Bush urges citizens to vote, set an example

President Bush is urging Americans going to the polls on Election Day to remember that the U.S. election sets an example for budding democracies around the world.

Bush, who cast an absentee ballot for John McCain, said all Americans should take advantage of their right to go to the polls and cast votes that will determine the nation's future.

“Young democracies from Georgia and Ukraine to Afghanistan and Iraq can look to the United States for proof that self-government can endure,” Bush said Saturday in his weekly radio address. “And nations that still live under tyranny and oppression can find hope and inspiration in our commitment to liberty.”

Bush said the spirited campaign is an “essential part of a healthy democracy.” Associated Press