USA Today (2/20, Keen, Weisman) reports, "President Bush, who has admitted he has 'a lot of work to do' to sell his $1.6 trillion, 10-year tax- cut plan, hits the road this week to try to build support." Bush "is counting on help from the Republican National Committee and conservative and business groups. In the
works: Tuesday in St. Louis, Bush will introduce 'tax families' who would save money under his plan. He used the same approach during the campaign and in a White House event two weeks ago. On Feb. 27, Bush will promote his proposal in a speech to a joint session of Congress." Vice President Cheney's "schedule includes time for interviews with reporters from local newspapers and TV and radio stations to promote the tax cut. The Republican National Committee is hosting online chats and taping dozens of TV and radio interviews daily with GOP proponents of tax cuts. And Bush aides have asked Republican lawmakers to hold 'tax events' promoting Bush's plan in their districts." USA adds, "Some conservative groups are encouraging their members to side with Bush. Americans for Tax Reform is asking Republican- controlled legislatures in 20 states to pass resolutions endorsing Bush's plan. The Michigan House has already passed one." USA also reports, "Business groups met Friday to form a coalition that will push the Bush plan through lobbying, outreach to their members and possibly an advertising campaign. Participants include the US Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors and the National Federation of Independent Business." The AP (2/20) reports, "Amid congressional doubts about his tax-cut plan, President Bush is hitting the road to rally public support for the proposal and the education reforms that are high among his budget priorities." Bush "hopes to curry support among Americans who polls say are in favor of reducing taxes but do not want those reductions to come at the expense of popular government programs such as aid to education and debt reduction." US News and World Report (2/26, Walsh) reports, "This week, the Rove Plan, as it is referred to by staffers, has Bush visiting with families of Oklahoma City bombing victims, and, once again, emphasizing tax cuts and education reform."