- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 29, 2002

AURORA, Colo. President Bush yesterday continued his stumping sprint to the midterm election yesterday, stopping here in hopes of giving Republican Sen. Wayne Allard the edge as the president seeks to win back control of the Senate.
"For the sake of Colorado and for the sake of the country, Wayne Allard needs to be sent back to the United States Senate," Mr. Bush said to applause from hundreds gathered in a air base hangar outside Denver.
Recent polls show Mr. Allard, a one-term senator, and Democrat Tom Strickland in a dead heat.
Mr. Bush told Coloradans the fate of their state now rests in their hands.
"Grass-roots politics makes a big difference. Turning out that vote, getting on the telephones and putting up the signs, going to your coffee shops or your houses of worship or your community centers to put out the word that when you've got a good one like Wayne, you've got to do everything you can to help him get back to Washington," he said.
Mr. Allard defeated Mr. Strickland six years ago.
Mr. Bush was devoting his public appearances yesterday to politics, looking to add to the Republican majority in the House and to put the Senate back in control of the GOP. Most of the remaining eight days before the Nov. 5 elections will be spent campaigning, with the focus on tight races.
Mr. Bush has been on the road since Thursday morning, starting with campaign stops in North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama.
In Arizona, Mr. Bush pushed for participation in the election that also has three dozen statehouses at stake.
"Go to your house of worship, your community centers, your coffee shops and talk it up," the president told several thousand people who crammed an Arizona theater Sunday night.
He also said the Democrat crossover vote could be helpful. "Listen, a good Democrat knows the difference between a tax raiser and a tax cutter," the president added.
Former Rep. Matt Salmon and Democratic Attorney General Janet Napolitano are in a competitive race for governor of Arizona. Also, Republican Rick Renzi is a slight favorite over Democrat George Cordova for a new House seat here.
In New Mexico, both Republicans and Democrats are spending heavily for an open Republican House seat in the southern part of the state, one of the hottest in the country. John Arthur Smith, a Democrat, is running against the Republican choice, Steve Pearce. Mr. Bush and Vice President Richard B. Cheney have both raised money for Mr. Pearce.
In the New Mexico governor's race, polls show Clinton administration alumnus Bill Richardson has an 18-point lead over Republican John Sanchez. Mr. Richardson resigned from Congress in 1997 to become ambassador to the United Nations and later secretary of the Energy Department.
Mr. Bush, making his fourth trip as president to New Mexico a state he lost in 2000 by 366 votes to Al Gore addressed a Republican rally in Alamogordo.
This article is based in part on wire service reports.

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