CLEVELAND, Ohio (CNN) – As he toured a suburban Cleveland plant Tuesday, President Bush previewed a speech he’ll give this afternoon in which he refuses to back down on his Iraq strategy.
Mr. Bush told reporters in brief comments, “I will remind the people in the audience today that troop levels will be decided by our commanders on the ground, not by political figures in Washington, DC, and that we've got a plan to lead to victory."
The president added, "I fully understand that this is a difficult war. It's hard on the American people. But I will once again explain the consequences of failure to the American people."
Mr. Bush toured GrafTech in Parma before going on to events at the Cleveland Clinic and then his speech to the Greater Cleveland Partnership. Mr. Bush will take questions following his remarks.
– CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk