George P. Bush Efforting Young and Latino Votes

ByABC News
July 20, 2000, 1:14 PM

— -- George W. Bush is looking to what some call his secret weapon in the effort to win over Latino and 20-something voters: His hunky Latino nephew.

The oldest son of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and his Mexican-born wife Columba, George Prescott Bush was born in Houston on April 24, 1976.

George P. (or P as he is called by family members) lived with his parents in Venezuela for three years. In 1979, the growing family moved to Miami, where he was raised while attending private schools.

George P. earned a history degree from Rice University in 1998. He immediately entered the work force, taking a job teaching history at Homestead High School in South Florida, a low-income community south of Miami.

Just over a year later, George P. left his teaching position and came to the aid of his uncle, George W. Bush, in his bid for the presidency of the United States.

Encouraging Young Voters

George P., who was raised to speak both Spanish and English, visited more than 60 high schools and 25 colleges in New Hampshire and California during the primary campaign, setting up voter registration booths and trying to convince young people to get involved in politics.

He applied lessons learned as a teacher (viewing victory one person at a time) in his grassroots approach to reach young voters. This generations Bush believes that young people are informed and care about issues, but must be taught how to direct their energy into politics.

The GOP historically loses Latino votes to Democrats, and it seems clear the Bush campaign is hoping the 24-year-old will help his uncle appeal to young and especially Latino voters. So far, the fans (mostly young women) have swooned over this young George with football-player good looks.

In June of this year, the Bush campaign released four TV ads two in English, two in Spanish starring the handsome,

young George. The ads aired in the New York area, pegged to the citys Puerto Rican Day parade, in which George P. marched.