Bush Looks Rightward

Any pretense that President Bush isn't thinking about politics was ended last week when he launched a robust schedule of campaigning for G.O.P. candidates. In New York City the President attended two fund raisers for New York Governor George Pataki and met privately with Edward Cardinal Egan, fostering ties to the Roman Catholic community that Bush's advisers believe are crucial to his political success. But more quietly, Bush has been bolstering his credentials with social-conservative Republicans, who are even more crucial in this off-year election, in which only the most faithful turn out to vote. In his budget proposal, Bush called...

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