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Thursday, 09 November 2000 12:00 AM

After eight years of a government with vicious disagreements and a failure to accomplish major goals, Bush will bring all sides together and unite the country, according to close Bush friend Montana Gov. Marc Racicot. He said Bush proved his ability to work with Democrats as governor.

"He has a record of doing that. It’s an overwhelming record. There are so many Democrats in the state of Texas who worked for George Bush’s election in the first place. In 1998 there were 800,000 of those Democrats who crossed the line to vote for George Bush where 60 to 65 percent of the state is Democrat, and yet he received 69 percent of the vote when he was re-elected," explained Racicot.

Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, R-N.J., said Bush and other Republican candidates throughout the nation cut into the Democratic base of voters, "which sends them a message that this is really an opportunity to have bipartisan government that is going to move this country ever forward."

"George Bush showed his ability to reach out across party lines, and given how close this will be, that bodes very well for his ability to get things done. He’s someone that can make things happen working with all sides of the aisle," she added.

Even though the Republicans have maintained a majority in both the House and Senate, that majority will not be as great as it was. Michigan Gov. John Engler told NewsMax.com that the 29 Republican governors would work with Bush to get things done.

"The governors become very critically important as a way for President-elect Bush to be able to reach across the party lines to really be able to forge an agenda," said Engler. "So I expect that the days of active governors in Washington, D.C., are just beginning. It will be a very different approach that President-elect Bush would take, in sharp contrast to the last eight years," predicted Engler.

Republican governors said President Bill Clinton did not include the nation’s governors in the Washington political process, but Bush will do that from the start. The issues that unite are the issues that directly impact the states, so governors will be anxious to help bring their congressional delegations to agreement.

"Governor Bush has already made it clear that his highest priority agenda for the Congress will be issues that are not that different between Republicans and Democrats as far as what the Republicans or Democrats might do on education and health care. Those will be issues that should put everyone on the spot to say these are the ones we need to work together on," explained Wyoming Gov. Jim Geringer.

"As one of the Western states that Al Gore discarded along the way, we’re more interested in working with a partnership in the White House that will bring people together. That will be the theme as we look at it from the West. People do need to be working together on issues that are more than what are viewed as Western issues," said Geringer.

He said governors working with the new Bush administration could bring bipartisan support to many previously divisive issues.

Racicot, who has been close to Bush throughout the campaign, said Americans will soon learn about the powerful personality that Bush commands, and his confidence in what needs to be done to unite the country.

"He knows that there are a great many things that can be done for this country. A lot of bipartisanship can be precipitated if you have the right leadership in place, if it’s not designed just to produce winners and losers," explained Racicot.

David M. Bresnahan is a free-lance journalist who also hosts "Investigative Journal," a nationally syndicated radio program. He can be found on the Web at InvestigativeJournal.com.

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