Bush Stumps in Elko

President Bush appealed to thousand of supporters in eastern Nevada today to help turn out the vote to maintain Republican majorities in Congress.

Bush said in about a 35 minute speech on the tarmac at the Elko airport this afternoon that the rural vote represents the heart of America.

A chilly rain stopped before Air Force One landed and pulled up right behind the podium, but a light drizzle began to fall again as Bush wrapped up his speech to an estimated crowd of more than three-thousand.

It was the second time in a month Bush has traveled to Nevada to
campaign for Republican congressional candidate Dean Heller in his
race against Democrat Jill Derby.

Heller, Senator John Ensign and Congressman Jim Gibbons all gave
speeches before Bush. Gibbons is running for governor against Democrat Dina Titus.

Elko Mayor Mike Franzoia says Bush's visit proves that Elko County's votes are important nationally. He says rural Nevada made the difference in the last election and because of the big turnout, Bush is president today.