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Tuesday, Nov. 28
The Indiana Daily Student


Powell: Bush's DUI will not hurt him

Retired Army Gen. Colin Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addressed the 1976 drunken driving arrest of Texas Gov. George W. Bush Friday before his speech at the IU Auditorium.\nThursday it was revealed that Bush was arrested for DUI in Maine in 1976. He was 30 at the time.\n"I think it will bounce around for a day or so," Powell said.\nBut he said the American people will put the arrest in perspective -- it happened 24 years ago and has no significance to the election Tuesday, he said.\n"He paid for that infraction," Powell said. "I think it'll kind of fade over the next few days, at the climax of the amazing democratic process we have."\nHe said Bush's explanation that he was protecting his daughters by not revealing the charge, is something any parent would do.\nAfter his visit to campus, Powell began a weekend of campaigning with Bush. Powell is widely considered a leading candidate for Secretary of State if Bush wins Tuesday.

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