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                           Monday, October 25, 2004
                           Volume 40—Number 43
                           Pages 2415–2531




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                           Contents

                           Addresses and Remarks                                             Communications to Congress
                              Florida                                                           Colombia, letter on continuation of the
                                Remarks in Daytona Beach—2438                                     national emergency with respect to
                                Remarks in New Port Richey—2463                                   significant narcotics traffickers—2476
                                Remarks in St. Petersburg—2455
                                Remarks in Sunrise—2425                                      Communications to Federal Agencies
                                Remarks in The Villages—2468                                    Delegation of Certain Functions Related to
                                Remarks in West Palm Beach—2432                                   the Sudan Peace Act, memorandum—2521
                              Iowa, remarks in Mason City—2476                                  Designation and Authorization To Perform
                              Minnesota, discussion in Rochester—2483
                                                                                                  Functions Under Section 319F–2 of the
                              New Jersey, remarks in Marlton—2446, 2452
                                                                                                  Public Health Service Act, memorandum—
                              Pennsylvania
                                                                                                  2522
                                Remarks in Downingtown—2508
                                Remarks in Hershey—2515                                         Presidential Determination on Use of
                                Remarks in Wilkes-Barre—2522                                      Cooperative Threat Reduction Funds in
                              Radio address—2424                                                  Albania Under Section 1308 of the National
                              U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams—2445                              Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year
                              Wisconsin                                                           2004, memorandum—2507
                                Discussion in Eau Claire—2493                                   Presidential Determination Relating to
                                Remarks in Oshkosh—2415                                           Obligation of Cooperative Threat Reduction
                                                                                                  Funds in Albania Under Section 1308 of
                           Bill Signings                                                          the National Defense Authorization Act for
                              Belarus Democracy Act of 2004, statement—                           Fiscal Year 2004, memorandum—2508
                                2502                                                            Provision of U.S. Drug Interdiction Assistance
                              Department of Homeland Security                                     to the Government of Brazil,
                                Appropriations Act, 2005, statement—2453                          memorandum—2444
                              District of Columbia Appropriations Act,                          Waiver and Certification of Statutory
                                2005, statement—2454                                              Provisions Regarding the Palestine
                              North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004,                              Liberation Organization, memorandum—
                                statement—2453                                                    2415

                                                              (Continued on the inside of the back cover.)

                           Editor’s Note: The President was in St. Petersburg, FL, on October 22, the closing date of
                           this issue. Releases and announcements issued by the Office of the Press Secretary but not received
                           in time for inclusion in this issue will be printed next week.

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                           Contents—Continued

                           Executive Orders                                                Proclamations—Continued
                              Amendment to Executive Order 13173,                             National Forest Products Week—2504
                                Interagency Task Force on the Economic                        National Mammography Day—2422
                                Development of the Central San Joaquin                        White Cane Safety Day—2423
                                Valley—2505
                              Providing Opportunities for Service-Disabled                 Statements by the President
                                Veteran Businesses To Increase Their
                                Federal Contracting and Subcontracting—                       See also Bill Signings
                                2505                                                          Leyte Island, anniversary of the Allied
                                                                                                landing—2475
                           Notices
                              Continuation of the National Emergency With                  Supplementary Materials
                                Respect to Significant Narcotics Traffickers                  Acts approved by the President—2530
                                Centered in Colombia—2475
                                                                                              Checklist of White House press releases—
                           Proclamations                                                        2529
                              National Character Counts Week—2455                             Digest of other White House
                              National Disability Employment Awareness                          announcements—2528
                                Month—2503                                                    Nominations submitted to the Senate—2529




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                           Week Ending Friday, October 22, 2004
                           Memorandum on Waiver and                                        Remarks in Oshkosh, Wisconsin
                           Certification of Statutory Provisions                           October 15, 2004
                           Regarding the Palestine Liberation
                           Organization                                                       The President. Thank you all. Okay. It’s
                                                                                           great to be back in Oshkosh. My only regret
                           October 14, 2004
                                                                                           is I don’t have time to drive by Leon’s. Laura
                           Presidential Determination No. 2005–02                          and I are thrilled to be here. We’re glad to
                                                                                           be back in Wisconsin. The enthusiasm in this
                                                                                           State is high. With your help, with your hard
                           Memorandum for the Secretary of State                           work, there is no doubt in my mind we will
                           Subject: Waiver and Certification of                            carry Wisconsin on November the 2d.
                           Statutory Provisions Regarding the Palestine                       I want to—I am traveling with very good
                           Liberation Organization                                         company today. So when I asked Laura to
                                                                                           marry me, when I asked her to marry me,
                              Pursuant to the authority and conditions                     she said, ‘‘Okay, I will, just so long as I never
                           contained in section 534(d) of the Foreign                      have to give a speech.’’ [Laughter] I said,
                           Operations, Export Financing, and Related                       ‘‘Okay, you got a deal.’’ Fortunately, she
                           Programs Appropriations Act, 2004, Public                       didn’t hold me to the deal. She’s giving a
                           Law 108–199, as provided for in the Joint                       lot of speeches. The American people have
                           Resolution Making Continuing Appropria-                         come to know Laura as a compassionate,
                           tions for the Fiscal Year 2005, and for other                   warm, great First Lady.
                           Purposes (Public Law 108–309), I hereby de-                        Audience members. Laura! Laura! Laura!
                           termine and certify that it is important to the                    The President. I know my opponent * has
                           national security interests of the United                       been in the neighborhood recently.
                           States to waive the provisions of section 1003                     Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1987, Public                          The President. He thought he was going
                           Law 100–204.                                                    over to Lambert Field. [Laughter] One of
                              This waiver shall be effective for a period                  these days I’m going to make it to Lambeau
                           of 6 months from the date hereof. You are                       Field and thank the Packers for being—set-
                           hereby authorized and directed to transmit                      ting such good examples for our kids.
                           this determination to the Congress and to                          I’m proud of Dick Cheney. Now, look, I
                           publish it in the Federal Register.                             admit it, he doesn’t have the waviest hair in
                                                                                           the race. [Laughter] I didn’t pick him be-
                                                            George W. Bush                 cause of his hair. I picked him because of
                                                                                           his judgment, his experience, his ability to
                                                                                           get the job done for the American people.
                           [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register,                    I want to thank your Congressman, Tom
                           8:45 a.m., October 26, 2004]                                    Petri. He’s a fine man. I appreciate you com-
                                                                                           ing, Congressman. I see the chairman over
                                                                                           there, Jim Sensenbrenner. Thanks for com-
                           NOTE: This memorandum was released by the Of-                   ing, Chairman. Finely, we’re proud to be
                           fice of the Press Secretary on October 15, and                  here with Mark Green, Congressman Mark
                           it will be published in the Federal Register on                 Green. I appreciate you guys coming.
                           October 27. This item was not received in time
                           for publication in the appropriate issue.                          * White House correction.

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                              You need to vote for Tim Michels for the                     of today’s world and the need for funda-
                           United States Senate. He wisely married Bar-                    mental reforms.
                           bara. [Laughter] I know somebody else who                          You know, in the final debate, I talked
                           made the right choice. [Laughter]                               about the link between jobs and education.
                              I really appreciate the Experimental Air-                    I believe when you’re talking about jobs, you
                           craft Association for allowing us to use this                   need to be talking about educating the peo-
                           hangar. You’re famous in Oshkosh, by gosh.                      ple so they can fill the jobs of the 21st cen-
                           [Laughter] One reason why is your airplanes.                    tury. He said during that debate, I switched
                           Another reason why is because of the good                       away from jobs and started talking about edu-
                           people who live here. I’m honored you all                       cation. Well, yes, good jobs start with good
                           came out to say hello. Thanks for being here.                   education in America.
                              I want to thank Jack Voight, the State                          When it comes to health care, once again,
                           treasurer. I appreciate the speaker being                       the other night, he said with a straight face
                           here. I want to thank all the local officials.                  that his health care plan was not a Govern-
                              I want to thank my friend Rick Graber.                       ment plan. I could barely contain myself.
                           I want to thank the grassroots politics—poli-                   Twenty-two million new people would enroll
                           ticians, the people who are putting up the                      on a Government program under his plan.
                           signs and making the phone calls, the volun-                    That would be the largest increase in Gov-
                           teers. I know many of you are working hard,                     ernment health care ever.
                           and I thank you for that. It’s takes a lot of                      Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           hard work to get this many people out. But                         Audience member. Who pays for it?
                           there’s more hard work to be done. Laura
                                                                                              The President. Yes. Eighty percent of the
                           and I will be campaigning alongside of you.
                                                                                           newly insured for his plan would be placed
                           Work hard. We will win in November.
                                                                                           on a Government program like Medicaid.
                              Audience members. Four more years!
                                                                                           That’s not the way to handle health care in
                           Four more years! Four more years!
                              The President. We’re working—we’re                           America.
                           coming from the West. We were in Oregon                            Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           this morning. Then we stopped off in Iowa,                         The President. He said, well, his plan
                           and fortunately, get to come to Wisconsin                       would help small businesses. Yet when you
                           today. And one of the reasons we’re coming                      look at his plan, just like some of these ana-
                           west to east is, you might remember, we had                     lysts have done, they concluded that Senator
                           a debate or two recently. I enjoyed those de-                   Kerry’s plan would be an overpriced alba-
                           bates. Those debates give us a chance to ex-                    tross which would saddle small businesses
                           press our opinions, and they show the stark                     with 225 new mandates.
                           differences between my opponent and me.                            Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           See, we have different records, and we have                        The President. I have a different view.
                           different plans for the future.                                 Health care must be available and affordable
                              My record is one of reforming education,                     and portable to help small businesses, and
                           lowering taxes, providing prescription drugs                    we don’t need to saddle them with a bunch
                           for our seniors, improving homeland protec-                     of Government rules.
                           tions, and waging aggressive war against the                       Finally, talking about change, we need to
                           ideologues of hate. The Senator’s record is                     do something about Social Security. And yet
                           20 years of out-of-the-mainstream politics,                     in the debate, my opponent said if later on,
                           out-of-the-mainstream votes without many                        after a period of time, we find that Social
                           significant reforms or results to show for it.                  Security is in trouble, well, then he’ll call a
                           The records are important because our coun-                     meeting of experts. [Laughter] Social Secu-
                           try faces many challenges, and the next Presi-                  rity is fine for our seniors. You might remem-
                           dent must recognize the need to reform and                      ber the 2000 campaign here in Wisconsin,
                           to be able to achieve reform. On issue after                    when they said, ‘‘If George W. gets elected,
                           issue, from jobs to health care to the need                     the seniors won’t get their checks.’’ Do you
                           to strengthen Social Security, my opponent                      remember that?
                           has failed to recognize the changing realities                     Audience members. Yes!




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                              The President. Well, the seniors got their                      We’ll also make sure America is the best
                           checks, and the seniors will continue to get                    place in the world to do business. If you want
                           their checks.                                                   jobs here in America, it’s got to be the best
                              But we have trouble for our children and                     place in the world to do business. That means
                           our grandchildren when it comes to Social                       less regulations on our job creators. We’ve
                           Security. I think we need to think differently                  got to do something about the junk lawsuits
                           from the status quo. Youngsters ought to be                     that are threatening the job creators in Amer-
                           able to take some of their own payroll taxes                    ica.
                           and set up a personal savings account, an ac-                      To keep jobs here, we need an energy
                           count they call their own. It is the President’s                plan. The Congress needs to pass the plan
                           job to confront problems, not to pass them                      I sent up there a couple of years ago. It is
                           on to future generations and future Presi-                      a plan that encourages conservation. It’s a
                           dents.                                                          plan that encourages the use of renewables
                              The last few years, the American people                      like ethanol and biodiesel. It encourages
                           have got to know me. They know my blunt                         clean coal technology. It encourages in-
                           way of speaking. I get that from my mother.                     creased domestic production in environ-
                           [Laughter] They know I sometimes mangle                         mentally friendly ways. To keep jobs here in
                           the English language. [Laughter] I get that                     America, we must be less dependent on for-
                           from my father. [Laughter] Americans also                       eign sources of energy.
                           know I tell you exactly what I’m going to                          To keep jobs here, we’ve got to reject eco-
                           do, and I keep my word.                                         nomic isolationism and open up markets.
                              When I came into office, the stock market                    We’ve opened up our markets for products
                           had been in serious decline for 6 months,                       from overseas, and it’s good for you as a con-
                           and the economy was headed into a reces-                        sumer. If you’ve got more to choose from
                           sion. To help families and to get this econ-                    in the marketplace, you’re likely to get that
                           omy going again, I pledged to reduce taxes.                     which you want at a better price and higher
                           I kept my word. The recession was one of                        quality. That’s how the market works. That’s
                           the shallowest in American history.                             why I’m saying to places like China, ‘‘You
                              Over the last 3 years, our economy has                       treat us the way we treat you. You open up
                           grown at the fastest rate of any major indus-                   your markets.’’ See, we can compete with
                           trialized nation. The homeownership rate in                     anybody, anytime, anywhere, so long as the
                           America is at an alltime high. Incomes are                      rules are fair.
                           up. Farm incomes are up. The past 13                               To create jobs here and to keep this econ-
                           months, we’ve added 1.9 million new jobs.                       omy growing, we’ve got to be wise about how
                           The unemployment rate across America is                         we spend your money and we’ve got to keep
                           5.4 percent. That’s lower than the average                      your taxes low.
                           of the 1970s, the 1980s, and the 1990s. The                        Now, my opponent has his own history on
                           unemployment rate in the great State of Wis-                    the economy.
                           consin is 4.8 percent.                                             Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                              This economy is moving forward, and we                          The President. In 20 years as a Senator
                           have more work to do. To keep this economy                      from Massachusetts, he has built the record
                           strong, I’ll continue to stand behind our                       of a Senator from Massachusetts. [Laughter]
                           farmers, like our dairy farmers. I signed a                     He has voted to raise taxes 98 times.
                           good farm bill. It’s a farm bill that promoted                     Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           conservation on our farms and ranches. It’s                        The President. That’s in 20 years. That’s
                           a farm bill that recognizes that by opening                     nearly five times a year. I’d call that a pattern.
                           up markets, our farmers can make a good                         [Laughter] See, he can run from his record,
                           living. We want to be selling Wisconsin prod-                   but he cannot hide. Now he’s promising not
                           ucts all around the world. I’ll continue to pro-                to raise taxes for anyone who earns less than
                           mote good agricultural policy. I’ll work with                   $200,000 a year. The problem is, to keep that
                           Congress to renew the milk-income-loss con-                     promise he’d have to break all of his other
                           tract, the milk program, which is vital to Wis-                 ones. [Laughter] You see, he’s proposed $2.2
                           consin’s dairy farmers.                                         trillion in new Federal spending. That’s with




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                           a ‘‘T.’’ And yet he says he’s going to raise                       When I came into office, we had a prob-
                           it by taxing the rich. That only raises between                 lem with Medicare. Medicine was changing.
                           600 billion and 800 billion dollars. And so                     Medicare wasn’t. Take, for example this:
                           you can see there’s a tax gap. [Laughter]                       Medicare would pay hundreds—nearly
                           Guess who usually fills the tax gap?                            $100,000 for a heart surgery but would not
                              Audience members. We do!                                     pay one dime for the prescription drugs that
                              The President. Yes. Let me say one other                     could prevent the heart surgery from being
                           thing about this business about taxing the                      needed in the first place. Think about that.
                           rich. The rich hire lawyers and accountants                     It’s not right for our seniors. It’s certainly
                           for a reason: to stick you with the tab. We’re                  not right for our taxpayers. I pledged to bring
                           not going to let him tax you; we’re going to                    Republicans and Democrats together to
                           carry Wisconsin and win a great victory.                        strengthen and modernize Medicare for our
                              Audience members. Four more years!                           seniors, and I kept my word. Seniors are al-
                           Four more years! Four more years!
                                                                                           ready getting discounts on their medicines.
                              The President. When I came into office,
                                                                                           Rural doctors and rural hospitals are being
                           our public schools had been waiting for dec-
                           ades for hopeful reform. Too many of our                        treated more fairly. And beginning in 2006,
                           children were being shuffled through, grade                     all seniors will be able to get prescription
                           after grade, year after year, without learning                  drug coverage in Medicare.
                           the basics. I pledged to restore accountability                    We’re moving forward on health care, and
                           in our schools and end the soft bigotry of                      there’s more to do. We need to make sure
                           low expectations, and I kept my word. The                       health care is affordable and available for all
                           No Child Left Behind Act is working. Our                        our people. We need a safety net for those
                           children are making sustained gains in read-                    with the greatest needs. I’m a big believer
                           ing and math. We’re closing achievement                         in community health centers, where the poor
                           gaps all around this country. We’re making                      and the indigent can get good primary and
                           progress for our families. We will leave no                     preventative care. We’d much rather them
                           child behind.                                                   getting care in a community health center
                              There is more work to do. We’ll fund early                   than an emergency room of a local hospital.
                           intervention programs in our high schools to                    We’ll do more to make sure poor children
                           help at-risk students. We’ll place a new focus
                                                                                           are fully subscribed in our programs for low-
                           on math and science. Over time, we’ll require
                                                                                           income families.
                           a rigorous exam before graduation. By raising
                           performance in our high schools and by ex-                         Most of the uninsured here in America
                           panding Pell grants for low- and middle-in-                     work for small businesses. Small businesses
                           come families, we will help more Americans                      are having trouble affording health care. In
                           start their careers with a college diploma.                     order to help our small businesses and help
                              My opponent has a history on education                       their workers and their families, small busi-
                           issues, a history of doing almost nothing. The                  nesses ought to be able to pool together to
                           Senator’s pledged to weaken the No Child                        be able to—so they can buy insurance at the
                           Left Behind Act.                                                same discounts big businesses are able to do.
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   We’ll expand health savings accounts so
                              The President. He’s proposed diluting the                    workers and small businesses are able to pay
                           accountability standards and looking at meas-                   lower premiums and people can save tax-free
                           ures like teacher attendance to judge wheth-                    in a health care account they call their own.
                           er students are learning.
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                     In order to make sure health care is avail-
                              The President. We must have high stand-                      able and affordable, we will do something
                           ards. We must have strong accountability                        about the junk lawsuits that are running up
                           measures. We must not undermine what we                         the cost to your health care. To make sure
                           have passed. We have worked to move be-                         health care works, we’ve got to do something
                           yond the old days of mediocrity and excuses,                    about the lawsuits that cause the Federal
                           and we’re not going to go back.                                 Government’s tab to go up. You see, doctors




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                           practice what’s called defensive medicine be-                      I have a different record and a different
                           cause of all the lawsuits. It costs our Govern-                 view and a different philosophy. I don’t be-
                           ment about $28 billion a year. It costs our                     lieve in big Government, and I don’t believe
                           economy 60 to 100 billion dollars a year.                       in indifferent Government. I’m what you
                               I don’t think you can be pro-doctor, pro-                   would call a compassionate conservative. I
                           patient, and pro-plaintiff-attorney at the                      believe in policies that empower people to
                           same time. You have to choose. My opponent                      improve their lives. I don’t believe in policies
                           made his choice, and he put a personal injury                   that try to run people’s lives. I trust the peo-
                           lawyer on the ticket.                                           ple. My opponent trusts the Government.
                               Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                     Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                               The President. I made my choice. I’m                           The President. We’ve done everything we
                           standing with the doctors and the patients.                     can to help people, stand beside people, to
                           I am for medical liability reform–now. In all                   help them have a future of dignity and inde-
                           we do to reform health care, this administra-                   pendence. And that’s how I’ll continue to
                           tion will make sure the decisions are made                      lead our Nation for 4 more years.
                           by doctors and patients, not by officials in                       Audience members. Four more years!
                           Washington, DC.                                                 Four more years! Four more years!
                                                                                              The President. In this time of change,
                               You know, there’s an old saying here: No
                                                                                           there are some things that do not change,
                           one ever washes a rental car. [Laughter] A
                                                                                           the values we try to live by, reverence and
                           lot of wisdom in that statement. [Laughter]
                                                                                           integrity, courage and compassion. In a time
                           When you own something, you care about
                                                                                           of change, we all must support the institu-
                           it. When you own something, you have a vital
                                                                                           tions that give our lives direction and pur-
                           stake in the future of your country. That’s                     pose, our families, our schools, and our reli-
                           why I will continue to promote an ownership                     gious congregations. We stand for a culture
                           society in America. We want our younger                         of life in which every person matters and
                           workers to be able to own a piece of the So-                    every being counts. We stand for marriage
                           cial Security system so it will be available for                and family, which are the foundations of our
                           them when they retire. We want more people                      society. We stand for the appointment of
                           owning their own business. Every time some-                     Federal judges who know the difference be-
                           body starts a small business in America, they                   tween personal opinion and the strict inter-
                           are achieving a piece of the American                           pretation of the law.
                           Dream. We will continue to expand owner-                           My opponent’s words on these issues are
                           ship to every corner of our country. I’ve told                  a little muddy, but his record is plenty clear.
                           you homeownership rates are at an alltime                       He says he supports the institution of mar-
                           high. We want more people opening up the                        riage, but he voted against the Defense of
                           door where they live, saying, ‘‘Welcome to                      Marriage Act. He voted against the ban on
                           my home. Welcome to my piece of prop-                           partial-birth abortions.
                           erty.’’                                                            Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                               On issue after issue, from Medicare with-                      The President. One time on his cam-
                           out choices to schools with less accountability                 paign, he called himself the candidate of con-
                           to higher taxes, my opponent takes the side                     servative values, but he described the Reagan
                           of more centralized Government. There’s a                       years as a period of moral darkness.
                           word for that attitude. It’s called liberalism.                    Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                               Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                     The President. There is a mainstream in
                               The President. Now, he dismisses that as                    American politics, and my opponent sits on
                           a label. He must have seen it differently                       the far left bank. He can run, but he cannot
                           when he told a newspaper, ‘‘I’m a liberal,                      hide.
                           and I’m proud of it.’’ [Laughter] The non-                         This election will also determine how
                           partisan National Journal did a study that                      America responds to the continuing danger
                           named him the most liberal Member of the                        of terrorism. The most solemn duty of the
                           United States Senate. And that’s going a long                   American President is to protect the Amer-
                           way with that bunch. [Laughter]                                 ican people. If America shows uncertainty or




