Bush's campaign Web site blocks overseas visits

Net surfers outside the U.S. interested in U.S. President George Bush's re-election strategy aren't currently able to learn about it from his campaign Web site. Visitors from a number of international locations reported hitting "access denied" errors as they tried to reach the site on Tuesday.

Web surfers in London; Paris; Sydney; Oslo; Linz, Austria; and Taipei encountered a "403 Forbidden" access-denied error page when they tried to contact Bush's Web site, GeorgeWBush.com. Surfers in the U.S. reported no problems.

The only way many international web surfers can view the site is through Google's cache.

GeorgeWBush.com is the official Web site of Bush-Cheney '04, Bush's re-election organization. The site features campaign material such as advertisements along with Bush's position statements and policy plans. The site also includes a link to an outside site processing campaign donations; surfers both outside and inside the U.S. said they were able to reach the donation Web site.

A Bush-Cheney campaign spokeswoman referred questions to Michael Turk, the organization's Internet campaign director. Turk was not promptly available for comment.

International Web surfers said they had no problems accessing JohnKerry.com, the official campaign Web site of Bush's challenger. The U.S. presidential election will be held Nov. 2.

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