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10/30/06

President Speaks in Statesboro

A student works on a "Vote Max" sign. A student works on a "Vote Max" sign.
Air Force One Air Force One
Supporters await the president's arrival in Statesboro. Supporters await the president's arrival in Statesboro.
President Bush speaks at GSU. President Bush speaks at GSU.
The president with Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue and candidate Max Burns. The president with Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue and candidate Max Burns.

History was made today in the City of Statesboro, Georgia. For the first time, a sitting president has paid a visit to the city, and a lot of people were happy to great him: President's Visit Excites Folks in Statesboro.

President George W. Bush arrived at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah en route to a rally at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. He spoke in support of former Republican congressman Max Burns.

Burns lost his 12th District seat two years ago to Democrat John Barrow and he's hoping to get it back.

While he was at Hunter, President Bush took some time to recognize a special young woman: President Bush Honors GSU Student.

The president spoke on many topics, including the economy, energy policy, Republican values, and the war against terrorism. President Bush says it's very important to keep a strong defense against the terrorists.

"You cannot negotiate with these people," he said. "You can't try to talk sense to these people. The best way to protect people is to bring them to justice before they hurt America again."

You can listen to about ten minutes of the president's speech by clicking here: Excerpts from the President's Speech.

Not everyone was excited to see President Bush in Statesboro today. A group of protestors made sure their voices were heard: Protestors Speak Out Against President Bush's Visit.

The president left about 3pm.

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