President George W. Bush, campaigning in Missouri to save Republican control of Congress in next Tuesday's elections, blasted Democrats on Friday, saying they have no plan to keep Americans safe from terrorists.
Bush said Democrats calling for withdrawal of US troops from Iraq are not unpatriotic, just wrong. He said Democrats who voted against legislation to detain and interrogate suspected terrorists and the National Security Agency's eavesdropping program do not understand the stakes in the fight against terrorism.
Democrats say they are ahead in many races because of the public's growing dissatisfaction with the war in Iraq. And polls show that a clear majority of Americans see the war as a mistake and far fewer support the president's handling of it.
"If they say they want to win the war on terror, but call for America to pull out of what al-Qaida says is the central front in this war, ask them this question: 'What's your plan?' " Bush said at a rally for Missouri Republican Sen. Jim Talent, who is seeking re-election in one of the tightest races in the nation.