Georgia Political Calendar Crowded Gore, Bush Camps Schedule Rallies

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ATLANTA -- Activity in Georgia is ratcheting up following the final presidential debate as the campaigns for the two major-party candidates sprint to Nov. 7.

Aides for Vice President Al Gore and Texas Gov. George W. Bush have crammed the three weeks before Election Day with rallies and news conferences around the state.

Yesterday, for example, the Gore camp staged a rally with 70 black preachers on the campus of Clark Atlanta University. At the same time across town, 90 Bush supporters heard Rep. John Kasich, R-Ohio, speak at the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport.

At rallies in Moultrie and Atlanta on Tuesday, the Bush campaign introduced farmers and young professionals lining up behind his candidacy. Today, the Gore organization is holding an event in Marietta with Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox and former University of Georgia athlete and four-time Olympic medalist Teresa Edwards.

For his part, Kasich, chairman of the House Budget Committee, refuted Gore's claims to have been an advocate for ensuring federal spending matched tax collections.

"Al Gore was never interested in balancing the budget," Kasich said. "He's a liberal, and he's trying to be something he's not. And when you try to be something you're not in this business, it catches up with you. …