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The President. I appreciate that. One former Representative Manual Lujan, Jr., of New
more? Okay, hold on. Let me tell you what Mexico; Allen Weh, chairman, New Mexico Re-
else you can do. Let me tell you what else publican Party; former President Saddam Hussein
you can do. Register people to vote. And of Iraq; Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United
then, right around election time, start saying Kingdom; Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of
to people, we have a duty; we have a duty Italy; President Aleksander Kwasniewski of Po-
land; and Prime Minister John Howard of Aus-
in a free society, no matter what you believe;
we have a duty to vote. So I appreciate your
enthusiasm and your drive. Convert it to get-
ting people to the polls too, which I know Remarks in Phoenix, Arizona
Okay, final question. One more, this is it. August 11, 2004
Then we got to go to Arizona.
The President. Thank you all for coming.
Support for Troops So yesterday, there we were in a bus in north-
Q. Mr. President—— ern Florida, and old John McCain said, ‘‘Wait
The President. Yes, ma’am. No more until you get to Phoenix.’’ He’s right.
hands going up; I’m a man of my word. I’m working hard to ask for your vote. I’m
Q. And I am a persistent woman. My name here to let you know there is more to do
is Cassandra Dennis. My husband is Captain to make America a safer place, a stronger
Dominic Dennis. He sends his hellos all the place, and a better place. I’m here to ask
ways from Log Base Seitz, Iraq. for your help. We won Arizona last time;
The President. Good. Thank you. He’s a we’re going to win it this time. And we’re
captain—in the Army? going to win a great national victory.
Q. Army National Guard.
The President. Very good. Thank you all for coming. I only wish that
Q. I want your prayers for him. Laura were here to see this crowd. She is
The President. You got it. Thank you very a remarkable woman. She is a great wife, a
much. Yes. And tell you—I’ll tell you what fantastic mother. I’m going to give you some
do. You know, one of the interesting possi- reasons tonight to put me back in, but per-
bilities now, because of high-tech, because haps the most important reason of all is so
of the high-tech world, is that you can e-mail that Laura has 4 more years.
your husband, correct? I’m proud to be running with Dick Che-
Q. We e-mail. We do instant-messaging. ney. Now look, I admit it, he’s not the
We’ve got webcams. We have telephones. prettiest face in the race. [Laughter] I didn’t
The President. All right, why don’t you pick him for that reason. I picked him be-
do this, then? Would you do me a favor? cause of his judgment, his experience. I
Q. Yes. picked him because he can do the job.
The President. Would you rather e-mail
him or instant-message him? I’m proud to be traveling with a great
Q. I’m going to instant-message him. American and a fine citizen of this State, a
The President. Instant-message him. In- person who served his Nation with distinc-
stant-message him this: The Commander in tion and honor—John McCain. I want to
Chief is grateful and incredibly proud of his thank his wife, Cindy, for joining us as well.
service. She’s a class act, good lady.
Thank you all. God bless. Thanks for com- I also want to thank my friend Jon Kyl,
ing. the other Senator from this State. You got
two fine United States Senators from Ari-
NOTE: The President spoke at 1:40 p.m. at the zona.
Eclipse Aviation hangar. In his remarks, he re-
ferred to Darren White, sheriff, Bernalillo Coun- I want to thank my friends from the con-
ty, NM; John Sanchez, southwest regional chair- gressional delegation, Renzi, Franks, Shad-
man, Bush-Cheney ’04, Inc.; Patrick H. Lyons, egg, J.D. Hayworth, Jeff Flake, for their lead-
New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands; ership.
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I’m proud that Secretary of State Jan science and math. We need to bring tech-
Brewer is here. I want to thank Jan for com- nology into classrooms in America. What I’m
ing, and State Treasurer David Petersen. Lis- telling you is, after 4 more years, a rising gen-
ten, thank you all for coming. eration will have the hope and the skills nec-
I want to thank the grassroots activists who essary to succeed in this world.
are here. I want to thank my friend Luis Gon- We have got more work to do to make
zalez and his great wife, Christine. I know sure health care is available and affordable.
