Poplar Bluff Secures 10,000 Signatures Aimed at Bush Visit

AUGUST 23, 2004 - Posted at 5:25 p.m. CDT

POPLAR BLUFF, MO - Some people in the southeast Missouri town of Poplar Bluff are pushing hard for a presidential visit.

Hardy Billington and David Hahn began a petition drive in June urging Bush to visit.  Thirty-five businesses displayed petitions at their counters, petitions were available at the Republican booth of the Butler County Fair, and 10,000 people signed them.  Poplar Bluff has almost 16,000 residents.

Billington also paid for a large billboard along Business Route 67 at the entrance to Popar Bluff urging the visit.  He has sent copies of the petition, his billboard message and newspaper clips to the White House.  Campaign officials have not said if Poplar Bluff will get a visit.

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