NASHUA, N.H. — Laura Bush, a librarian by profession, is spending a rare weekend as a campaigner, politicking for Republicans in a four-state swing from New Hampshire to South Dakota.
The venture by the first lady, who normally avoids campaigning, is a sign of how seriously her husband's administration is taking Tuesday's midterm elections.
"Everywhere I go people ask me what they can do to help the president, and there is something you can do: You can elect these great candidates here today to work with President Bush," Mrs. Bush said Saturday at a rally for Rep. John Sununu, running for New Hampshire's open Senate seat against a popular Democrat, Gov. Jeanne Shaheen.
The president, at a rally in Savannah, Ga., said he found it "pretty ironic that she's the lead campaigner for my family. After all, when I met her, she was a public school librarian. That in itself doesn't say much except the truth is, she didn't like politics, and she certainly didn't like politicians."