my friends the Lehmans are here. I’m glad We addressed the issue of our seniors square
they’re here. Old Tom Lehman, I could use on. You might remember that political cam-
a putting lesson. [Laughter] I don’t have paign after political campaign, our seniors
much time to practice these days; I’m out were promised a stronger Medicare system.
working. We got the job done. Our seniors now have
See, I’m asking for your help to register the ability to choose a plan that meets their
voters. You’ve got a lot of new people moving needs, and there will be coverage for pre-
in this State, and they, like you, have a duty scription drugs for our seniors. We’re doing
in a democracy to vote and to participate. more to make sure health care is available
We’re asking for people to do a little extra and affordable. We’re expanding community
work to register our fellow citizens and urge health centers for low-income Americans.
them to go to the polls. And when you get We’re providing health savings accounts so
them headed to the polls, you might just tell American families can save tax-free to meet
them America will be better off with Bush- their own health care needs.
Cheney in the White House. In order to make sure American families
The past few years—in the past few years, have got health care, we must allow small
Americans have been through a lot together, employers to join together to be able to pur-
a whole lot, and we’ve accomplished a great chase insurance at discounts that big compa-
deal. But there’s only one reason to look nies are able to do. We’ll harness technology
backward at the record, and that is to deter- to reduce costs and prevent mistakes. We’ll
mine who best to lead us forward. I’m run- expand research and seek new cures. And
ning—I’m asking for your vote because so to make sure you’ve got affordable health
much is at stake. We have much more to care, we need to end the frivolous lawsuits
do, much more to do to move this country that are harming our docs and harming our
forward and make it a better place. patients.
We’ve got more to do to make our public You cannot be pro-patient, pro-doctor, and
schools the centers of excellence we all know pro-trial-lawyer at the same time. You have
they can be so that no child is left behind to choose. My opponent made his choice,
in America. When we came to office 31⁄2 and he put him on the ticket.
years ago, too many of our children were Audience members. Boo-o-o!
being just shuffled from grade to grade, year The President. I made my choice. I am
after year, without learning the basics. So we for medical liability reform now. In all we
challenged the soft bigotry of low expecta- do to improve health care here in this coun-
tions. We raised the sights of everybody. We try, we will make sure the health care deci-
believe in accountability. We believe in local sions are made by doctors and patients, not
control of schools. We believe in challenging by Washington, DC, bureaucrats.
schools that refuse to change and refuse to We got more to do to make sure this econ-
teach. omy is stronger. We’ve been through a lot.
And we’re making progress. We’re closing We’ve been through a recession; we’ve been
that achievement gap here in America. More through corporate scandals; we’ve been
of our children are learning to read and write through the terror attacks. Yet we’ve over-
and add and subtract, and there’s more to come these obstacles. We’ve overcome these
do. We want our high school diplomas to obstacles because we’ve got great workers in
mean something. We need to make sure our America. We’ve overcome these obstacles
children are educated for the jobs of the 21st because the entrepreneurial spirit is strong
century, so we need to concentrate on and the small-business sector of our economy
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is flourishing. We’ve overcome these obsta- chainsaw to public forests. I understand the
cles because we’ve got great ranchers and West. I understand the issues you face out
farmers. And we’ve overcome these obstacles here. Yet, when he came out West to cam-
because we delivered well-timed tax relief to paign, he turned that position around. Now
the American people. Because we acted, our he says he likes a lot of the parts of the law.
economy has grown at a rate as fast as any I guess it’s not only the wildfires that shift
in nearly 20 years. Because we acted, we’ve with the wind. [Laughter]
added nearly 1.5 million jobs over the past I’m running for 4 more years to keep our
year. Because we acted, Arizona’s unemploy- Nation’s economy the strongest in the indus-
ment rate is at 4.7 percent. trialized world. I’m running so our small
We’re making progress. We’re not turning businesses are vibrant. I’m running so our
back. So long as anybody is looking for work, farmers and ranchers are healthy, and I’m
we’re going to keep working to make sure running so people can find good-paying jobs.
there’s a job available for them. There is We have more to do to wage and win the
more work to do to keep jobs here in Amer- war against terror. America’s future depends
ica and to keep this job base growing; we on our willingness to lead in the world. If
need to become less dependent on foreign America shows uncertainty or weakness in
sources of energy. We need to reduce the this decade, the world will drift toward trag-
regulations on our employers in America. We edy. This will not happen on my watch.
