Officials say President Bush is leaving the door open to campaigning for California Republican gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger if it could help tip the balance in a close recall election.
Nearly a dozen people with ties to Bush emphasized he has no plans now to do so. But none would rule it out.
Bush will spend two days in California next week, and officials say they see no prospect of him campaigning with Schwarzenegger, who served as fitness czar in the White House for the presidentÂ´s father.
A White House spokeswoman says “The president believes that this is an issue for the people of California.”
Schwarzenegger, with his star power and history of GOP activism, is viewed by the White House as the Republican with the best shot at ousting Davis.