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President Slips Before Labor Dept.

October 4, 2001

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ Clearly, President Bush didn’t mean it.

Winding up a speech Thursday, Bush said America will be tough and resolute to defeat terrorists so future generations can live in peace. ``And there is no doubt in my mind, not one doubt in my mind, that we will fail,″ the president said.

His audience at the Labor Department did not react. Bush, known to make occasional verbal mistakes, continued on in a positive vein: ``Failure is not a part of our vocabulary. This great nation will lead the world and we will be successful.″