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Bush, Kerry Continue Campaigning in Hotly Contested States


President Bush and his Democratic rival, Senator John Kerry, have more campaign stops scheduled in hotly contested states Thursday, with the U.S. presidential election just five days away.

The Republican incumbent travels to Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania, while Mr. Kerry makes stops in Wisconsin and Ohio.

Wednesday Mr. Kerry described the recently reported disappearance of 350 tons of explosives in Iraq as a growing scandal for the Bush administration. He said U.S. troops were never ordered to guard the munitions depot and accused President Bush of not doing his job.

Mr. Bush responded that Mr. Kerry does not know the facts. He said it is possible the explosives disappeared before the U.S. led invasion of Iraq in March, 2003.

The interim Iraqi government said in a letter to a U.N. agency earlier this month the weapons were apparently stolen after the fall of Saddam Hussein in April, 2003, because of what it calls a lack of security.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters.