Bush invites Dems for a meeting on war spending

President George W. Bush offered to talk with Democrats about the standoff over war funding, but he made it clear he will not embrace any timetable for a US troop withdrawal. Democrats said there was no point in talking if Bush refused to negotiate. "We can discuss the way forward on a bill that is a clean bill - a bill that funds our troops without artificial timetables for withdrawal, and without handcuffing our generals on the ground," Bush said in a speech to an American Legion audience Tuesday.