A day after the Republicans’ resounding defeat in the US midterm elections, President George W Bush has called for bipartisan cooperation, saying it was time to rise above party differences. The incoming Democrat-controlled Congress is expected to exert more pressure on Bush for a new course in Iraq.
“One of the most important challenges facing our country is the war on terror and Iraq is a central front in this war,” said Bush on Thursday.
“Our country now has more than 149,000 men and women serving bravely in that country. Whatever party we come from, we all have a responsibility to ensure that these troops have the resources and support they need to prevail.”
The president added he was “open to any idea or suggestion on the Iraq war”. Growing public dissatisfaction over the conflict is widely seen as one of the major factors contributing to the Republicans’ defeat.