President Bush Visits Eclipse Aviation

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First it was Vice President Dick Cheney at Adam Aircraft in June, and yesterday, President Bush chose Eclipse Aviation as his rallying point in Albuquerque, as he and Sen. John McCain blasted through New Mexico. Is it something about aviation companies that gives panache to the Republican campaign stomp, or is the industry maybe seen as crucial to the swing vote? Mr. Bush led an open question-and-answer session yesterday at Eclipse, and talked with CEO Vern Raburn about entrepreneurship. He also spoke with two Eclipse employees about their jobs, and noted that he had stopped at Eclipse in 1990 as a candidate, when the company had 18 employees, and now it has 330. "We were very happy to have him here," Eclipse spokesman Andrew Broom told AVweb last night. "We weren't making a political statement -- he's the president, the commander in chief, and we're happy to provide the venue." The forum attendance was limited to holders of advance tickets.