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Former President George H.W. Bush Supports START

The Obama administration has been eager to get more Republicans on board for a nuclear arms treaty with Russia (also called START), and Wednesday they were able to tout the support from a former GOP president, George H.W. Bush.

Bush lent his support to the treaty in a very, very short paper statement that simply stated, "I urge the United States Senate to ratify the START treaty."

Last week the White House was also happy to show former George W. Bush administration Secretary of State Colin Powell's support of START as well, providing an opportunity for Powell to show his backing in an on-camera statement in the Oval Office.

Obama is hoping that START will get passed during this lame duck Congress. After a meeting with Polish President Komorowski Wednesday, he said he believes it will pass.

"[I] feel confident that when you've got previous secretaries of state, defense, basically the entire national security apparatus of previous Democratic and Republican administrations, our closest allies who are most impacted by relations with Russia, and as President Komorowski indicated, have a thousand years of uneasy relations with Russia, saying that the New START treaty is important, that we are going to be able to get it through the Senate," Obama said.

Critics, including those from the Reagan administration, have said that START is not adequate. Former Reagan Attorney General Ed Meese told Fox News last week that he doesn't think his boss would have approved of it, "That idea of limiting in any way as this new start treaty has tendency to do and provides the opportunity for the Russians to do...is definitely against anything Ronald Reagan would agree to because he felt the way in which the world to be protected against nuclear weapons, would be to make them obsolete through genuine missile defense system," he said.

Senators are inching closer to starting debate on the treating, with the action possibly starting this weekend.

Former Nixon and Ford administration Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former Reagan Chief of Staff James Baker have also sent their support for the treaty.

So far former President George W. Bush has not state his position on the matter.

Fox News' Mike Emanuel contributed to this report.

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