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                           weakness in this decade, the world will drift                   in Afghanistan was a 19-year-old woman.
                           toward tragedy. This will not happen on my                      Think about that. Freedom is on the march,
                           watch.                                                          and the world is better for it.
                              Since that terrible morning of September                        In Iraq, elections are scheduled for Janu-
                           the 11th, 2001, we have fought the terrorists                   ary. Think about how far that society has
                           across the Earth, not for pride, not for power,                 come from the days of torture chambers and
                           but because the lives of our citizens are at                    mass graves. See, it’s in our interests. It’s in
                           stake. Our strategy is clear. We’ll protect the                 our security interests that we stand with the
                           homeland. We’ll strengthen our intelligence.                    people of Afghanistan and Iraq. Free soci-
                           We’ll transform our All-Volunteer Army and                      eties in the Middle East will be hopeful soci-
                           keep it an all-volunteer army. We’re staying                    eties which no longer feed resentments and
                           on the offensive. We will strike the terrorists                 breed violence for export. Free governments
                           abroad so we do not have to face them here                      in the Middle East will fight the terrorists
                           at home. We will continue to spread freedom                     instead of harboring them. And that will help
                           and liberty. And we will prevail.                               us keep the peace.
                              Our strategy is succeeding. Think about                         So the mission is clear. We will help these
                           the world as it was some 31⁄2 years ago. Af-                    countries train armies and police and security
                           ghanistan was the home base of Al Qaida.                        forces, so the people of Afghanistan and Iraq
                           Pakistan was a transit point for terrorists.                    can do the hard work of defending their free-
                           Saudi Arabia was fertile ground for terrorist
                                                                                           dom and democracy. We will help them get
                           fundraising. Libya was secretly pursuing nu-
                                                                                           on the path to stability and self-government
                           clear weapons. Iraq was a dangerous place
                                                                                           as quickly as possible, and then our troops
                           and a gathering threat. And Al Qaida was
                                                                                           will come home with the honor they have
                           largely unchallenged as it planned attacks.
                                                                                           earned.
                              Because we acted, because the United
                           States of America led, Afghanistan is free and                     I am proud to be the Commander in Chief
                           is now an ally in the war on terror; Pakistan                   of a great military. And it is a great military
                           is capturing terrorist leaders; Saudi Arabia is                 because of the character and the decency of
                           making raids and arrests; Libya is dismantling                  those who wear our Nation’s uniform. I want
                           its weapons programs; and an army of a free                     to thank the veterans who are here tonight
                           Iraq is fighting for freedom; and more than                     for having set such a good example for those
                           three-quarters of Al Qaida’s key members                        who wear the uniform. I want to thank the
                           and associates have been brought to justice.                    military families who are here for having
                              We are conducting a broad strategy to                        made such great sacrifices for our freedom.
                           keep America safe. By defending ourselves,                         We will continue to make sure that our
                           50 million people in Afghanistan and Iraq are                   military has all the resources they need to
                           now free. Think about that. I want our                          complete their missions. That is why I went
                           youngsters here to recognize they’re watch-                     to the United States Congress and asked for
                           ing incredible history unfold.                                  $87 billion of supplemental funding to sup-
                              Take a look at Afghanistan. It wasn’t all                    port our troops in combat in both Iraq and
                           that long ago that many young girls were not                    Afghanistan. It was a really important re-
                           allowed to go to school. That country was                       quest, and it received great bipartisan sup-
                           run by barbarians. They were backwards.                         port. As a matter of fact, only 12 United
                           They had an ideology based upon hatred.                         States Senators voted against the funding re-
                           Their mothers would be pulled into the pub-                     quest, 2 of whom are my opponent and his
                           lic square and whipped, some of them killed                     runningmate.
                           in a sports stadium because they wouldn’t                          Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           toe the line of their ideology. It was a dim                       The President. And when you’re out
                           and dark society. But because we acted in                       there gathering up the vote, remind people
                           our self-interest, we freed the people of Af-                   of this fact: Only 4 Members of the United
                           ghanistan. And they had Presidential elec-                      States Senate—only 4 out of 100—voted to
                           tions. Thousands of people came out to vote.                    authorize the use of force and then voted
                           The first voter in the Presidential elections                   against funding the troops sent into harm’s




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                           way, 2 of whom are my opponent and his                          visit with Tony Blair, our strong ally. Alli-
                           runningmate.                                                    ances are important. Coalitions are impor-
                               Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                  tant. But I will never turn over America’s
                               The President. So they asked him, how                       national security decisions to leaders of other
                           could he have made that vote? And perhaps                       countries.
                           the most famous quote of the 2004 cam-                             Audience members. Four more years!
                           paign—[laughter]—he said, ‘‘I actually did                      Four more years! Four more years!
                           vote for the $87 billion, before I voted against                   The President. I believe in the trans-
                           it.’’                                                           formational power of liberty. I’ll tell you what
                               Audience members. ——before I voted                          I mean by that. I’ll use an example. Prime
                           against it! [Laughter]                                          Minister Koizumi of Japan is my friend. He’s
                               The President. Now, he’s given a lot of                     Laura’s friend as well. That probably doesn’t
                           answers since then. One of the most inter-                      seem unusual to some, but think about this.
                           esting ones is when he said, ‘‘Well, the whole                  It wasn’t all that long ago in the march of
                           thing was just a complicated matter.’’                          history that we were at war with Japan. They
                           [Laughter] There’s nothing complicated                          were the sworn enemy of the United States
                           about supporting our troops in combat.                          of America. They attacked us. My dad fought
                               We have a difference of opinion when it                     against the Japanese. I’m confident people’s
                           comes to making this country secure. And                        relatives out here went to World War II
                           in one of our debates, Senator Kerry pro-                       against the Japanese.
                           posed that this Nation should pass a ‘‘global                      And after we won that war, President
                           test’’ before we send our troops.                               Harry S. Truman believed in the trans-
                               Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                  formational power of liberty to convert an
                               The President. You know, the problem                        enemy into an ally. And so they worked to
                           with his ‘‘global test’’ is that he could never                 build a democracy in Japan. And there were
                           pass it. [Laughter] In 1990, the United Na-                     a lot of skeptics in America then. You can
                           tions Security Council passed a resolution                      imagine why. Japan was the enemy. How
                           supporting action to remove Saddam Hus-                         could an enemy possibly become a democ-
                           sein from Kuwait. The international commu-                      racy? Why do we want to work with some-
                           nity was united. Countries throughout the                       body who killed our sons—great skepticism.
                           world joined our coalition. Yet even after                         But fortunately, he believed in the power
                           United Nations approval, in the United                          of liberty to transform. And as a result of
                           States Senate, Senator Kerry voted against                      that belief, I sit down at the table today with
                           the authorization of the use of force.                          Prime Minister Koizumi of Japan, talking
                               Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                  about the peace we all want, talking about
                               The President. Think about that, and                        how we can work together to confront the
                           think about what he said in one of the de-                      problems of the world so our children can
                           bates when he said it was a ‘‘mistake’’ to re-                  live in a more peaceful world.
                           move Saddam Hussein. He said he would                              We will succeed in Iraq, and someday, an
                           have tried it differently. He would have had                    American President will sit down with a duly
                           another United Nations Security Council res-                    elected leader of Iraq, and they’ll be talking
                           olution. That’s exactly what Saddam Hussein                     about the peace in the Middle East, and our
                           would have wanted. The truth of the matter                      children and our grandchildren will be better
                           is, Saddam would still be in power in Bagh-                     off for it.
                           dad if Senator Kerry had his way, and he                           I believe that millions plead in silence for
                           would have been in Kuwait.                                      their freedom in the Middle East. I believe
                               Audience members. Yes!                                      women want to live in a free society. I believe
                               The President. And the world would be                       the moms in the Middle East want their chil-
                           worse off. The world is better off with Sad-                    dren to grow up in a free world. I believe
                           dam sitting in a prison cell.                                   that if given a chance, the people of the Mid-
                               Listen, I’ll continue to build strong alli-                 dle East will embrace the most honorable
                           ances during the next 4 years. Today, when                      form of government ever devised by man:
                           I was flying in from out west, I had a good                     democracy. I believe all these things because




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                           freedom is not America’s gift to the world;                     Proclamation 7832—National
                           freedom is the Almighty God’s gift to each                      Mammography Day, 2004
                           man and woman in this world.                                    October 15, 2004
                               For all Americans, these years in our his-
                           tory will always stand apart. There are quiet                   By the President of the United States
                           times in the life of a nation when little is                    of America
                           expected of its leaders. This is not one of
                                                                                           A Proclamation
                           those times. This is a time that requires firm
                           resolve, clear vision, and a deep faith that                       Approximately one in seven women in the
                           makes us a great nation.                                        United States will develop breast cancer over
                               None of us will ever forget that week when                  her lifetime. Mammograms are critical for
                                                                                           early detection of breast cancer and remain
                           one era ended and another began. Sep-
                                                                                           the most effective screening tool available
                           tember the 14th, 2001, I stood in the ruins
                                                                                           today. Many women who develop breast can-
                           of the Twin Towers. It’s a day I will never                     cer have no history of the disease in their
                           forget. There were workers in hardhats there                    families, and except for growing older, most
                           yelling at me at the top of their lungs, ‘‘What-                have no strong risk factors. Regular mammo-
                           ever it takes.’’ I remember trying to console                   gram screening, along with a clinical breast
                           a fellow. He looked me in the eye, and he                       exam by a medical professional, can help
                           said, ‘‘Do not let me down.’’ Ever since that                   identify breast cancer in its earliest stages
                           day, I wake up every morning thinking about                     when it is most treatable. On National Mam-
                           how to better protect our country. I will                       mography Day, we underscore the impor-
                           never relent in defending America, whatever                     tance of this life-saving technology.
                           it takes.                                                          The National Cancer Institute and the
                               When I traveled your great State 4 years                    United States Preventive Services Task
                           ago, I made a pledge that if I had a chance                     Force recommend a mammogram every 1 to
                           to serve, I would uphold the honor and the                      2 years for women age 40 and over. Strict
                           dignity of the office to which I had been                       guidelines help to ensure that mammograms
                           elected. With your help, with your hard work,                   are administered with the lowest possible
                           I will do so for 4 more years.                                  doses of radiation by the best-trained medical
                               God bless. Thank you all for coming.                        staff. Scientists continue to study ways to im-
                           Thank you all.                                                  prove mammograms and other screening
                                                                                           technologies, and this research promises to
                                                                                           make screening even more accurate and fur-
                           NOTE: The President spoke at 4:58 p.m. at the                   ther reduce the number of breast cancer
                           Experimental Aircraft Association, Exhibit Hangar
                                                                                           deaths.
                           B. In his remarks, he referred to Tim Michels,
                                                                                              My Administration is committed to pre-
                           senatorial candidate in Wisconsin, and his wife,
                           Barbara; Wisconsin State Treasurer Jack C.
                                                                                           venting, detecting, treating, and ultimately
                           Voight; John Gard, speaker, Wisconsin State As-                 finding a cure for breast cancer. Through an
                           sembly; Richard W. Graber, chairman, Repub-                     early detection program at the Centers for
                           lican Party of Wisconsin; Prime Minister Tony                   Disease Control and Prevention, we have de-
                           Blair of the United Kingdom; and Prime Minister                 voted over $200 million for promoting mam-
                           Junichiro Koizumi of Japan. This item was not                   mography use and helping low-income
                           received in time for publication in the appropriate             women afford screening for breast and cer-
                           issue.                                                          vical cancer. In addition, the National Insti-
                                                                                           tutes of Health is conducting the largest trial
                                                                                           ever of new, early-detection technologies to
                                                                                           help doctors target breast cancer before
                                                                                           symptoms occur.
                                                                                              My Administration will continue working
                                                                                           to ensure that America’s women have access
                                                                                           to the best screening services available. I
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                           to talk to their doctors about breast cancer                    of our citizens who are blind or visually im-
                           screening and to encourage their friends and                    paired. Over the last four decades, our Na-
                           family to do the same. Together, we can help                    tion has removed many barriers for these in-
                           save lives and build a healthier future for all                 dividuals, making it easier for them to find
                           our citizens.                                                   jobs, access public buildings, and live inde-
                              Now, Therefore, I, George W. Bush,                           pendently in their communities.
                           President of the United States of America,                         Today, we are working to ensure that all
                           by virtue of the authority vested in me by                      Americans with disabilities have the oppor-
                           the Constitution and laws of the United                         tunity to live with dignity, work productively,
                           States, do hereby proclaim October 15, 2004,                    and realize their full potential. Through the
                           as National Mammography Day. I call on all                      New Freedom Initiative, my Administration
                           Americans to observe this day with appro-                       continues to build on the progress of the
                           priate programs and activities recognizing
                                                                                           Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
                           our health care professionals and researchers
                                                                                           (ADA) to further promote the full participa-
                           for their contributions in helping to detect
                                                                                           tion of people with disabilities in all areas
                           and treat breast cancer.
                              In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set                      of society. The Department of Justice’s ADA
                           my hand this fifteenth day of October, in the                   Business Connection is helping create a bet-
                           year of our Lord two thousand four, and of                      ter understanding of ADA requirements and
                           the Independence of the United States of                        promote dialogue between the business com-
                           America the two hundred and twenty-ninth.                       munity and the disability community. And
                                                                                           the Department of Justice’s Project Civic Ac-
                                                    George W. Bush                         cess is improving public facilities to ensure
                           [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register,                 that people with disabilities are integrated
                           8:45 a.m., October 19, 2004]                                    into community life. Through the Ticket to
                                                                                           Work program and the Work Incentives Im-
                           NOTE: This proclamation was published in the                    provement Act, we are making significant
                           Federal Register on October 20. This item was
                           not received in time for publication in the appro-              strides toward building an America where all
                           priate issue.                                                   individuals are recognized for their talents
                                                                                           and creativity. These efforts will help provide
                                                                                           Americans who are blind or visually impaired
                           Proclamation 7833—White Cane                                    the opportunity to pursue their dreams and
                           Safety Day, 2004                                                realize the promise of our great country.
                           October 15, 2004                                                   The Congress, by joint resolution (Public
                                                                                           Law 88–628) approved on October 6, 1964,
                           By the President of the United States                           as amended, has designated October 15 of
                           of America                                                      each year as ‘‘White Cane Safety Day.’’
                           A Proclamation                                                     Now, Therefore, I, George W. Bush,
                                                                                           President of the United States of America,
                               To help increase their mobility and assist
                                                                                           do hereby proclaim October 15, 2004, as
                           them in their daily lives, many people who
                                                                                           White Cane Safety Day. I call upon public
                           are blind or visually impaired use a white
                           cane. On White Cane Safety Day, we cele-                        officials, business leaders, educators, librar-
                           brate the symbolism of this important tool                      ians, and all the people of the United States
                           and the enduring spirit of independence and                     to join with me in ensuring that all the bene-
                           determination shown by Americans who use                        fits and privileges of life in our Nation are
                           it.                                                             available to individuals who are blind and vis-
                               In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson                        ually impaired, and to observe this day with
                           signed the first Presidential proclamation for                  appropriate ceremonies, activities, and pro-
                           White Cane Safety Day. He wrote that the                        grams.
                           observance would ‘‘make our people more                            In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set
                           fully aware of the meaning of the white cane’’                  my hand this fifteenth day of October, in the
                           and help increase the safety and self-reliance                  year of our Lord two thousand four, and of




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                           the Independence of the United States of                           When I came into office, Medicare wasn’t
                           America the two hundred and twenty-ninth.                       paying for the prescription drugs that can re-
                                                 George W. Bush                            duce health costs and save a lot of lives. I
                                                                                           pledged to strengthen and modernize Medi-
                           [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register,                 care for our seniors, and I kept my word.
                           8:45 a.m., October 19, 2004]                                    Now seniors are saving money with drug dis-
                           NOTE: This proclamation was released by the Of-
                                                                                           count cards. And in 2006, all seniors will be
                           fice of the Press Secretary on October 16, and                  able to get prescription drug coverage.
                           it was published in the Federal Register on Octo-                  On health care, my opponent has a history
                           ber 20.                                                         of opposing needed reforms. He voted
                                                                                           against the Medicare bill even though it was
                                                                                           supported by the AARP and other seniors
                           The President’s Radio Address                                   groups. He has voted 10 times against med-
                           October 16, 2004                                                ical liability reform, and now his health care
                                                                                           proposal calls for bigger, more intrusive Gov-
                              Good morning. Over the past 4 years, I                       ernment. Eight out of ten people who get
                           have brought a straightforward approach to                      health care under his plan would be placed
                           the Presidency. I tell you what I’m going to                    on a Government program. I have a better
                           do, and I keep my word. When I came into                        plan. I will protect doctors and patients from
                           office 4 years ago, the economy was sliding                     junk lawsuits, help employees in small busi-
                           into recession. Then terrorist attacks cost our                 nesses afford health coverage, make sure
                           Nation nearly a million jobs in 3 months. To                    every poor county has a community health
                           help families and to get this economy grow-
                                                                                           center. And I will make sure health decisions
                           ing again, I pledged to reduce taxes, and I
                                                                                           are always made by patients and doctors, not
                           kept my word. Now the results are clear.
                                                                                           by officials in Washington, DC.
                           Over the last 3 years, America’s economy has
                           grown at the fastest rate of any major indus-                      In this time of change, some things do not
                           trialized nation. The homeownership rate is                     change. Those are the values we try to live
                           at an alltime high, and we have added more                      by, courage and compassion, reverence and
                           than 1.9 million new jobs in the past 13                        integrity. I stand for a culture of life in which
                           months.                                                         every person matters and every being counts.
                              My opponent has a different approach.                        I stand for marriage and family, which are
                           Over the last 20 years, he has voted to raise                   the foundations of our society. I stand for
                           taxes 98 times. Now he is promising over $2.2                   the appointment of Federal judges who know
                           trillion in new spending, and paying for it                     the difference between personal opinion and
                           would require broad tax increases on small                      the strict interpretation of the law.
                           businesses and the middle class. I have a bet-                     My opponent says he supports the institu-
                           ter plan. I will continue to be wise with tax-                  tion of marriage, but he voted against the
                           payers’ money, and I will keep your taxes low.                  Defense of Marriage Act, which Congress
                              When I came into office, too many of our                     passed by an overwhelming majority and my
                           children were shuffled through school with-                     predecessor signed into law. My opponent
                           out learning the basics. I pledged to restore                   has voted against sensible bipartisan meas-
                           accountability and end the soft bigotry of low                  ures like parental notification laws. He voted
                           expectations, and I kept my word. Now our                       against the ban on partial-birth abortion.
                           children are making sustained progress in                          On issues that are vital to this Nation’s fu-
                           reading and math, and we are closing the                        ture, all Americans know where I stand. I’m
                           achievement gap for minority students.                          a compassionate conservative. I believe in
                              My opponent has pledged to weaken the                        policies that empower people to improve
                           No Child Left Behind Act. His proposals                         their lives, not try to run their lives. I believe
                           would undermine the accountability we                           in helping men and women find the skills
                           worked so hard to pass. I have a better plan.                   and tools to prosper in a changing world. I
                           We will keep demanding results for all our                      have worked to help all Americans build a
                           children, and we will leave no child behind.                    future of dignity and independence. And that




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                           is how I will continue to lead this Nation                      a deal.’’ Fortunately, she didn’t hold me to
                           for 4 more years.                                               that deal. When people see her speak, they
                              Thank you for listening.                                     see a compassionate, strong, warm First
                                                                                           Lady. I am really proud of her.
                           NOTE: The address was recorded at 10:45 a.m.                       And I am really proud of my runningmate,
                           on October 15 at the Jacksonville Inn in Jackson-               Dick Cheney. Now, look, I admit he doesn’t
                           ville, OR, for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on October               have the waviest hair in the race. [Laughter]
                           16. The transcript was made available by the Of-                I didn’t pick him because of his hair. I picked
                           fice of the Press Secretary on October 15 but was
                           embargoed for release until the broadcast. The
                                                                                           him because of his judgment, his experience,
                           Office of the Press Secretary also released a Span-             and his ability to get the job done.
                           ish language transcript of this address.                           I appreciate so very much Wendell Hays
                                                                                           joining me, Laura, and Jeb up here. Wendell,
                                                                                           thank you for your service. Thank you for
                           Remarks in Sunrise, Florida                                     your courage, and thank you for your under-
                           October 16, 2004                                                standing the vision of peace that we’re
                                                                                           spreading.
                              The President. Thank you all. Nothing                           I appreciate Congressman Clay Shaw join-
                           like spending a Saturday morning in Florida.                    ing us today. I want to thank Congresswoman
                           Thank you. I’m proud you all are here.                          Ileana Ros-Lehtinen for joining us today. My
                           Thanks for coming.                                              friend Mel Martinez is not here, but you
                              I’m really proud of my brother Jeb. Your                     need to put him in the United States Senate.
                           State has been tested recently—not one hur-                     I want to thank Attorney General Charlie
                           ricane but four hurricanes. Jeb was a strong                    Crist joining us today. Mr. General, I appre-
                           leader during these times. I had the honor                      ciate you being here. Listen, the mayor of
                           of visiting Florida’s families with him, those                  Fort Lauderdale is with us today—Mr.
                           who hurt with him. I had an honor of trav-                      Mayor.
                           eling your State and seeing the great compas-                      I thank all the grassroots activists. You
                           sion of Florida arise as people hurt and suf-                   never get thanked enough for putting up the
                           fered. You know, when times are tough is                        signs or making the phone calls. I’m here
                           when you see where strong leaders emerge.                       to thank you for what you’re going to do over
                           Strong leadership emerged not only in your                      the next 2 weeks. Turn out the vote. We’ll
                           Governor, but strong leadership emerged all                     win Florida again and win a great victory in
                           throughout your great State. We’ll continue                     November.
                           to help Florida rebuild. But one thing about                       Audience members. Four more years!
                           this State you never have to worry about is                     Four more years! Four more years!
                           the spirit of the people.                                          The President. In the last few years, the
                              Listen, Laura and I are here to ask for                      American people have gotten to know me.
                           the vote. We’re traveling in Florida, and                       They know my blunt way of speaking. I get
                           we’re here to ask for your help. Make sure                      that from my mom. They know that I some-
                           you get people to the polls. Starting Monday,                   times mangle the English language. [Laugh-
                           people can vote. Listen, don’t overlook dis-                    ter] I get that from my dad. [Laughter]
                           cerning Democrats when you get them head-                       Americans also know that I tell you exactly
                           ed to the polls, people like Zell Miller. Re-                   what I’m going to do, and I keep my word.
                           mind people that if they want a safer Amer-                        Those debates were interesting experi-
                           ica, a stronger America, and a better Amer-                     ences. I enjoyed them. They highlighted the
                           ica, to put me and Dick Cheney back in of-                      stark differences between my opponent and
                           fice.                                                           me. We have very different records and very
                              And one reason you need to put me back                       different plans for the future. My record is
                           in office is so that Laura will have 4 more                     one of reforming education, of lowering
                           years as the First Lady. When I asked her                       taxes, of providing prescription drug cov-
                           to marry me, she said, ‘‘Fine, I’ll marry you,                  erage for our seniors, for improving home-
                           just so long as I never have to give a political                land security, and for waging an aggressive
                           speech.’’ [Laughter] I said, ‘‘Okay, you’ve got                 war against the ideologues of hate.




