John Kerry should be in the midst of his "economic summit"
with Iowa business and labor leaders in Daven-port when
Air Force One touches down Wed-nesday at the Quad City Inter-national
While it already was known that Kerry and Bush would
campaign on the same day in Davenport, the extent of their
overlapping schedules was not known until the campaigns
re-leased itineraries Mon-day.
Kerry, armed with last week's Democratic nomination,
is scheduled to appear from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday
at the River Center. Bush, meanwhile, will begin speaking
at 11:25 a.m., roughly four blocks away at LeClaire Park.
Though unplanned, the coinciding visits might prove beneficial
for the candidates, providing a similar stage and similar
audience to clearly draw their distinctions - everything
short of meeting one another in a debate.
"It is a rare circumstance, thus far," said Kerry campaign
spokesman Colin Van Ostern. "We think it's a good thing,
putting John Kerry and George Bush side-by-side ... we
think it's a good contrast."
Bush's regional spokeswoman, Merrill Smith, said such
a scenario had yet to arise elsewhere - but it might not
be the last time the two campaigns overlap in Iowa, considered
a swing state in the November election.
"You will see many more VIP visits between now and November,"
she said, recalling that Bush lost the state by little
more than 4,000 votes in the 2000 election to Democratic
nominee Al Gore. "We are working very hard to make sure
that doesn't happen again."
Kerry also will be in Dubuque for a rally from 6:15 to
7:15 p.m. today at the Five Flags Civic Center. While
Wednesday's events are private, today's is public with
tickets available online at www.johnkerry.com/iowa or
at the Kerry-Edwards office in Dubuque at 1198 White St.
People wanting tickets for Bush's rally should contact
their local Republican Party officials or U.S. Rep. Jim
Nussle's office in Davenport.