Former U.S. President, Bush, to hit campaign trail for brother, Jeb

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The Republican Party campaign team said former U.S. President, George Bush, would hold a campaign rally on Monday with his brother, Jeb, a contender for presidential nomination of the party.

The team said on Friday in Washington that Bush would appear with his brother at a rally in Charleston, South Carolina, which would host the next Republican primary vote on Feb. 20.

They said that the outing would be very historic, because Jeb was hoping to revive his candidacy in the campaign that had been dominated so far by billionaire businessman, Donald Trump.

Report said that Bush, a former governor of Florida, came in fourth on Tuesday in the New Hampshire primary with 11 per cent of the votes, in a tight pack between senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

It noted that along with Ohio governor, John Kasich, who came in second, both candidates are trying to claim the mantle as a viable alternative to Trump.

The report said that Bush had walked a fine line when mentioning the family political dynasty, which included father and George Bush.

It said that Jeb had publicly defended his brother against political attacks, while distancing himself from the legacy of the largely unpopular George, who left office with the U.S. embroiled in two wars and a financial crisis.

Their mother, former first lady Barbara Bush, hit the campaign trail for Jeb in New Hampshire, and George Bush had already appeared in a radio advertisement on his brother’s behalf.

Recent polls showed that after seven years on the sideline, the older brother was seen by the public in a more positive light than when he left office.

Bush praised his brother as a leader with a steady, calm demeanour who would “be a great commander in chief for our military.’’

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