July 21st, 2007
01:06 PM ET
3 years ago

Guess who is coming to town

President Bush will be in Charleston hours after the Democratic candidates debate

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (CNN) - Guess who’s coming to town just hours after eight Democratic presidential candidates finish beating him up? None other than the commander-in-chief, himself, President Bush.

Bush will deliver a speech at the Charleston Air Force Base Tuesday, which is just down the road from the Citadel where CNN is partnering with YouTube to broadcast a presidential debate Monday night. The candidates are expected to use the national forum to continue criticizing Bush for his execution of the Iraq war.

He will also meet with military personnel during his visit and view the loading of military cargo planes headed to Iraq.

The White House isn’t saying if the president will definitely speak about the war, but presidential spokesman Tony Snow says it is likely to come up. The visit will also give Bush the opportunity to respond to any criticism lobbed at him by Democrats the night before.

The president was invited to Charleston by South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who has stood by Bush on the president's most controversial initiative: immigration reform. Bush's visit to the Palmetto State comes as a new CNN/Opinion Research Poll shows that his approval rating is 35 percent in the state. In 2004, Bush won South Carolina with 58 percent of the vote.

– Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser


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  1. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    Good, because all you hear from the Dem candidates is "I must be good because the President is bad." Hope they'll be more intelligent sounding at the next debate.

    July 21, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. Dixon Benshoof, Des Moines Iowa

    What happened to lower taxes and smaller government that President Bush promised us. The government is bigger than ever before not including the triple the size of lobbyist. He sent our soldiers to war with out the proper equipment and gave many times the dollars to his contractor buddies than to our troops. Now I heard him just a few days ago trying to scare us into believing Democrats would raise our taxes. I can't believe he is able to say that with a straight face.

    July 21, 2007 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. Steve

    Seems that the president always has to have a military audience or at least a very controlled environment to speak. Could be that folks are so fed up with the lies and corruption of the president that everyone else IS better. Immigration reform?, geez what about corporations paying their share for this "supposed" overhaul. The war, nothing but lies. Now we are discussing next spring for improvements, what happened to September. Or November?. Way over stepping his authority in many areas. We really need to impeach this guy to save face for the office of the presidency or the office will be further abused by other politicians of both parties. Few persons in the WORLD believe this guy any longer and he's become an embarrassment to all Americans.

    July 21, 2007 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. Glenn,B'ham,Al

    Democratic's got them selves in trouble on this subject. They harped on the war, to get elected into majority, that's politics. Knowing that to pull all troops out of Iraq would be out of the question for national interest. Now they have to back off some before the presidential election. Its looks even worst now that progress is being made. Both need to be honest with the Voters of this country. Explain what we are doing & why. Give reasons that you can do better job and quite saying how bad the others doing. They are like a bunch of 5th graders.

    July 21, 2007 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  5. RP Smith

    ask GW about executive law #50 and
    homeland security tie-in law #21 05092007
    does he think we are going to stand by
    for him to be king of USA? Also ask
    him where he stands with Rudy and Dick
    on the international ??NWO highway etc
    that he is keeping ever so quiet

    July 21, 2007 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  6. Edward: San Rafael, CA

    It's a smart political move.

    July 21, 2007 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  7. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    I wonder what Bush wants to speak to Air Force? He knows military wouldn't say one word about Bush's poor leadership. what is Sen. Graham's purpose to invite Bush there at same time with Democrats Debate under the weak physical condition? It is kind of childish game.

    July 21, 2007 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  8. Mike, Corpus Christi Texas

    Steve:

    You are absolutely correct, Bush now goes and speaks to predominantly military audiences. He feels safe and secure within the military community because as Commander in Chief, it wouldn't matter how poorly he is doing in the polls, the troops know they have to welcome him, and have to applaud him. Within this kind of audience, anything Bush says, as he knows, will be applauded. He can do no wrong within this type crowd, and feels right at home.....

    A matter of fact, expect Bush to be given a standing ovation, perhaps even several......

    July 22, 2007 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  9. Anonymous

    I'd like to see Bush confront Hillary about her comments that this is "Bush's War" since she voted FOR going to Iraq.

    July 22, 2007 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  10. Loma Linda, Ca.

    All George W. and and his cronnies are doing, is dousing the world with gasoline as it were, even more so each time this Emperor speaks (yes, George W. thinks, acts and speads just like an Emperor of an Empire) for a small spark to light this old planet into the inferno of all times. The world is so full with war making stuff and sadly much made by America, including nuclear stuff. If George Washington and the rest of the Founding Fathers were to rise, I conclude, they would spit in the face of George W. and his cronnies. I offer no apology for this conclusion, as a staunch conservative Christian Republican, who truly believes that I am speaking for the Founding Fathers. America is on the same strange road as all previous Empires, including the British; nothing really learned from that experience.

    July 22, 2007 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  11. Carl, Pittsburgh, PA

    This demagogue-in-chief must be impeached! When is Congress going to wake up and realize that Bush and Cheney have indeed committed high crimes since they stole office in 2001? The American people spoke most clearly last November that they want us out of this illegal, immoral war. To do anything other than the expressed will of the American people is treason. What has happened to our democracy? How can we be a shining example to the rest of the world when a stubborn dictator in the White House ignores the other branches of government? IMPEACH BUSH & CHENEY NOW!

    July 22, 2007 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. Don(Honorably discharged Vet from Oregon)

    HERE HE GOES AGAIN! HE IS GOING TO SPEAK IN FRONT OF A GATHERING OF THE ARMED FORCES PERSONNEL! CAN YOU JUST IMAGINE IF ANY OF THESE MILITARY PEOPLE WOULD FLIP HIM OFF, OR BOO HIM ? THE MILITARY WON'T LET THAT HAPPEN! BUSH KNOWS THAT IF HE WENT TO SPEAK ON THE COURTHOUSE STEPS OF ANY COURTHOUSE IN THE NATION, HE WOULD BE JEERED AND BOOED.. SO, HE WILL ONLY SPEAK IN FRONT OF MILTIARY PERSONNEL, WHO WOULD BE IN BIG BIG TROUBLE IF THEY SHOWED ANY DISRESPECT. IN OTHER WORDS, IT'S A CONTROLLED AUDIENCE, AND THE SAD THING IS, MANY AMERICANS LOOK AT BUSH STANDING IN FRONT OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND THEY THINK THE MILITARY PERSONNEL ARE THERE TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR HIS IRAQ WAR, WHEN IN FACT THEY ARE THERE BECAUSE THEY ARE ORDERED TO BE THERE..

    July 22, 2007 11:45 am at 11:45 am |