September 15, 2004 - Posted at 2:49 PM CDT
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark (AP) Northeast Arkansas supporters of President Bush are not blaming his administration for an area economy that's in dire straits.
Vice President Cheney is in Blytheville today for a Republican fundraiser. Mississippi County has the highest unemployment rate in Arkansas at over 14 percent. That's twice the state and national jobless rates.
Minister John Mundy of nearby Steele, Missouri, says much of the area's economy is tied to agriculture and fluctuating farm markets. Farmer's wife Sarah Kirk of Blytheville says that's not the president's fault. She says that given four more years, Bush will help the Mississippi River Delta catch up with the rest of the nation in rising prosperity.
Cheney comes to the area a week after Bush touched down here en route to a rally in southeast Missouri.