President Bush returned to West Virginia Sunday to stump for steel votes.
The president appeared at a pre-Republican National Convention rally at Wheeling's Wesbanco Arena.
With about two-dozen steelworkers standing behind him, Bush told the crowd his imposition of tariffs on imported steel gave the nation's industry time to restructure.
The tariffs remained in place for 20 months and were rescinded last December under the threat of retaliatory sanctions from the European Union. Some unions and steelworkers say the tariffs should have been left in place much longer.
Bush told the estimated 10,000 people at Sunday’s rally that he didn't impose the tariffs to get votes.
Sunday’s visit is Bush's second to Wheeling in about a month. The president made a surprise stop at the city's new Cabela's sporting goods store on July 31. Bush is expected to return to West Virginia next Sunday for a stop in Parkersburg.