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Still, Bush wasn't taking any chances. The day after Gore's speech, the Governor was talking in Tennessee about the nobility of working people, the fairness of the tax code and the fact that after seven years of Clinton and Gore, there was still no prescription-drug benefit "for those who need it" (without mentioning that the Republican Congress played a role in that outcome). And his aides announced that the campaign was buying airtime in 21 states this week to trumpet Bush's record on education reform--the ultimate swing-voter hustle.
--Reported by James Carney, Matthew Cooper, Viveca Novak, Eric Pooley and Karen Tumulty/Los Angeles and John F. Dickerson, with Bush