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President supports Hastert at fundraiser

October 13, 2006


— President Bush stood shoulder-to-shoulder Thursday with embattled House Speaker Dennis Hastert, offering a powerful boost in his moment of need and declaring the country "better off" with Hastert in power.

"I am proud to be standing with the current speaker of the House who is going to be the future speaker of the House," Bush said as he opened a speech to raise money for two Illinois congressional candidates.

The $1.1 million fundraiser provided the first picture of Bush with Hastert since a scandal broke involving a Republican congressman pursuing underage male pages. Although the president has spoken out in Hastert's defense - tepidly at first and more directly at a White House news conference on the eve of the fundraiser - their appearance together was an endorsement of Hastert when nearly half the country says he should resign.


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