Former President George W. Bush gives his younger brother, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, a brotherly hand in his 2016 White House bid. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush enlisted his brother, former President George W. Bush, on Monday to try to give him a lift as he looks for a strong showing in South Carolina's crucial primary. The 69-year-old George W. Bush, who won the 2000 and 2004 Republican primary contests in South Carolina en route to presidential victories those years, was to appear with Jeb at a 6 p.m. (2300 GMT) rally in North Charleston, days before Republicans vote in the state on Saturday. Before that event, the elder Bush and his wife, Laura, visited with U.S. military veterans at an American Legion Post in Columbia, South Carolina, to try to encourage the state's large contingent of military personnel and veterans to get behind his brother's White House bid. The former president looked as comfortable as ever as he made a rare campaign appearance, shaking hands, posing for pictures and cracking jokes. The appearance of the elder Bush on the campaign trail is seen as helping Jeb with South Carolina Republicans who hold the former president in high regard. But it also carries some risks given his launching of the Iraq war in 2003, which ended up being unpopular with many Americans and which rival Donald Trump has seized on to criticize him. George W. Bush's standing has risen among all Americans since he left power in 2009 and he has stayed on the sidelines of his brother's presidential bid, headlining private fundraisers but otherwise staying off the campaign trail.