President Bush is stepping up his re-election campaign as Democrats move closer to picking their nominee for the race for the White House.
It was the most politically charged campaign speech the president has delivered so far in his bid to be re-elected. Speaking to America's Republican governors, he said the voters will have a very clear choice on Election Day:
President Bush said,"It is a choice between an America that leads the world with strength and confidence, or an America that is uncertain in the face of danger."
Speaking earlier in New York City, Senator Kerry said the president is campaigning earlier than planned because he is worried about his prospects for re-election.
Senator Kerry said,"We have George Bush on the run because he is going to go out and start this campaign officially tonight before we even have a nominee of the Democratic Party."
The constant criticism of the president's policies by those seeking the Democratic nomination has had an impact on the president's standing in public opinion polls. In addition to stepping up the rhetoric, the Bush campaign is fighting back with a multimillion dollar barrage of television ads that will start to air next week.