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Bush hits bay area (St.Pete/Tampa)
Hernando Today ^ | October 20, 2004 | ROBERT W. NOLTE rnolte@hernandotoday.com

Posted on 10/20/2004 2:08:56 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Editor Robert Nolte was invited by The White House to join the president's motorcade along with other members of the national and Florida press. This is his report.

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL - President George W. Bush made a daylong whirlwind tour of central Florida Tuesday, greeted and cheered by thousands in St. Petersburg, New Port Richey and Sumter and Marion counties. A few clusters of Kerry-Edwards supporters showed up along the presidential motorcade that began in St. Pete beach and ended at an airport in Ocala, where Bush was picked up by Air Force One.

Bush spent Monday night at the Tony Don CeSar Hotel, then led a partisan rally at the Progress Energy ballpark.

Crowds booed when Bush recited what he believed were Sen. John Kerry's shortcomings. Bush focused on several themes including rushing more flu vaccines to the elderly in Florida. He taunted Kerry for what Bush called a weak stance on finishing the job in Iraq.

He turned aside Kerry's accusations that he would reinstitute the military draft if reelected. Bush promised support of Social Security and would offer privatization only for those who wanted it.

"I do not believe in big government and I don't believe in indifferent government," he said. "I am a passionate conservative."

In New Port Richey, more than 7,000 people packed downtown streets and Sims Park, which overflowed with supporters. Some in the crowd said they had been waiting for the president for more than three-and-a-half hours. Nearly 10,000 turned out to see Bush at the St. Pete ballpark. But the biggest crowd of the day was counted at The Villages, a retirement community known for its support of Republican candidates.

Bush's 15-vehicle motorcade traveled briefly through Hernando County Tuesday along Interstate 75 en route from Pasco County to The Villages, near Leesburg in Sumter County.

The day's final stop was at the Ocala airport in Marion County.

During the day's campaign stops, which included a brief respite at a restaurant in Safety Harbor, the president was flanked by his brother Gov. Jeb Bush and Mel Martinez, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate against Betty Castor.

Bush called on his supporters to enlist at least ten friends and family to vote for him and also urged people to vote early.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: bush; campaign; election; florida; seniors

US President George W. Bush delivers a campaign speech at The Villages, a sprawling retirement community, in Florida. Bush has made the capture of the most wanted man in Iraq (news - web sites), Islamic militant Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, an increasingly important part of his policy(AFP/File/Paul Richards)


US President George W. Bush waves to the crowd as he takes the stage at a Bush-Cheney campaign rally at Progress Energy Park-Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.(AFP/Paul Richards)

1 posted on 10/20/2004 2:08:57 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Prez has good taste, the Don Cesar, was there in July, wish I could have been there yesterday to see him!


2 posted on 10/20/2004 2:13:10 AM PDT by blondee123 (Proud Member of the FR Pajama Blogger Brigade - New Sheriffs in Town!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

My baby sister's oldest son got to shake Bush's hand in Ocala! That made him happy.


3 posted on 10/20/2004 2:50:03 AM PDT by Chapita (There are none so blind as those who refuse to see! Santana)
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To: blondee123

A beautiful old place on St. Pete Beach.

4 posted on 10/20/2004 2:52:33 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Chapita

It would!


5 posted on 10/20/2004 2:52:47 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

You had to post that picture & make me sick that I'm in COLD Illinois! WAhhhhh!


6 posted on 10/20/2004 2:58:30 AM PDT by blondee123 (Proud Member of the FR Pajama Blogger Brigade - New Sheriffs in Town!)
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To: blondee123

Bundle up!


7 posted on 10/20/2004 2:59:38 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

""I do not believe in big government and I don't believe in indifferent government," [Bush] said. "I am a passionate conservative."

Did he actually say "passionate", or did he say "compassionate"? I believe I've heard him refer to his position as one of a "compassionate" conservative several times in the past.

"Passionate" Conservative is a negative word trick which implies blind ideology..., like, "Bush fans 'flock' to support Bush' (mental picture: a "flock" of sheep.)

As if you didn't already know this...


8 posted on 10/20/2004 4:14:43 AM PDT by pkok (definitely, "definately" is the most mispelled word on the internet...)
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To: pkok
I was there, I heard compassionate. Here are some pics that I took: with Jeb and Mel Martinez (running to replace Bob Graham).
9 posted on 10/20/2004 4:26:38 AM PDT by Mayflower Sister
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To: Mayflower Sister
St. Petersburg's Mayor, Rick Baker. W, Jeb & Mel Martinez
10 posted on 10/20/2004 4:28:08 AM PDT by Mayflower Sister
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To: Mayflower Sister
Jeb Bush The crowd was absolutely amazing.
11 posted on 10/20/2004 4:30:00 AM PDT by Mayflower Sister
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To: pkok

Good point.


12 posted on 10/20/2004 4:50:03 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Mayflower Sister

Great pictures.

Bump!


13 posted on 10/20/2004 4:50:51 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Mayflower Sister

My sister and BIL were there.

They said Rick Baker makes them all look like midgets because he's so tall, LOL.


14 posted on 10/20/2004 4:52:31 AM PDT by dawn53
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To: Mayflower Sister

Is GWB drawing bigger crowds in Florida than the Traitor?


