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Bush may meet 'Quecreek Nine'

Friday, August 02, 2002

By Karen MacPherson, Post-Gazette National Bureau

WASHINGTON -- President Bush is expected to visit on Monday with the "Quecreek Nine" and the rescuers who delivered the miners to safety last week in a rescue operation that riveted people around the globe.

Although Bush's advisers remained mum about the president's schedule, U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-Johnstown, said the White House had sent an advance team to scout out the security and logistics for a visit between Bush and the miners and their rescuers.

"It seems that Bush is coming to talk about the mine rescue. The White House sent Bush's advance team in last week," Murtha said.

Brad Clemenson, Murtha's spokesman, added that the congressman's office hadn't received any official notification about a possible Bush visit with the miners and rescuers. But Clemenson said "there have been [clear] indications that they are looking at it."

Asked about a visit with the miners, White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said: "We haven't made any announcement about next week's schedule yet. We expect to have more information Friday."

Bush already is scheduled to be in Pittsburgh Monday for a fund-raiser for Mike Fisher, the state attorney general who is the Republican nominee for governor.

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