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Bush Makes Brief Stopover in Blytheville While En Route to Poplar Bluff

SEPTEMBER 7, 2004 - Posted at 7:24 a.m. CDT

 

BLYTHEVILLE, AR - While heading to southeast Missouri for a campaign stop, President Bush stopped briefly in northeast Arkansas yesterday and chatted with local Republican leaders.

The Arkansas Aeroplex (former Eaker Air Force Base) has one of the longest runways near Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and Air Force One touched down at the air strip Monday afternoon.  After speaking to greeters, he boarded a Marine helicopter and was whisked away to Missouri, where he spoke while a steady rain came down.

Arkansas and Missouri are both considered key to Bush's re-election bid.  He carried both states in 2000.

State Representative Marvin Childers of Blytheville said the president asked him about this weekend's Arkansas-Texas football game.  Bush's father, former President George Herbert Walker Bush, joined then-President Nixon at the 1969 Razorbacks-Longhorns tilt in Fayetteville, which turned out to be one of the most famous games in the bitter football rivalry.

Childers said Bush told him he wouldn't have time to see this year's game.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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