President to Visit Mississippi

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

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President Bush will visit Mississippi on Tuesday. The White House announced the presidential visit Friday.

The president is scheduled to participate in a roundtable discussion of Social Security with employees at the Nissan plant in Canton.

White House spokesman Taylor Gross said Bush was coming to Canton at the invitation of Nissan.

Bush's last visit to Mississippi was in November 2003 when he appeared on opposite ends of the state, in DeSoto County and on the Gulf Coast, to campaign for Haley Barbour, shortly before Barbour was elected governor.

After nearly 60 days on the road pitching Social Security changes, the president is offering a new plan to fix its finances by cutting benefits of more prosperous future retirees. Democrats still aren't buying it.

In a prime-time news conference Thursday, Bush restated his approval of individual retirement accounts for younger workers as an option for a percentage of Social Security.

Democrats say personal accounts are a deal-breaker that would keep most of them from supporting Bush's revisions.


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