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                              The Senator’s record is 20 years of out-                     treat us the way we treat you.’’ See, we can
                           of-the-mainstream votes without many sig-                       compete with anybody, anytime, anywhere,
                           nificant reforms or results.                                    if the markets are open and the rules are
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   fair.
                              The President. When I came into office,                         To create jobs, we got to be wise about
                           the stock market had been in serious decline                    how we spend your money, and we’ve got
                           for 6 months. And then the country was                          to keep your taxes low. My opponent has his
                           headed into a recession. To help families and                   own history on the economy. [Laughter] In
                           to get this economy growing again, I pledged                    20 years as Senator from Massachusetts, he’s
                           to reduce taxes. I kept my word.                                built a record of a Senator from Massachu-
                              Because we acted, the recession was one                      setts. [Laughter] He’s voted to raise taxes 98
                           of the shallowest in American history. Over                     times in the Senate.
                           the last 3 years, our economy has grown at                         Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           the fastest rate of any major industrialized                       The President. Now, he’s been there 20
                           nation. Today, the homeownership rate in                        years. That means, on average, he’s voted
                           America is at an alltime high. More minori-                     nearly five times a year to raise taxes. I’d call
                           ties own a home than ever before in our Na-                     that a pattern. [Laughter] He can’t run—he
                           tion’s history. Farm income is up. Our ranch-                   can run from his record, but he cannot hide.
                           ers are doing well.                                                Now the Senator is promising not to raise
                              In the past 13 months, we’ve added more                      taxes for anyone who earns less than
                           than 1.9 million new jobs. The unemploy-                        $200,000 a year. The problem is, to keep that
                           ment rate in America is at 5.4 percent. That                    promise he would have to break almost all
                           is lower than the average rate of the 1970s,                    of his other ones. [Laughter] See, he’s pro-
                           the 1980s, and the 1990s. The unemploy-                         posed $2.2 trillion in new spending. That’s
                           ment rate in your State is at 4.5 percent. This                 with a ‘‘T.’’ Yet, his plan to tax the rich only
                           economy is moving forward, and we’re not                        raises about 600 billion or 800 billion. See,
                           going to go back to the days of tax and spend.                  there’s a gap. There’s a gap between the dif-
                              To make sure quality jobs are created right                  ference of what he’s promising and what he
                           here in America, we’ve got to make sure                         can raise. And guess who usually gets to fill
                           America is the best place in the world to do                    that gap?
                           business. We need to reduce the burden of                          Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           regulations on our job creators. We must end                       The President. Let me say one other
                           the junk lawsuits that are threatening our                      thing about taxing the rich. You’ve heard that
                           small businesses, which create most new                         language all the time, but the rich hire law-
                           jobs.                                                           yers and accountants for a reason: to slip the
                              To create jobs here, Congress must pass                      bill and pass it to you. We’re not going to
                           my energy plan. The plan encourages con-                        let him tax you; we’re going to carry Florida
                           servation. It encourages the use of renew-                      and win a great victory.
                           ables like ethanol and biodiesel. It encour-                       When I came into office, our public
                           ages new technologies. It encourages clean                      schools had been waiting decades for hopeful
                           coal technology and increased domestic pro-                     reform. Too many of our children were shuf-
                           duction in environmentally friendly ways. To                    fled through school, year after year, grade
                           keep jobs here, we must become less de-                         after grade, without learning the basics. I
                           pendent on foreign sources of energy.                           pledged to restore accountability to the
                              To keep jobs here, we’ve got to reject eco-                  schools and end the soft bigotry of low expec-
                           nomic isolationism and open up markets for                      tations. I kept my word. We’re seeing results.
                           U.S. products. We’ve opened up our market                       Our children are making sustained gains in
                           for products from overseas, and that’s good                     reading and math. We’re closing an achieve-
                           for you as a consumer. If you’ve got more                       ment gap all across this country. We’re mak-
                           products to choose from, you’re likely to get                   ing progress for our families. We will leave
                           that which you want at a better price and                       no child behind in America.
                           higher quality. That’s how the marketplace                         To build a more hopeful America, we must
                           works. That’s why I’m saying to China, ‘‘You                    have the best prepared, most highly skilled




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                           workforce in the world. See, most new jobs                      children are fully subscribed in our programs
                           are filled by people with at least 2 years of                   for low-income families.
                           college education, yet only one in four of our                     We will do more to make sure health care
                           students gets there. That’s why we’ll fund                      is affordable. Most of the uninsured work for
                           early intervention programs in our high                         small businesses. Small businesses are having
                           schools to help at-risk students. We’ll empha-                  trouble affording health care insurance. We
                           size math and science. Over time, we’ll re-                     ought to allow small businesses to pool to-
                           quire a rigorous exam before graduation. By                     gether so they can buy insurance at the same
                           raising performance in our high schools and                     discounts that big businesses can do. We
                           expanding Pell grants for low- and middle-                      must expand health savings accounts so
                           income families, more of our students will                      workers and small businesses are able to pay
                           start their career with a college diploma.                      lower premiums and people can save tax-free
                              My opponent has a history on education                       in a health care account they call their own.
                           issues, a history of doing almost nothing.                         To make sure health care is available and
                           [Laughter] The Senator has pledged to weak-                     affordable, we must do something about the
                           en the No Child Left Behind Act.                                junk lawsuits that are running up the cost
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   of health care. By forcing doctors to practice
                              The President. See, he’s proposed dilut-                     defensive medicine, medical lawsuits cost the
                           ing the accountability standards and looking                    Federal Government about $28 billion a
                           at measures like teacher attendance to judge                    year. That means it costs you $28 billion a
                           whether or not our students are learning. His                   year. It costs our economy anywhere from
                           proposals would undermine high standards                        60 to 100 billion dollars a year. They drive
                           and accountability. We’ve moved beyond the                      up insurance premiums, which drives good
                           old days of failure and mediocrity and low                      doctors out of business. I’ve met many ob-
                           standards, and we’re not going back.                            gyns and patients of ob-gyns who understand
                              When I came into office, we had a prob-                      the harm that lawsuits are doing to our sys-
                           lem in Medicare. See, medicine was modern-                      tem. I’ve met women who have had to drive
                           izing and medicine was changing, but Medi-                      miles to go see an ob-gyn. See, you cannot
                           care was not. Let me give you this example.                     be pro-patient and pro-doctor and pro-per-
                           Medicare would pay tens of thousands of dol-                    sonal-injury-lawyer at the same time. You
                           lars for heart surgery but wouldn’t pay a dime                  have to choose. My opponent made his
                           for the prescription drugs that could prevent                   choice, and he put a personal injury lawyer
                           the heart surgery from being needed in the                      on the ticket.
                           first place. That was not fair to our seniors.                     Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           It wasn’t fair to the taxpayers. I pledged to                      The President. I made my choice. I’m
                           bring Republicans and Democrats together                        standing with the doctors, and I’m standing
                           to strengthen and modernize Medicare for                        with the patients. We’re for medical liability
                           our seniors, and I kept my word. The results                    reform—now.
                           are clear. Seniors are already getting discount                    My opponent has a health care proposal
                           on their medicines. Rural hospitals are being                   of his own, and it’s a plan for a bigger and
                           treated more fairly. And beginning in 2006,                     more intrusive role for the Federal Govern-
                           all seniors will be able to get prescription                    ment. The other day, he looked in the tele-
                           drug coverage under Medicare.                                   vision camera and he said the Government
                              We’re moving forward on health care, and                     has nothing to do with his health care plan.
                           there’s more to do. We need to make sure                        I could barely contain myself. [Laughter] Of
                           health care is available and affordable to all                  course his plan has got something to do with
                           our people. I believe in a safety net for those                 the Federal Government. Eight out of ten
                           with the greatest needs. I believe in commu-                    people who get health care under Senator
                           nity health centers, places where the poor                      Kerry’s plan would be placed on a Govern-
                           and the indigent can get primary and pre-                       ment program.
                           ventative care. I believe every poor county                        Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           in America ought to have a community health                        The President. Eight million Americans
                           center. We will do more to make sure poor                       would lose their private insurance at work,




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                           and most would have to go on a Government                       Social Security by allowing younger workers
                           plan.                                                           to save some of their payroll taxes in a per-
                               Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                  sonal account, an account they can call their
                               The President. He claimed his plan would                    own, an account the Government cannot take
                           help small businesses, yet groups who’ve                        away.
                           studied his plan have called it an overpriced                      When it comes to Social Security, you
                           albatross that would saddle small businesses                    heard my opponent the other night. He
                           with 225 new mandates.                                          wants to maintain the status quo.
                               I have a different view. Instead of moving                     Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           health care to the Federal Government, I be-                       The President. He’s against these Social
                           lieve health care decisions ought to be made                    Security reforms I talk about, and he’s against
                           by doctors and patients, not by officials in                    just about every other reform that gives more
                           Washington, DC.                                                 authority and more control to the individual.
                               I’ve set out policies that move America to-                 On issue after issue, from Medicare without
                           ward a positive and optimistic future. I be-                    choices to schools with less accountability to
                           lieve our country can be an ownership soci-                     higher taxes, he takes the side of more cen-
                           ety. You know, there’s a saying that says: No                   tralized control and more Government.
                           one ever washes a rental car. [Laughter]                        There’s a word for that attitude. It’s called
                           There’s some wisdom in that statement.                          liberalism.
                           When you own something, you care about                             He dismisses that word as a label, but he
                           it. When you own something, you have a vital                    must have seen it differently when he told
                           stake in the future of the United States of                     a newspaper, ‘‘I am a liberal, and I am proud
                           America.                                                        of it.’’ The nonpartisan National Journal mag-
                               Our policies encourage entrepreneurship                     azine did a study and named him the most
                           because every time a small business is start-                   liberal Member of the United States Senate.
                           ed, someone is achieving the American                           That takes hard work. [Laughter] That’s an
                           Dream. We are encouraging health savings                        accomplishment, if you’re more liberal than
                           accounts so people have the security of own-                    Ted Kennedy. [Laughter]
                           ing and managing their own health care ac-                         I have a different record and a different
                           count. We’re continuing to spread owner-                        philosophy. I do not believe in big Govern-
                           ship. I love the idea when more and more                        ment, and I do not believe that Government
                           Americans from all walks of life open up the                    should be indifferent. That’s called compas-
                           door where they live and say, ‘‘Welcome to                      sionate conservatism. I believe in policies
                           my home. Welcome to my piece of prop-                           that empower people to improve their lives.
                           erty.’’                                                         I reject policies that tell people how to run
                               In a new term, I’ll take the next great step                their lives. We’re helping men and women
                           to build an ownership society by strength-                      find the skills and tools to prosper in a time
                           ening Social Security. Our Social Security                      of change. We’re helping all Americans to
                           system needs fixing. You might remember                         have a future of dignity and independence.
                           the 2000 campaign, all those ads that told                      And that’s how I will continue to lead our
                           our seniors, ‘‘If George W. gets elected, he’s                  Nation for 4 more years.
                           going to take away your check.’’ I want the                        Audience members. Four more years!
                           seniors to remember they got their checks.                      Four more years! Four more years!
                           No one is going to take away our seniors’                          The President. In a time of change, some
                           checks. The Social Security system is solvent                   things do not change, the values we try to
                           for those who relied upon Social Security.                      live by, courage and compassion, reverence
                           And baby boomers like me are in pretty good                     and integrity. In a time of change, we must
                           shape when it comes to Social Security.                         support the institutions that give our lives di-
                               We need to worry about our children and                     rection and purpose, our families, our
                           our grandchildren. We need to be worried—                       schools, our religious congregations. We
                           and many are—about whether Social Secu-                         stand for a culture of life in which every per-
                           rity will be around when they need it. For                      son matters and every being counts. We
                           the sake of our children, we must strengthen                    stand for marriage and family, which are the




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                           foundations of our society. We stand for the                    gathering threat. Al Qaida was largely un-
                           appointment of Federal judges who know the                      challenged as it planned attacks.
                           difference between personal opinion and the                        Because we led, Afghanistan is an ally in
                           strict interpretation of the law.                               the war on terror; Afghanistan held elections;
                              My opponent’s words on these issues are                      Pakistan is capturing terrorist leaders; Saudi
                           a little muddy, but his record is plenty clear.                 Arabia is making raids and arrests; Libya is
                           [Laughter] He says he supports the institu-                     dismantling its weapons programs; the army
                           tion of marriage, but he voted against the                      of a free Iraq is fighting for freedom; and
                           Defense of Marriage Act, which my prede-                        more than three-quarters of Al Qaida’s key
                           cessor signed.                                                  members and associates have been brought
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   to justice.
                              The President. He voted against the ban                         In defending ourselves, in upholding doc-
                           on the brutal practice of partial-birth abor-                   trine, 50 million people in Afghanistan and
                           tion.                                                           Iraq are free. And that’s important to our
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   security. Free nations will be peaceful na-
                              The President. One time in this cam-                         tions. Free nations will help us reject terror.
                           paign, he claimed he was a candidate of con-                    Free nations will no longer feed resentments
                           servative values, but he’s described the                        and breed violence for export. When Amer-
                           Reagan years as a time of moral darkness.                       ica gives its word, America must keep its
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   word. And that’s why we’re standing with the
                              The President. There is a mainstream in                      people of Afghanistan and Iraq.
                           American politics, and my opponent sits on                         I want the youngsters here to recognize
                           the far left bank. He can run, but he cannot                    what’s happened in the world. It wasn’t all
                           hide.                                                           that long ago in Afghanistan that people lived
                              This election will also determine how                        under the brutal dictatorship of the Taliban.
                           America responds to the continuing danger                       The Taliban had this grim ideology of hate.
                           of terrorism. I believe the most solemn duty                    People lived in darkness. Young girls weren’t
                           of the American President is to protect the                     allowed to go to school. Their mothers were
                           American people. If America shows uncer-                        taken into the public square and whipped if
                           tainty or weakness in this decade, the world                    they wouldn’t toe the ideological line. Be-
                           will drift toward tragedy. This will not hap-                   cause we acted in our own self-interest, mil-
                           pen on my watch.                                                lions of Afghan citizens went to vote for a
                              Since that terrible morning of September                     President. The first voter was a 19-year-old
                           the 11th, 2001, we have fought the terrorists                   woman. Freedom is on the march. That soci-
                           across the Earth, not for pride, not for power,                 ety has gone from darkness to light because
                           but because the lives of our citizens are at                    of freedom.
                           stake. Our strategy is clear. We’re defending                      And the same thing is happening in Iraq.
                           the homeland. We’re transforming our mili-                      The terrorists are trying to stop the advance
                           tary. We will keep the All-Volunteer Army                       of freedom because they understand a free
                           an all-volunteer army. We’re strengthening                      society in the midst of the Middle East will
                           our intelligence capacities. We’re staying on                   defeat their ideology of hate. But freedom
                           the offensive. We will strike the terrorists                    is on the march. There will be elections in
                           abroad so we do not have to face them here                      Iraq in January. Think how far that society
                           at home. We will spread freedom and liberty.                    has come from the days of mass graves and
                           And we will prevail.                                            torture chambers.
                              Our strategy is succeeding. Think about                         Our mission is clear. We’ll help these
                           the world as it was 31⁄2 years ago. Afghanistan                 countries train armies so their people can do
                           was the home base of Al Qaida. Pakistan was                     the hard work of defending democracy. We’ll
                           a transit point for terrorist groups. Saudi Ara-                help them get on the path to stability and
                           bia was fertile ground for terrorist fund-                      self-government as quickly as possible, and
                           raising. Libya was secretly pursuing nuclear                    then our troops will come home with the
                           weapons. Iraq was a dangerous place and a                       honor they have earned.




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                               I’m proud to be the Commander in Chief                      measure.’’ Just one month later, he did ex-
                           of such a great United States military. And                     actly that irresponsible thing, and he aban-
                           it’s a great military because of the character                  doned our troops in combat by voting against
                           of those who serve. I want to thank the vet-                    the funding.
                           erans who are here today for having set such                       Audience members. Boo-o-o! Flip-flop!
                           a great example for those who wear the uni-                     Flip-flop! Flip-flop!
                           form. I want to thank the military families
                           who are here today.                                                The President. What happened to change
                               And we will make sure that your loved                       the Senator’s mind so abruptly in one short
                           ones have all the resources they need to win                    month? His opponent in the Democrat pri-
                           the war on terror. And that’s why I went to                     mary, Howard Dean, was gaining ground as
                           the United States Congress in September of                      an antiwar candidate. Senator Kerry appar-
                           2003 and requested $87 billion in funding                       ently decided supporting the troops, even
                           for our troops in harm’s way. It was impor-                     while they were in harm’s way, was not as
                           tant funding. It was necessary funding, so                      important as shoring up his own political po-
                           necessary that the bipartisan support was                       sition.
                           overwhelming. As a matter of fact, only 12                         Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           United States Senators voted against sup-
                                                                                              The President. At a time of great threat
                           porting our troops in harm’s way, 2 of whom
                                                                                           to our country, at a time of great challenge
                           are my opponent and his runningmate.
                                                                                           in the world, the Commander in Chief must
                               Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                               The President. When you’re out there                        stand on principle, not the shifting sands of
                           getting people to vote, remind people of this                   political convenience.
                           startling statistic: There were only four Mem-                     We have differences when it comes to de-
                           bers of the United States Senate who voted                      fending our country. Take, for example, the
                           to authorize the use of force and then voted                    proposed ‘‘global test’’ that the Senator pro-
                           against funding our troops in combat—only                       posed before we defend ourselves.
                           four—two of whom are my opponent and his                           Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           runningmate.
                                                                                              The President. The problem with his
                               Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                                                                                           ‘‘global test’’ is that the Senator can never
                               The President. You might remember per-
                           haps the most famous quote of the 2004 cam-                     pass it. [Laughter] In 1990, the United Na-
                           paign. When asked why he made his vote,                         tions Security Council passed a resolution
                           my opponent said, ‘‘I actually did vote for                     supporting action to remove Saddam Hus-
                           the 87 billion, right before I voted against                    sein from Kuwait. The international commu-
                           it.’’                                                           nity was united. Countries throughout the
                               Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                  world joined the coalition. Yet, even after
                               The President. He’s been giving a lot of                    United Nations approval, in the United
                           explanations since that explanation. One of                     States Senate, Senator Kerry voted against
                           the most interesting of all is he said, ‘‘The                   the authorization for the use of force.
                           whole thing was a complicated matter.’’                            Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           There’s nothing complicated about sup-                             The President. If that action didn’t pass
                           porting our troops in combat.                                   his ‘‘global test,’’ nothing will pass his ‘‘global
                               Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of                     test.’’
                           Senator Kerry’s vote against funding our
                           troops. He’s had many and conflicting posi-                        In this campaign, in one of our debates,
                           tions on the issue, and it’s a case study into                  you might remember that he said removing
                           why his contradictions call into question his                   Saddam Hussein was a ‘‘mistake.’’ When he
                           credibility and his ability to lead our Nation.                 said how he would have done it differently,
                           In September 2003, as the $87 billion fund-                     he said, ‘‘Well, all we needed to do was pass
                           ing package was being debated, Senator                          another United Nations Security Council res-
                           Kerry said, ‘‘It would be irresponsible to                      olution.’’
                           abandon our troops by voting against the                           Audience members. Boo-o-o!




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                               The President. If the Senator had his way,                  of 2004. This law commits a government to
                           not only would Saddam Hussein be still sit-                     keep a record of anti-Semitic acts throughout
                           ting in a palace in Baghdad, he’d be occu-                      the world and also a record of responses to
                           pying Kuwait. The world is better off with                      those acts. This Nation will keep watch. We
                           Saddam Hussein sitting in a prison cell.                        will make sure that the ancient impulse of
                               We will continue to build strong alliances.                 anti-Semitism never finds a home in the
                           We’ll continue to work to strengthen our coa-                   modern world.
                           litions. But I will never turn over America’s
                           national security decisions to leaders of other                    For all Americans, these years in our his-
                           countries.                                                      tory will always stand apart. There are quiet
                               I believe in the transformational power of                  times in the life of a nation when little is
                           liberty. I’ll tell you what I mean by that. One                 expected of its leaders. This isn’t one of those
                           of our friends—I say ‘‘our’’—Laura and my                       times. This is a time that requires firm re-
                           friends—is Prime Minister Koizumi of Japan.                     solve, clear vision, and a deep faith in the
                           That doesn’t sound like much, except when                       values that make us a great nation.
                           you think about it wasn’t all that long ago                        None of us will ever forget that week when
                           that we were at war with the Japanese. In                       one era ended and another began. On Sep-
                           the march of history, 60 years isn’t much.                      tember the 14th, 2001, I stood in the ruins
                           My dad fought against the Japanese. Your                        of the Twin Towers. It’s a day I will never
                           dads fought against—and granddads fought                        forget. There were workers in hardhats there
                           against the Japanese. They were the sworn                       yelling at the top of their lungs, ‘‘Whatever
                           enemy of America.                                               it takes.’’ I remember trying to do my best
                               After World War II, President Harry S.                      to console those coming out of the rubble.
                           Truman believed in the power of liberty to                      A guy grabbed me by the arm, and he looked
                           transform an enemy into an ally. There was
                                                                                           me square in the eye, and he said, ‘‘Do not
                           a lot of skeptics then; a lot of people doubted
                                                                                           let me down.’’ Ever since that day, I wake
                           that. You can understand why. Why would
                                                                                           up thinking about how to better protect our
                           you want to waste time on an enemy? Many
                           lives had been upset as a result of that war,                   country. I will never relent in defending
                           and people were bitter. Some people just                        America, whatever it takes.
                           said the Japanese couldn’t possibly self-gov-                      Audience members. Four more years!
                           ern. But we worked to help them build a                         Four more years! Four more years!
                           democracy.                                                         The President. Four years ago, when I
                               And today, I sit down at the table with                     traveled your great State, I made a pledge
                           Prime Minister Koizumi, talking about how                       that if you gave me a chance to serve, I would
                           to keep the peace. Someday, an American                         uphold the honor and the dignity of the office
                           President will be sitting down with a duly                      to which I had been elected. With your help,
                           elected leader of Iraq, talking about the                       I will do so for 4 more years.
                           peace in the Middle East. And our children
                           and our grandchildren will be better off for                       Thanks for coming. God bless. Thank you
                           it.                                                             all.
                               See, I believe that millions in the Middle
                           East plead in silence for their freedom. I be-
                           lieve women want to live in a free society.
                                                                                           NOTE: The President spoke at 10:33 a.m. at the
                           I believe that moms and dads want to raise
                                                                                           Office Depot Center. In his remarks, he referred
                           their children in freedom and peace. I be-                      to Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida; Senator Zell Miller
                           lieve all these things, because freedom is not                  of Georgia, who made the keynote address at the
                           America’s gift to the world; freedom is the                     Republican National Convention; Wendell B.
                           Almighty God’s gift to each man and woman                       Hays, 1st Lt., Florida Army National Guard; sen-
                           in this world.                                                  atorial candidate Mel R. Martinez of Florida;
                               Extending freedom also means con-                           Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist; Mayor
                           fronting the evil of anti-Semitism. Today I                     Jim Naugle of Fort Lauderdale, FL; and Prime
                           signed the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act                      Minister Junichiro Koizumi of Japan.




