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Feb. 20 2006 8:16 AM

Bush Is Stumping; Cheney's Not Hunting

There will be no vice presidential shootings this week.

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Thursday

Allies, foreign and domestic: President Bush hits the stump for embattled 2006 congressional Republicans. He'll be in Mishawaka, Ind., to raise money for Rep. Chris Chocola, and in Ohio for Sen. Mike DeWine. While Bush stumps for congressional friends, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be in the Middle East much of the week talking with another sort of struggling allies. She's visiting Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, hoping to persuade them to shun Iran and the Palestinians' new Hamas government.

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Saturday

NGA: National Guild of Aspirants? Actually, NGA stands for National Governors Association, which holds its winter meeting in Washington. The governors will be talking earnestly and in bipartisan fashion about all manner of policy issues. But the forum is also a dog-and-pony show for many of those in both parties who hope to be president, or at least vice president: Arkansas' Mike Huckabee (R), Iowa's Tom Vilsack (D), Massachusetts' Mitt Romney (R), New Mexico's Bill Richardson (D), New York's George Pataki (R), Florida's Jeb Bush (R), Arizona's Janet Napolitano (D), Minnesota's Tim Pawlenty (R), and Kansas' Kathleen Sebelius (D). The actual president hosts the aspiring presidents for a formal dinner Sunday night at the White House.

All Week Long

Only 988 days until Election Day 2008: Huckabee will be in South Carolina Monday. Sen. George Allen, R-Va., will be in Colorado Tuesday. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., will be in Florida Thursday. Romney goes to South Carolina Thurday, then New Hampshire Friday. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., visits Colorado on Friday. Former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., will spend the weekend in Iowa.

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