Bush begins fightback: 'We have turned corner'

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President George Bush moved yesterday to try to pierce the balloon lifting Senator John Kerry and his running mate Senator John Edwards out of their Democratic Convention in Boston, telling Republican supporters in the Midwest: "We have turned a corner, and we are not turning back".

President George Bush moved yesterday to try to pierce the balloon lifting Senator John Kerry and his running mate Senator John Edwards out of their Democratic Convention in Boston, telling Republican supporters in the Midwest: "We have turned a corner, and we are not turning back".

After laying low in Crawford, Texas, for most of last week while the Democrats cheered their candidates in Boston, Mr Bush burst back onto the campaign trail in Missouri and Michigan, starting a new phase in his bid for re-election dubbed the "Heart and Soul Tour: Moving America Forward".

Republicans are braced for polls likely to show a surge in the numbers for Mr Kerry and Mr Edwards after the convention, widely seen by commentators as a signal success. With Mr Bush already campaigning hard and the Republicans looking forward to their convention in New York in four weeks' time, that advantage could, however, dwindle fast.

Mr Bush laid to rests doubts about his own running mate, saying he would be proud to have Dick Cheney as his vice-president for four more years. He also delivered several jibes at Mr Kerry and his platform. He said: "He spent nearly 20 years in federal government and it appears he concluded that it's just not big enough".

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