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Speaker addresses full house at state convention

COLLINSVILLE – House Speaker Denny Hastert traveled downstate last weekend to deliver an important message to Illinois Republicans: if we work together, we can win this state in November.

The message was part of the Speaker's address to a standing room only crowd at the Illinois Republican Convention in Collinsville . Noting that some media “experts” already are counting Illinois as a Democratic state, Hastert urged the crowd to keep working toward victory on Election Day.

“There are always people who say ‘you can't win'– the reality is they don't want you to try,” Hastert said. “We are right on the issues. If we come together as Republicans, if we get our message out, if we roll up our sleeves and register new voters, we not only can win – we will win.”

A unified effort is particularly important given the stakes in the November election, Hastert said. More Republican voices are needed in the Illinois House and Senate, he said, and our nation must re-elect President Bush to continue his focused leadership with the economy and in the War on Terror.

Hastert also implored the audience to work to elect Jack Ryan to the U.S. Senate, and maintain a Republican majority in Congress. His remarks followed an address by Karl Rove, President Bush's Chief Political Advisor.

“This is one of the most important elections in American history – and as a former history teacher, I don't use that phrase lightly,” Hastert said. “Now more than ever, we must come together as Republicans to elect strong leaders on the local, state, and national levels.”


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