need real, meaningful tort reform in America Audience members. Four more years!
to keep jobs here. In order to keep jobs here Four more years! Four more years!
at home, we need to be opening up markets The President. The world changed on
for Arizona products. We must not become that terrible September morning, and since
economic isolationists in America. We must that day, we’ve changed the world. Before
be confident—you see, we can compete with September the 11th, Afghanistan served as
anybody, anytime, anywhere, so long as the the home base of Al Qaida, which trained
playing field is level. In order to be keeping and deployed thousands of killers and set up
jobs here in America, we’ve got to make sure cells in nations around the world, including
our workers are trained for the jobs of the our own. Because we acted, because we
21st century. That’s why I’m such a strong acted with our friends, Afghanistan is a rising
backer of the community college system, not democracy. Afghanistan is an ally in the war
only here in Arizona but all across our coun- on terror. Young girls now go to school for
try. In order to make sure we keep jobs here, the first time in Afghanistan, and America
we’ve got to be wise about how we spend and the world are safer.
your money, and we’ve got to keep your taxes Before September the 11th, Pakistan and
low. Saudi Arabia weren’t joining us in the war
We’re working together to protect our on terror. Today they are. Today, Pakistan
residents and forests across the West from and Saudi Arabia are allies in the war on ter-
catastrophic wildfires. Listen, I understand ror. They’re after Al Qaida. America and the
you’re in a severe drought. Water is a pre- world are safer.
cious commodity. And as a result of the Because of our leadership, we’re changing
drought you’re in, our national treasures the world. Before September the 11th, Libya
are—forest fires—are vulnerable. That’s why was spending millions to acquire weapons of
I worked with John McCain and Jon Kyl to mass destruction. Today, because America
pass a bipartisan bill called Healthy Forests and our allies have sent a clear message and
Restoration Act. a strong message, the leader of Libya has
I understand the West. I understand the abandoned his pursuit of weapons of mass
issues of the West. Some people took a dif- destruction, and America and the world are
ferent view of that Healthy Forests legisla- safer.
tion. Back in October, my opponent told us Before September the 11th, the ruler of
Healthy Forests would let people chop down Iraq was a sworn enemy of America. He was
mountainsides of old-growth trees. When I defying the world. You might remember he
signed the bill, he said we’re taking a was firing weapons at American pilots who
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were enforcing the world’s sanctions. He had Now, almost 2 years after he voted for the
pursued and he had used weapons of mass war in Iraq and almost 220 days after switch-
destruction. He harbored terrorists. He in- ing positions to declare himself the antiwar
vaded his neighbors. He subsidized the fami- candidate, my opponent has found a new nu-
lies of suicide bombers. He had murdered ance. He now agrees it was the right decision
tens of thousands of his own citizens. He was to go into Iraq. After months of questioning
a source of great instability in the world’s my motives and even my credibility, Senator
most volatile region. Kerry now agrees with me that even though
We saw a threat. We looked at the intel- we have not found the stockpiles of weapons
ligence, and we saw a threat. And as we did that we all believed were there, knowing ev-
so, we remembered a vital lesson of Sep- erything we know today, he would have voted
tember the 11th, and that lesson is we must to go into Iraq and remove Saddam Hussein
take threats seriously, before they fully mate- from power. I want to thank my opponent
rialize. for clearing that up. But just remember,
I knew it was important on this vital matter there are 83 days left in the campaign—time
to work with the United States Congress. So enough to change his mind again.
I went to the Congress and said Saddam I’m running for 4 more years because I
Hussein’s a threat. The Congress looked at know we must continue to work with our
the same intelligence, and members of both friends and allies to aggressively pursue the
political parties, including my opponent, terrorists and the foreign fighters in places
agreed that Saddam Hussein was a threat. like Iraq and Afghanistan and elsewhere.
And then we went to the United Nations See, you cannot talk sense to these people.
Audience members. Boo-o-o! You cannot negotiate with these people. We
The President. And the United Nations must engage the enemy around the world
looked at the intelligence and concluded that so we do not have to face them here at home.
