23,000 People Pack the Downtown Marina to Hear President George Bush

President Bush has wrapped up a day-long bus tour through the Florida Panhandle with a big dusk rally in Panama City.

To the cheers of backers at a marina on the Gulf of Mexico, the President declared whether it's bolstering the economy or waging the war on terror, he's “getting the job done.”

Bush was joined on the bus tour by Arizona Senator John McCain, his primary foe from four years ago. McCain praised Bush as a leader of vision and moral clarity who won't relent in fighting America's foes.

Crowds in the conservative Florida bastion were large and friendly, lining beach roads several deep despite repeated heavy rain showers.

The President left here on Air Force One to spend the night in Texas. McCain is spending the night at Bush's ranch in Texas and campaigns with the President Wednesday at stops in Albuquerque and Phoenix.

The President started the day in Pensacola with an indoor rally. Then it was on to Niceville and a public question and answer session at Okaloosa Walton College.

He made stops at Sandestin and Seaside in south Walton County on his way to Panama City. The crowd of 23,000 locally on the marina is the largest in recent memory.


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