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                           Remarks in West Palm Beach,                                     want to thank you for doing everything you
                           Florida                                                         can to help rebuild this State.
                                                                                              What an honor it is to be sharing the stage
                           October 16, 2004                                                with Jack Nicklaus. He gave me a chance—
                                                                                           I asked for a few putting lessons. [Laughter]
                              The President. Thank you all for coming.
                                                                                           He said, ‘‘Your game is beyond repair.’’
                           Thank you all for being here. It lifts our spir-                [Laughter] But I’m proud to have his sup-
                           its that so many came out to say hello on                       port, proud for him—to be able to call him
                           a Saturday afternoon. Laura and I are grate-                    friend.
                           ful that you’re here, and we appreciate you                        I also want to thank Congressman Mark
                           being here.                                                     Foley, who is with us today. I appreciate you
                              We’re here to ask for your vote and your                     being here, Congressman. Congressman
                           help. As Jeb mentioned, we’re coming close                      Clay Shaw and Emilie Shaw are with us
                           to voting time, and it’s time to go to your                     today. Thanks for coming. Tom Gallagher is
                           friends and neighbors and remind them they                      with us today. I appreciate him being here.
                           have a duty in this country to vote. And when                   I want to thank all the other statehouse offi-
                           you get them headed to the polls, tell them,                    cials and local officials.
                           if they want a safer America, a stronger                           But most of all, I want to thank the grass-
                           America, and a better America, to put me                        roots activists who are here. I want to thank
                           and Dick Cheney back in office.                                 all the volunteers who are getting ready to
                              I’m going to give you some reasons to put                    walk the vote across not only Florida but all
                           me back in office today, but perhaps the most                   across our country today. See, what’s hap-
                           important one of all is so that Laura is the                    pening is, we’ve got people all over the coun-
                           First Lady for 4 more years. When I asked                       try heading out into neighborhoods to knock
                           her to marry me, she said, ‘‘Fine, I’ll marry                   on doors and putting in a good word for the
                           you, just as long as I never have to give a                     Bush-Cheney ticket. Some volunteers are
                           political speech.’’ [Laughter] I said, ‘‘Okay,                  watching on the Internet right now, and I
                           you got a deal.’’ Fortunately, she didn’t hold                  hope they’re stretching for their walk.
                           me to that promise. She’s given a lot of                        [Laughter] I want to thank them for their
                           speeches, and when she does, the American                       hard work. With your help, with their help,
                           people see a warm, compassionate, great                         we’re going to win a great victory in Florida
                           First Lady.                                                     and win on November the 2d.
                              I’m proud of my runningmate. I admit,                           In the last few years, the American people
                           Dick Cheney doesn’t have the waviest hair                       have gotten to know me. They know my blunt
                           in the race——                                                   way of speaking. I got that from Mother.
                              Audience members. Laura! Laura! Laura!                       [Laughter] They know I sometimes mangle
                              The President. Dick Cheney is a great                        the English language. I got that from Dad.
                           Vice President.                                                 [Laughter] Americans also know I tell you
                              I’m proud of brother Jeb. You know, you                      exactly what I’m going to do, and I keep my
                           can determine the character of a person                         word.
                           when times are tough, and times are really                         You know, I enjoyed the debates against
                           tough for you all here in Florida—not one                       my opponent, and they showed stark dif-
                           hurricane but four. Jeb stepped up, as did                      ferences between his views and mine. We
                           a lot of other people, including, I hope, the                   have different records. We have very dif-
                           Federal Government to your satisfaction, to                     ferent plans for the future. My record is one
                           provide help for people who hurt. But you                       of reforming education, of lowering taxes, of
                           know what we saw in those storms was the                        providing prescription drug coverage for our
                           great character of the people of Florida,                       seniors, improving homeland protection, and
                           neighbor loving neighbor, neighbor helping                      waging an unrelenting fight against the
                           neighbor. There’s no doubt in my mind that                      ideologues of hate.
                           the people of this State showed the people                         My opponent’s record is 20 years of out-
                           of the world that there’s great character                       of-the-mainstream votes without many sig-
                           amongst you. And I’m proud of you, and I                        nificant reforms and results to show for it.




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                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   which you want at a better price and higher
                              The President. These records are impor-                      quality. So, rather than shutting our markets,
                           tant. They are important because our country                    I’m saying to countries like China, ‘‘Treat us
                           faces challenges. And the next President                        the way we treat you.’’ Americans compete
                           must recognize the need to lead and reform.                     with anybody, anytime, anywhere, so long as
                           On issue after issue, from jobs to health care                  the rules are fair.
                           to the need to strengthen Social Security,                         To create jobs, we’ve got to be wise about
                           Senator Kerry’s policies fail to recognize the                  how we spend your money and keep your
                           changing realities of today’s world and the                     taxes low. My opponent has his own history
                           need for fundamental reforms.                                   on the economy. In 20 years as a Senator
                              See, when I came into office, the stock                      from Massachusetts, he’s built up a record
                           market had been in serious decline for 6                        of a Senator from Massachusetts. [Laughter]
                           months. The American economy was sliding                        He’s voted to raise taxes 98 times.
                           into a recession. To help families and to get                      Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           this economy growing again, I pledged to re-                       The President. Think about that. He’s
                           duce your taxes. I kept my word. The results                    been in the United States Senate for 20
                           are clear. The recession was one of the                         years. That’s about five times a year. [Laugh-
                           shallowest in American history.                                 ter] That’s a pattern. [Laughter] That’s an
                              Over the last 3 years, our economy has                       indication of what’s going to come. See, he
                           grown at the fastest rate as any in nearly 20                   can run from his record, but he cannot hide.
                           years. The homeownership rate in America                           He’s now promising not to raise taxes on
                           is at an alltime high. Farm and ranch income                    anybody who earns less than $200,000 a year.
                           is up. In the past 13 months, we have added                     The problem is, to keep that promise he
                           1.9 million new jobs. The national unemploy-                    would have to break almost all of his other
                           ment rate is 5.4 percent, lower than the aver-                  ones. [Laughter] He’s promised $2.2 trillion
                           age of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Your un-                    in new spending. That’s with a ‘‘T.’’ And yet
                           employment rate is 4.5 percent. This econ-                      his plan to pay for it is to tax the rich. But
                           omy is moving forward, and we’re not going                      you can’t raise enough money to tax the rich
                           to go back to the days of tax and spend.                        to pay for 2.2 trillion. There’s a tax gap be-
                              To make sure quality jobs are created right                  tween his promises and what he can raise.
                           here in America, we’ve got to make sure                         And guess who usually has to fill the tax gap.
                           America is the best place in the world to do                       Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           business. That means less regulations on our                       The President. Yes. Let me say something
                           job creators. That means we’ve got to do                        else about the rhetoric of taxing the rich. The
                           something about these lawsuits that threaten                    rich hire lawyers and accountants for a rea-
                           small businesses that are creating most new                     son: to slide the tab and stick you with the
                           jobs.                                                           bill. We’re not going to let the Senator tax
                              To create jobs in America, Congress needs                    you; we’re going to carry Florida again and
                           to pass my energy plan. It’s a plan that en-                    win in November.
                           courages conservation. It encourages the use                       When I came into office, our public
                           of renewables like ethanol and biodiesel. It                    schools had been waiting for decades for
                           encourages clean coal technology. It encour-                    hopeful reform. Too many of our children
                           ages the exploration for natural gas in envi-                   were shuffled through school, year after year,
                           ronmentally friendly ways. To make sure this                    without learning the basics. I pledged to re-
                           economy stays strong and people can find                        store accountability to our schools and raise
                           work, we must become less dependent on                          standards and end the soft bigotry of low ex-
                           foreign sources of energy.                                      pectations, and I kept my word.
                              To create jobs, we need to reject economic                      To build a more hopeful America, we must
                           isolationism and open up markets around the                     have the best prepared and most highly
                           world for U.S. products. We open up our                         skilled workforce in the world. Most new jobs
                           markets for goods from overseas, and that’s                     are filled with people—by people with at
                           good for you. If you’ve got more choices in                     least 2 years of college, yet one in four of
                           the marketplace, you’re likely to get that                      our students gets there. So that’s why we’ll




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                           fund early intervention programs in our high                    a health care account they manage and call
                           schools to help at-risk students. We’ll place                   their own.
                           a new focus on math and science. Over time,                        To make sure health care is available and
                           we’ll require a rigorous examination before                     affordable, we must do something about the
                           graduation. By raising performance in our                       junk lawsuits that are running good doctors
                           high schools and expanding Pell grants for                      out of practice and running the premiums
                           low- and middle-income families, we will                        up. By forcing doctors to practice defensive
                           help more Americans start their career with                     medicine, medical lawsuits cost the Govern-
                           a college diploma.                                              ment about $28 billion a year. That means
                              When I came into office, we had a prob-                      they cost you $28 billion a year. The lawsuits
                           lem in Medicare. Medicine was changing;                         cost our Nation’s economy anywhere from
                           Medicare was not. For example, Medicare                         60 billion to 100 billion dollars a year. They
                           would pay tens of thousands of dollars for                      drive up insurance premiums, which drives
                           a heart surgery but would not pay a dime                        good doctors out of practice. You cannot be
                           for the prescription drugs that can prevent                     pro-patient and pro-doctor and pro-plaintiff-
                           the heart surgery from being needed in the                      attorney at the same time. You have to
                           first place. That was not fair to our seniors,                  choose. My opponent made his choice, and
                           and it was not fair to the taxpayers. I pledged                 he put a personal injury trial lawyer on the
                           to bring Republicans and Democrats to-                          ticket.
                           gether to strengthen and modernize Medi-                           Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           care for our seniors, and I kept my word.                          The President. I have made my choice.
                           Seniors are getting discounts on medicine.                      I’m standing with the doctors. I’m standing
                                                                                           with the patients. I’m for medical liability re-
                           Docs are being treated fairly. Rural hospitals
                                                                                           form—now.
                           are being reimbursed. And beginning in
                                                                                              My opponent says he has a health care
                           2006, all seniors will be able to get prescrip-
                                                                                           plan.
                           tion drug coverage under Medicare.
                                                                                              Audience members. Four more years!
                              We have more work to do. We have more                        Four more years! Four more years!
                           work to do to make sure health care is avail-                      The President. My opponent has a health
                           able and affordable. We need a safety net                       care plan. It’s a plan for bigger and more
                           for those with the greatest needs. I believe                    intrusive Government. The other day in the
                           in community health centers, places where                       debate, he said, ‘‘The Government has noth-
                           the poor and the indigent can get primary                       ing to do with it.’’ He was talking about his
                           and preventative care, places where people                      health care plan. I could barely contain my-
                           can get the help they need without bur-                         self. [Laughter] Of course, the Government
                           dening the emergency rooms of our hos-                          has things to do with it. The facts are, 8 out
                           pitals. In a new term, we’ll work to make                       of 10 people who get health care under Sen-
                           sure every poor county in America has a com-                    ator Kerry’s plan would be placed on a Gov-
                           munity health center. We’ll need to do more                     ernment program.
                           to make sure poor children are fully sub-                          Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           scribed in our program for low-income fami-                        The President. Eight million Americans
                           lies.                                                           would lose their private health insurance, and
                              We’ve got to do more to make sure health                     most would go on Medicaid. That is a Gov-
                           care is affordable. Most of the uninsured                       ernment program. Senator Kerry claimed his
                           work for small businesses. Small businesses                     plan would help small businesses. Those
                           are having trouble affording health care. To                    who’ve studied his plan call it an overpriced
                           help our workers get the health care they                       albatross which would saddle small busi-
                           need, we must allow small businesses to join                    nesses with 225 new mandates.
                           together so they can purchase insurance at                         I have a different view of health care. I’m
                           the same discounts big companies are able                       not for increasing the Federal role in health
                           to do. We will expand health savings accounts                   care. I want to make sure health decisions
                           so workers in small businesses are able to                      are made by doctors and patients, not by offi-
                           pay low premiums and can save tax-free for                      cials in Washington, DC.




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                               I’ve set out policies that move America to-                 There is a word for that attitude. It’s called
                           ward a positive and optimistic vision. We’re                    liberalism.
                           headed toward an ownership society in                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           America. There’s a saying that no one ever                         The President. He dismisses that as a
                           washes a rental car. [Laughter] There’s a lot                   label, but he must have been thinking dif-
                           of wisdom in that statement. [Laughter]                         ferently when he told a newspaper, ‘‘I am
                           When you own something, you care about                          a liberal and proud of it.’’ As a matter of fact,
                           it. When you own something, you have a vital                    the nonpartisan National Journal magazine
                           stake in the future of your country.                            did a study and named him the most liberal
                               That’s why we’re encouraging entrepre-                      Member of the United States Senate. That
                           neurship. Every time a small business is start-                 takes hard work. [Laughter]
                           ed, someone is achieving the American                              I have a different record and a different
                           Dream. We’re encouraging health savings ac-                     philosophy. I do not believe in big Govern-
                           counts so people have the security of owning                    ment, and I do not believe Government
                           and managing their own health care account.                     should be indifferent. That is called compas-
                           We’re promoting homeownership. I love it                        sionate conservatism. I believe in policies
                           when more and more people from all walks                        that empower people to improve their lives,
                           of life open up the door where they live and                    not try to run their lives. So we’re helping
                           say, ‘‘Welcome to my home. Welcome to my                        men and women find the skills and tools they
                           piece of property.’’                                            need to prosper in a time of change. We’re
                               In a new term, we’ll take the next step                     helping all Americans to have a future of dig-
                           to build an ownership society by strength-                      nity and independence, and that is how I will
                           ening Social Security. Our Social Security                      continue to lead our Nation for 4 more years.
                           system needs fixing. First, let me talk to those
                                                                                              In a time of change, some things do not
                           who are on Social Security today. You might
                                                                                           change, the values we try to live by, courage
                           remember the 2000 campaign when they said
                                                                                           and compassion, reverence and integrity. We
                           in these TV ads, ‘‘If George W. wins, you
                                                                                           stand for a culture of life in which every per-
                           will not get your check.’’ I won, and you got
                                                                                           son matters and every being counts. We
                           your checks. You will continue to get your
                                                                                           stand for marriage and family, which are the
                           checks. The problem in Social Security is not
                                                                                           foundations of our society. We stand for the
                           for those on Social Security today or baby
                                                                                           appointment of Federal judges who know the
                           boomers like me.
                                                                                           difference between personal opinion and the
                               The problem is for our children and our
                           grandchildren. People are understandably                        strict interpretation of the law.
                           worried about whether our children and                             My opponent’s words on these issues are
                           grandchildren will have Social Security                         a little muddy, but the record is real clear.
                           around when they need it. For their sake,                       [Laughter] He says he supports the institu-
                           we must be bold and think about how to re-                      tion of marriage, but he voted against the
                           form Social Security. For our children’s sake,                  Defense of Marriage Act, which my prede-
                           we must strengthen Social Security by allow-                    cessor signed into law. He voted against the
                           ing younger workers to save some of their                       ban on the brutal practice of partial-birth
                           payroll taxes in a personal savings account                     abortion.
                           that they call their own and that the Govern-                      Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           ment cannot take away.                                             The President. He described the Reagan
                               My opponent wants to maintain the status                    years as a time of moral darkness.
                           quo when it comes to Social Security. He’s                         Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           against the Social Security reforms I just dis-                    The President. There is a mainstream in
                           cussed, and he’s just—against about every                       American politics, and my opponent sits on
                           other reform that gives more authority and                      the far left bank. He can run, but he cannot
                           control to individuals. On issue after issue,                   hide.
                           from Medicare without choices to schools                           This election will also determine how
                           with less accountability to higher taxes, he                    America responds to the continuing danger
                           takes the side of more Government control.                      of terrorism. The most solemn duty of the




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                           American President is to protect the Amer-                      free. They went to the polls. They went to
                           ican people. If America shows uncertainty or                    the polls to vote for President in the millions.
                           weakness in this decade, the world will drift                   The first voter in Afghanistan was a 19-year-
                           toward tragedy. This will not happen on my                      old woman. Freedom is on the march. The
                           watch.                                                          people of Afghanistan no longer live in dark-
                              Since that terrible morning of September                     ness. They now live in light because of de-
                           the 11th, 2001, we have fought the terrorists                   mocracy.
                           across the Earth, not for pride, not for power,                    And we’re making progress in Iraq. The
                           but because the lives of our citizens are at                    people of Iraq will have elections in January.
                           stake. Our strategy is clear. We’re defending                   Think how far that society has come from
                           the homeland. We’re transforming our mili-                      the days of torture chambers and mass graves
                           tary. The All-Volunteer Army will remain an                     and brutality. No, we will stand with the peo-
                           all-volunteer army. We’re strengthening our                     ple of Afghanistan and Iraq, because when
                           intelligence. We’re staying on the offensive.                   America gives its word, America will keep
                           We will strike the terrorists abroad so we do                   its word. And we will stand with those people
                           not have to face them here at home. We will                     because we understand free societies in the
                           spread freedom and liberty. And we will pre-                    Middle East will be hopeful societies which
                           vail.                                                           no longer feed resentment and breed vio-
                              Our strategy is succeeding. Think about                      lence for export. Free governments in the
                           the world as it was some 31⁄2 years ago. Af-                    Middle East will fight the terrorists instead
                           ghanistan was the home base of Al Qaida.                        of harboring them. Freedom will help us
                           Pakistan was a transit point for terrorist                      keep the peace we all want.
                           groups. Saudi Arabia was fertile ground for                        So our mission is clear. We’ll help the
                           terrorist fundraising. Libya was secretly pur-                  countries train armies so that the people of
                           suing nuclear weapons. Iraq was a dangerous                     Afghanistan and Iraq can do the hard work
                           place and a gathering threat. And Al Qaida                      of defending their democracies. We’ll help
                           was largely unchallenged as it planned at-                      them get on the path of stability and self-
                           tacks.                                                          government as quickly as possible, and then
                              Because we acted, because the United                         our troops will come home with the honor
                           States led, Afghanistan is free and an ally in                  they have earned.
                           the war on terror; Pakistan is capturing ter-                      It is a great honor to be the Commander
                           rorist leaders; Saudi Arabia is making raids                    in Chief of a great military. And we’re a great
                           and arrests; Libya is dismantling its weapons                   military because of the character of the peo-
                           programs; the army of a free Iraq is fighting                   ple who wear our Nation’s uniform. I want
                           for freedom; and more than three-quarters                       to thank the veterans who are here today for
                           of Al Qaida’s key members and associates                        having set such a great example for those who
                           have been brought to justice. Because we                        wear the uniform. I want to thank the mili-
                           acted to defend ourselves, more than 50 mil-                    tary families who are here today for their sac-
                           lion people are now free, and that makes us                     rifices.
                           more secure.                                                       We will make sure that our troops have
                              Think about what happened in Afghani-                        all the resources they need to complete their
                           stan. I want the youngsters here to under-                      missions. That’s why I went to the United
                           stand the significance of what took place in                    States Congress and asked for $87 billion of
                           31⁄2 short years. It wasn’t all that long ago                   supplemental funding in September of ’03.
                           that the people of that country lived under                     It was a very important request. We were
                           the barbaric regime of the ideologues of hate.                  there to support our troops in harm’s way,
                           They lived in a period of darkness. Young                       and I received great bipartisan support for
                           girls were not allowed to go to school. Their                   my request. As a matter of fact, the support
                           mothers were pulled in the public square and                    was so strong that only 12 Members of the
                           whipped if they didn’t toe their ideological                    United States Senate voted against funding
                           line of these people. Because we acted to                       for our troops in combat, 2 of whom are my
                           secure ourselves and to remove Al Qaida’s                       opponent and his runningmate.
                           ability to train, the people of Afghanistan are                    Audience members. Boo-o-o!




