Out in Full Force

President Bush's supporters were out in full force Wednesday as the commander in chief made his first visit to the Chippewa Valley of the 2004 campaign.

A select few were lucky enough to meet with Mister Bush after Air Force One landed at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport. Thousands more gathered for his rally at the Kell Containter Corporation in Chippewa Falls. The President's talk left many supporters feeling like their commander in chief is in their corner.

"He hit a lot of good points that I was waiting to hear," said Kari Conlin of Eau Claire. "Mostly, I want tax reform. I want to keep more of my paycheck to spend as I see fit."

Those who weren't able to attend the rally lined the route Bush's motorcade took afterwards.

"I think it's great...they get to see him and talk to him maybe," said Joette Otto, who was at the airport from Texas. "Get some good views, bad views, change their minds, whatever."

A recent Gallup Poll shows that not only did John Kerry miss out on a traditional bounce after the Democratic National Convention, but it shows President Bush has gained ground on the senator. Now, those surveyed say he's more competitive than he was in the weeks leading up to Boston.

This is Bush's third visit to Wisconsin since May, but only his first trip to Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls in this year's campaign.

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