Candidates on the Issues: Iraq

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The war in Iraq has polarized voters like no other issue in this presidential election year. With U.S. fatalities continuing to rise, the volatile situation in Iraq is likely to make the election outcome as unpredictable as any in history. NPR's Don Gonyea reports.

President Bush continues to defend his decision to invade Iraq, saying America is safer for having ousted Saddam Hussein. Meanwhile, Sen. John Kerry, his Democratic opponent, is trying to capitalize on polls showing a majority of Americans now believe the decision to go to war was a mistake. But it's not clear how Kerry's approach to rebuilding Iraq would differ from Bush's if he wins in November.

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