Disconnect between Public, Policy Makers on Iraq?

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The President's speech on Tuesday, which was meant to rally Congress to support a possible invasion of Iraq, was also aimed at winning over public opinion. Yet polls suggest that there may be a disconnect between Washington policy makers and voters outside the beltway. Is the government setting priorities the public doesn't share, or are our representatives keeping the country secure? Does the debate on Capitol Hill reflect the debate around the country? We speak with pollsters and journalists in Orlando, St. Louis, San Francisco and Dallas.
Conan Nolan of KNBC News guest hosts.
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Conan Nolan, reporter for KNBC in Los Angeles, has covered national and local news stories since 1986. Nolan has reported on Capitol Hill, the Columbine massacre, the capture of -Unabomber- Ted Kaczinski, the infamous police chase of O.J.Simpson, and the Loma Prieta-San Francisco earthquake.

Prior to joining NBC-s LA team, Nolan reported for the network-s Salinas affiliate. He-s also worked as a television news reporter and sports anchor, as well as a public radio political reporter, in San Luis Obispo. The graduate of UC Davis grew up in Los Osos, in California-s central coast. He and his family live in the Los Angeles area.

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International Longshore and Warehouse Union

Pacific Maritime Association

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