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Bob Dole to stump for Bush in Chambersburg

November 02, 2000

Bob Dole to stump for Bush in Chambersburg



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Former Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole will be in Chambersburg Friday morning to drum up support for the current GOP candidate, Texas Gov. George W. Bush, as part of a day-long trip across Pennsylvania, a state that could prove to be the key in Tuesday's general election.

"This is the presidential Republican nominee from four years ago coming to Franklin County. This highlights how important, even here in Franklin County, every vote is," said Warren Elliott, Franklin County for Bush coordinator.

Dole is expected to arrive at T.B. Woods, 440 Fifth St., at 9 a.m. for a tour of the facility and begin his remarks in the parking lot at 9:15 a.m.

The event is open to the public and will be moved indoors if the weather is bad.

Dole is expected to speak for 30 to 45 minutes and then meet with Gov. Tom Ridge for a bus tour across Pennsylvania to stump for the Republican ticket, Elliott said.

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Dole chose T.B. Woods because is he on the board of directors of the company, which manufactures electronic and mechanical industrial parts, said Tracey Schroder, corporate marketing services manager.

"He is coming to Chambersburg to try and get more votes for the Republican party," Schroder said.

Because Franklin County is a heavily Republican area, Elliott said its important for residents to get out and vote to counter the heavily Democratic parts of the state like Philadelphia.

"Some political experts predict the election in Pennsylvania could be decided by 25,000 to 50,000 votes. If broken down by precincts, that translates to two to five votes per polling place," Elliott said.

Pennsylvania has 23 electoral votes, he said.

Elliott said the close race between Bush and Vice President Al Gore has gotten a lot of people interested in the election.

"We're finding a lot of first-timers getting involved. Things like having Sen. Dole here are getting a lot of people excited and will encourage others to get involved," Elliott said.

Elliott expects Dole to talk about the Bush agenda and the importance of people taking the time to vote Tuesday.

Elliott admitted the visit from such a high-profile politician in Chambersburg is unusual.

He attributes it "to the way the national Bush organization realizes how critical Pennsylvania is by sending a nationally known individual to Franklin County to excite people to turn out in strong numbers on Tuesday."

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