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                              The President. When you’re out rounding                      Remember what happened in 1990. The
                           up the vote, remind people of this startling                    United Nations Security Council passed a
                           statistic: Only four United States Senators                     resolution supporting action to remove Sad-
                           voted to authorize the use of force and then                    dam Hussein from Kuwait. The international
                           voted against funding for our troops—only                       community was united. Countries through-
                           four—two of whom are my opponent and his                        out the world joined our coalition. Yet, even
                           runningmate.                                                    after United Nations approval, in the United
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   States Senate, Senator Kerry voted against
                              The President. So they asked him why—                        the authorization for the use of force. If that
                           you might remember the most famous quote                        coalition didn’t pass his ‘‘global test,’’ nothing
                           of the 2004 campaign, when he said, ‘‘I actu-                   will pass a ‘‘global test.’’
                           ally did vote for the $87 billion, right before                    During the debate, you might remember
                           I voted against it.’’                                           he said that removing Saddam Hussein was
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   a ‘‘mistake.’’ He actually said he would have
                              The President. He’s had several expla-                       done it differently by supporting another
                           nations since then of his vote. One of them                     United Nations Security Council resolution.
                           was, ‘‘The whole thing was a complicated                           Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           matter.’’ There’s nothing complicated about                        The President. Precisely what Saddam
                           supporting our troops in harm’s way.                            Hussein wanted. He wanted the world to
                              Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of                      look the other way. If my opponent had his
                           Senator Kerry’s vote against funding for our                    way, Saddam Hussein would not only be sit-
                           troops. My opponent’s many and conflicting                      ting in a palace in Baghdad, he’d be in Ku-
                           positions on this issue are a case study into                   wait. The world is better off with Saddam
                           why his contradictions call into question his                   in a prison cell.
                           credibility and his ability to lead our Nation.                    Listen, I’ll continue to work to build strong
                           In September 2003, as the $87 billion fund-                     alliances to keep our coalition strong. I talked
                           ing package was being debated, Senator                          to Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday on
                           Kerry said on national TV, ‘‘It would be irre-                  Air Force One as I was heading from Iowa
                           sponsible to abandon our troops by voting                       to Wisconsin. Alliances are important.
                           against it.’’ Just one month later, he did ex-                  Friendships are important in this dangerous
                           actly that irresponsible thing, and he aban-                    world. But I will never turn over America’s
                           doned our troops in combat by voting against                    national security decisions to leaders of other
                           the funding. What happened to change the                        countries.
                           Senator’s mind so abruptly in one short                            I believe in the transformational power of
                           month? His opponent in the Democrat pri-                        liberty. I’ll tell you what I mean by that. One
                           mary, Howard Dean, was gaining ground as                        of Laura and my best friends or closest
                           an antiwar candidate. Senator Kerry appar-                      friends in the international scene is Prime
                           ently decided supporting our troops, even                       Minister Koizumi of Japan. That doesn’t
                           while they were in harm’s way, was not as                       sound like much until you think about the
                           important as shoring up his political position.                 fact that we were at war with them 60 years
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   ago. Japan was a sworn enemy of the United
                              The President. At a time of great threat                     States of America. My dad fought against
                           to our country, at a time of great challenge                    the—our dad fought against the Japanese.
                           to the world, the Commander in Chief must                       I’m sure your dads and granddads probably
                           stand on principle, not on the shifting sands                   did as well. They were a mortal enemy.
                           of political convenience.                                          Yet, after we won in World War II, Harry
                              There are big differences of opinion about                   S. Truman, President of the United States,
                           how best to lead in this world. Senator Kerry                   believed in the transformational power of lib-
                           proposed that we should pass a ‘‘global test’’                  erty. He believed that liberty could change
                           before we defend ourselves.                                     an enemy into an ally. There was a lot of
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   skeptics about that in America then, and you
                              The President. The problem is with that                      can understand why. Why would you want
                           ‘‘global test,’’ the Senator can never pass it.                 to work with the enemy? People lost lives,




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                           had their families turned upside down, were                     a chance to serve, I would uphold the honor
                           wondering why we even cared about a                             and the dignity of the office to which I had
                           former enemy. But fortunately, enough citi-                     been elected. With your help, I will do so
                           zens and the President believed in the power                    for 4 more years.
                           of liberty. And today, I sit down with Prime                       Thanks for coming. God bless. On to vic-
                           Minister Koizumi, as a result of Japan being                    tory. Thank you all.
                           a democracy, talking about the peace we all
                           want.
                                                                                           NOTE: The President spoke at 1:20 p.m. at the
                              Someday, an American President will be
                                                                                           Sound Advice Amphitheater. In his remarks, he
                           sitting down with a duly elected leader of                      referred to Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida; professional
                           Iraq. They’ll be talking about the peace in                     golfer Jack Nicklaus; Emilie Shaw, wife of Rep-
                           the Middle East, and our children and our                       resentative Clay Shaw; Tom Gallagher, chief fi-
                           grandchildren will be better off for it.                        nancial officer, Florida Department of Financial
                              I believe that millions in the Middle East                   Services; former President Saddam Hussein of
                           plead in silence for their freedom. I believe                   Iraq; Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United
                           that women in the Middle East want to live                      Kingdom; and Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
                           in a free society. I believe moms in the Mid-                   of Japan.
                           dle East want to raise their child in a free
                           world. I believe all these things, because
                           freedom is not America’s gift to the world;                     Remarks in Daytona Beach, Florida
                           freedom is the Almighty God’s gift to each                      October 16, 2004
                           man and woman in this world.
                              Extending freedom means confronting the                         The President. Thank you all for coming.
                           evil of anti-Semitism. Today, I signed the                      Thank you all for being here on a beautiful
                           Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004.                        Florida Saturday afternoon. Laura and I are
                           This law commits the Government to keep                         honored so many came out to say hello.
                           a record of anti-Semitic acts throughout the                    We’re here to ask for your vote and ask for
                           world and also a record of responses to those                   your help. As Jeb said, it’s nearly voting time,
                           acts. This Nation will keep watch and make                      and we’re counting on you to get your friends
                           sure the ancient impulse of anti-Semitism                       and neighbors to the polls. Everybody ought
                           never finds a home in the modern world.                         to vote in this country. In a democracy, we
                              For all Americans, these years in our his-                   have a duty to vote. So round up everybody
                           tory will always stand apart. There are quiet                   you can find, head them to the polls, and
                           times in the life of a nation when little is                    remind them, if they want a safer country,
                           expected of its leaders. This isn’t one of those                a stronger country, and a better country, to
                           times. This is a time that requires firm re-                    put me and Dick Cheney back in office.
                           solve, clear vision, and the deep faith in the
                                                                                              And perhaps the reason why you should
                           values that makes this a great nation.
                              None of us will ever forget that era when                    put me back in is so that Laura will be First
                           one—that week when one era ended and an-                        Lady for 4 more years. I love her dearly, and
                           other began. On September the 14th, 2001,                       she’s a great First Lady.
                           I stood in the ruins of the Twin Towers. It’s                      I’m proud of my Vice President. I recog-
                           a day I will never forget. There were workers                   nize he doesn’t have the waviest hair in the
                           in hardhats there yelling at the top of their                   race. [Laughter] I didn’t pick him for his hair.
                           lungs, ‘‘Whatever it takes.’’ I remember try-                   I picked him because of his experience and
                           ing to console people, and a guy grabbed me                     sound judgment.
                           by the arm, and he said, ‘‘Do not let me                           I’m proud of my brother Jeb. You’ve been
                           down.’’ Ever since that day, I wake up every                    through a lot of hardship in this State—not
                           morning thinking about how to better protect                    one hurricane, not two, but four. The people
                           our country. I will never relent in defending                   of this State rose to the occasion, as did your
                           America, whatever it takes.                                     Governor. It’s amazing what happens in hard
                              Four years ago, when I traveled your great                   times. The compassion of this country comes
                           State, I made a pledge that if you gave me                      forth, and the compassion of the people of




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                           Florida came forth, neighbor helping neigh-                        To make sure quality jobs are created here
                           bor, people putting their arm around some-                      in America, America must be the best place
                           body who hurts. I hope the Federal Govern-                      in the world to do business. That means less
                           ment did—recognized that we did as much                         regulations on our job creators. That means
                           as we can possibly do, and we’ll continue to                    we’ve got to do something about these junk
                           help the people of this State get its feet back                 lawsuits that are hurting small-business own-
                           on the ground.                                                  ers.
                              I want to thank Monty for his service to                        Listen, to keep jobs here, Congress needs
                           the country and for his introducing Jeb up                      to pass my energy plan. It’s a plan that en-
                           here today. The Lieutenant Governor is with                     courages conservation and encourages the
                           us, and I appreciate Toni Jennings. I appre-                    use of renewables like ethanol and biodiesel.
                           ciate all the State and local folks who are                     It encourages clean coal technology. It en-
                           here.                                                           courages the exploration for natural gas in
                              I want to thank my friend Bill France. He’s                  environmentally friendly ways. To keep jobs
                           got something to do with cars over here.                        here, America must be less dependent on
                           [Laughter] I’m proud he’s here. One of the                      foreign sources of energy.
                           most amazing events of my life, at least as                        To create jobs here, we need to open up
                           the Presidency, was to go to the NASCAR                         markets for U.S. products. Listen, we open
                           race here at the Daytona 500.                                   up our markets for goods from overseas, and
                              Most of all, I want to thank the grassroots                  that’s good for you. When you’ve got more
                           activists who are here, the people who are                      products to choose from, you’re likely to get
                           putting up all the signs, turning out crowds                    that which you want at a better price and
                           like this at this rally, the people who are mak-                higher quality. That’s how the market works.
                           ing the phone calls. There is no doubt in my                    And so, therefore, I’m saying to other coun-
                           mind that with your help, we’ll carry Florida                   tries like China, ‘‘Treat us the way we treat
                           again and win a great victory on November                       you.’’ See, we can compete with anybody,
                           the 2d.                                                         anytime, anywhere, if the playing field is
                              The last few years, the American people                      level.
                           have come to know me. They know my blunt                           To create jobs, we’ve got to be wise about
                           way of speaking. I get that from Mother.                        how we spend your money and keep your
                           [Laughter] They know that sometimes I                           taxes low.
                           mangle the English language. I get that from                       My opponent has his own history on the
                           Dad. [Laughter] Americans also know that                        economy.
                           I tell you exactly what I’m going to do, and                       Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           I keep my word.                                                    The President. In 20 years as a Senator
                              When I came into office, the stock market                    from Massachusetts, he’s built a record of
                           had been in serious decline for 6 months.                       a Senator from Massachusetts. [Laughter]
                           And then we had a recession. To help fami-                      He has voted to raise taxes 98 times.
                           lies and to get this economy going again, I                        Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           pledged to reduce taxes. I kept my word.                           The President. That’s in 20 years. That’s
                              Because we acted, the recession was one                      about five times a year. I’d call that a pattern.
                           of the shallowest in American history. Over                     I’d call that an indicator. He can run from
                           the last 3 years, our economy has grown at                      his record, but he cannot hide.
                           the fastest rate of any major industrialized                       He looked in the camera the other night,
                           nation. The national unemployment rate is                       and he said he promised not to raise taxes
                           at 5.4 percent, lower than the average of the                   on anybody earning—that earns less than
                           1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. The unemployment                       $200,000 a year. He said it with a straight
                           rate in your State is 4.5 percent. Farm in-                     face. [Laughter] The problem is, to keep that
                           come is up. Homeownership rate is at an all-                    promise he would have to break almost all
                           time high. This economy is moving forward,                      of his other ones. See, he’s promised $2.2
                           and we’re not going to go back to the days                      trillion of new spending. That’s with a ‘‘T.’’
                           of big Government, tax and spend.                                  Audience members. Boo-o-o!




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                              The President. He said he’s going to pay                     gether to strengthen and modernize Medi-
                           for it by taxing the rich, but you raise only                   care for our seniors. I kept my word.
                           about 600 billion if you raise the top two                         We’re moving forward on health care, and
                           brackets. So there’s a gap between what he’s                    there’s more to do. We need to make sure
                           going to spend and what money he can col-                       health care is available and affordable for all
                           lect. And so guess who usually pays—fills that                  our people. We need a safety net for those
                           gap.                                                            with the greatest needs. I believe in commu-
                              Audience members. We do!                                     nity health centers, where low and poor can
                              The President. There’s something else                        get their preventative care. See, I’d rather
                           wrong with taxing the rich. The rich hire law-                  them get the care there at a place of compas-
                           yers and accountants for a reason: to slip the                  sion rather than your emergency rooms in
                           bill and stick you with it. [Laughter] We’re                    your hospitals here. It doesn’t make any
                           not going to let him tax you; we’re going to                    sense to have pressures on your emergency
                           carry Florida and win in November.                              rooms. We can do a better job for the poor
                              When I came into office, our public                          and the indigent. I believe every poor county
                           schools had been waiting decades for hopeful                    in America ought to have a community health
                           reform. Too many of our children were shuf-                     center. We’ll make sure our poor children
                           fled through school, year after year, without                   are fully subscribed in our programs for low-
                           learning the basics. I pledged to restore ac-                   income families so they can get the health
                           countability to our schools, to raise the stand-                care they need.
                           ards, and to end the soft bigotry of low expec-                    We also ought to make sure health care
                           tations. And I kept my word. Our children                       is affordable. Listen, most of the uninsured
                           are making sustained gains in reading and                       work for small businesses. Small businesses
                           math. We’re closing an achievement gap, and                     are having trouble affording health care. We
                           we’re not going to go back to the days of                       ought to allow small businesses to join to-
                           mediocrity and low expectations.                                gether in associations so they can purchase
                              To build a more hopeful America, we must                     insurance at the same discounts that big com-
                           have the best prepared and most highly                          panies get to do. We got to expand health
                           skilled workforce in the world. We live in                      savings accounts so workers in small busi-
                           a global economy. Most new jobs are filled                      nesses are able to pay low premiums and
                           by people with at least 2 years of college,                     people can save tax-free for a health care ac-
                           yet only one in four of our students gets                       count they manage, a health care account
                           there. So we’ll fund early intervention pro-                    they can call their own.
                           grams in our high schools to help at-risk stu-                     To make sure health care is available and
                           dents. We’ll place a new focus on math and                      affordable, we must do something about the
                           science. Over time, we’ll require a rigorous                    junk lawsuits that are running up the cost
                           exam before graduation. By raising perform-                     of health care. By forcing doctors to practice
                           ance in our high schools and by expanding                       defensive medicine, medical lawsuits cost the
                           Pell grants for low- and middle-income fami-                    Government $28 billion a year. That means
                           lies, we will help more Americans start their                   those lawsuits cost you $28 billion a year.
                           career with a college diploma.                                  Lawsuits—medical lawsuits cost our econ-
                              When I came to office, we had a problem                      omy anywhere from 60 to 100 billion dollars
                           in Medicare. Medicine was changing; Medi-                       a year. They drive up the insurance pre-
                           care was not. Let me give you an example.                       miums, which drive good doctors out of prac-
                           Medicare would pay hundreds of thousands                        tice. I have talked to too many ob-gyns that
                           of dollars—tens of thousands of dollars for                     are having trouble practicing. I’ve talked to
                           heart surgery but not one single dime for the                   too many expectant moms who are having
                           prescription drug coverage—for the pre-                         to drive mile after mile because of these law-
                           scription drugs that would prevent the heart                    suits. You cannot be pro-doctor, pro-patient,
                           surgery from being needed in the first place.                   and pro-plaintiff-attorney at the same time.
                           That wasn’t fair to our seniors and didn’t                      You have to make a choice. My opponent
                           make any sense for the taxpayers. I pledged                     made his choice, and he put a personal injury
                           to bring Republicans and Democrats to-                          trial lawyer on the ticket.




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                               Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                  Now, those who are on Social Security don’t
                               The President. I made my choice. I’m                        need to worry. Remember in the 2000 cam-
                           standing with the docs and the patients. I’m                    paign when I was running, they said, ‘‘If
                           for medical liability reform—now.                               George W. gets elected, he’s going to take
                               We have a difference when it comes to                       away your checks.’’ Well, our seniors got their
                           health care. My opponent has a plan that calls                  checks. They will continue to get their
                           for bigger and more intrusive Government.                       checks. Baby boomers are in pretty good
                           In one of our debates, he actually said about                   shape when it comes to Social Security.
                           his health care plan, the Government has                           But we need to worry about our children
                           nothing to do with it. I could barely contain                   and our grandchildren. We need to worry
                           myself. [Laughter] The facts are that 8 out                     about whether or not Social Security will be
                           of 10 people who get health care under Sen-                     around when they need it. For their sake,
                           ator Kerry’s plan would be placed on a Gov-                     we must strengthen Social Security by allow-
                           ernment program. Eight million Americans                        ing younger workers to save some of their
                           would lose their private health insurance at                    payroll taxes in a personal savings account
                           work, and most would have to go on a Gov-                       that will earn a better rate or interest than
                           ernment plan like Medicaid. He claimed his                      the current trust, a personal savings account
                           plan would help small businesses. But upon                      they can call their own, an account the Gov-
                           analysis, small-business groups concluded                       ernment can never take away.
                           that his plan is an overpriced albatross that
                                                                                              When it comes to Social Security, as you
                           would saddle small businesses with 225 new
                                                                                           heard the other night, my opponent wants
                           mandates.
                                                                                           to maintain the status quo. He’s against the
                               The choice in this election is clear. My op-
                                                                                           Social Security reforms I outlined. As a mat-
                           ponent wants to move in the direction of
                                                                                           ter of fact, he’s against just about every re-
                           Government-run health care. I believe health
                           decisions ought to be made by doctors and                       form that gives more authority and more con-
                           patients, not by officials in Washington, DC.                   trol to the individual. On issue after issue,
                               We’re moving toward an ownership society                    from Medicare without choices to schools
                           in America. There’s an old saying that says                     with less accountability to higher taxes, he
                           no one ever washes a rental car—[laugh-                         takes the side of more Government.
                           ter]—a lot of wisdom in that. [Laughter]                           There’s a word for that attitude. It is called
                           When you own something, you care about                          liberalism. He dismisses that as simply a
                           it. When you own something, you have a vital                    label. He must have seen it differently when
                           stake in the future of our country. That’s why                  he said to a newspaper, ‘‘I’m a liberal and
                           we’re promoting entrepreneurship, creating                      proud of it.’’ [Laughter] The nonpartisan Na-
                           an environment where the small-business                         tional Journal magazine did a study, named
                           owner can flourish. Every time a small busi-                    him the most liberal Member of the United
                           ness is started someone is realizing the Amer-                  States Senate. That’s hard work. That’s hard
                           ican Dream. We’re encouraging health sav-                       to do. [Laughter] It’s hard to make Ted Ken-
                           ings accounts, so people have the security of                   nedy the conservative Senator from Massa-
                           owning their own health care that they could                    chusetts. He can run, but he cannot hide.
                           take with them from job to job. We’re pro-                         I have a different point of view, a different
                           moting homeownership. I love the idea that                      philosophy. I do not believe in big Govern-
                           more and more Americans from all walks of                       ment, and I do not believe that Government
                           life are opening up the door where they live                    should be indifferent. I’m a compassionate
                           and saying, ‘‘Welcome to my house. Wel-                         conservative. I believe in policies that em-
                           come to my piece of property.’’                                 power people to improve their lives, not try
                               In a new term, we’ll take the next step                     to run their lives. We’re helping men and
                           to build an ownership society by strength-                      women find the skills and tools to prosper
                           ening Social Security. The Social Security                      in a time of change. We’ll help all Americans
                           system needs fixing. I came to Washington                       have a future of dignity and independence.
                           to solve problems, not to pass them on to                       That is how I have led, and that is how I
                           future Presidents and future generations.                       will continue to lead for 4 more years.




