President Bush buys lemonade from neighborhood children who had set up a stand along his motorcade route Wednesday in Charleston. The president was in town for a private fundraiser for the re-election campaign of Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, seen in the background.

Bush and Capito exit Air Force One at Yeager Airport on Wednesday afternoon.

CHARLESTON -- Low approval ratings have steered some Republicans away from campaign help from President Bush. But Shelley Moore Capito isn't one of them.

Capito, West Virginia's only Republican in Washington, raised about $500,000 Wednesday at a private fundraiser attended by Bush. GOP officials said about 275 people attended the event at the South Hills home of former Charleston Treasurer Drew Payne and his wife, Mary.

Seeking a fourth two-year term, Capito is being challenged by Democrat Mike Callaghan.

A red U.S. Coast Guard boat sped up the Kanawha River alongside Bush's motorcade as it made its way through the city to the home of former Charleston Treasurer Drew Payne and his wife, Mary.

Wednesday's event was an invitation-only affair that costs each couple $4,200, the maximum allowed campaign contribution.

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