Bush To Highlight Domestic Agenda In Cleveland

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush plans to reprise his "compassionate, conservative" theme during a trip to Cleveland next week, the White House announced Thursday.

He will talk to Ohioans on Monday about giving parents educational options, reforming welfare, expanding home ownership and promoting the work of faith-based institutions, said White House spokesman Scott Stanzel.

"He is coming to Cleveland because it is a great example of a city that is becoming more vibrant and providing opportunities to its citizens," Stanzel said.

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the city's school voucher program, an education idea dear to political conservatives and championed by President Bush.

The trip is Bush's seventh to the politically important state of Ohio since taking office. He was last in Ohio on June 14 to deliver the commencement speech at Ohio State University.

During the Cleveland trip, the president will address residents at a theater at Playhouse Square Center. Other details of the trip were not available Thursday and were to be released Friday.

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