Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bush under Fire over Iraq War as His Poll Lead Slips

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bush under Fire over Iraq War as His Poll Lead Slips

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Byline: JAMES LANGTON

PRESIDENT BUSH is facing growing criticism at home and abroad for his defence of America's war against Iraq at the United Nations yesterday.

Some of the strongest attacks came from senior Democrats, who believe that Mr Bush's growing unpopularity at home could see him defeated in next year's presidential election.

Senate minority leader Tom Daschle called Mr Bush's speech before the UN General Assembly "a missed opportunity", saying that he had failed to make a case for international support.

Senator Joseph Lieberman, who ran for vice-president with Al Gore three years ago, accused the president of taking a "told you so" tone with the international community.

Opinion polls taken over the weekend show support for Mr Bush slumping to the lowest point of his presidency, with growing concerns over the economy and fears of a Vietnam-style quagmire for US forces in Iraq.

After once seeming unbeatable for his strong leadership following the September 11 attacks, Mr Bush now has the backing of less than the half of American voters and is lagging behind several Democrats, including former Nato chief, retired general Wesley Clark. …

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