Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008 | 12:20 p.m.
While President Bush won't be accompanied by any of Nevada's Republican congressmen on his trip to Las Vegas Thursday, he's got plenty of company from the California delegation on his trip to Los Angeles today.
Seven California Republicans are flying with Bush aboard Air Force One as it makes its way to Los Angeles, where the president will visit Robinson Helicopter Company, according to a press gaggle transcript provided by the Office of the White House Press Secretary. (Hat tip to the Sun's Washington's correspondent Lisa Mascaro.)
At Robinson Helicopter, he's set to speak about trade, and many of the traveling congressmen are expected to participate. Tomorrow, in Las Vegas, he's set to speak about the war on terror and push for an update to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, including a provision that would give retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies that allowed the government to wiretap their customers without court permission. Senate Democrats, led by Sen. Harry Reid, oppose that provision.
Bush visits Kansas City on Friday to talk about the economy.
While the president's approval rating may be hovering around 29 percent, and he'll be flying solo in Las Vegas, he's still quite popular on the fundraising circuit.
"This will be I think a very successful trip in terms of raising money," said Tony Fratto, White House deputy press secretary, according to the transcript. "The President has far more requests for fundraising stops than we can possibly fill, so I know we'll try to find ways to make it work with the President's schedule. But he is certainly committed to making sure that Republican candidates have the resources they need going into this very important election year."
Bush will appear at a fundraiser for the Nevada Republican Party after his speech Thursday.