President Bush is expected to visit a housing development in Harford County tomorrow to promote the home-buying incentives he proposed in his economic recovery plan.
Rep. Helen Delich Bentley, R-2nd, said Mr. Bush is scheduled to fly by helicopter to Aberdeen Proving Ground, then go to the Riverside planned-unit development on U.S. 40 in Belcamp by 1 p.m.
Despite the Maryland primary scheduled for March 3, Mrs. Bentley said that "this is not a campaign visit."
Mrs. Bentley said she will join the president in Belcamp. She said few other details about the visit were available.
Rob Banks, field director for the Bush-Quayle campaign in Maryland, said, "We have hands off here. It's not a campaign stunt."
White House press officials declined to comment on Mr. Bush's visit.
As part of the economic recovery package the president announced during his State of the Union message last month, first-time homebuyers would receive a tax credit of up to $5,000. Mr. Bush also has proposed penalty-free use of up to $10,000 in individual retirement account funds for first-time home buyers.
Tomorrow's visit to Harford will be Mr. Bush's second trip to the Baltimore region this year. He visited Catonsville Jan. 21 to announce a proposal to increase federal funding for Head Start by $600 million.
Also, the Bel Air High School band played in Washington yesterday at the formal kickoff of the Bush-Quayle re-election campaign.