By DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent
WASHINGTON - Campaigning for Republicans, President Bush said Monday that "terrorists win and America loses" if opponents of his Iraq policy triumph in next week's elections. Undeterred, House Democrats countered with television ads
critical of the war in several competitive races.
"There's a big national debate in this country about the direction
of this war set by President Bush, Defense Secretary (Donald) Rumsfeld and Vice President Cheney, and Democrats think we need
to change that policy," said Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel, who heads the Democratic campaign committee.
As the death toll for U.S. troops in Iraq passed 100 for the
month, officials said ads criticizing Republican candidates for following the president's lead on the war would air in the
campaign's final week in Connecticut, New Mexico, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Iowa and other areas they declined to name.
Public opinion polls show widespread public dissatisfaction with
the war, helping give Democrats their best chance in more than a decade at winning control of at least one house of Congress.
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