15 posted on 10/20/2004 4:52:44 AM PDT by get'emall (Somebody tell Mrs. Edwards that gravy's not a beverage.)
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To: Mayflower Sister

Do you know who the minister was that gave the invocation?

My sister didn't catch his name, and she said it was a wonderful prayer.


16 posted on 10/20/2004 4:54:20 AM PDT by dawn53
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To: pkok

He said "compassionate" not "passionate". My family was there and it was a great rally, though the sun came out just as GW started speaking and it got HOT. The flock of sheep had an excellent time including taunting the straggling mass of Kerry supporters with their ignorant signs as we left.

One of my 11 year old's teachers said she 'didn't know whether to be happy or sad for you' when my daughter said she'd need her home work ahead of time as she was going to the Bush rally the next day. Today she is taking one of the Bush signs we acquired to a rally at school. I think the kids for Bush are outnumbered 10 to 1 and I'll bet she'll be asked to put away her sign.



17 posted on 10/20/2004 5:34:10 AM PDT by nicolezmomma
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To: get'emall; JulieRNR21; floriduh voter; dawn53; Joe Brower; MinuteGal
Is GWB drawing bigger crowds in Florida than the Traitor?

You want numbers--here you go...teehee!...

Today's Bradenton Herald:

Some 7,000 people began gathering in St. Petersburg's Progress Energy Park before 6 a.m. Tuesday to hear and see Bush. Before the day was over, Bush spoke to another 4,000 in New Port Richey and then pushed on to speak to an estimated 20,000 at The Villages near Ocala.

Yesterday's Bradenton Herald:

Tampa-In an energetic speech that pumped up a crowd of about 250, Sen. John Kerry lambasted President Bush for sending troops to war without the best equipment, cutting taxes for the rich and leaving 45 million Americans without health care.

18 posted on 10/20/2004 8:39:28 AM PDT by NautiNurse ("I have a plan...We have better hair.")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; nutmeg; Tunehead54; seekthetruth; NautiNurse; MinuteGal; Joe Brower
In the #2 picture of President Bush waving...I am a tiny figure standing by the President's shoulder; my husband holds the red GWB sign.

We are just above the 'Florida (heart) Loves Dubya' sign.
I stood on my seat to take a photo of the President because the holder of that big sign kept obstructing my view!

Tonight we attended a dinner given by the Sarasota GOP & heard Ralph Reed speak, GOP Chair for the SE states. He said that the election is indeed close & will be decided in the last 3/4 days just prior to 11/2. He said that getting out the vote is the key!

He's a great speaker and looks like he's about 27 although he told me he is 43. He says one of his grandmother's had Indian blood so he thinks that helps him look younger.

Anyway we have loads of volunteers working very hard....much harder than in 2000 and I pray that makes a difference!
19 posted on 10/20/2004 8:55:57 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (I trust NOBODY BUT BUSH! Take W-04....Across America!)
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To: NautiNurse

I've noticed that the Kerry Rally photos never show wide shots of the crowd....just close-ups on the podium & stage. I doubt Kerry has the large enthuastic crowds that gather for GWB!


20 posted on 10/20/2004 8:57:52 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (I trust NOBODY BUT BUSH! Take W-04....Across America!)
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To: JulieRNR21
I stood on my seat to take a photo of the President because the holder of that big sign kept obstructing my view!

Now you have a picture of the President and the big sign!! Ha ha ha.....You'd think people would have some manners.

Here is a news story about Reed's work.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1250792/posts

21 posted on 10/20/2004 10:40:34 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: JulieRNR21
You Bush-groupie, you! $;-)

These rallies are fun, but I've never gone to one. With my limited time, I focus my efforts on events that put us facing the opposition. Most folks seem less inclined towards that sort of thing, so that's where I fill in.

Click the Florida state flag for pro-gun resources!

22 posted on 10/21/2004 6:45:51 AM PDT by Joe Brower (The Constitution defines Conservatism.)
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To: JulieRNR21
Hmmm... Checking that post of mine at #21, that didn't come out quite right. My remarks were not intended as a slight against you, Julie, because when there's some butts to be whupped, you jump right in. (God bless that Irish blood! $;-)

Proof of this is to be found like when the Code Pinkos protested Katherine Harris here in Venice, FL on 10/13/04, particularly in this picture, as well as the news footage I videotaped from Channel 7's coverage of that event, when the two disruptors stood up and you were immediately on your feet and in their face.

I gotta digitize that clip and get it on my website one of those days... !

Click the Florida state flag for pro-gun resources!

23 posted on 10/21/2004 6:57:22 AM PDT by Joe Brower (The Constitution defines Conservatism.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Wow, I estimated 4-5 thousand in our little town of New Port Richey. Seven thousand blows my mind.

GW had the crowd eating out of his hand. Jeb, too. What a morning!

I loved it when several times our President would yell, "My opponent may be running".......and the crowd would roar back, "But he can't hide!"

Seven or eight Kerry pukes that looked like wannabe Woodstockians lined the path where the crowd left the park, waving their crummy homemade signs. The crowd was all over them (verbally) like white on rice.

A mounted state trooper was stoically watching, but every once in a while I saw him grin a little when a Bushie got off a good one to the scrags.

Leni

24 posted on 10/21/2004 2:39:46 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: MinuteGal

Oh! I love it!!


25 posted on 10/21/2004 2:43:30 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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