Canton Repository

April 22, 2003

President will speak at Timken on tax cuts

Copley News Service

WASHINGTON — President Bush is expected to speak at a Timken Co. location in Canton when he visits Ohio on Thursday to stump for his embattled economic plan with its imperiled tax cuts.

Details of the president’s trip still were being worked out, state and local Republican officials said. But he is expected to make a morning appearance at a Timken Co. site, according to aides to Rep. Ralph Regula, R-Bethlehem Township.

The trip is part of the White House effort to build public support for his tax-cut package and to put pressure on reluctant lawmakers.

One of the key votes is held by Sen. George Voinovich, R-Cleveland, who continues to oppose the White House on the size of the tax cut.

“If they want more in tax cuts, they just have to pay for it, in the way of offsets,” said Voinovich spokeswoman Marcie Ridgway.

“He doesn’t believe it should go on the national credit card, if you will.”

Stark County was one of two urban counties in the state that Bush carried in 2000, “and we’re very proud of that here,” said Stark County GOP Chairman Curt Braden.

Calling the county “a mirror of America,” Braden said, “we’re going to roll out the red carpet and give a grand welcome to the president.”

The Timken Co. is one of the largest employers in the region. The Senate recently approved W.R. “Tim” Timken Jr., chairman of the Timken Co. and a financial contributor to Bush’s campaign, as chairman of the board of the Securities Investor Protection Corp.

Bush also is expected to visit the Lima Army Tank Plant operated by General Dynamics Corp.