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The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > After Citing Doubt, Bush Declares 'We Will Win' Terror War

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > After Citing Doubt, Bush Declares 'We Will Win' Terror War: "August 31, 2004
After Citing Doubt, Bush Declares 'We Will Win' Terror War
By DAVID STOUT

President Bush tried today to stop the political fallout over his comments last weekend that the war on terror might not be winnable. Indeed, we will win that war, Mr. Bush told the national convention of the American Legion in Nashville.
We meet today in a time of war for our country, a war we did not start yet one that we will win,� Mr. Bush said. He spoke on the second day of the Republican National Convention in New York City, where Mr. Bush will deliver his nomination-acceptance speech on Thursday.
The president and his campaign aides have tried to polish Mr. Bush's credentials as commander in chief, and portray him as a resolute leader who can protect the country in dangerous times. That theme will surely be prominent in his acceptance speech on Thursday night, as it was today before the American Legion.
In this different kind of war, we may never sit down at a peace table, Mr. Bush told the American Legion delegates. But make no mistake about it, we are winning and we will win.
The president's unambiguous remarks today differed from those in an interview with Matt Lauer of the NBC News program Today. When Mr. Lauer asked him about the war on terrorism, Mr. Bush replied, I don't think you can win it. The president went on to say, I think you can create conditions so that those who use terror as a tool are less acceptable in parts of the world.
White House officials immediately sought to clarify what Mr. Bush told Mr. Lauer over the"

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