Saddam Hussein was a threat. And they During the next 4 years, America will con-
passed a resolution that said ‘‘Disclose, dis- tinue to lead the world with confidence and
arm, or face serious consequences.’’ As he moral clarity. We put together a strong coali-
had for over a decade, Saddam Hussein de- tion to help us defeat terror. Listen, we’ve
fied the free world. As a matter of fact, when got nearly 60 nations involved with the Pro-
we sent inspectors in—or the world sent in- liferation Security Initiative. Nearly 40 na-
spectors in, he systematically deceived the in- tions are involved in Afghanistan. Some 30
spectors. And so I had a choice to make. My nations are involved in Iraq. I’ll continue to
choice was do I forget the lessons of Sep- build our alliances and work with our friends
tember the 11th—— for the sake of peace, but I will never turn
Audience members. No-o-o! over America’s national security decisions to
The President. ——and hope for the leaders of other countries.
best—— America and the world are safer. We’re
Audience members. No-o-o! heading to peace because our commitments
The President. ——and trust the word are kept by the men and women of our mili-
and deeds of a madman, or do I take action tary. I want to thank the veterans who are
to defend America. I will defend America here for setting such a great example to the
every time. men and women of our military. I’ve had the
Even though we have not found the stock- privilege of meeting with those who defend
piles we expected to find, we do know that our country and sacrifice for our security. I’ve
Saddam had the capability to make weapons seen their great decency and their unselfish
of mass destruction, and he could have courage. Ladies and gentlemen, the cause of
passed that capability on to our enemies. freedom and peace is in really good hands.
That was a risk we could not afford to take. And anytime—and our troops deserve the
Knowing what I know today, I would have full support of the United States Govern-
taken the same action. And America and the ment.
world are safer because Saddam Hussein sits Last September, while our troops were in
in a prison cell. combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, I proposed
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supplemental funding to support them in war with the terrorists is actually improving
their missions. This money was going to— their recruiting efforts. His logic is upside-
this money did provide body armor and vital down, and it shows a dangerous misunder-
equipment, hazard pay, health benefits, am- standing of the enemy we face. During the
munition, fuel, and spare parts for our mili- 1990s, terrorists were recruiting and training
tary. In the Senate, only a small, out-of-the- for war with us, long before America went
mainstream minority of 12 Senators voted to war with them. They don’t need an excuse
against that funding. Two of those twelve for their hatred. It’s wrong to blame America
Senators are my opponent and his for the anger and the evil of those killers.
runningmate. You don’t create terrorists by defending
Audience members. Boo-o-o! yourself and fighting back; you defeat the ter-
The President. My opponent tried to ex- rorists by fighting back.
plain his vote this way: ‘‘I actually did vote Listen, the September—the 9/11 Commis-
for the $87 billion, before I voted against it.’’ sion wrote a good report, and it said that be-
End quote. And then he went on to say that cause of the actions we’ve taken since Sep-
he was proud he and his runningmate voted tember the 11th, our homeland is safer, but
against it, and then he went on to say, at we’re not yet safe. I agree with that conclu-
another time, the funding issue is a com- sion. There’s more work to do. Beginning im-
plicated matter. There is nothing com- mediately after September the 11th, we start-
plicated about supporting our troops in com- ed the hard process of reform. We created
bat. the new Department of Homeland Security.
In the long run, our security is not guaran- We passed the PATRIOT Act, which is vital;
teed by force alone. We must work to change
it is necessary to give our law enforcement
the conditions that give rise to terror: poverty
the tools necessary to disrupt terrorist activ-
and hopelessness and resentment. I see a
ity. We’re integrating intelligence and law
lady holding a sign there that says, ‘‘My son
enforcement better than ever before.
is in Iraq.’’ I want you to know, ma’am, that
your son is performing a duty that is changing We’re taking up a lot of those rec-
the world. A free and peaceful Iraq and a ommendations. We’ve got to do a better job
free and peaceful Afghanistan will be power- of securing our ports and borders and train-
ful examples to their neighbors. These ing our first-responders and dramatically im-
parts—people in these parts of the world are proving our intelligence-gathering capabili-
desperate for freedom. In Iraq and Afghani- ties. I called on Congress to create the posi-
stan, there are now strong leaders who un- tion of National Intelligence Director so that
derstand the power of free societies. And we one person is in charge of coordinating our
understand the power of freedom in Amer- intelligence efforts overseas and here at
ica. We know that free societies do not export home. There’s a lot of really good people
terror. We know that in free societies, leaders working hard to defend the American people,
listen to the hopes and aspirations of their and I’m proud of their efforts.
