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History in the making
Details remain sketchy for presidents visit to Statesboro
President Bush is scheduled to campaign in Statesboro Monday for Max Burns. Congressman Jack Kingston said the president arrive from mid to late morning and speak at a site to be determined. - photo by Associated Press
    While most details of President George W. Bush’s visit to Statesboro remained unclear Monday, Congressman Jack Kingston and members of his staff offered some insight into next Monday’s historic appearence.
    “What Congressman Kingston was told ... was that President Bush will be visiting Statesboro in support of Max Burns, and that he will be in Statesboro around mid-morning to lunchtime,” said Rob Asbell, communications director for Kingston’s office.
    Asbell said Kingston has not received official information regarding a definite time or location for the event.
    Bush is coming to Statesboro to speak during a political rally for former Republican congressman Burns, who is seeking to regain office. Burns faces off against Democrat incumbent John Barrow Nov. 7 in a battle for Georgia’s new 12th District.
    Burns’ campaign manager Tim Baker said he could not confirm Monday whether the president is definitely coming to Statesboro, stating that the White House had not released finalized plans.
    The White House would not divulge details regarding the visit. White House spokesman Blair Jones said the president’s schedule for next week has not yet been released, and would likely not be made public until Friday.
    But Kingston said the president has definite plans to make an appearance in Statesboro Monday, and said it will be an historic event.
    “I believe this is the first time in history a standing president has visited Statesboro,” he said.
    Kingston said he didn’t know the procedure for the public to obtain tickets to the rally, which he said is free. He suggested anyone interested in attending should contact Burns’ campaign office in Savannah. The number is (912) 353-9626, and inquiries may also be sent by e-mail to
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