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  • America Votes

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    Thursday, February 12, 2004

    Bush off to the races 

    For a guy who constantly says he's not in full campaign mode and that there will be plenty of time for politics down the road, President Bush sure knows how to go where the crowds are. Bush will travel Sunday to the Daytona International Speedway, where tens of thousands of potential voters will gather for the Daytona 500.

    Republicans and Democrats have made no secret of their pursuit of the so-called NASCAR dads: rural and small-town voters — mostly white men — who once were Democrats but voted Republican in recent presidential elections because of social issues such as gun control, gay rights and abortion. Bush hosted NASCAR cars and drivers at the White House in December.

    - William Douglas, Knight Ridder Washington Bureau

    posted by Jim Van Nostrand at 8:30 PM



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