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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

President Bush to visit Pensacola

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November

On election eve, President Bush will headline a Republican rally in Pensacola, the White House announced.

Bush will speak at a Florida Victory rally at the Pensacola Civic Center Monday afternoon. He then will fly to a rally in Arkansas and will end the day at a rally in Dallas. He will spend the night Monday night at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, where he will vote on Tuesday.

In Pensacola, Bush is likely to find a supportive audience (he won Escambia County with 65 percent of the vote). It also will give him an opportunity to fire up the Republican base.

Update: A senior administration official, speaking on Air Force One, said the event Monday was intended to boost Republican turnout.

"We're focusing his energy on places where he can best turn out the vote for Republican candidates.  These are all races that are close.  These are all races that are likely going to come down to turnout.  And so that's the nature of all these visits," said the official, who was not identified in a White House transcript.  

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:36pm]

    

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