from Bush-Cheney '04 Communications      

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From:  Bush-Cheney '04 Communications

Date:   9/3/04

Re:      Bush-Cheney '04 Announces Post Convention "Opportunity Tour"


President Bush is embarking on a post-Convention eight day, six state, 16-stop tour to rally support for his plan for a safer world and more hopeful America.  Last night, the President laid out his vision for the next four years.  On his first stops, the President will ride the wave of momentum coming out of the convention in New York and the release of his "Agenda for America." 


The campaign's top surrogates will also travel throughout the nation over the next week, spreading the President's vision of a safer world and a more hopeful America.  Senators Frist, McCain and Dole, Speaker Hastert and Governor Owens will barnstorm through a number of battleground states.  There will also be events across the country featuring heroic veterans supporting the President, including former Marine Corps Commandant Gen. P.X. Kelley and multiple Medal of Honor recipients. 


On Saturday, the President will highlight "Opportunity Zones"-- a proposal he introduced in his convention remarks to help areas particularly challenged by the changing economy.  At an "Ask President Bush" event in Cleveland, the President will highlight policies designed to help small businesses and workers.  In Cleveland, the President will also recognize a self-employed individual with an HSA and a family benefiting from lower taxes.  Later, the President will rally supporters in Lake County, Ohio, and Erie, Pennsylvania.


On Sunday, the President will launch a "Jobs and Opportunity" tour in Parkersburg, West Virginia.  On Monday, the President will visit Poplar Bluffs, Missouri, and focus on his small business agenda. On Tuesday, the President will push his new policies and discuss the importance of spreading prosperity to all corners of America during a three-stop bus tour that will swing through Kansas City, Missouri, Sedalia, Missouri, and Jefferson City, Missouri.


On Thursday in suburban Philadelphia, the President will deliver a speech addressing his proposals for strengthening the economy and ensuring that opportunity reaches all Americans before finishing the day rallying supporters in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania.  On Friday, he will round out the tour through America's Heartland with a bus tour from Huntington, West Virginia, to Portsmouth and Chillicothe, Ohio.


The Vice President started his post-convention push for the President's agenda on the West Coast, beginning with remarks today in Pendleton, Oregon, and Las Vegas, Nevada.  He'll be joined by Senator John McCain on Saturday at a rally in Roswell, New Mexico, then head to Columbus, Georgia, for an official event. 


On Monday, the Vice President will visit the Minnesota State Fair--one of the largest in the country--before heading to a Victory event in Mason City, Iowa.  No Republican presidential candidate has won Minnesota since 1972 and no Republican presidential candidate has won Iowa since 1984, but the race in both states is within the margin of error today. 


On Tuesday, the Vice President will attend a morning event in Des Moines before heading to a Bush-Cheney rally in New Hampshire and a Victory fundraiser in Boston.  


On Wednesday, the Vice President returns to Washington before heading to Ohio and Wisconsin on Thursday and Friday. 


Mrs. Bush's campaign schedule next week will take her to the Upper Midwest and New England.  On Thursday, she will deliver remarks at a small business in Saginaw, Michigan, then head to Duluth, Minnesota, for a Victory rally later in the day before attending a Victory dinner in St. Paul that evening.  On Friday, she will be in Lewiston, Maine, for a "W Stands For Women" event and in Manchester, New Hampshire, for a Victory event.