people. Now, reforms are never easy in Wash-
By serving the ideal of liberty, we are ington. It takes on—it requires taking on the
bringing hope to others, and that makes our entrenched interests, those who are happy
country more secure. By serving the ideal of with the status quo. It’s not enough to advo-
liberty, we’re making the world more peace- cate reform; you have to be able to get it
ful. By serving the ideal of liberty, we’re serv- done. When it came to reforming our public
ing the ideals of our country. Freedom is not schools, we’re getting the job done. When
America’s gift to the world; freedom is the it comes to giving our health care reforms
Almighty God’s gift to each man and woman to our families, with more access and more
in this world. choices, we’re getting the job done. When
I’m running for 4 more years because I it comes to creating jobs in America, we’re
know we’ve got a lot of work to do to protect getting the job done. When it comes to de-
us. Enemies who hate us are still plotting fending America and spreading the peace,
to harm us. My opponent says that going to we’re getting the job done. And when it
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comes to choosing a President, you better of us understands we are responsible for the
have a President who can get the job done. decisions we make in life.
Audience members. Four more years! If you’re fortunate enough to be a mother
Four more years! Four more years! or a father, you are responsible for loving
The President. We live in a time of rapid your child with all your heart and all your
change. These are exciting times. One way soul. If you’re worried about the quality of
to help American citizens during this time the education in the community in which you
of change is to encourage an ownership soci- live, you are responsible for doing something
ety. We want people owning and controlling about it. If you’re a CEO in corporate Amer-
their own health care accounts. We want our ica, you’re responsible for telling the truth
Social Security system to work. Listen, for to your shareholders and your employees.
old people like me and McCain—[laugh- And in a responsibility society, each of us
ter]—the Social Security is sound enough for is responsible for loving our neighbor just like
us. I’m worried about the younger workers. we’d like to be loved ourselves.
I’m worried about the solvency of Social Se- I’m seeking the vote because I want to
curity. Therefore, I think younger workers continue to rally the armies of compassion
ought to be allowed to have personal savings for the next 4 years. I understand the
accounts that they can call their own. strength of this country is the hearts and
souls of the American people, and I know—
We want more people owning their busi-
and I know that by rallying the great strength
ness. I love the fact when somebody says to
of America, we can change our society one
me, you know, ‘‘I just started my own busi-
heart, one soul, one conscience at a time.
ness.’’ We want more people owning their For all Americans, these years in our his-
own home. Homeownership rate is at an all- tory will stand apart. There are quiet times
time high in America. What a fantastic in the life of a nation when little is expected
thought to know that more and more Ameri- of its leaders. This isn’t one of those times.
cans are opening up their front doors saying, It’s a time that requires firm resolve, strong
‘‘Welcome to my home.’’ You see, this ad- belief in the values that have made our coun-
ministration understands that when you own try great.
something, you have a vital stake in the fu- None of us will ever forget that week when
ture of our country. one era ended and another began. As John
In this time of change, there’s some things mentioned, on September the 14th, 2001, I
won’t change: our belief in liberty and oppor- stood in the ruins of the Twin Towers. It’s
tunity and in the nonnegotiable demands of a day I’ll never forget. There were workers
human dignity; the individual values we try in hardhats yelling at me, ‘‘Whatever it
to live by, courage and compassion, rev- takes.’’ I remember—I remember working
erence and integrity; the institutions that give the ropeline, thanking people, and a fellow
us direction and purpose, our families, our grabbed me. He had bloodshot eyes. He had
schools, our religious congregations. These been searching the rubble for somebody that
values and institutions are fundamental to he had worked with, and he said, ‘‘Do not
our lives, and they deserve the respect of let me down.’’
