September 20, 2004


Bush attends GOP fund-raiser in NYC (SCOTT LINDLAW, 9/20/04, Associated Press)

The crowd shouted him down repeatedly, once with a roar so loud he confessed it shook him up. But President Bush liked these shouters: loud voices of support in a state where he was soundly defeated four years ago.

"I love New York!" Bush said as Hispanic donors chanted "Viva Bush" at a $3 million fund-raiser for the Republican National Committee.

Bush returned Monday to the city where he held his nominating convention three weeks ago, and said he saw brightening political prospects here and in neighboring New Jersey and Connecticut - equally Democratic-leaning in presidential contests.

Top Republicans here said they were buoyed by new polls showing the race between Bush and Democrat John Kerry tightening in the Empire State. Two polls released last week showed Bush closing the gap but still trailing by 6 to 8 percentage points in a three-way race with independent Ralph Nader.

Nevertheless, Gov. George Pataki introduced Bush by saying, "Welcome back, Mr. President, to the swing state of New York."

Hillary better fly home fast.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 20, 2004 9:37 PM

Tonight, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, I saw a young, hip-looking girl wearing a "Bush Cheney '04" button. Talk about shock and awe.

Posted by: David Hill, The Bronx at September 20, 2004 11:01 PM


If Bush becomes hip, its over for Kerry.

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at September 21, 2004 12:00 AM


Judging by your location, I know you can understand my astonishment at this sight.

Posted by: David Hill, The Bronx at September 21, 2004 12:35 AM

Hillary needs to spend the next six weeks nursing Bill back to health.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at September 21, 2004 1:19 AM

Fact is, next to Kerry, even Cheney is hip.

(But it would be a mistake for the GOP to adopt "trendy," especially as there's absolutely no need to do so.)

Posted by: Barry Meislin at September 21, 2004 1:57 AM

Bush should campaign in NY given its size but not to the detriment of other states and senate candidates. Bush will probably do a lot better in NY than in 2000 but I'm not sure he will win it. Better to ensure pickups in the midwest and help the GOP candidates for Senate to pick up as many seats as possible.

Posted by: AWW at September 21, 2004 8:16 AM

That was a fund-raiser. He was milking the few rich Republicans left in NY to have money to campaign in places like Pennsylvania., Minnesota, Oregon and Michigan.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 21, 2004 12:10 PM
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