9/2/04 9:00 AM EST
Bush Receives Firefighters' Endorsement On Eve Of Convention Speech
President Bush arrived in New York City last night, after spending the day campaigning in the battleground state of Ohio. Once in New York, Bush went to Queens to accept the endorsement of the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York, which according to the AP represents some 8,600 firefighters. The AP reports Bush "said the endorsement, nearly three years after he visited the World Trade Center rubble, was especially meaningful, 'because the truth of the matter is, the inspiration I received from the firefighters on that site is something I'll never forget.'" The endorsement "was meant as an answer to Democratic challenger John Kerry, who has the support of most of organized labor. The largest firefighters union, the International Association of Fire Fighters, endorsed Kerry a year ago during the Democratic presidential primaries, and its representatives often attend his events." According to a Reuters account, Bush's eyes "welled up as he accepted the endorsement."