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Congress Reacts to State of the Union Address

President Bush delivered his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday, hoping to garner support for his new Iraq strategy and proposing new domestic initiatives. NewsHour reports on Congress' reaction and response one day after the address.

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  • RAY SUAREZ:

    During last night's primetime address, President Bush pleaded with members of Congress for patience when considering his plan to send 21,000 more troops to Iraq. And he reminded many of them that they authorized the initial invasion with their use-of-force vote in 2002.

    GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States: We went into this largely united in our assumptions and in our convictions. And whatever you voted for, you did not vote for failure. Our country is pursuing a new strategy in Iraq, and I ask you to give it a chance to work.

  • RAY SUAREZ:

    Democrats from both chambers and an increasing number of Republicans have argued that the president will simply be sending more troops into the crossfire of a civil war. Mr. Bush, however, made it clear he had no intention of changing course.

  • GEORGE W. BUSH:

    I chose this course of action because it provides the best chance for success.

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