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Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2004 10:17 am | Updated: 6:02 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. - President Bush is returning to the swing state of Pennsylvania on Thursday to talk about health care.

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On a bus tour from Downingtown to Hershey, the president is expected to pitch his plan to curb rising medical costs by limiting malpractice awards.

He will also renew his charge that John Kerry's plans to expand insurance coverage represent more big government.

With polls showing a close race in Pennsylvania, Bush is stumping hard in the state. The tour is his 40th visit to the Keystone State as president.

Bush has visited Pennsylvania - which has 21 electoral votes, the fifth-largest amount - more than any other state. Predictably, his trips have targeted areas he will need to win to carry the state, which he narrowly lost in 2000.

He is also expected to continue attacking Kerry's assertion that Iraq was a diversion from the war on terror. Bush says such remarks show a "fundamental misunderstanding" of the threat America faces.

Bush will remain in Pennsylvania on Friday when he makes a visit to Wilkes-Barre.

Bush campaign spokesman Kevin Madden said the trips reflect the president's interest in the state - and its voters.

"Pennsylvania has seen plenty of presidential footsteps around the state, and I think it's fair to say we will see plenty of visits right up until Nov. 2," Madden said.

Bush says John Kerry's not leveling with the American people about his healthcare plan. (longer version of cut used in wrap)

Kerry spokesman Mark Nevins said that for all of Bush's attention, Pennsylvanians "don't have much to show for it."

"We will have fewer jobs on his 41st visit than we did on his first, fewer people will have health care coverage on his 41st visit than on his first," Nevins said. "Pennsylvania is headed in the wrong direction, and people are ready for a change, and 41 visits isn't going to change that."

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