How Will Bush Address the Nation Monday?

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Even before he gives his State of the Union speech Monday night, President Bush is getting attacked for its contents.

One thing President Bush says he's going to fight for in his speech is an extension of FISA, the controversial terrorist-fighting bill that lets America spy on the communications of suspected terrorists.

"One of the most important tools is to be able to figure out the intentions of an enemy that still wants to do us harm. If they're making calls into America, we need to know why they're calling, what they're thinking and what they're planning," Bush said.

Click the play button for more on Bush's last State of the Union Address with CBN News reporter Paul Strand.

The speech will skip bold proposals in favor of ones the country has heard before, an approach some may consider modest. White House aides, however, say there is not much point in unveiling grand ideas that may end up nowhere.

Friday Senate leader Harry Reid blasted Bush for not doing more to win the war on terror, and for letting the war in Iraq go on for so many years while promising in every State of the Union speech that victory is imminent.

"Five years, nearly 4,000 deaths, 35,000 wounded Americans and half-a-trillion dollars later, the mission is still not accomplished," he said.

Appearing with Reid Friday, House speaker Nancy Pelosi also piled on Bush.

"The president has his head in the sand on this war that is for him a war without end, no end in sight," she said.

One thing Bush and Pelosi agreed on was that they had worked together well to put together this week's economic stimulus deal, and that Congress needs to pass it right away.

"It's a sound package," Bush said. "It makes a lot of sense, it's needed and you need to pass it as quickly as possible to get money in the hands of the people that are going to help this economy stay strong."

Pelosi responded saying that, "The House will move quickly to approve this package that will provide broad-based help to the middle class and those aspiring to it. It will create jobs and it will stimulate the economy."

The economy will be a dominant theme of the State of the Union, offering Bush one more chance to bring financial confidence to the nation.

Bush will ask Congress to make tax cuts set to expire in 2010 permanent. He will also prod Congress to renew his education law and approve free-trade pacts with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.

The 45 minute speech will likely include recycled ideas on alternative energy, affordable health care and housing reform. Mere hours after Bush's speech, the media focus will be on Tuesday's Florida primary.

Meanwhile, Bush remains down in the polls, with only a 35 percent approval rate.

Bush will practice his speech in the family theater, in the East Wing of the White House.

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