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06/18/04 - Detroit

Politics: Kerry says Nine-Eleven report shows war not supported by the facts

Democrat John Kerry says the official Nine-Eleven investigation shows President Bush's decision to make war on Iraq was "not supported by the facts."

Campaigning in Detroit, the presidential candidate says it's clear the administration has misled the public on the reasons for war. Kerry cites the conclusion of the Nine-Eleven commission that it could find no evidence to support claims of a "collaborative relationship" between al-Qaida and Saddam Hussein. Kerry says Bush and Vice President Cheney have "asserted very directly to the American people that the war against al-Qaida is the war in Iraq."

Bush insisted again yesterday there was a link between Iraq and al-Qaida, but said he never claimed Saddam helped orchestrate the Nine-Eleven attacks. Polls indicate a lot of Americans still think he did.

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