Government. He took that day personally. All the work-
We stand for institutions like marriage and ers took it personally. I know you took it per-
family, which are the foundation of society. sonally, and so do I. I have a duty that goes
We stand for a culture of life in which every on. I wake up every morning thinking about
person matters and every person counts. We how to best protect our country. I will never
stand for judges who faithfully interpret the relent in defending America, whatever it
law instead of legislating from the bench. We takes.
stand for a culture of responsibility in Amer- We’ve come through much together.
ica. This culture of ours is changing from one We’ve done a lot of hard work. There’s more
that has said, ‘‘If it feels good, just go ahead work to be done over the next 4 years. We
and do it,’’ and ‘‘If you got a problem, blame will spread ownership and opportunity to
somebody else,’’ to a culture in which each every corner of America. During the next 4
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years, we’ll pass the enduring values of our was back here recently. She went on the
country on to another generation. During the Leno show the next night. [Laughter] She
next 4 years, we will continue to lead the said something along the lines, what happens
world to spread freedom and peace. in Vegas stays in Vegas. [Laughter] I was in-
Four years ago, I traveled this great coun- terested in hearing her say that. [Laughter]
try asking for the vote. I made a pledge to She’s doing great, by the way. I was a lucky
my fellow Americans that if you honored me fellow when she said yes. And she’s a won-
with this great responsibility, I would uphold derful First Lady and great mom. I’m going
the dignity and the honor of the office to to meet up with her here in a little bit to
which I have been elected, so help me God. continue our journey throughout the West.
And with your help, I will do so for the next Really what I’m doing is traveling around,
4 years. letting the people know that I’m interested
Thanks for coming. Thank you all. in earning your vote. I really believe that a
person running for office—I’m also inter-
NOTE: The President spoke at 6:22 p.m. at Ari- ested in letting people know I’ve got more
zona Veterans Memorial Coliseum. In his re- to do to make this country a better place,
marks, he referred to Arizona Secretary of State a stronger place, and a safer place. And I
Janice K. Brewer; Arizona State Treasurer David appreciate the chance to come and talk about
A. Petersen; professional baseball player Luis my vision for the future of this country here.
Gonzalez and his wife, Christine; professional
golfer Tom Lehman; Col. Muammar Abu Minyar
I want to thank Doug, and I also want to
al-Qadhafi, leader of Libya; former President Sad- thank his brother Mike. I’m not sure which
dam Hussein of Iraq; and the National Commis- one of them is prettier. [Laughter] But
sion on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States they’re both smart, and they’re both good
(9/11 Commission). Americans.
I want to thank Dale Shoemaker for his
leadership here. I want to thank Doug Banes
Remarks to the United Brotherhood and Andy Silins, Bill Irwin. These are all folks
of Carpenters and Joiners of America who make this facility work well—appreciate
in Las Vegas, Nevada your hospitality. It’s great to meet the work-
August 12, 2004 ers from all around our country.
I went to the facility next door where Doug
The President. Thank you all. Thank you and his folks are training people how to work
all very much. Thank you all very much for on these big GE engines, and there’s people
coming. Thanks for the warm welcome. It’s from Fort Smith, Arkansas, and southern In-
good to be back here in Nevada. diana, and a fellow from McAllen, Texas.
Audience member. We love you! People from all around the country are here
The President. Thank you. I want to to gain the skills necessary to be able to work
thank Doug and the good folks here in this and put food on the table. And again, that’s
training facility for welcoming us. I appre- why I’m here. This is a program that works.
ciate your smart work and your hard work I want to thank my friend the Governor,
and your dedication to helping our fellow Kenny Guinn, for coming out to say hello.
citizens gain the skills necessary to be able I appreciate him being here. Congressman
to find work. Jon Porter—he’s a good fellow, a really good
And I just want to talk a little bit about fellow, and I appreciate him coming out.
the importance of education, but the reason Congressman Jim Gibbons—he’s from
I’m so grateful that the Carpenters have been northern Nevada.
so hospitable here is that this is an example I know we got members of the Nevada
of what works. That’s what we’re interested National Guard, First Squadron, 221st Cal-
in in life; we’re interested in finding things vary. I appreciate you being here. Thanks for
that work and heralding them. And I want your service.
to thank Doug for your leadership. I told you one of the things I’m working
I’m not the only Bush who’s recently been on is to make the country a better country.
in Las Vegas. You might remember my wife See, I know the strength of the country is
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