President to visit Anchorage Saturday

Posted: Friday, February 15, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- President Bush will give a speech and attend a Republican Party fund-raiser in Alaska on Saturday, the White House has confirmed. The president is stopping for a few hours on his way to Asia.

The one-sentence official announcement says Bush ''will make remarks to members of the armed services and their families at Elmendorf Air Force Base and participate in a fund-raiser for the Republican Party of Alaska.''

The fund-raiser, according to the invitations, is a $1,000-a-plate affair hosted by U.S. Rep. Don Young and Sen. Frank Murkowski, a candidate for governor. It will be at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage.

Murkowski and his wife, Nancy, will fly with the president aboard Air Force One, Murkowski's spokesman said Thursday.

Sen. Ted Stevens, though, is going to miss the president's visit for another fund-raiser, this one in California to aid his own re-election campaign.

Stevens said the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks had caused him to reschedule the event once already.

Bush and his wife, Laura, will land at Elmendorf about noon.

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