Before the vote

GovernmentNational GovernmentRichard A. GephardtGeorge W. BushTom DaschleDick Cheney
BEFORE THE VOTE: President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, left, meet with Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), obscured, and House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt (D-Mo.), right, on Sept. 18, 2002. Congress authorized war about three weeks later. Doug Mills / AP