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                              Audience members. Four more years!                              My opponent seems to be willing to say
                           Four more years! Four more years!                               almost anything he thinks will benefit him
                              The President. In this time of change,                       politically. After standing on the stage, after
                           some things do not change, the values we                        the debates, I made it very plain, we will not
                           try to live by, courage and compassion, rev-                    have an all-volunteer army. And yet, this
                           erence and integrity. In times of change, we                    week—we will have an all-volunteer army.
                           all must support the institutions that give our                 Let me restate that. [Laughter] We will not
                           lives direction and purpose, our families, our                  have a draft. No matter what my opponent
                           schools, our religious congregations. We                        tries to tell people and scare them, we will
                           stand for a culture of life in which every per-                 have an all-volunteer army. The only person
                           son matters and every being counts. We                          talking about a draft is my opponent. The
                           stand for marriage and family, which are the                    only politicians who have supported a draft
                           foundations of our society. We stand for the                    are Democrats. And the best way to avoid
                           appointment of Federal judges who know the                      a draft is to vote for me.
                           difference between personal opinion and the                        As part of our strategy, we will stay on the
                           strict interpretation of the law.                               offensive. We will strike the terrorists abroad
                              Now, my opponent’s words on these issues                     so we do not have to face them here at home.
                           are a little muddy—[laughter]—but his                           We will spread freedom and liberty. And we
                           record is plenty clear. He says he supports                     will prevail.
                           the institution of marriage, but he voted                          The strategy is succeeding. Think about
                           against the Defense of Marriage Act, which                      the world as it was 31⁄2 years ago. Afghanistan
                           my predecessor signed into law.                                 was the home base of Al Qaida. Pakistan was
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   a transit point for terrorist groups. Saudi Ara-
                              The President. He voted against the ban                      bia was a fertile ground for terrorist fund-
                           on the brutal practice of partial-birth abor-                   raising. Libya was secretly pursuing nuclear
                           tion.                                                           weapons. Iraq was a dangerous place and a
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   gathering threat. And Al Qaida was largely
                              The President. He called the Reagan                          unchallenged as it planned attacks.
                           years a time of moral darkness.                                    Because we led, Afghanistan is free and
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   is now an ally in the war on terror; Pakistan
                              The President. There is a mainstream in                      is capturing terrorist leaders; Saudi Arabia is
                           American politics, and my opponent sits on                      making raids and arrests; Libya is dismantling
                           the far left bank. He can run, but he cannot                    its weapons programs; the army of a free Iraq
                           hide.                                                           is fighting for freedom; and more than three-
                              This election will also determine how                        quarters of Al Qaida and its associates have
                           America responds to the continuing danger                       been brought to justice.
                           of terrorism. The most solemn duty of the                          In defending ourselves, in fighting for our
                           American President is to protect the Amer-                      security, we have freed over 50 million peo-
                           ican people. If America shows uncertainty or                    ple in Afghanistan and Iraq. Think about
                           weakness in this decade, the world will drift                   what has happened in Afghanistan. I want
                           toward tragedy. This will not happen on my                      the youngsters to understand what has taken
                           watch.                                                          place in about 31⁄2 years. It used to be, those
                              Since that terrible morning of September                     people lived under—in Afghanistan lived
                           the 11th, 2001, we have fought the terrorists                   under the brutal reign of the Taliban. They
                           across the Earth, not for pride, not for power,                 lived in darkness. These people were so back-
                           but because the lives of our citizens are at                    ward and so barbaric that young girls couldn’t
                           stake. Our strategy is clear. We’re defending                   go to school. Their mothers were whipped
                           the homeland. We are reforming and                              in the public square if they didn’t toe the
                           strengthening our intelligence capabilities.                    ideological line. Because we protected our-
                           We are transforming our military. Our All-                      selves, we liberated the people of Afghani-
                           Volunteer Army will remain an all-volunteer                     stan from the Taliban. And by millions, they
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                           in the Presidential election was a 19-year-                     his vote. He said, ‘‘I actually did vote for the
                           old woman.                                                      $87 billion before, I voted against it.’’
                              Iraq will be holding Presidential elections.                     Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           Think how far that country has come in a                            The President. He’s given a lot of expla-
                           short period of time from the days of mass                      nations since then. One explanation was,
                           graves and torture chambers to a country be-                    ‘‘The whole thing was just a complicated mat-
                           ginning—a democracy beginning to grow.                          ter.’’ There’s nothing complicated about sup-
                           And it’s in our interests to promote freedom.                   porting our troops in combat.
                           It’s in our interests these countries become                        Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of
                           free, because free societies in the Middle                      Senator Kerry’s vote against funding for our
                           East will be hopeful societies which no                         troops. My opponent’s many and conflicting
                           longer feed resentment and breed violence                       positions on this issue are a case study into
                           for export. Free societies and free govern-                     why his contradictions call into question his
                           ments in the Middle East will fight the ter-                    credibility and ability to lead our Nation. In
                           rorists instead of harboring them. Freedom                      September of 2003, as the $87 billion fund-
                           will help us keep the peace.                                    ing package was being debated in Congress,
                              And so our mission is clear. We will help                    Senator Kerry said, ‘‘It would be irrespon-
                           these countries train the armies and police                     sible to abandon our troops by voting against
                           so the people of Afghanistan and Iraq can                       it.’’ Just one month later, he did exactly that
                           do the hard work of defending democracy.                        irresponsible thing and voted not to fund our
                           We will help them get on the path of stability                  troops. And so, what happened to change the
                           as quickly as possible, and then our troops                     Senator’s mind so abruptly in one month?
                           will return home with the honor they have                       His opponent in the Democrat primary,
                           earned.                                                         Howard Dean, was gaining ground as an
                              We have a great United States military,                      antiwar candidate. Senator Kerry apparently
                           and I’m proud to be their Commander in                          decided supporting the troops, even while
                           Chief. I want to thank the veterans who are                     they were in harm’s way, was not as impor-
                           here for having set such a great example for                    tant as shoring up his political position.
                           those who wear the uniform. I want to thank                         Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           the military families who are here for their                        The President. At a time of great threat
                           sacrifices. And I assure you, we’ll keep the                    for our country, at a time of great challenge
                           commitments I have made to our troops. We                       in the world, the Commander in Chief must
                           will make sure they have all the resources                      stand on principle, not on the shifting sands
                           they need to complete their missions. That’s                    of political convenience.
                           why I went to the Congress in September                             The differences are clear when it comes
                           of 2003 and requested $87 billion of supple-                    to defending the country. Senator Kerry pro-
                           mental funding to support our troops in                         posed that we should pass a ‘‘global test’’ be-
                           harm’s way in both Afghanistan and Iraq. The                    fore we defend ourselves.
                           support was strong for that request, so strong                      Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           that only 12 Members of the United States                           The President. The problem with that
                           Senate voted against the funding, 2 of whom                     ‘‘global test’’ is that the Senator can never
                           are my opponent and his runningmate.                            pass it. [Laughter] In 1990, the United Na-
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   tions Security Council passed a resolution
                              The President. When you’re out gath-                         supporting action to remove Saddam Hus-
                           ering the vote, remind your fellow citizens                     sein from Kuwait. The international commu-
                           that only four Members of the Senate voted                      nity was united. Countries throughout the
                           to authorize the use of force and voted                         world joined the coalition. Yet, even after the
                           against funding for our troops—only four—                       United Nations’ approval, Senator Kerry
                           two of whom are my opponent and his                             voted against the authorization of the use of
                           runningmate.                                                    force. If the 1991 gulf war didn’t pass his
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   ‘‘global test,’’ nothing will pass his ‘‘global
                              The President. You might remember my                         test.’’
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                              The President. And that makes America                        And one of those deep faiths we believe and
                           more dangerous. It makes the world less se-                     understand is that we know that freedom is
                           cure. I’ll work with our allies. I’ll build coali-              not America’s gift to the world; freedom is
                           tions. But I will never turn over our national                  the Almighty God’s gift to each man and
                           security decisions to leaders of other coun-                    woman in this world.
                           tries.                                                             None of us will ever forget that week when
                              I believe in the transformational power of                   one era ended and another began. On Sep-
                           liberty. You know, one of our friends is Prime                  tember the 14th, 2001, I stood in the ruins
                           Minister Koizumi of Japan. That probably                        of the Twin Towers. It’s a day I will never
                           doesn’t sound too unusual, except think back                    forget. There were workers there in hardhats
                           some 60 years ago when we were at war with                      yelling at the top of their lungs, ‘‘Whatever
                           the Japanese. They were our mortal enemy.                       it takes.’’ A fellow grabbed me by the arm.
                           My dad fought against the Japanese. I’m con-                    He looked me right in the eye, and he said,
                           fident many relatives out here fought against                   ‘‘Do not let me down.’’ Ever since that day,
                           the Japanese. And it was a tough war, a brutal                  I wake up every morning thinking about how
                           war.                                                            to better protect our country. I will never
                              After the war was over, Harry S. Truman,                     relent in defending our security, whatever it
                           President of the United States, believed in                     takes.
                           the power of liberty to transform an enemy                         Four years ago, when I traveled your great
                           into an ally. So did other Americans. There                     State asking for the vote, I made a pledge
                           was a lot of skepticism as we worked with                       that if you gave me a chance to serve, I would
                           Japan to build a democracy. You can under-                      uphold the honor and the dignity of the office
                           stand that. ‘‘This enemy could never become                     to which I had been elected. With your help,
                           a democracy,’’ some said. ‘‘Why do we want                      with your hard work, I will do so for 4 more
                           to help somebody who hurt so many of our                        years.
                           citizens? Why do we care about a country                           God bless. Thank you all for coming. I ap-
                           that attacked us?’’ However, because people                     preciate you. Thank you all.
                           had belief in the power of liberty to trans-
                           form, today, I sit down with Prime Minister
                           Koizumi as a friend, talking about keeping                      NOTE: The President spoke at 4:10 p.m. outside
                           the peace we all want.                                          the office building at 525 Fentress Blvd. near the
                              Someday, a duly elected leader from Iraq                     Daytona International Speedway. In his remarks,
                                                                                           he referred to Gov. Jeb Bush and Lt. Gov. Toni
                           will be sitting down with the President of                      Jennings of Florida; Bill France, Jr., former presi-
                           the United States talking about peace in the                    dent, NASCAR; and Prime Minister Junichiro
                           Middle East, and our children and our grand-                    Koizumi of Japan.
                           children will be better off for it.
                              Extending freedom also means con-
                           fronting the evil of anti-Semitism. Today I                     Memorandum on Provision of U.S.
                           signed the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act                      Drug Interdiction Assistance to the
                           of 2004. This law commits the Government                        Government of Brazil
                           to keep a record of anti-Semitic acts through-
                           out the world and also a record of responses                    October 16, 2004
                           to them. This Nation will keep watch and
                                                                                           Presidential Determination No. 2005–03
                           will make sure that the ancient impulse of
                           anti-Semitism never finds a home in the
                           modern world.                                                   Memorandum for the Secretary of State, the
                              For all Americans, these years in our his-                   Secretary of Defense
                           tory will always stand apart. There are quiet
                           times in the life of a nation when little is                    Subject: Provision of U.S. Drug Interdiction
                           expected of its leaders. This is not one of                     Assistance to the Government of Brazil
                           those times. This is a time that requires firm                    Pursuant to the authority vested in me by
                           resolve and clear vision and the deep faith                     section 1012 of the National Defense Au-
                           in the values that makes this a great nation.                   thorization Act for Fiscal Year 1995, as




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                           amended (22 U.S.C. 2291–4), I hereby cer-                       America had earned more than 100 medals,
                           tify, with respect to Brazil, that: (1) interdic-               the most in the world. We heard our national
                           tion of aircraft reasonably suspected to be                     anthem played 35 times to honor gold medal-
                           primarily engaged in illicit drug trafficking                   ists. Our athletes created lasting memories
                           in that country’s airspace is necessary be-                     for millions of Americans who followed the
                           cause of the extraordinary threat posed by                      games.
                           illicit drug trafficking to the national security                  We’ll always remember Paul Hamm com-
                           of that country; and (2) that country has ap-                   ing from behind to win the gold in the men’s
                           propriate procedures in place to protect                        gymnastics, and Carly Patterson winning the
                           against innocent loss of life in the air and                    women’s gold the next night. We’ll remem-
                           on the ground in connection with such inter-                    ber Rulon Gardner leaving his shoes in the
                           diction, which shall at a minimum include                       ring after winning his last match as an Olym-
                           effective means to identify and warn an air-                    pic wrestler. We’ll remember our many in-
                           craft before the use of force is directed                       credible swimmers, swimmers like Michael
                           against the aircraft.                                           Phelps and the 4x200 women’s freestyle relay
                               The Secretary of State is authorized and                    team that set a world record. We’ll remem-
                           directed to publish this determination in the                   ber the Paralympians who earned a remark-
                           Federal Register and to notify the Congress                     able 88 medals for the United States of
                           of this determination.                                          America. Including Royal Mitchell and
                                                       George W. Bush                      Karissa Whitsell, each of who earned two
                                                                                           gold medals. We’ll remember all the Amer-
                           [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register,
                                                                                           ican teams that came together to win gold
                           8:45 a.m., October 26, 2004]
                                                                                           in the Olympics and Paralympics—men’s
                           NOTE: This memorandum was released by the Of-                   rowing and sailing, women’s soccer, softball,
                           fice of the Press Secretary on October 18, and                  basketball—[laughter]—beach         volleyball,
                           it will be published in the Federal Register on                 and the women’s wheelchair basketball team.
                           October 27.                                                     Your success has showed the power of dis-
                                                                                           cipline and persistence.
                           Remarks to the 2004 United States                                  These games came at an historic time for
                           Olympic and Paralympic Teams                                    the world. You and your fellow Olympians
                                                                                           showed why we have such great hope in this
                           October 18, 2004                                                world. Think about what happened at the
                              Thank you all for coming. Please be seat-                    opening ceremonies. Our teams marched
                           ed. It’s such an honor for Laura and me to                      alongside men and women from Afghanistan
                           welcome the mighty United States Olympic                        and Iraq, nations that just 4 years ago knew
                           team to the White House. We’re really proud                     only tyranny and repression.
                           of our athletes. We want to welcome the U.S.                       With millions watching, you showed the
                           Olympians and the Paralympians here on the                      best values of America. You were humble in
                           South Lawn. We welcome the coaches and                          victory, gracious in defeat. You showed com-
                           the team leaders who are here today. We                         passion for your competitors. You showed the
                           welcome the former Olympians and                                great tolerance and diversity of our people.
                           Paralympians who are with us today. We                          You’re great athletes. Most importantly, you
                           want to welcome Herman Frazier and                              showed great character. You made us all
                           Jeanne Picariello. We want to welcome the                       proud, and I want to thank you for being
                           family members here. But most of all, we’re                     such fine ambassadors of our Nation to the
                           thrilled the athletes are here.                                 world.
                              To qualify for Team USA, you had to set                         You also understand your responsibility to
                           high goals, devote long hours to training, and                  be champions away from the field as well.
                           outperform talented athletes from all across                    Appreciate the good examples you set for
                           our country. In Athens, you faced the tough-                    millions of children who dream about be-
                           est competition and the highest pressure in                     coming Olympians or Paralympians them-
                           all of sports. And when the games were over,                    selves.




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                             In the years ahead, I hope you’ll continue                    The American people—a lot of Americans
                           to give back to your communities. I hope                        have seen her give a speech, and when they
                           you’ll consider mentoring a child or coaching                   do, they see a compassionate, strong, warm
                           a child. With your generosity and decency,                      woman.
                           you’ll make this country a more hopeful                            I’m proud to have been standing on the
                           place.                                                          stage with Bernie Kerik. He knows some-
                             Once again, welcome to the White House.                       thing about security. He’s lived security all
                           Congratulations. May God continue to bless                      his life, and I want to thank him for his dedi-
                           our country.                                                    cation and his service to the people of this
                                                                                           country.
                           NOTE: The President spoke at 10:07 a.m. on the                     I want to thank Congressman Jim Saxton
                           South Lawn at the White House. In his remarks,                  for being here today. And thank you for
                           he referred to Herman Frazier, Chef de Mission,                 bringing your daughter, Jennifer. I want to
                           2004 U.S. Olympic team; Jeanne Picariello, Chef                 thank Congressman Scott Garrett for joining
                           de Mission, 2004 U.S. Paralympic team; Paul                     us today. Congressman, thank you. Congress-
                           Hamm, gymnast, Carly Patterson, gymnast, Rulon                  man Frank LoBiondo—thanks for coming,
                           Gardner, wrestler, and Michael Phelps, swimmer,
                           U.S. Olympic team; and Royal Mitchell, runner,
                                                                                           Frank and Tina. I want to thank Congress-
                           and Karissa Whitsell, cyclist, U.S. Paralympic                  man Chris Smith and Marie for joining us.
                           team.                                                           The chairman of the Republican Party was
                                                                                           born and raised in this county. He’s doing
                                                                                           a fabulous job. Welcome my friend Ed Gil-
                           Remarks in Marlton, New Jersey                                  lespie. Thanks for coming, Ed.
                           October 18, 2004                                                   I want to thank all the State senators and
                                                                                           statehouse members who are here. I want
                              The President. Thank you all. Thanks for                     to thank the grassroots activists. I want to
                           coming. Thanks for the warm welcome. It                         thank you for what you’re going to do during
                           is great to be back in the State of New Jersey.                 the next 15 days. Put up the signs. Call the
                           Oh, I know it might surprise some to see                        phones. Get the people out to vote. We’re
                           a Republican Presidential candidate in New                      going to win the State of New Jersey and
                           Jersey in late October. The reason why I’m                      win a great victory in November.
                           here, with your help, we’ll carry the State                        Audience members. Four more years!
                           of New Jersey in November.                                      Four more years! Four more years!
                              We are now 15 days away from a critical                         The President. During the decade of the
                           election. Many important domestic issues are                    1990s, our times often seemed peaceful on
                           at stake. I have a positive, hopeful agenda                     the surface. Yet, beneath that surface were
                           for job creation, broader health coverage,                      currents of danger. Terrorists were training
                           and better public education. Yet all the                        and planning in distant camps. In 1993, ter-
                           progress we hope to make depends on the                         rorists made their first attack on the World
                           security of our Nation. America is in the mid-                  Trade Center. In 1998, terrorists bombed
                           dle of a global war on terror, a struggle unlike                American Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
                           any we have ever known before. We face an                       And then came the attack on the U.S.S. Cole
                           enemy that is determined to kill the innocent                   in 2000, which cost the lives of 17 American
                           and make our country into a battlefield. In                     sailors. In this period, America’s response to
                           the war on terror, there is no place for confu-                 terrorism was generally piecemeal and sym-
                           sion and no substitute for victory. For the                     bolic. The terrorists concluded this was a sign
                           sake of our future and our freedom, we will                     of weakness, and their plans became more
                           fight this war with every asset of our national                 ambitious, * and their attacks became more
                           power, and we will prevail.                                     deadly.
                              Laura sends her best. So I asked her to                         Most Americans still felt that terrorism was
                           marry me; she said, ‘‘Fine, just so long as                     something distant and something that would
                           I never have to give a political speech.’’                      not strike on a large scale in America. That
                           [Laughter] I said, ‘‘Okay, you got a deal.’’
                           Fortunately, she didn’t hold me to that deal.                      * White House correction.




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                           is the time that my opponent wants to go                           Winning the war on terror requires more
                           back to——                                                       than tough-sounding words repeated in the
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   election season. America needs clear moral
                              The President. ——a time when danger                          purpose and leaders who will not waver, es-
                           was real and growing, but we didn’t know                        pecially in the tough times. And winning the
                           it, a time when some thought terrorism was                      war on terror requires a strategy for victory.
                           only a ‘‘nuisance.’’                                            Unlike my opponent, I understand the strug-
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   gle America faces, and I have a strategy to
                              The President. But that very attitude is                     win.
                           what blinded America to the war being                              Our first duty in the war on terror is to
                           waged against us. And by not seeing the war,                    protect the homeland. This morning at the
                           our Government had no comprehensive                             White House, I signed a strong law that will
                           strategy to fight it. September the 11th, 2001,                 make our Nation more secure. With the 2005
                           changed all that. We realized that the appar-                   Homeland Security Appropriations Act, we
                           ent security of the 1990s was an illusion.                      are providing essential funding for Coast
                              The people of New Jersey were among the                      Guard patrols and port security, for the Fed-
                                                                                           eral air marshal program, and for technology
                           first to understand how the world changed.
                                                                                           that will defend aircraft against missiles.
                           On September the 11th, from places like Ho-
                                                                                           We’re adding new resources to patrol our
                           boken and Jersey City, you could look across
                                                                                           borders and to verify the identity of foreign
                           the Hudson River and see the Twin Towers
                                                                                           visitors to America. We need to know who’s
                           burning. We will never forget that day, and
                                                                                           coming in and out of our country.
                           we will never forget our duty to defend
                                                                                              The new law includes vital money for first-
                           America.
                                                                                           responders and for better security of chem-
                              Out of the horror of that day, we also saw                   ical facilities and nuclear plants and water
                           good emerge. America has seen a new gen-                        treatment plants and bridges and subways
                           eration of heroes, police, firefighters, mem-                   and tunnels. All these measures show the un-
                           bers of the military. Americans have felt a                     wavering commitment of our Government.
                           new sense of community in neighborhoods                         We will do everything in our power to protect
                           and across our country. We’ve been re-                          the American people.
                           minded that all of us are a part of a great                        The law I signed today is part of a broad
                           American story that is larger than our indi-                    effort to defend America against new dan-
                           vidual lives, and we have been reminded of                      gers. After September the 11th, we created
                           our solemn responsibility to defend freedom.                    the Department of Homeland Security to
                              September the 11th also changed the way                      make sure our Government agencies are
                           we should look at national security, but not                    working together. We’re transforming the
                           everyone realizes it. The choice we face in                     FBI into an agency whose primary focus is
                           this election, the first Presidential election                  stopping terrorism. Through Project Bio-
                           since September the 11th, is how our Nation                     Shield, we are developing new vaccines and
                           will defeat this threat. Will we stay on the                    treatments against biological attacks. We’ve
                           offensive against those who want to attack                      trained more than a half million first-re-
                           us——                                                            sponders across America.
                              Audience members. Yes!                                          To protect America, we passed the PA-
                              The President. ——or will we take action                      TRIOT Act, giving law enforcement many of
                           only after we are attacked?                                     the same tools to fight terrorists that they
                              Audience members. No-o-o!                                    already had to fight drug cartels and orga-
                              The President. Will we make decisions in                     nized crime. Since September the 11th, law
                           the light of September the 11th or continue                     enforcement professionals have stopped ter-
                           to live in the mirage of safety that was actu-                  rorist activities in Columbus, Ohio; San
                           ally a time of gathering threats? And in this                   Diego, California; Portland, Oregon; Seattle,
                           time of choosing, I want all Americans to                       Washington; Buffalo, New York; and other
                           know you can count on me to fight our en-                       places, including New Jersey, where we ap-
                           emies and defend our freedom.                                   prehended an arms dealer who was allegedly




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                             trying to sell shoulder-fired missiles to terror-               we must pursue a comprehensive strategy
                             ists.                                                           against terror. The best way to prevent at-
                                My opponent voted for the PATRIOT Act,                       tacks is to stay on the offense against the
                             but now he wants to weaken it. There are                        enemy overseas. We are waging a global cam-
                             plenty of safeguards in this law, making sure                   paign from the mountains of Central Asia to
                             that civil liberties are protected and searches                 the deserts of the Middle East and from the
                             are authorized by court order. By seeking to                    Horn of Africa to the Philippines.
                             dilute the PATRIOT Act, my opponent is                             These efforts are paying off. Since Sep-
                             taking the eye off the ball. The danger to                      tember the 11th, 2001, more than three-
                             America is not the PATRIOT Act or the good                      quarters of Al Qaida’s key members and asso-
                             people who use it; the danger to America                        ciates have been brought to justice. The rest
                             is the terrorists. And we will not let up in                    of them know we’re coming after them.
                             this fight.                                                        After September the 11th, we set a new
                                To protect America, our country needs the                    direction for American policy and enforced
                             best possible intelligence. Chairman Tom                        a doctrine that is clear to all: ‘‘If you support
                             Kean and other members of the September                         or harbor terrorists, you’re equally guilty of
                             the 11th Commission made thoughtful and                         terrorist murder.’’ We destroyed the terror
                             valuable recommendations on intelligence                        camps that trained thousands of killers in Af-
                             reform. We are already implementing the                         ghanistan. We removed the Taliban from
                             vast majority of those recommendations that                     power. We have persuaded Governments in
                             can be enacted without a vote of Congress.                      Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to recognize the
                             We’re expanding and strengthening the capa-                     enemy and join the fight. We ended the re-
                             bilities of the CIA. We’ve established the                      gime of Saddam Hussein, which sponsored
                             Terrorist Threat Integration Center so we                       terror. Iraq’s new Government under Prime
                             can bring together all the available intel-                     Minister Allawi is hunting down terrorists in
                             ligence on terrorist threats to one place.                      Iraq. We sent a message to Libya, which has
                                But other changes require new laws. Con-                     now given up weapons of mass destruction
                             gress needs to create the position of the Na-                   programs and handed nuclear materials and
                             tional Intelligence Director and take other                     equipment over to the United States. We
                             measures to make our intelligence commu-                        have acted, through diplomacy and force, to
                             nity more effective. These reforms are nec-                     shrink the area where the terrorists can oper-
                             essary to stay ahead of the threats. I urge                     ate freely, and that strategy has the terrorists
                             Congress to act quickly so I can sign them                      on the run.
                             into law.                                                          My opponent has a fundamental mis-
                                My opponent has taken a different ap-                        understanding on the war on terror. A re-
                             proach, and it shows in his record. Just one                    porter recently asked Senator Kerry how
                             year after the first attack on the World Trade                  September the 11th changed him. He re-
                             Center in 1993, Senator Kerry proposed a                        plied, ‘‘It didn’t change me much at all.’’
                             $6 billion cut in the Nation’s intelligence                        Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                             budget.                                                            The President. His unchanged worldview
                                Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   is obvious from the policies he still advocates.
                                The President. But the majority of his col-                  He has said this war is primarily an intel-
                             leagues ignored his irresponsible proposal. In                  ligence and law enforcement operation. He
                             1995, he tried to cut intelligence funding                      has declared, we should not respond to
                             again, and this time he could not get a single                  threats until they are, quote, ‘‘imminent.’’ He
                             Member of the United States Senate to sup-                      has complained that my administration,
                             port his bill. And that’s an important dif-                     quote, ‘‘relies unwisely on the threat of mili-
                             ference between us. Senator Kerry has a                         tary preemption against terrorist organiza-
                             record of trying to weaken American intel-                      tions.’’ Let me repeat that. He says that pre-
                             ligence. I am working every day to strengthen                   emptive action is ‘‘unwise,’’ not only against
                             American intelligence.                                          regimes but even against terrorist organiza-
                                In a free and open society, it is impossible                 tions.
                             to protect against every threat. So second,                        Audience members. Boo-o-o!




