If the turnout for competing post-debate rallies in Arizona Wednesday is any indicator, President Bush may be building greater enthusiasm among his base than Sen. John Kerry, which is critical to the all-important effort to turn out the vote on November 2.
Following the debate at Arizona State University, Kerry addressed a rally at the Tempe Town Lake, where 10,000 supporters cheered him. President Bush, meanwhile, went to the Phoenix baseball stadium, Bank One Ballpark, where he was greeted by 44,500 chanting supporters. Said Sen. John McCain (R.-Ariz.): “There has never been an event like that in the history of our state–not only the numbers, but the enthusiasm.”
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