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BUSH WILL VISIT IDAHO TO BOOST REPUBLICAN

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President Bush will visit Boise on July 19 to help raise money for the U.S. Senate campaign of Republican Rep. Larry Craig, the congressman announced Friday.

The president's visit is expected to include stops in Montana and other Western states.Craig said Bush will appear at Boise's new convention center. The exact time was withheld at White House request.

"Suzanne (his wife) and I are very excited to confirm that President Bush will be coming to to Idaho on July 19th to help us campaign for Idaho's open Senate seat," Craig said. "Having the leader of the free world in Idaho to campaign on my behalf is something we never expected, and I think it's really going to add to the momentum we've already built."

David Fish, a spokesman for the Craig campaign, said the White House has indicated that Bush might make a second visit to Idaho later in the year.

Craig faces Democrat Ron Twilegar, a former Boise City Councilman and former state Senate Minority Leader, in November's general election.

Suzanne Craig said the best part of the president's visit is an essay contest for young people. Youth between the ages of 10 and 15 have been invited to write an essay of 150-200 words on the topic, "If you could present something to the President, what would it be, and why?"

The winner of the contest will read his or her essay at the event.