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Joe 'Guitar' Hughes

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GEORGE W BUSH, who is the runaway favourite for the Republican presidential nomination, benefited from his father's high-level political and business contacts in Texas to escape the draft during the Vietnam war, the Washington Post reported yesterday.

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