Tuesday, September 19, 2000

Bush back to court voters in Kentucky

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FORT MITCHELL — Kentucky is once again playing a major role in Republican George W. Bush's presidential campaign.

        As part of his six-day tour of key states, Mr. Bush is scheduled to appear early this evening at a Lexington high school for a town hall meeting on school violence with parents and students.

        The visit will mark Mr. Bush's 10th campaign stop in Kentucky this year and is another indication of the state's importance in the presidential race, Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said Monday.

        “Our state is right in the cross hairs of this campaign,” Mr. McConnell, a Louisville Republican, said Monday in a conference call with Kentucky reporters.

        “Both sides sit down and cal culate how to get to 270 electoral votes,” the amount needed to win the presidency, said Mr. McConnell, chairman for the Bush campaign in Kentucky.

        Mr. Bush is using the 12-city, nine-state, 6,076-mile trip to tout his “Blueprint for the Middle Class,” a series of campaign proposals designed to appeal to middle-class and women voters.

        The plan includes the campaign's platform on “education, health care, Social Security, taxes, family and community.”

        “This summarizes Gov. Bush's plan on core issues,” Mr. McConnell said. “It shows that Gov. Bush has a real plan for real people.”


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