Former U.S. President George W. Bush at a campaign rally in North Charleston for his younger brother, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, says he's ''touched'' by the way the community banded together following a shooting at a historic Charleston church last June. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Though his duties as U.S. president ended over seven years ago, former U.S. President George W. Bush weighed in on a shooting that occurred at the historic 'Mother Emmanuel' black church in Charleston last June. During an endorsement speech for his younger brother, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, former President Bush said he was impressed to see the degree of strength and unity among the people of Charleston in fighting for a united cause in the wake of the shooting that shocked the nation. "I love the spirit of the people of South Carolina. I am particularly touched by the way the community banded together to comfort the victims of last year's shooting at Mother Emanuel church, and then protest against racism and hate. It's a strong signal to the United States of America," Bush said. Dylann Roof, 21, faces 33 federal hate crime and firearms charges after authorities said he opened fire during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.