Bush-Cheney Press Release

Monday, August 23, 2004

Democrat Youngstown Mayor George McKelvey Endorses President George W. Bush

YOUNGSTOWN, OH - Earlier today Mayor George McKelvey, Democratic mayor of Youngstown, Ohio, announced his endorsement of President George W. Bush in his reelection bid.  At a press conference in Youngstown, McKelvey was joined by Bush-Cheney ’04 Ohio Valley Regional Chair Jo Ann Davidson and said that as a Democrat he is proud to work toward President Bush’s reelection in November.

"Although I have never publicly endorsed a presidential candidate, the significance of this election - an election which I view as the most important of my lifetime - has motivated me to acknowledge my support for President Bush.

"I support President Bush’s proactive approach to the war on terror. He has demonstrated the strong leadership necessary to strengthen our national security. He understands that the war on terror is a war we must win to protect our freedom, for our children, grand children and great grandchildren.

"I support President Bush because I believe that our economy is experiencing a recovery, and that it will continue to improve. It is unfair, at best, to blame President Bush for the devastating impact 9-11 had on the American marketplace. Furthermore, I cannot agree with those who criticize a tax policy which allows the American people to keep more of their own money, allowing them, not the government, to decide how to best spend their money," McKelvey said.

He continued, "Senator Kerry reminds me of the traditional politician who will say anything you want to hear to get elected…This Democrat is proud to call President Bush his friend, and honored to have the opportunity to work with him on his reelection as president of the United States of America."