May 20 primary, Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue will face off in a July 22 runoff.

Bush finds himself in an unusual position as he is also being touted by the Democrat Nunn. A picture of him with his hand on Nunn’s shoulder was used in her first ad back in April as she touted “leading President Bush’s Points of Light Foundation.” She is CEO of the foundation, dedicated to promoting volunteerism.

Bush’s spokesman, Jim McGrath, has said while the former President personally likes Nunn, “we certainly did not give approval” for the ad and believes Republicans should control the Senate.

“To bring genuine, positive change to the Senate and to America, we must put Georgia in the GOP column on Election Night 2014,” Bush wrote.

“Michelle has enormous personal respect and affection for President Bush and is honored to have led his Points of Light Foundation for seven years. She believes the experience of running the organization is a model Washington can learn from that shows what can be accomplished when partisan differences are put aside and people focus on common ground,” Nunn campaign Chairman Gordon Griffin said in a statement.

The Georgia seat is open because Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss is retiring. Georgia is one of the only contests in which Democrats may have a chance to pick off a seat now in GOP hands. Republicans need to win six seats now held by Democrats to win control of the Senate.

Filed under: George H.W. Bush • Georgia • Michelle Nunn
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    George, I had much more respect for you when you called Reagan's economic plan voodoo economics. Then you went and supported him...

    June 14, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. Puddintane

    Georgia is almost a lost cause for Republicans at this point. Too many people taken care of by government.

    June 14, 2014 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. Babyboomer

    I like POTUS 41 ok but we in Georgia need a Democrat (i.e., Michelle Nunn) in the Senate working for us now. For the past few years we have almost no one in the Governors mansion, the Senate nor the House working for the middle class an poor in this state. We desperately need an advocate for us for the next few years.

    June 14, 2014 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. Bill from GA

    Puddintane – " Georgia is almost a lost cause for Republicans at this point. Too many people taken care of by government."

    Clearly you do not know Georgia.

    It is true that many here are 'taken care of by government.' They are retirees, military and other government workers, some non-government workers in the defense business, farmers getting their cotton (and other) subsidies, and some on food stamps. And you probably are only referring to that last group, and mistakenly think they are all Democrats. Typical ignorant rightie.

    BTW, GHW Bush is way too moderate to have an influence on Georgia's republicans these days. But he can get some of you to give money to push your rightie lies on the locals who may be too stupid to know better.

    June 14, 2014 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. Gunderson

    Aw, Humm,
    The last democrat senator from Georgia, if i'm not mistaken was Max Cleland. He forgot where he was from and was a one term senator. Not really sure of Michelle Nunn. Unless the Republican's Re-Take the Senate and the House stays Republican it won't make a lot of difference as the Gridlock will continue. With all the scandals piling up in Washington, anybody surprised, we need to fix more things that you can throw a stick at.

    Can't agree with you Boomer. We have had 100 years of Liberal Politics. A glaring failure. Now it is time for you to take the reins, if you want anything done.

    June 14, 2014 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |

    Dems are not jobs friendly or business . Bazaar i say but in not surprised this is old news but some may n0t kn0w and should .

    June 14, 2014 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  7. Thomas

    It's sad they don't make republicans like Former President George H.W. Bush anymore .

    I didn't vote for the gentleman , that his is , a gent;man .

    Ted Cruz / Rick Perry 2016
    You get what you pay for ?

    June 14, 2014 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  8. raafat,abou-ikdeh

    Mr. 41 please stay a way from the good doughtier of Mr. nunn and that is the third most powerful statement for this day happy american day .

    June 14, 2014 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  9. Polecatmtn

    If y'all want to bet some money on this race, put it down. I'll give you 5 to 1 odds Ms. Nunn will never find her way to Hahira and lose real big. Any takers?

    June 14, 2014 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    Bush #41 needs to go home and sound time with Barbara. Anything bush is poison.

    June 14, 2014 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  11. king

    its amazing how the repubs love to call our administration a welfare state. what are they talking about. do they want to suck up all the money out of our economy and give to big corporations, who is more interested in investing in china more than our country, can you imagine if their were no obamacare to suck in investors back to our country. lesson folks we need money here in our economy, especially when our economy have to compete against up and comers like china, India and Brazil. Obama is doing the right thing by focusing more here in america. now if these state governors focus more on its people rather than politics, so much people in their states wouldn't be in poverty.

    June 14, 2014 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |