Protest Grows Outside Bush's Crawford Ranch

8-12-05 - The campout keeps growing down the road from the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas.

About 100 people have joined Cindy Sheehan's anti-war protest and are pitching tents in muddy ditches. More locals driving by are leaning on their horns.

Sheehan lost her son in Iraq and is demanding a meeting with the president. She says the war is wrong and the troops should come home now. Sheehan says President Bush has devastated her life and
says he ought to be able to take time to speak to her.

President Bush's motorcade today passed by the anti-war protest. The vehicles did not stop as Bush traveled to a GOP fund-raising luncheon near his Crawford-area ranch.

It's unclear whether Bush, riding in a black Suburban with tinted windows, looked at the demonstrators as his caravan passed.

Bush hasn't ruled out a meeting but says he's heard her arguments before. He says he feels her anguish but an immediate pullout would be a mistake. Sheehan met with Bush in June of 2004. She was among grieving military families who met with the president at Fort Lewis, Washington.

Becky Davis who has three sons in the military says Sheehan doesn't speak for her. Davis says while dozens are protesting in Texas, thousands of others are not.