The Ohio Factor


People were still talking Friday about President Bush's acceptance speech Thursday night at the Republican National Convention.

"I think he did a good job, he got his agenda out clearly."

"His agenda sounded good; I think we're on the right track."

They were also hopeful of getting tickets to the president's appearance Sunday in Parkersburg. Lately, both Bush and John Kerry have been making campaign stops in places, such as Wheeling, which border one or more states.

"I think his presence is very important," said local Bush-Cheney campaign coordinator Jennifer Moyer. "People need to know where he stands on the issues rather than just seeing him on TV."

And not everyone going to see the president from Ohio is from Washington County. One we spoke to is from economically-depressed Meigs County.

"He can create a good economic environment," says Pomeroy resident Randy Arnold. "There's thinks he can do with taxes to help us out down there."

One thing which might be affected by the Bush visit is the Washington County Fair, which also is going on this weekend, but fair officials believe they might have a way to change that.

“Wouldn't it be great if he stopped in Marietta while he was here?," asked fair manager Richard Henthorn. "Mr. President, if you're listening, come out and see us."

President Bush will be making campaign stops in northern Ohio before he makes his way to Parkersburg Sunday.


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