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   Bush to Face Reporters in Prime Time; Rare Press Conference Announced

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4/12/2004 12:00 am

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Associated Press

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Entered 4/12/2004, Updated 4/12/2004

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Bush to Face Reporters in Prime Time; Rare Press Conference Announced The Honolulu Advertiser President Bush will work to defuse two issues in his prime-time news conference on Tuesday: rising casualties in Iraq and his response in 2001 to a terrorism warning the White House had in hand before the Sept. 11 attacks. Both issues are critical to Bush's re-election strategy, which is focused on the president's record on national security. Bush plans to open the 8:30 p.m. EDT news conference - the 12th of his presidency, but only his third televised in prime evening viewing hours - with a statement on Iraq, White House communications director Dan Bartlett said Monday. He said the president will be prepared to address questions about a memo, titled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.," that Bush received on Aug. 6, 2001. Karlyn Bowman, who does research on public opinion and politics at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington, said Bush knows there is widespread anxiety throughout the United States about instability in Iraq. "He has to convey being in charge and having a clear plan of what's ahead," Bowman said. "And I'm sure he will express compassion for the families" of those killed in the fighting.


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