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GOP BACKERS BELIEVE CHILDREN HAVE IT RIGHT
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GOP BACKERS BELIEVE CHILDREN HAVE IT RIGHT

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Republicans rally for President Bush in High Point on Thursday.

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As the Republicans see it, 600,000 children can't be wrong.

Discounting most national polls which have President George Bush trailing Bill Clinton, Republicans gathered at a rally Thursday night placed their eggs in the Weekly Reader basket.``This is a whole bunch of kids without an ax to grind,' Edward Madigan, U.S. secretary of agriculture, said of a poll by the national magazine that shows Bush winning the November election. ``We think the kids in this poll are reflective of what their parents think, so we're not worried.'

And although many in the White House have said in recent days that Bush is too far behind to catch up, Madigan said: ``It's not over till it's over.'

Madigan, Gov. Jim Martin and U.S. Rep. Howard Coble, a Greensboro Republican, were the opening act for a crowd of about 125 Republicans during a fund raiser at Kepley's Barn in High Point.

The headliner was Bush himself, addressing the High Point group and about 100 other communities, about 50,000 people, via satellite Thursday. The crowd cheered as Bush, in Houston for the event, appeared on a giant screen in the middle of the barn.

The telecast, which lasted about an hour and a half, also included appearances by former presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford, Barbara Bush, Vice President Dan Quayle, his wife, Marilyn, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Organizers hoped to raise $6 million to $8 million nationwide.

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