The US President has begun a ten-state tour to drum up support for Republican control of Congress just days ahead of America’s mid-term elections. The war in Iraq continues to dominate campaigning as polls suggest the Democrats are poised to make majors gains. But George Bush says he has a strong feeling of deja vu.
“We’ve been through this before, you might remember, in 2004. Some of them were picking out offices in the West Wing. The movers never got the call and the same thing is going to happen on November 7. We will win the Senate and we will win the House,” he said.
Bush’s re-election as president two years ago was secured after the Republicans urged the country not to change course. But observers say such goodwill seems to have dried up as anger increases over lack of progress in Iraq and rising casualty lists. In the past month alone, nearly 800 troops were wounded. Meanwhile the death toll continues to rise with over a hundred soldiers killed in October – the highest monthly total in three years.