Former Presidents To Head Fund-Raising

Bush asking Clinton and father to head quake fund-raising drive

President Bush has enlisted his father and former President Clinton to head a nationwide fund-raising drive for victims of the south Asian earthquake and tsunamis.

The president is meeting with his two predecessors -- and was scheduled to appear with them at the White House afterward to formally launch the drive.

Press Secretary Scott McClellan says Bush wants Americans and US businesses to contribute to non-governmental relief efforts. After the announcement, Bush planned to visit the Washington embassies of Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand to sign condolence books. The moves come as Secretary of State Colin Powell leads a US delegation to the region to assess damage and recovery needs. The administration has already pledged 350 million dollars in aid, but officials say that number could be adjusted.