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Bush Speaks in South Bend, Indiana

Aired September 5, 2002 - 15:26   ET

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ARTHEL NEVILLE, HOST, "TALKBACK LIVE": We're talking about Iraq here, now we want to hear what the president has to say about the subject. We're going to go to him live now in South Bend, Indiana, where he is at the airport speaking at a rally.
Let's listen in.

GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: that's why there'll be open hearings; that's why members -- appropriate members of my administration will testify; that's why we'll share information as much as we possibly can with the American people.

Not only with the American people, but with our friends and allies around the world. I'll be meeting with Prime Minister Blair on Saturday, Prime Minister Chretien on Monday. I'll be talking to President Putin and Premier Jiang and President Chirac tomorrow.

I will be beginning to talk about the need for freedom-loving countries to deal with threats today before they become incredibly serious tomorrow. See, I believe we owe that to our children.

Some things are certain, however. This is a man who used poisons on his own people. He's invaded two countries. Two countries. He's a person who has ignored all admonitions by international organizations.

There'll be a good debate, but I firmly believe that the world cannot allow the world's worst leaders to hold America blackmail, to threaten America, to threaten our peace and threaten our friends and allies with the world's worst weapons.

(APPLAUSE)

NEVILLE: OK, and we are going to continue our discussion right here in Atlanta regarding Iraq.

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