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                              The President. Senator Kerry’s approach                         Third, to win the war on terror, America
                           would permit a response only after America                      must work with allies and lead the world with
                           is hit.                                                         clarity. And that is exactly what we are doing.
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   The flags of 64 nations fly at U.S. Central
                              The President. This kind of September                        Command Headquarters in Tampa, Florida,
                           the 10th attitude is no way to protect our                      representing coalition countries that are
                           country. The war on terror is a real war with                   working openly with us in the war on terror.
                           deadly enemies, not simply a police oper-                       Dozens more are helping quietly in impor-
                           ation. In an era of weapons of mass destruc-                    tant ways. Today, all 26 NATO nations have
                           tion, waiting for threats to arrive at our door-                personnel either in Iraq, Afghanistan, or
                           steps is to invite disaster. Tyrants and terror-                both. America’s allies are standing with us
                           ists will not give us polite notice before they                 in the war on terror, and we are grateful.
                           attack our country. As long as I’m the Com-                        My opponent promises that he would do
                           mander in Chief, I will confront dangers                        better with our allies, yet he’s decided that
                           abroad so we do not have to face them here                      the way to build alliances is to insult our
                           at home.                                                        friends. As a candidate for President, Senator
                              The case of one terrorist shows what is at                   Kerry has managed to offend or alienate al-
                           stake. The terrorist leader we face in Iraq                     most every one of America’s fighting allies
                           today, the one responsible for beheading                        in the war on terror. He has called the coun-
                           American hostages, the one responsible for                      tries serving alongside us in Iraq, quote, ‘‘a
                           many of the car bombings and attacks against                    trumped-up . . . coalition of the bribed, the
                           Iraqis, is a man named Zarqawi. Before Sep-                     coerced, the bought, and the extorted.’’
                           tember the 11th, Zarqawi ran a camp in Af-                         Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           ghanistan that trained terrorists in the use                       The President. He has dismissed the sac-
                           of explosives and poisons—until coalition                       rifice of 14 nations that have lost forces in
                           forces destroyed that camp. He fled to Sad-                     Iraq, calling those nations ‘‘window dress-
                           dam Hussein’s Iraq, where he received med-                      ing.’’ In our debate a few weeks ago, he de-
                           ical care and set up operations with some                       clared, ‘‘When we went in, there were three
                           two dozen terrorist associates. He operated                     countries: Great Britain, Australia, and the
                           in Baghdad and worked with associates in                        United States.’’ He left out Poland, one of
                           northern Iraq who ran camps to train terror-                    the first countries to see combat on the first
                           ists and conducted chemical and biological                      days of hostilities in Iraq. He never shows
                           experiments—until coalition forces arrived                      respect for some of the 30 nations that are
                           and ended those operations. With nowhere                        serving courageously in Iraq today.
                           to operate openly, Zarqawi has gone under-                         Senator Kerry even has disregarded the
                           ground and is making a stand in Iraq.                           contributions of Iraqis who are fighting for
                              Here, the difference between my oppo-                        their freedom. When he speaks of coalition
                           nent and me is very clear. Senator Kerry be-                    casualties in Iraq, he doesn’t count the hun-
                           lieves that fighting Zarqawi and other terror-                  dreds of Iraqis who have given their lives
                           ists in Iraq is a ‘‘diversion’’ from the war on                 fighting the terrorists and the insurgents.
                           terror. I believe that fighting and defeating                   When Iraq’s Prime Minister came to Wash-
                           these killers in Iraq is a central commitment                   ington to address Congress last month, Sen-
                           in the war on terror.                                           ator Kerry did not show up. Instead, he
                              If Zarqawi and his associates were not busy                  called a press conference and questioned the
                           fighting American forces in Iraq, does Sen-                     Prime Minister’s credibility. The Prime Min-
                           ator Kerry think they would be leading pro-                     ister of Iraq is a brave man who survived
                           ductive and peaceful lives? [Laughter] Clear-                   the assassins of Saddam. The Prime Minister
                           ly, these killers would be plotting and acting                  of Iraq deserves the respect of the world,
                           to murder innocent civilians in free nations,                   not the scorn of a politician.
                           including our own. By facing these terrorists                      As part of his foreign policy, Senator Kerry
                           far away, our military is making the United                     has talked about applying a ‘‘global test.’’
                           States of America more secure.                                     Audience members. Boo-o-o!




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                               The President. As far as I can tell, it                     that country because the Afghan people, like
                           comes down to this: Before we act to defend                     everywhere, want to live in freedom.
                           ourselves, he thinks we need permission from                        No one forced them to register by the mil-
                           foreign capitals.                                               lions or stand in long lines at polling places.
                               Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                  On the day of that historic election, an Af-
                               The President. Yet, even the gulf war coa-                  ghan widow brought all four of her daughters
                           lition in 1991 did not pass Senator Kerry’s                     to vote alongside her. She said this, she said,
                           ‘‘global test.’’ Even with the United Nations                   ‘‘When you see women here lined up to vote,
                           approval, he voted against removing Saddam                      this is something profound . . . I never
                           Hussein from Kuwait.                                            dreamed . . . this day would come.’’ But
                               Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                  that woman’s dream finally arrived, as it will
                               The President. If that vast, U.N.-sup-                      one day across the greater Middle East. [Ap-
                           ported operation did not pass his test, noth-                   plause] Thank you.
                           ing ever could. Senator Kerry’s ‘‘global test’’                     The dream of freedom is moving forward
                           is nothing more than an excuse to constrain                     in Iraq. The terrorists know it, and they hate
                           the actions of our own country in a dangerous                   it, and they fight it. And we can expect more
                           world.                                                          violence as Iraq moves toward free elections.
                                                                                           Yet, every day in Iraq, our coalition is defeat-
                               I believe in strong alliances. I believe in
                                                                                           ing the enemy’s strategic objectives. The
                           respecting other countries and working with
                                                                                           enemy seeks to disrupt the march toward de-
                           them and seeking their advice. But I will
                                                                                           mocracy. But an Iraqi independent electoral
                           never submit our national security decisions
                                                                                           commission is up and running, political par-
                           to a veto of a foreign government.
                                                                                           ties are planning campaigns, voter registra-
                               Audience members. U.S.A.! U.S.A.!                           tion will begin next month, and free and fair
                           U.S.A.!                                                         Iraqi elections will be held on schedule this
                               The President. Fourth, we will win the                      coming January.
                           war on terror and make America safer by ad-                         The enemy seeks to establish sanctuaries
                           vancing the cause of freedom and democ-                         in Iraq from which to commit acts of terror.
                           racy. Free societies are hopeful societies                      But Iraqi and coalition forces are on the of-
                           which do not nurture bitterness or the                          fensive in Fallujah and North Babil and have
                           ideologies of terror and murder. Free gov-                      restored Government control in Samarra,
                           ernments in the broader Middle East will                        Tall ‘Afar, and Najaf.
                           fight the terrorists instead of harboring them.                     The enemy wants to make Iraqis afraid to
                           And this is why a free Iraq and a free Afghan-                  join security forces. But every week, more
                           istan are vital to peace in that region and                     and more Iraqis answer the call to arms.
                           vital to the security interests of our country.                 More than 100,000 soldiers, police, and bor-
                               After decades of tyranny in the broader                     der guards are already trained, equipped, and
                           Middle East, progress toward freedom will                       bravely serving their country. And well over
                           not come easily. Yet, that progress is coming                   200,000 will be in place by the end of 2005.
                           faster than many would have said possible.                          The enemy seeks to break the will of the
                           Across a troubled region, we are seeing a                       Iraqi people. But as Prime Minister Allawi
                           movement toward elections, greater rights                       told the Congress, Iraqis are hopeful, opti-
                           for women, and open discussion of peaceful                      mistic, and determined to prevail in their
                           reform. The election in Afghanistan less than                   struggle for liberty.
                           2 weeks ago was a landmark event in the his-                        After the enemy has failed in so many
                           tory of liberty. That election was a tremen-                    goals, what can these killers do now? They
                           dous defeat for the terrorists.                                 can fill up our TV screens with horrible im-
                               My opponent has complained that we are                      ages of suicide bombings and beheadings.
                           trying to, quote, ‘‘impose’’ democracy on                       These scenes are chaotic and horrific, but
                           people in that region. Is that what he sees                     they’re not a complete picture of what’s hap-
                           in Afghanistan, unwilling people having de-                     pening in Iraq. A recent poll found that more
                           mocracy forced upon them? We removed the                        than 75 percent of Iraqis want to vote, and
                           Taliban by force, but democracy is rising in                    they have confidence in the electoral




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                           progress. And more than 75 percent are                          war. Then he voted against funds for bullets
                           hopeful about the future of their country.                      and body armor for the troops he had voted
                           The violent acts of a few will not divert Iraqis                to send into battle.
                           and our coalition from the mission we have                          Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           accepted. Iraq will be free. Iraqis will be se-                     The President. He declared himself an
                           cure. And the terrorists will fail.                             antiwar candidate. Months later, he said that
                              My opponent has a different outlook.                         knowing everything we know now, he would
                           While America does the hard work of fight-                      have still voted for the war. Then he said
                           ing terror and spreading freedom, he has                        the war was a ‘‘mistake,’’ an ‘‘error,’’ or ‘‘di-
                           chosen the easy path of protest and defeat-                     version.’’ Having gone back and forth so
                           ism. He refuses to acknowledge progress or                      many times, the Senator from Massachusetts
                           praise the growing democratic spirit in Iraq.                   has now flip-flopped his way to a dangerous
                           He has not made democracy a priority of his                     position. My opponent finally has settled on
                           foreign policy. But what is his strategy, his                   a strategy, a strategy of retreat.
                           vision, his answer? Is he content to watch                          Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           and wait as anger and resentment grow for                           The President. He has talked about artifi-
                           more decades in the Middle East, feeding                        cial timetables to pull our troops out of Iraq.
                           more terrorism until radicals without con-                      He has sent the signal that America’s over-
                           science gain the weapons to kill without                        riding goal in Iraq would be to leave, even
                           limit?                                                          if the job is not done.
                              Giving up the fight might seem easier in                         Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           the short run, but we learned on September                          The President. And that approach would
                           the 11th that if violence and fanaticism are                    lead to a major defeat in the war on terror.
                           not opposed at their source, they will find                     So long as I’m the Commander in Chief,
                           us where we live. America is safer today be-                    America will never retreat in the face of the
                           cause Afghanistan and Iraq are fighting ter-                    terrorists. [Applause] Thank you.
                           rorists instead of harboring them. And I be-                        We will keep our word to the Iraqi people.
                           lieve future generations of Americans will be                   We’ll make sure Iraqi forces can defend their
                           spared violence and fear as democracy and                       country, and then American troops will re-
                           hope and governments that oppose terror                         turn home with the honor they have earned.
                           multiply across the Middle East.                                    On each of the four commitments needed
                              Victory in the war on terror requires vic-                   to prevail in the war on terror, there is a
                           tory in Iraq. If a terror regime were allowed                   clear choice before the American people. My
                           to reemerge in Iraq, the terrorists would find                  opponent wants to weaken the PATRIOT
                           a home, a source of funding, and vital sup-                     Act and has a history of trying to undermine
                           port. They would correctly conclude that free                   our intelligence services. I will take every
                           nations do not have the will to defend them-                    necessary measure to protect the homeland.
                           selves. When Iraq becomes a free society at                     The Senator wants to wage the war on terror
                           the heart of the Middle East, an ally in the                    on the defensive. I will take the fight to the
                           war on terror, and a model for hopeful re-                      enemy. The Senator insults our friends in the
                           form in a region that needs hopeful reform,                     world and wants to please a few critics. I’m
                           the terrorists will suffer a crushing defeat and                working with our friends for the sake of free-
                           every free nation will be more secure.                          dom and security. The Senator is skeptical
                              Unfortunately, Senator Kerry does not                        and pessimistic about democracy in Iraq and
                           share our commitment to victory in Iraq. For                    critical of our efforts in the broader Middle
                           3 years, depending on the headlines, the poll                   East. I know that the advance of freedom
                           numbers, and political calculation, he has                      is the path to security and peace.
                           taken almost every conceivable position on                          In all these areas, my opponent’s views
                           Iraq.                                                           would make America less secure and the
                              Audience members. Flip-flop! Flip-flop!                      world more dangerous. And none of these
                           Flip-flop!                                                      positions should come as a surprise. Over a
                              The President. First, he said Saddam                         20-year career in the United States Senate,
                           Hussein was a threat, and he voted for the                      Senator Kerry has been consistently wrong




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                           on the major national security issues facing                    that were yelling at me and yelling at us,
                           our country. The Senator who voted against                      ‘‘Whatever it takes.’’ A man grabbed me by
                           the $87 billion for our troops in Afghanistan                   the arm, just coming out of the rubble, and
                           and Iraq is the same Senator who has voted                      he said, ‘‘Do not let me down.’’ I have a re-
                           against vital weapons systems during his en-                    sponsibility that goes on. I wake up every
                           tire career. He tried to cancel the Patriot                     morning thinking about how to make our
                           missile, which shot down Scud missiles in                       country more secure. I acted again and again
                           Operation Desert Storm. He opposed the B–                       to protect the American people. I will never
                           1 bomber, which was critical to victory in the                  relent in defending our country, whatever it
                           Afghan campaign. He opposed the B–2                             takes.
                           stealth bomber, which delivered devastating                        In a new term——
                           air strikes on Taliban positions. He opposed                       Audience members. Four more years!
                           the modernized F–14D, which we used                             Four more years! Four more years!
                           against terrorists in Tora Bora. He opposed                        The President. In a new term as your
                           the Apache helicopter, which destroyed                          President, we will finish the work we have
                           enemy tanks and anti-aircraft missile launch-                   started. We will stand up for terror—we will
                           ers in Iraq.                                                    stand up for freedom. And on November the
                              The Senator who is skeptical of democracy                    2d, my fellow Americans, I ask that you stand
                           in Iraq also spoke with sympathy for a com-                     with me.
                           munist dictator in Nicaragua in the 1980s and                      God bless. Thank you all.
                           criticized the democracy movement as ‘‘ter-
                           rorism.’’ His misguided policies would have                     NOTE: The President spoke at 1:21 p.m. at the
                           impeded the spread of freedom in Central                        Evesham Recreation Center. In his remarks, he
                                                                                           referred to Bernard B. Kerik, former commis-
                           America. The Senator who claims the world                       sioner, New York City Police Department; Tina
                           is more dangerous since America started                         LoBiondo, wife of Representative Frank A.
                           fighting the war on terror is the same Senator                  LoBiondo; Marie Smith, wife of Representative
                           who said that Ronald Reagan’s policies of                       Christopher H. Smith; Ed Gillespie, chairman,
                           peace through strength actually made Amer-                      Republican National Committee; Thomas H.
                           ica less safe——                                                 Kean, Chairman, National Commission on Ter-
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   rorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Com-
                              The President. ——the same Senator                            mission); former President Saddam Hussein of
                           who said the Reagan Presidency was 8 years                      Iraq; Prime Minister Ayad Allawi of the Iraqi In-
                           of ‘‘moral darkness.’’                                          terim Government; senior Al Qaida associate Abu
                                                                                           Musab Al Zarqawi; and former President Daniel
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   Ortega of Nicaragua. The Office of the Press Sec-
                              The President. In this campaign, Senator                     retary also released a Spanish language transcript
                           Kerry can run from his record, but he cannot                    of these remarks.
                           hide. [Applause] Thank you.
                              The Senator’s long record shows a clear
                           pattern on national security. He has consist-                   Remarks in Marlton
                           ently opposed a stronger military. He has                       October 18, 2004
                           consistently looked for excuses to constrain
                           American power. He has consistently shown                          Listen, thank you all for coming. So you’re
                           poor judgment on the great issues of war and                    wondering what a Republican Presidential
                           peace. When one Senator among a hundred                         candidate is doing in New Jersey 15 days
                           holds a policy of weakness, it doesn’t make                     until the election? I’ll tell you, what I’m
                           a lot of difference. But the Presidency is an                   doing here is I’m sending a strong message
                           office of great responsibility and con-                         that with your help, we can carry New Jersey
                           sequence.                                                       on November the 2d.
                              I have a record in office as well, and all                      I’m so honored you all came out to say
                           Americans have seen that record. September                      hello. Thank you so very much for your
                           the 4th, 2001, I stood in the ruins of the Twin                 friendship, for your support. Make sure your
                           Towers. It’s a day I will never forget. Bernie                  friends go to the polls. Make sure your neigh-
                           might remember the workers in hardhats                          bors go to the polls. And tell them if they




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                           want a safer America, a stronger America,                       by the Supreme Court of the United States
                           and a better America, to put me and Dick                        in INS v. Chadha. Such provisions include
                           Cheney back into office.                                        the purported approval requirements in the
                             God bless you all. I’m headed down to                         appropriations for expenses for the develop-
                           Florida. I’m working. We’re going to win.                       ment of the United States Visitor and Immi-
                           God bless. Thanks for coming.                                   grant Status Indicator Technology project;
                                                                                           customs and border protection automated
                           NOTE: The President spoke at 2:18 p.m. at the                   systems; immigration and customs enforce-
                           Evesham Recreation Center. A tape was not avail-
                           able for verification of the content of these re-
                                                                                           ment automated systems; operations, mainte-
                           marks.                                                          nance, and procurement of marine vessels,
                                                                                           aircraft, and other related equipment of the
                                                                                           air and marine program; United States Secret
                           Statement on Signing the North                                  Service protective travel; and in sections 504
                           Korean Human Rights Act of 2004                                 relating to unobligated balances, 508 relating
                           October 18, 2004                                                to training facilities, and 510 relating to
                                                                                           prospectuses.
                              Today, I have signed into law H.R. 4011,                        Under the heading ‘‘Customs and Border
                           the ‘‘North Korean Human Rights Act of                          Protection,’’ the Act purports to require the
                           2004.’’ The Act is intended to help promote                     Bureau of Customs and Border Protection
                           human rights and freedom in the Democratic                      to relocate its tactical checkpoints in the Tuc-
                           People’s Republic of Korea.                                     son, Arizona, sector at least an average of
                              Section 107 of the Act purports to direct                    once every 14 days. Decisions on deployment
                           negotiations with foreign governments and                       and redeployment of law enforcement offi-
                           international organizations. The executive                      cers in the execution of the laws are a part
                           branch shall implement section 107 in a man-                    of the executive power vested in the Presi-
                           ner consistent with the Constitution’s grant                    dent by Article II of the Constitution. Ac-
                           to the President of the authority to conduct                    cordingly, the executive branch shall con-
                           the foreign affairs of the United States.                       strue the relocation provision as advisory
                                                      George W. Bush                       rather than mandatory.
                                                                                              The executive branch shall construe the
                           The White House,                                                provision relating to the Coast Guard under
                           October 18, 2004.                                               the heading ‘‘Acquisition, Construction, and
                           NOTE: H.R. 4011, approved October 18, was as-                   Improvements’’ that purports to require in-
                           signed Public Law No. 108–333.                                  clusion of an amount for a particular purpose
                                                                                           in the President’s proposed budget for fiscal
                                                                                           year 2006, in a manner consistent with the
                           Statement on Signing the                                        President’s exclusive authority under the
                           Department of Homeland Security                                 Constitution to recommend for the consider-
                           Appropriations Act, 2005                                        ation of the Congress such measures, includ-
                           October 18, 2004                                                ing proposals for appropriations, as the Presi-
                                                                                           dent judges necessary and expedient.
                              Today, I have signed into law H.R. 4567,                        To the extent that provisions of the Act,
                           the ‘‘Department of Homeland Security Ap-                       including section 514, call for submission of
                           propriations Act, 2005.’’ The Act provides                      legislative recommendations to the Congress,
                           funds to protect the United States against                      the executive branch shall construe such pro-
                           terrorism and to carry out other depart-                        visions in a manner consistent with the Presi-
                           mental functions.                                               dent’s constitutional authority to supervise
                              The executive branch shall construe as                       the unitary executive branch and to rec-
                           calling solely for notification the provisions                  ommend for the consideration of the Con-
                           of the Act that purport to require congres-                     gress such measures as the President shall
                           sional committee approval for the execution                     judge necessary and expedient. Accordingly,
                           of a law. Any other construction would be                       the affected departments and agencies shall
                           inconsistent with the principles enunciated                     ensure that any reports or recommendations




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                           submitted to the Congress are subjected to                      Statement on Signing the District of
                           appropriate executive branch review.                            Columbia Appropriations Act, 2005
                              Section 518 of the Act purports to direct
                           the conduct of security and suitability inves-                  October 18, 2004
                           tigations. To the extent that section 518 re-                      Today, I have signed into law H.R. 4850,
                           lates to access to classified national security                 the ‘‘District of Columbia Appropriations
                           information, the executive branch shall con-                    Act, 2005.’’ The bill appropriates funds for
                           strue this provision in a manner consistent                     the Government of the District of Columbia
                           with the President’s exclusive constitutional                   and other activities chargeable against the
                           authority, as head of the unitary executive                     revenues of the District.
                           branch and as Commander in Chief, to clas-                         The provision of the Act relating to the
                           sify and control access to national security                    Federal payment to the office of the Dis-
                           information and to determine whether an in-                     trict’s Chief Financial Officer makes funds
                           dividual is suitable to occupy a position in                    available for the projects and in the amounts
                           the executive branch with access to such in-                    specified in the statement of managers ac-
                           formation.                                                      companying the conference report on the
                              To the extent that section 522 of the Act                    Act. While the specifications of projects and
                           purports to allow an agent of the legislative                   amounts in the statement of managers cannot
                           branch to prevent implementation of the law                     satisfy the constitutional requirements of bi-
                           unless the legislative agent reports to the                     cameral approval and presentment to the
                           Congress that the executive branch has met                      President needed to give them the force of
                           certain conditions, the executive branch shall                  law, the executive branch shall treat the spec-
                           construe such section as advisory, in accord-                   ifications in a manner reflecting the comity
                           ance with the constitutional principles enu-                    between the executive and legislative
                           merated in the Chadha decision.                                 branches on such matters.
                              As is consistent with the text of the Act,                      Section 309 of the Act purports to require
                           the executive branch shall construe section                     the use of particular revenue estimates in the
                           528 as relating to the integrity and super-                     budget request for fiscal year 2006. The exec-
                           vision of the United States Secret Service                      utive branch shall construe section 309 in a
                                                                                           manner consistent with the President’s con-
                           only within the Department of Homeland
                                                                                           stitutional authority to recommend for con-
                           Security. The executive branch therefore
                                                                                           gressional consideration such measures, in-
                           shall construe section 528 neither to affect
                                                                                           cluding requests for appropriations, as he
                           the functions and supervision of personnel
                                                                                           judges necessary and expedient.
                           of the Secret Service assigned or detailed to
                                                                                              Section 331(5) of the Act purports to re-
                           duty outside the Department of Homeland                         quire congressional committee approval
                           Security nor to limit participation by the Se-                  prior to obligation or expenditure of appro-
                           cret Service in cooperative command and                         priated funds. The executive branch shall
                           other arrangements with other governmental                      construe this provision to require only prior
                           entities for the conduct of particular oper-                    notification to the congressional committees,
                           ations.                                                         as any other construction would be contrary
                                                                                           to the constitutional principles set forth by
                                                                                           the Supreme Court of the United States in
                                                            George W. Bush                 1983 in INS v. Chadha.

