Bush rallies against gay marriage, raises $2.2 million
President Bush likened his Democratic rival John Kerry to the quickly changing weather in Colorado, telling supporters at a Republican Party fund-raiser that his opponent stands on all sides of all issues. "The American president must speak clearly and mean what he says," Bush said Tuesday night at a Denver event that raised $2.2 million for the Republican Party.
On Wednesday the president planned to meet with James Dobson, head of the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family. Dobson is a leading supporter of a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban legal recognition of same-sex marriage. Floyd Ciruli, an independent political analyst in Denver, said Bush is using the trip to reassure conservative voters he still supports their causes and to make sure they turn out at the polls. Ciruli said Bush is also sending a message that he is not backing down on same-sex marriage.
Supporters lined Bush's motorcade route, but as he left the fund-raiser several dozen antiwar protesters chanted, "No more Bush."