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05/09/05

Gov. Bush Speaks at Republican Convention

Thousands of Republicans were in Savannah this weekend for Georgia's Republican Convention. On Saturday, Florida governor Jeb Bush shared his ideas for the party's future at the Savannah International Trade and Conventiona Center.

"It's exciting to have the president's brother and Florida governor," said Sen. Eric Johnson (R-Savannah). "You know Georgia was founded to be a barrier between South Carolina and the Spaniards in Florida, so we've come a long way to have the governor of Florida here."

And it was an honor for everyone, including Gov. Sonny Perdue, who says it's important to listen to the a governor making great strides in his home state. "Florida has sort of been ahead of Georgia in transition from a partisan perspective," he said, adding the state's policies are "dealing with education and healthcare and they are examples to follow."

Education reform and the successes they have had in Florida are an important message to Georgia politicians who are trying to pull the state from the bottom of the education list.

Gov. Bush also took the opportunity to brag about his older brother, President Bush. "I am very proud of my brother, I am proud of the the moral and how he is dealing with situations in these perilous times."

Comments which received a standing ovation from the president's very enthusiastic supporters, making Jeb Bush's speech and brief visit to the Hostess City a success.

The convention wrapped up Saturday night.

Reported by: Kim Angelastro, kangelastro@wtoc.com

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