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on oil," he said. "These technologies will help us become better stewards of the environment and they will help us to confront the serious challenge of global climate change."
Republican Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota, also took issue with Bush.
Pelosi set the tone for Democrats.
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On domestic matters, he pressed Congress to help find ways to overhaul entitlements such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid before they impose huge problems for future generations.
Democrats and even some Republicans scoffed at his Iraq policy.
Facing a political showdown with Democrats and Republicans alike, Bush was unyielding on Iraq in his annual State of the Union address. He also sought to revive his troubled presidency with proposals to expand health insurance coverage and to slash gasoline consumption by 20 percent in a decade.
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"I have spoken with many of you in person. I respect you and the arguments you made," Bush said. "We went into this largely united, in our assumptions and in our convictions. And whatever you voted for, you did not vote for failure."
He also asked for prayers for Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson, hospitalized for more than a month after suffering a brain hemorrhage, and Republican Georgia Rep. Charlie Norwood, suffering from cancer.
"Our country is pursuing a new strategy in Iraq and I ask you to give it a chance to work," Bush said. "And I ask you to support our troops in the field and those on their way."
He said the Iraq war had changed dramatically with the outbreak of sectarian warfare and reprisals.
"We need a new direction," said freshman Sen. Jim Webb, picked by the Democrats to deliver their response to Bush. "The majority of the nation no longer supports the way this war is being fought; nor does the majority of our military," said Webb, a Vietnam veteran opposed to Bush's invasion of Iraq.
Bush called for changing the tax code to encourage more people not covered by medical insurance to buy a plan, and to discourage others from keeping the most costly health care plans.
"Convictions run deep in this Capitol when it comes to immigration," he said. "Let us have a serious, civil and conclusive debate."
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In such a case, he forecast "an epic battle," Shiite extremists backed by Iran against Sunni extremists aided by al Qaida and supporters of Saddam Hussein's government, leading to violence that could spread across the Middle East. "For , this is a nightmare scenario," Bush said.
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Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, the first woman to lead the House, sat over Bush's shoulder, next to Vice President Dick Cheney. Reaching out to the Democrats, Bush opened with a tribute to Pelosi and paused to shake her hand.
Bush divided his speech between domestic and foreign issues but the war was topic No. 1.
It was a night of political theater as Bush went before the first Democratic controlled Congress in a dozen years with his lowest approval ratings in polls.
On immigration, too, the president made a plea to lawmakers that he has made before. Members of his own party were the main obstacle to success in that area a fact Bush acknowledged even as he pressed for a better result now than Capitol Hill is run by Democrats more amenable to his ideas.
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"Somehow we have not found it in ourselves to act," he said. "So let us work together and do it now."
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Key Republicans have joined Democrats in drafting resolutions of opposition to the plans he announced two weeks ago to send an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq. Bush said his approach had the best chance to succeed, but clearly many lawmakers and overwhelming majority of ns disagreed.
"This is not the fight we entered in Iraq, but it is the fight we are in," the president said. "Every one of us wishes that this war were over and won. Yet it would not be like us to leave our promises unkept, our friends abandoned and our own security at risk.
"I can't tell you what the path to success is, but it's not what the president has put on the table," he said.
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