Bush Delivers Speech

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

President Bush delivers a prime-time speech on Iraq Monday night, outlining plans for handing power to Iraqis next month.

According to spokesman Scott McClellan, the 8 p.m. Eastern Time speech from the Army War College in Pennsylvania will present clear military, political and diplomatic steps Bush will take to empower a caretaker Iraqi government.

McClellan acknowledges events in Iraq are entering a "critical stage." But he says Bush wants Americans to know he's got a clear strategy for moving forward.

The speech is the first of a half-dozen addresses on Iraq that Bush plans before the June 30th transfer of sovereignty.

It also comes at a crucial time in Bush's re-election bid, five months before Election Day, with polls indicating his approval ratings are at the lowest point of his presidency.

AT THIS TIME, CBS News does not plan to air this event as a Special Report

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