Democrats Band Together to Bash Bush

Des Moines, Iowa-AP -- Democratic presidential rivals have united today to bash President Bush on national security -- an issue on which voters give him high marks.

At a forum in Iowa, they accused Bush of scrimping on domestic defense in favor of cutting taxes for the rich. They also cited the inability to determine the fate of Osama bin Laden after the September eleventh attacks as an example of Bush's failure in fighting terrorism.

The forum was sponsored by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. North Carolina Senator John Edwards told union activists that Democrats can't take back the White House unless the party convinces voters it will keep them safe.

Taking on Bush's homeland security policies marks a shift in emphasis for the Democrats, who were split on whether to go to war in Iraq.

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