Bush 1stLd-Writethru 10-29

Bush stumps in low-key trip

President Bush says he won’t weigh in on the 2008 presidential campaign, at least not until after the primaries. He showed Monday, though, that he has no intention of staying out of lower-ticket contests.

The president spent the better part of his day flying to Pennsylvania and then Ohio to raise money for Republican candidates.

His travels had at least one thing in common with his silent stance so far on the race to succeed him in the White House: He was under wraps the whole time. Bush went first to one large home in a well-manicured neighborhood and then another, for gripping-and-grinning with wealthy GOP supporters out of sight of the media and without a single public utterance. The media that normally sticks close by the president, even when he is in closed events, was kept at buildings far from the fundraisers.

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