Bush said Iraqis who vote will be bravely fighting insurgents trying to disrupt the country's future.
"Terrorists in that country [Iraq] have declared war against democracy itself and thereby declared war against the Iraqi people themselves," Bush said. "Yet, the elections will go forward. Millions of Iraqi voters will show their bravery, their love of country, and their desire to live in freedom."
Six more U.S. soldiers died in Iraq yesterday in two other attacks. And 22 Iraqis were killed by two separate car bomb explosions in northern Iraq.
At the United Nations, UN electoral assistance division director Carina Perelli said that continuing violence will make the elections far from ideal, but said the polls will be technically sound.
In Washington, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the violence may worsen after the election.