Bush to Visit Arkansas on Tuesday

LITTLE ROCK, AR - In his visit to Arkansas tomorrow, President Bush will talk with clients who have sought help from a nonprofit agency that offers housing counseling.  Arkansas has seen an uptick in foreclosures but hasn't been hit as hard by the mortgage crisis as other states.

Bush will make his first visit to Arkansas since October to convene the housing roundtable discussion and help raise cash for the state Republican Party.  Bush won the state in both the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections.

The first stop on Bush's schedule is a roundtable discussion with clients of a housing counseling program offered by the Family Service Agency in North Little Rock.  Henry Cameron, a housing credit counselor, said the number of clients it helps who have defaulted on their home loans has nearly doubled, from an average of five a month a year ago to 12 a month earlier this year.

Later in the afternoon, Bush will headline a fundraiser at the Little Rock home of George O'Connor for the Republican Party of Arkansas.  Tickets for the reception are $150, while a photo-op package is being offered for $5,000.  State GOP Chairman Dennis Milligan said former Governor Mike Huckabee, who abandoned his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in March, will introduce Bush at the closed-door fundraiser.

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