Bush challenges Democrats to offer plan for Iraq

The battle for control of the U.S. Congress headed on Friday to a tense finish, with Democrats threatening to sweep Republicans out of power and President George W. Bush trying to stoke turnout among the party faithful.

Two years after a decisive election victory for Bush and Republicans, polls indicated Democrats were poised to recapture control of the House of Representatives on Tuesday for the first time since 1994 and make big gains in the Senate.

'What's your plan?' he asked of Democrats, encouraging the Springfield, Missouri, audience to repeat the phrase. 'Truth is the Democrats can't answer that question. Harsh criticism is not a plan for victory.'