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Bush Stands Firm on Iraq Connection to Al Qaeda

President Bush, campaigning in Western swing states, repeats his stance that the invasion and occupation of Iraq is part of the fight against the al Qaeda terrorist network. A report to the Sept. 11 commission, delivered this week, concluded there is "no credible evidence" that such a link existed. NPR's Don Gonyea reports.

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You're most likely to find NPR's Don Gonyea on the road, in some battleground state looking for voters to sit with him at the local lunch spot, the VFW or union hall, at a campaign rally, or at their kitchen tables to tell him what's on their minds. Through countless such conversations over the course of the year, he gets a ground-level view of American elections. Gonyea is NPR's National Political Correspondent, a position he has held since 2010. His reports can be heard on all NPR News programs and at To hear his sound-rich stories is akin to riding in the passenger seat of his rental car, traveling through Iowa or South Carolina or Michigan or wherever, right along with him.