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President, First Lady Rally South Dakota

Monday, 04 November 2002 12:00 AM

The race, statistically a dead heat, is one of the handful of key Senate contests that could determine whether the Republicans achieve the unexpected -- regain control of the Senate, where the Democrats hold just a one-seat majority.

"Laura and I are here because the people of this important state have some important decisions to make," Bush said.

"We believe it is in the best interests of South Dakota and the best interests of America to elect John Thune to the U.S. Senate.

"I'm also here because I'm seeking some allies (in Washington), people I can count on ..."

Thune, a three-time congressman, is running neck-and-neck against Democratic incumbent Tim Johnson. A recent Mason-Dixon poll taken for South Dakota media clients Oct. 25-27 showed Thune just 2 points behind Johnson, 45 percent to 47 percent, respectively. The error of margin for the poll of 805 likely voters was plus or minus 3.5 percent.

Sunday's boisterous rally in the Sioux Falls Convention Center marked the second visit by Bush to the state in support of Thune and other GOP candidates in less than a week. On Thursday he held a rally in Aberdeen, hometown of Daschle.

On Sunday afternoon, Laura Bush, barnstorming on her own, accompanied Thune and his wife around the city, meeting voters and underlining the president's support of the candidate.

Bush has repeatedly complained in rallies how his agenda for America has foundered in the Democratically controlled Senate. Confirmation of federal judicial nominees is stalled, he said, affecting the quality of justice; a plan for prescription medication for seniors is stalled, creation of a Department of Homeland Security is mired in an argument over the union rights of some workers, and making tax cuts permanent is going nowhere, he says.

Each issue has its place in a template, stump speech that only varies in the names of the local candidates Bush plugs and the emphasis he gives any particular subject.

Bush is not running in the election, but his presence in the contest is unmistakable.

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