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January 29, 2002

Albany-- Did President Bush make a strong case for war last night?

By a two-to-one margin, people polled say Mr.Bush was convincing about the need for force against Iraq. But, are people in Southwest Georgia convinced? NewsCenter 10's Melissa Kill has the answer.

Lunch rush at Pearly's restaurant in Albany and between each bite, the talk at every table is the same--impending war with Iraq.

"I don't think the speech convinced me we need to go to war, I'm pretty convinced of that already." Marty Bremer, his wife and parents-in-law, all agree that Saddam Hussein is a threat, and the President has made the case for war. Marty's mother-in-law, Deborah Joiner says, "I've been convinced he's had them since the Gulf War and the President just validated everything I already thought."

But, just a few tables away, some diners say they are not as readily convinced. Barbara Veneziano says, "Specific details. I want to know how much found, what exactly they found. I want details." Diner Glenn Edmonds says, "Everyone would like to know more but with issues of national security...we elected him for a reason to make those decisions. I don't think break the trust by making a ridiculous decision."

Whatever the decision, most of these diners say they'll back the President up. Secretary of State Colin Powell will be making a detailed presentation to the U.N. next week outlining Iraq's development of weapons of mass destruction.

Posted at 5:55 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com