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Democrats Respond to Bush Agenda

President Bush has outlined the agenda for his second term in office and has asked for the support of all Americans, but Democrats have expressed reservations.

In his weekly radio address Saturday, Mr. Bush promised to reach out to international allies to promote global development and progress, defeat terrorists and encourage democracy. In this country, he pledged to introduce medical malpractice, education and tax code reform and to save the threatened U.S. Social Security system.

Responding to the President's remarks in her own radio address, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Democrats stand ready to work with Mr. Bush. But the minority leader said they will fight the President's plans on Social Security if he proposes to privatize the system or cut benefits.

Ms. Pelosi proposed a nationwide transportation construction bill that she said would create 1.7 million new jobs.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters.