In a discussion on the war on terror on March 20, 2006, in Cleveland, Ohio, President Bush said: ” ‘I don’t think we ever said–at least I know I didn’t say–that there was a direct connection between September the 11th and Saddam Hussein. We did say he was a state sponsor of terror.’ ”

 – George W. Bush (Courtesy CQ Transcripts Wire), Transcript: “President Bush Discusses the War in Iraq,” The Washington Post, March 20, 2006