George W. Bush ran for election and reelection as a compassionate conservative. Now slowly inching his way back into the public eye with an interview with ABC News's Jonathan Karl that aired Sunday and a planned major speech on immigration Wednesday, the former president who likes to call himself " retired " is being suddenly feted for views he's held for years. Maybe it's just the hard-right turn in Republican rhetoric since Bush left office, but Bush's historic kinder, gentler approach is suddenly being treated as a kind of GOP novelty act. President George W.
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Dan Balz writes in the Washington Post, as many reporters have this week,. In , Republicans used ballot initiatives barring same-sex marriage to spur turnout among their conservative voters. That strategy helped then-President George W. Bush win reelection.
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The exchange is raw, personal and angry: Xavier Cortada, a gay friend of Jeb Bush, then the governor of Florida, sent him an email on March 3, , with a plea. Cortada, an artist, was alarmed that Mr. Bush, was proposing to amend the Constitution to outlaw same-sex marriage — and was unsettled that the governor backed the idea.
The president said he decided to endorse an amendment because of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's recent decision granting marriage rights to same-sex couples, and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's decision two weeks ago to begin giving marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. California high court may get same-sex marriage. Bush has been under pressure from social conservatives within his political base to come out in favor of such an amendment, several versions of which are floating around Capitol Hill.