"Young democracies from Georgia and Ukraine to Afghanistan and Iraq can look to the United States for proof that self-government can endure," Bush said Saturday in his weekly radio address. "And nations that still live under tyranny and oppression can find hope and inspiration in our commitment to liberty."
Bush said the spirited campaign between McCain and front-runner, Democratic Sen. Barack Obama, reflects a political competition that is an "essential part of a healthy democracy."
"But as the campaigns come to a close," he said, "Republicans, Democrats, and independents can find common ground on at least one point: Our system of representative democracy is one of America's greatest strengths."
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