Simon Campaign Ads to Feature Bush
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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Simon said Tuesday his campaign will run television commercials featuring President Bush.
Simon made the disclosure during an interview on a conservative talk radio show less than three weeks after Bush toured the state to raise money for him in a visit widely viewed as an arm’s-length embrace.
A $78 million civil fraud verdict against Simon’s family investment firm created a delicate situation for the president given his zero-tolerance stance on corporate fraud.
During the visit, Bush’s chief political strategist Karl Rove hedged when asked if Bush would have any objection to appearing in a Simon campaign ad.
``We’d have to see what they would propose, if it would be appropriate,″ Rove said at the time.
On Tuesday, during an appearance on ``The Hugh Hewitt Show″ which airs on radio stations throughout the state, Simon was asked about running television ads with ex-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, his former boss when both were federal prosecutors.
``We’re going to run some TV ads with both Rudy and with our president,″ Simon responded.
Simon consultant Jeff Flint declined to comment on details of the ads or when they would air.
``We have footage of the president saying some wonderful things about Bill Simon, and don’t be surprised if you see them in an ad sometime in the future,″ he said.
A White House spokesman had no immediate comment late Tuesday.