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Inmate Gets Invited To Bush Fund-Raising Dinner

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Republican Party mistakenly invited an Ohio prison inmate to a $2,500-a-plate fund-raising dinner with President Bush.

The invitation, including a letter from Vice President Dick Cheney, was sent to Robert Kirkpatrick at the Belmont Correctional Institution in eastern Ohio.

The letter from Cheney asked Kirkpatrick to "join the president and Mrs. Bush for a private dinner here in Washington, D.C." on June 19.

Kirkpatrick, 35, was sentenced last year in Canton to nearly three years in prison for drug possession and escape.

"I'm going to tell him that I'd be happy to attend, but he's going to have to pull some strings to get me there," Kirkpatrick said.

Spokesman Carl Forti with the National Republican Congressional Committee said the mailing was a mistake. He said Monday that Kirkpatrick might have been on a mailing list the party bought from another source.

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