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But former Congressman Lloyd Bentsen, a native of Mission, Texas, defeated Yarborough in the Democratic primary, 816,641 votes (53 percent) to 724,122 (47 percent). Because there was no presidential election in 1970, turnout in Texas was unusually low in the general election.Bentsen defeated Bush by a margin similar to that in his primary victory over Yarborough.Bush called Yarborough an "extremist" and a "left wing demagogue," while Yarborough countered by calling Bush a "carpetbagger" trying to buy a Senate seat "just as they would buy a seat on the New York Stock Exchange." Bush lost in a Democratic landslide but performed considerably better than did the GOP presidential nominee, Senator Barry M. After his defeat, Bush did not give up on elective politics; he was elected in 19 to the House of Representatives from Texas' 7th Congressional District.During his career in Congress, Bush was very supportive of contraceptives and family planning—so much so that he was known as "Rubbers." He was a supporter of Planned Parenthood, of which his father Prescott had been the financial chairman.He secured a position with Dresser Industries, on whose board of directors his father had served 22 years. In the Republican primary, Bush ran first with 62,985 votes, but his total was 44.1 percent, which was not the required majority.George Bush and the Liedtke brothers created the Zapata Corporation in 1953 as Zapata Oil. He was thus forced into a runoff primary with Jack Cox, also of Houston, the 1962 Republican gubernatorial nominee, who had 45,561 votes (31.9 percent) in the primary.
Of his upbringing, Bush has said, "People say I was a man of privilege and by that they mean money, but I was privileged in the question of values—a mother and father who were determined to help their kids be good people." Bush began his formal education at the Greenwich Country Day School in Greenwich, Connecticut.
As the Republican nominee, Bush then ran a campaign against the incumbent Democratic Senator Ralph Yarborough, making issue of Yarborough's support for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
At the time, many Southern politicians (including the Republican Senator John Tower of Texas) opposed the legislation on constitutional or libertarian grounds.
The Bush political "dynasty" has been compared to that of the Adams and the Kennedy families. Bush's father, Prescott Bush, was a United States senator from Connecticut.
Bush is the father of the 43rd president, George Walker Bush, and the 43rd governor of Florida(1999-2007), Jeb Bush. George Herbert Walker Bush was born in Milton, Massachusetts, on June 12, 1924, to Prescott Bush and Dorothy Walker Bush.
After his re-election in 1972, Nixon asked Bush to become chairman of the Republican National Committee.