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The Salvation Army negotiated for months with Republican presidential candidate and Texas Gov. George W. Bush to be the guest speaker at the social service agency's largest annual fund-raiser.

The Salvation Army even changed the date and time of the yearly civic celebration to accommodate Bush.

But political considerations prevent Bush from making the appearance next month as he swings through the state on a fund-raising and campaign trip, Salvation Army Executive Director Roberta Schofield said Thursday.

Ms. Schofield said Salvation Army officials and Bush's staff had reached a verbal agreement but scheduling conflicts arose two weeks ago before it could be committed to writing.

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