President Bush is using a prime-time news conference (search), his third since he took over the White House, to reassure the nation about rising casualties and instability in Iraq and defend the administration's response to a pre-Sept. 11 memo that warned of threats from Al Qaeda.

Both issues are critical to Bush's re-election strategy, which is hinged on the president's record on national security.

Bush is to open his Tuesday news conference — the 12th of his presidency — with a statement on Iraq, White House communications director Dan Bartlett said Monday. He said the president was prepared to address questions about a memo, titled "Bin Laden Determined To Strike in U.S.," that he received on Aug. 6, 2001, as part of the President's Daily Brief.

Press-ing the president: What's your question?

A sample of your responses:

I would stand up and say (not really a question), thank you Mr. President George Bush for standing up for our country and taking charge of what should of been dealt with many years ago.
Thank you for protecting our country since Sept. 11 and god bless you for what you are doing.
Susan
MA

Questions for the President: 1. Can we not have the Iraqi Governing Council do the press conferences, reducing the American presence?  2. Can we write articles for Al-Jeezra and have them published?  3. Can we have all the religious leaders meet and talk about a free, secular Iraq where all their religions are tolerated and accepted?
Alice R.

If we need more troops in Iraq (and some say that we do) why don't we start taking our troops out of Germany?
Larry S.

There has been a massive exodus of Information Technology jobs being outsourced during your administration. What are you going to do to
remedy this situation? It's not Iraq, but the economy, STUPID!
Floyd B.
Denver, CO

Does the President support the idea that Saddam Hussein be tried in an Iraqi court rather than a world or US military court?
Also, if we are fortunate enough to capture Usama bin Laden alive, where would he be tried? Would the President push for extradition to the US?
MaryAnn M.

I agree with President Bush on nearly all his issues, however, I would like him to explain how outsourcing American jobs to other countries, and allowing Mexican citizens to cross the border and recieve driver's licenses, jobs, and money is helping our economy.
Allison B.
Hot Springs, AR

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