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other and college. own Co., in have Friday. of the it the in Bush Bush will visit gulf troops President to be there during Thanksgiving ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) President Bush will fly to the Persian Gulf to spend Thanksgiving with the troops he sent to confront Saddam Hussein, the White House announced Friday. Bush, meanwhile, hitting hard at Saddam while campaigning for Republican candidates, renewed his pledge to push Iraqi forces out of Kuwait. But he said he still hopes U.S. forces can return home "without a shot fired in anger." Bush will visit Egypt and Saudi Arabia following a trip to Paris for the Nov. 19-21 multinational Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, White House Press Secretary Martin Fitzwater said. Confirmation of the long-rumored gulf trip came as Bush kept up his drumbeat of harsh anti-Saddam rhetoric. Bush's spokesman said Thursday that the president was preparing the nation "for any eventuality," but the president said he was not trying to prepare Americans for war. While on a political barnstorming trip across the Midwest on Friday, Bush continued his dual message of hoping for a peaceful solution but holding firm to his pledge to rout Saddam from Kuwait. Referring to the U.S. troops he has sent to the gulf, Bush told a Cincinnati audience: "I will do my level best to bring every single one of them home without a shot fired in anger, but we will not stop abort of our stated objectives. We are the United States of America and we stand for principle. That principle must prevail. "Saddam Hussein must get out and he must get out totally.'' Given the volatility of the gulf region — with more than 200,000 U.S. troops deployed, and with Iraq's 1 million-strong military also on war footing, complete with missiles that can reach Saudi Arabia — all security concerns had been taken into account for Bush's visit, one administration official said. "If we didn't think it was safe, he wouldn't go," the official said. While in the gulf region, Bush will consult with Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak, King Fahd of Saudi Arabia and the exiled emir of Kuwait, Fitzwater said. In Washington, meanwhile, Secretary of State James A. Baker III scrambled his travel plans to arrange for meetings in Moscow next week on the gulf crisis with Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev and Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shev- ardnadze. Baker leaves today on a trip to the Persian Gulf. Bush plans to leave Washington on Nov. 16 for Europe and return from the Middle East on Nov. 23. He will stop first in Prague for the Nov. 17 first anniversary of the nonviolent ouster of the communist government of Czechoslovakia, and will consult with President Vaclav Havel.