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Local Republicans rally for Bush

Tamara Miller
NWS Repeblicans PU 9-2 Preston Utley/putley@vaildaily.com Bush supporters gather at a home in Singletree to watch the republican national convention on Thursday night.

President George Bush didn’t even need to say word Thursday night. Nancy Dooher is already sold.”I feel like I’ve already heard what I needed to hear,” Dooher said. It was a shared sentiment by most, if not all, of those who gathered at Dooher’s Singletree home to watch the president give his acceptance speech on national television at the Republican national convention. Several current or would-be elected officials turned out for the party at Dooher’s house, including Avon council members Debbie and Pete Buckley and county commission candidate A.J. Johnson. Local Republicans need no convincing when it comes to casting their vote for Bush this election season. But the president’s speech gave the group plenty to celebrate.National, state or local, Dooher said she believes in smaller government and lower taxes.”I think the tax code is a disgrace,” she said.

Bush agrees. During his speech, the president and Republican candidate for president noted that the country’s tax code was too long and too complicated. The comment elicited claps from the local contingent. Avon Councilman Pete Buckley seemed more concerned about local politics.”I’d be more excited if the county commissioners would put the $100,000 back into the budget for the Avon skiers shuttle,” he said, adding, “Because all politics are local.”The president’s comments about creating health-care spending accounts and flex time for workers also garnered praise from the room. But it was Bush’s policy on national security that got the biggest applause and comments Thursday night. Electing Kerry would be a step backward for the country, said Mike Spaniola, a local resident. Smaller government, lower taxes and less government intrusion is key to making America prosperous, he said. “I just think this is what the United States is all about,” he said. “Opportunity for everybody, regardless of religion, or gender or race.”

Over the years, the country’s economy has become increasingly more socialistic, he said. This election could either move America forward, or turn it back, he said. The room chuckled at Bush’s jabs at his opponent, Democrat John Kerry. At one point, the convention crowd began chanting “flip-flop, flip-flop” and some in the local group began doing the same. But when the president began to talk about the soldiers who had died in the war in Iraq, the group grew quiet. As Bush’s comments about the war became more emotional, some in the room took a moment to wipe tears from their eyes.Edwards resident Joy Overbeck said Americans need to consider the big picture when it comes to Bush’s foreign policy. Rather than expecting immediate success and peace in the Middle East, citizens need to understand that promoting democracy can be long and difficult struggle, she said. Using history as an example, Overbeck pointed out that it took 13 years after the American Declaration of Independence was signed for this country to elect its first president.”And we didn’t even have insurgents,” she said.

She also lauded the inroads that have been made in the Middle East in the past two years. “I think George Bush has such a larger vision; more than most people can comprehend,” she said.Staff Writer Tamara Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 607, or tmiller@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado

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