President Bush Will Discuss USA Patriot Act in Buffalo
By Mark Scott
Buffalo, NY – Erie County Republican Party Chairman Robert Davis confirmed late Thursday that President Bush will visit Buffalo next Tuesday.
Davis told WBFO News that Bush will appear before a group of local first responders at the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall.
Davis said the likely topic of discussion is the USA Patriot Act. Bush has been urging Congress to renew 16 key sections of the Patriot Act that are due to expire at the end of next year. The meeting is tentatively scheduled for 9:30 Tuesday morning.
It will be the first visit to Buffalo by a sitting Republican president since Ronald Reagan appeared here in 1984. The last time Bush was here was prior to the New York primary during the 2000 presidential campaign.
Davis said this trip is not political, though he does anticipate it could provide Bush with a boost in a state that is expected to be carried this November by Democratic challenger John Kerry.
Davis said Republican party headquarters in Buffalo has received a number of calls from people interested in seeing the President. But Davis said Tuesday's event is by invitation only.
"I'm sure we could fill HSBC Arena if given the opportunity," Davis said.