President to make Baltimore fund-raising visit

Bush due at Inner Harbor and Halethorpe on Friday

December 02, 2003|By David L. Greene | David L. Greene,SUN NATIONAL STAFF

WASHINGTON - President Bush will polish off a week of fund-raising Friday with a luncheon in Baltimore, where he will ask Maryland Republicans for money and support for his re-election bid.

The president is scheduled to speak at the Hyatt Regency in the Inner Harbor just before noon.

He will then stop in Halethorpe in Baltimore County to talk about the economy.

At the fund-raiser, Bush is likely to deliver some variation of a stump speech he has been giving to donors around the country, in which he says his administration is "meeting the test of our time."

Typically, he vows to stick with his policy in Iraq and argues that tax cuts have sparked economic growth.

Bush's prowess as a money-raiser has been on full display this year.

Though he has no primary opponent, the president is raising money at a torrid pace, having raked in more than $100 million for the primary season.

His campaign plans to spend the money to organize grass-roots efforts early and to run TV ads attacking the Democratic front-runner well before next year's conventions.

The Baltimore event will be Bush's fourth fund-raiser this week, even though he continues to insist that now is not the time for politics.

"When you go to your coffee shops and your community centers," Bush told Republican donors in Michigan yesterday, "you tell them the politics will come, but right now, the president is working hard to make sure America is secure and strong and prosperous and free."

It will be his third visit to Baltimore as president.

Bush has visited the Johns Hopkins Hospital and has appeared at a fund-raiser for Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., who is honorary chairman for Bush's event Friday.

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