The Citizens Voice - News - 11/05/2005 - Bush will observe Veterans Day at Tobyhanna Army Depot: "Bush will observe Veterans Day at Tobyhanna Army Depot
By:Borys Krawczeniuk 11/05/2005
President George W. Bush will celebrate Veterans Day at the Tobyhanna Army Depot.
White House spokesman Allen Arbey said Bush would visit the region Friday to talk about the war on terrorism and pay tribute to veterans.
Arbey declined to confirm Bush will visit Tobyhanna, but two Republican sources and U.S. Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski, D-Nanticoke, said the electronics maintenance depot is Bush's destination.
Kanjorski, whose district includes the depot, said Bush currently is scheduled to speak between noon and 1 p.m. The event is not likely to be open to the general public, he said.
The visit will give Bush an opportunity to appear in front of thousands of employees and invited guests at the region's largest employer.
The depot is expected to add 600 employees by this time next year, putting its total employment at about 4,900, at least partly because it gained jobs in the latest round of base closings.
The president's visit comes at a time his national job approval rating in polls is sagging as the war in Iraq continues.
"He's looking at that as something he has to talk about," said Kanjorski, who added that he's been invited to fly to the region from Washington with the president.
The congressman said he doesn't think the visit carries any political overtones connected to the U.S. Senate race next year.
"No, I think it's more to stabilize what's happening at least somewhat," Kanjorski said.
Incumbent Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Penn Hills, faces a tough re-election battle, probably against Democratic state Treasurer Robert P. Casey Jr. of Scranton.
This will be Bush's fifth visit to the region as president. He visited Scranton in January 2003 to talk about medical malpractice insurance reform. He made campaign stops last year the day after the Republican National Convention at Lackawanna County Stadium in Moosic and later at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre and the Wachovia Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township."