President Bush campaigns in Springfield

President George W. Bush took a break from debate preparations at his Texas ranch to campaign in Ohio Monday. The event in Springfield was billed as a conversation on education but it covered much more.

The president stood on a rustic wooden stage in front of 2 big yellow schools busses and several signs designed to look like chalk boards that said Strengthening Education. As he took the stage, Bush told the audience of more than 3-thousand that he was going to give them several reasons to re-elect him. He went down a laundry list of domestic issues, from the economy to labor laws, healthcare and taxes, before settling in to talk about education. The president focused on the No Child Left Behind Act, which he signed in 1992.

Democrats and some educators have criticized the No Child Left Behind Act in recent months, complaining that it forces teachers to teach to the test and hasn’t been fully funded by the Bush Administration. Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate John Edwards released a statement this afternoon saying that the President deserves a failing grade in education reform because he has provided 200-million dollars less than funded for No Child Left Behind. President Bush told the audience in Springfield that he stands behind the law.

Although the event had an education theme, the president also talked about what polls show to be his strong suit, national security.

Although the event had an education theme, the president also talked about what polls show to be his strong suit, national security.

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