Both men had traveled to forty-nine of the fifty states that they had led as president, and they had to decide whether to visit the fiftieth and final state in their waning days in office. Clinton had yet to set foot in Nebraska; Bush, in Vermont. Clinton did choose to make his first and only presidential trip to Nebraska on December 8, 2000, when he gave a morning speech on foreign policy at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, then flew to Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, where he spoke to the community before attending a fundraiser for the Nebraska Democratic Party in nearby Omaha. While a journey to Vermont by Bush would have allowed him, in the words of his former press secretary, Ari Fleischer, “to check the box to say he was in all 50 states,” Bush did not make the trip.
January 22, 2015 at 10:31 AM EST