                           The White House,                                                                             George W. Bush
                           October 18, 2004.                                               The White House,
                                                                                           October 18, 2004.

                           NOTE: H.R. 4567, approved October 18, was as-                   NOTE: H.R. 4850, approved October 18, was as-
                           signed Public Law No. 108–334.                                  signed Public Law No. 108–335.




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                           Proclamation 7834—National                                      acter Counts Week. I call upon public offi-
                           Character Counts Week, 2004                                     cials, educators, librarians, parents, students,
                           October 18, 2004                                                and all Americans to observe this week with
                                                                                           appropriate ceremonies, activities, and pro-
                           By the President of the United States                           grams.
                           of America                                                         In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set
                                                                                           my hand this eighteenth day of October, in
                           A Proclamation                                                  the year of our Lord two thousand four, and
                              Individuals have the power to do much                        of the Independence of the United States of
                           good, and great societies are built by knowing                  America the two hundred and twenty-ninth.
                           the difference between right and wrong. Peo-
                           ple of character strengthen our country                                                      George W. Bush
                           through their daily actions. To help children
                           fulfill their potential and build a more hope-                  [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register,
                                                                                           9:31 a.m., October 20, 2004]
                           ful future for our Nation, we must continue
                           to encourage and support the character de-                      NOTE: This proclamation was published in the
                           velopment of our young people and support                       Federal Register on October 21.
                           the institutions that give direction and pur-
                           pose: our families, our schools, and our faith-
                           based and community organizations.                              Remarks in St. Petersburg, Florida
                              Americans of all ages continue to inspire                    October 19, 2004
                           others with their compassion and decency by
                           giving their time to faith-based and commu-                        The President. Thank you all for coming.
                           nity organizations and bringing hope to oth-                    Nothing like spending a Tuesday morning at
                           ers at home and around the world. The Sen-                      the ballpark. I can’t thank you enough for
                           ior Corps has more than 500,000 caring souls                    coming. It lifts our spirits to see so many
                           serving in its programs; the Peace Corps has                    people here.
                           grown to its highest number of volunteers                          It’s close to voting time, and I’m here to
                           in 28 years; and AmeriCorps will grow by                        ask for your vote. We’re going to travel your
                           50 percent to 75,000 members this year. Al-                     State today, and we’ll be back quite often,
                           most two million students volunteer each                        asking the people of Florida for their vote.
                           year through the Learn and Serve America                        I’m also here to ask for your help. See, you
                           programs, which incorporate community                           can vote now in Florida. So get your friends
                           service as a vital part of education. In addi-                  and neighbors to do their duty. We have a
                           tion, more than 1,300 communities have                          duty in this country to vote. And remind
                           formed Citizen Corps Councils; over 10,000                      them when you get them headed to the polls,
                           communities have registered Neighborhood                        if they want a safer America, a stronger
                           Watch programs; more than 27,000 Ameri-                         America, and a better America, to put me
                           cans are serving in the Medical Reserve                         and Dick Cheney back in office.
                           Corps; over 52,000 citizens have completed                         As I travel your State giving people a rea-
                           Community Emergency Response Team                               son why they ought to put me back in office,
                           training; and there are more than 68,000 vol-                   perhaps the most important one of all is so
                           unteers in the Volunteers in Police Service                     that Laura is the First Lady for 4 more years.
                           program. The true strength of America lies                      I’m really proud of her. I love her a lot. She
                           in the hearts and souls of its citizens, and                    is a warm, compassionate, great First Lady
                           these volunteers are making our country bet-                    for this country.
                           ter and stronger.                                                  And I’m proud of my runningmate, Dick
                              Now, Therefore, I, George W. Bush,                           Cheney. He does not have the waviest hair
                           President of the United States of America,                      in this race. [Laughter] I didn’t pick him be-
                           by virtue of the authority vested in me by                      cause of his hairdo. [Laughter] I picked him
                           the Constitution and laws of the United                         because of his experience, his judgment, his
                           States, do hereby proclaim October 17                           ability to get the job done for the American
                           through October 23, 2004, as National Char-                     people.




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                              And I’m proud of my brother Jeb. In this                     to the flu vaccines is going to be held to ac-
                           time of need, he has risen to the occasion.                     count.
                           I have seen him comfort those who have                             I’m honored that the mayor took time to
                           been hurt because of these hurricanes. I’ve                     come by and say hello. Mr. Mayor, Rick
                           seen him put his arms around those who                          Baker, is with us today. Thank you for com-
                           worry about their future. We’re doing every-                    ing, Mayor, proud you’re here. I want to
                           thing we can to help this State get back on                     thank all the State and local officials. I’m
                           its feet. The Governor of your State is pro-                    proud to be on the stage with the next United
                           viding strong and necessary leadership to                       States Senator from Florida, Mel Martinez.
                           help.                                                           I know him well. He’s the right man for the
                              And I know there are some here who are                       right State at the right time for the United
                           worried about the flu season. I want to assure                  States Senate. Kitty is here too, Kitty Mar-
                           them that our Government is doing every-                        tinez. She’s going to make a great First Sen-
                           thing possible to help older Americans and                      ator’s wife. Thanks for coming, Kitty, great
                           children get their shots, despite the major                     to see you.
                           manufacturing defect that caused this prob-                        I want to thank my friend Lee Greenwood,
                           lem. We have millions of vaccine doses on                       who’s here. I want to thank all the grassroots
                           hand for the most vulnerable Americans, and                     activists for what you’re going to do today
                           millions more will be shipped in the coming                     and for the next 2 weeks to turn out the vote.
                           weeks. We’re stockpiling more than 4 million                    There is no doubt in my mind, with your
                           doses of flu vaccine for children. We’re work-                  help, we’ll carry Florida again and win a great
                           ing closely with State and local officials to                   victory in November.
                                                                                              Audience members. Four more years!
                           make sure we distribute vaccines to the most
                                                                                           Four more years! Four more years!
                           vulnerable Americans throughout our coun-
                                                                                              The President. In the last few years, the
                           try.
                                                                                           American people have gotten to know me.
                              I am grateful to the healthy Americans                       They know my blunt way of speaking. I get
                           who are deciding a flu shot—who are declin-                     that from Mother. They know I sometimes
                           ing a flu shot this year so that the most vul-                  mangle the English language. [Laughter] I
                           nerable of our citizens will get the vaccine.                   get that from Dad. [Laughter] They also
                           Here in Florida and across the Nation, we                       know I tell you exactly what I’m going to
                           will continue to do everything possible to                      do, and I keep my word.
                           help our citizens.                                                 You know, our debates highlighted the
                              I want to thank Lance Corporal Taylor                        stark differences between Senator Kerry’s
                           Pancake for introducing Jeb and being on the                    views and mine. We have different records.
                           stage. I want to thank him for his service to                   We have different plans for the future. My
                           our country.                                                    record is one of reforming education, of low-
                              By the way, our brother Marvin is with                       ering taxes, of providing prescription drug
                           us today. I appreciate you coming, big Marv.                    coverage for our seniors, for improving
                           There he is, right there. See, we love our                      homeland protections, and for waging an ag-
                           family. We’ve got a great family. There’s                       gressive war against the ideologues of hate.
                           nothing like being on the campaign trail with                      My opponent’s record is 20 years of out-
                           a brother you love. I’ve been looking forward                   of-the-mainstream votes.
                           to this day. Not only do I have one brother                        Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           I love, I’ve got two brothers I love traveling                     The President. Instead of articulating a
                           the great State of Florida.                                     vision or positive agenda for the future, the
                              I’m proud to be able to work with Con-                       Senator is relying on a litany of complaints
                           gressman Bill Young, the great Congressman                      and old-style scare tactics.
                           from Florida. Your attorney general, Charlie                       Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           Crist, is with us today. Thanks for coming,                        The President. As proven by his record
                           General. Our Government is working with                         and a series of contradictions in this cam-
                           Charlie to make sure anybody who tries to                       paign, my opponent will say anything he
                           gouge the seniors of this State when it comes                   thinks that will benefit him politically at the




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                           time. I will do what I’ve said I will do. We                    ucts to choose from, you’re likely to get that
                           will keep the promise of Social Security for                    which you want at a better price and higher
                           all our seniors. We will not have a draft. We’ll                quality. That’s how the market works. Rather
                           keep the All-Volunteer Army. With your help                     than shutting down our market, we’re work-
                           on November 2d, the people of America will                      ing to convince others to open up theirs. I’m
                           reject the politics of fear and vote for an                     saying to China, ‘‘You treat us the way we
                           agenda of hope and opportunity and security                     treat you.’’ We can compete with anybody,
                           for all Americans.                                              anytime, anywhere, so long as the rules are
                              When I came into office, the stock market                    fair.
                           had been in serious decline for 6 months,                          To make sure this economy grows, we’ve
                           and the American economy was sliding into                       got to be wise about how we spend your
                           a recession. To help families and to get this                   money and keep your taxes low. Now, my
                           economy growing again, I pledged to reduce                      opponent has his own history on the econ-
                           taxes, and I kept my word. And we have got-                     omy.
                           ten results for the American people. The re-                       Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           cession was one of the shallowest in Amer-                         The President. In 20 years as a Senator
                           ican history.                                                   from Massachusetts, he has built a record of
                              Over the last 3 years, our economy has                       a Senator from Massachusetts. He’s voted to
                           grown at the fastest rate of any major indus-                   raise taxes 98 times.
                           trialized nation. The homeownership rate in                        Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           America is at an alltime high. Farm and                            The President. Think about that. He’s
                           ranch income is up. In the past 13 months                       been there 20 years. That’s a vote for a tax
                           we’ve added more than 1.9 million new jobs.                     increase about five times every year.
                           The unemployment rate in America is 5.4                            Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           percent, lower than the average rate of the                        The President. I would call it a pattern.
                           1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. The unemployment                       He can run from his record, but he cannot
                           rate in Florida is 4.5 percent. This economy                    hide.
                           is moving forward, and we’re not going to                          Now, the Senator is promising not to raise
                           go back to the days of tax and spend.                           taxes for anyone who earns less than
                              To make sure jobs are here in America,                       $200,000 a year. He said that with a straight
                           to make sure we continue to be a place where                    face. The problem is, to keep that promise
                           people can realize their dreams, America                        he would have to break almost all of his other
                           must be the best place in the world to do                       ones. See, he has promised more than $2.2
                           business. We need to reduce the burden of                       trillion of new Federal spending. That’s tril-
                           regulations on our job creators. We need to                     lion, with a ‘‘T.’’ And to pay for it he said,
                           do something about the junk lawsuits that                       aw, he’s just going to tax the rich. You know,
                           are threatening the small-business job cre-                     we’ve heard that before. You can’t raise
                           ators.                                                          enough money by taxing the rich to pay for
                              To create jobs here in America, Congress                     $2.2 trillion of new spending, so there’s a
                           needs to pass my energy plan. It’s a plan that                  gap—a gap between the promise and a gap
                           encourages the use of renewables like eth-                      between what he can deliver. And guess who
                           anol and biodiesel. It’s a plan that encourages                 usually has to fill that gap?
                           conservation. It encourages new technologies                       Audience members. We do!
                           like clean coal technologies. It encourages in-                    The President. Yes. I’ll tell you what else
                           creased domestic production in environ-                         is wrong with taxing the rich. The rich hire
                           mentally friendly ways. We will not drill off                   lawyers and accountants for reason: to slip
                           the coast of Florida. To keep jobs here, we                     the bill and pass it on to you. We’re not going
                           must become less dependent on foreign                           to let him tax you; we’re going to carry Flor-
                           sources of energy.                                              ida and win a great victory in November.
                              To create jobs here, we need to reject eco-                     When I came into office, our public
                           nomic isolationism. See, we open up our                         schools had been waiting decades for hopeful
                           markets for products from overseas, and                         reform. Fortunately, you had a Governor that
                           that’s good for you. If you have more prod-                     did not allow the wait. See, he knows what




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                           I know, that too many of our children were                         We’ll do more to make sure health care
                           being shuffled through, grade after grade,                      is affordable. Listen, most of the uninsured
                           year after year, without learning the basics.                   are employees of small businesses. Small
                           I pledged to restore accountability to our                      businesses are having trouble affording
                           schools and end the soft bigotry of low expec-                  health care. To help workers get the health
                           tations, and I kept my word. Our children                       care they need, we should allow small busi-
                           are making sustained gains in reading and                       nesses to join together so they can buy insur-
                           math. We’re closing an achievement gap for                      ance at the same discount that big businesses
                           minority students. We’re making progress in                     get to do. We will expand health savings ac-
                           our schools, and we’re not going to go back                     counts so workers and small businesses are
                           to the old days of mediocrity and low stand-                    able to pay lower premiums and people can
                           ards.                                                           save tax-free in an account they call their
                              We have a changing world, and most new                       own.
                           jobs are filled by people with at least 2 years                    To make sure health care is available and
                           of a college education. Yet, only one in four                   affordable, we will do something about the
                           of our students gets there. That’s why we will                  junk lawsuits that are running up the cost
                           fund early intervention programs at our high                    of health care and running good docs out of
                           schools to help at-risk students. That’s why                    practice. By forcing doctors to practice de-
                           we’ll place a new focus on math and science.                    fensive medicine, medical lawsuits cost the
                           Over time, we’ll require a rigorous exam be-                    Government about $28 billion a year.
                           fore graduation. By raising performance in                         Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           our high schools, by increasing and expand-                        The President. When we say ‘‘cost the
                           ing Pell grants for low- and middle-income                      Government,’’ that means they’re costing
                           families, we will help more Americans start                     you, the taxpayer.
                           their career with a college diploma.                               Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                              When I came into office, we had a prob-                         The President. These lawsuits drive up
                           lem with Medicare. Medicine was changing,                       insurance premiums, which drive good doc-
                           but Medicare was not. Let me give you an                        tors out of practice. I’ve met ob-gyns that
                           example. Medicare would pay tens of thou-                       are—say, ‘‘I can’t practice. I can’t practice
                           sands of dollars for heart surgery but would                    medicine anymore.’’ I met the patients of ob-
                           not pay a dime for the prescription drugs that                  gyns, anxious women who drive miles to meet
                           could prevent the heart surgery from being                      a doc. The system is not working. There’s
                           needed in the first place. That wasn’t fair to                  a big difference in this campaign. My oppo-
                           our seniors. It certainly was not fair to the                   nent has voted against medical liability re-
                           taxpayers. I pledged to bring Republicans                       form. I am for medical liability reform—now.
                           and Democrats together to strengthen and                        And I will work with Senator Mel Martinez
                           modernize Medicare for our seniors, and I                       to get it done.
                           kept my word. Seniors and getting discounts                        My opponent has a health care proposal
                           on medicine. And beginning in 2006, all sen-                    of his own, a plan for bigger and more intru-
                           iors will be able to get prescription drug cov-                 sive Government.
                           erage under Medicare.                                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                              We’re moving forward on health care, and                        The President. Now, the other day in the
                           there’s more to do. We need to make sure                        debate he said, when it comes to his health
                           health care is available and affordable for our                 care plan, and I quote, ‘‘The Government has
                           people. We need a safety net for those with                     nothing to do with it.’’ I could barely contain
                           the greatest needs. I believe in community                      myself. [Laughter] The facts are that 8 out
                           health centers, places where the poor and                       of 10 people who get health care under Sen-
                           the indigent can get health care. In a new                      ator Kerry’s plan would be placed on a Gov-
                           term, we’ll make sure every poor county in                      ernment program.
                           America has a community health center.                             Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           We’ll do more to make sure poor children                           The President. He said the plan would
                           are fully subscribed in our programs for low-                   help small businesses. Yet a small-business
                           income families.                                                group studied the plan and concluded it was




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                           an overpriced albatross that would saddle                       problems, not to pass them on to future gen-
                           small businesses with 225 new mandates. I                       erations. My opponent has a different point
                           want to help small businesses. I don’t want                     of view. He wants to maintain the status quo
                           to saddle them with Government mandates.                        when it comes to Social Security.
                              Listen, the choice is clear when it comes                       Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           to health care. My opponent wants to move                          The President. He’s against the reforms
                           in the direction of Government-run health                       we’re talking about when it comes to Social
                           care. I believe the health decisions ought to                   Security, and he’s against just about every
                           be made by patients and doctors, not by offi-                   other reform that gives more authority and
                           cials in Washington, DC. He can run, but                        control to the individual. On issue after issue,
                           he cannot hide.                                                 from Medicare without choices to schools
                              I’ve set out policies that move America to-
                                                                                           with less accountability to higher taxes, he
                           ward an optimistic vision. I believe our coun-
                                                                                           takes the side of more Government control.
                           try can and must become an ownership soci-
                           ety. There’s an old saying, no one ever wash-                      There’s a label for that. There’s a word
                           es a rental car. [Laughter] You see, when you                   for that. It’s called liberalism. That’s what it’s
                           own something, you care about it. When you                      called. He doesn’t like that label. He dis-
                           own something, you have a vital stake in the                    misses it as just a word. He must have seen
                           future of our country.                                          it differently when he told a newspaper, ‘‘I
                              That’s why we’re encouraging entrepre-                       am a liberal and proud of it.’’ See, he’s the
                           neurship. Every time a small business is start-                 kind of—got a voting record that makes Ted
                           ed, someone is achieving the American                           Kennedy look like the senior—the conserv-
                           Dream. We’re encouraging health savings ac-                     ative Senator from Massachusetts. He can
                           counts so people have the security of man-                      run, but he cannot hide.
                           aging and owning their own health care ac-                         I have a different record and a different
                           count. We will continue to encourage home-                      philosophy. I do not believe in big Govern-
                           ownership. I love the idea that more and                        ment, and I do not believe that Government
                           more Americans from all walks of life are                       should be indifferent. I’m a compassionate
                           opening up the door where they live and say-                    conservative. I believe in policies that em-
                           ing, ‘‘Welcome to my home. Welcome to my                        power people to improve their lives, not try
                           piece of property.’’                                            to run their lives. I believe we ought to help
                              In a new term, we’ll take the next, great                    men and women find the skills and tools nec-
                           step to build an ownership society by                           essary to prosper in a time of change. So
                           strengthening Social Security. In the 2000                      we’re helping all Americans to have a future
                           campaign, you might remember the ads that                       of dignity and independence, and that is how
                           were saying, ‘‘If George W. gets in, the sen-                   I will continue to lead our country for 4 more
                           iors will not get their checks.’’ The seniors                   years.
                           got their checks, and our seniors will con-
                                                                                              In a time of change, some things do not
                           tinue to get their checks. Baby boomers are
                                                                                           change, the values we try to live by, courage
                           in pretty good shape when it comes to Social
                           Security. We’re okay.                                           and compassion, reverence and integrity. In
                              But we need to worry about our children                      times of change, we must support institutions
                           and our grandchildren. People are under-                        that give our lives direction and purpose, our
                           standably worried about whether Social Se-                      families, our schools, our religious congrega-
                           curity will be around when our children and                     tions. We stand for a culture of life in which
                           grandchildren need it. We must think dif-                       every person matters and every being counts.
                           ferently. To strengthen Social Security, we                     We stand for marriage and family, which are
                           must allow younger workers to save some of                      the foundations of our society. We stand for
                           their payroll taxes in a personal savings ac-                   the appointment of Federal judges who know
                           count, a personal savings account they call                     the difference between personal opinion and
                           their own.                                                      the strict interpretation of the law.
                              I believe it is the President’s problem to                      My opponent’s words on these issues are
                           solve problems—the President’s job to solve                     a little muddy, but his record is plenty clear.




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                           He says he supports the institution of mar-                     of a free Iraq is fighting for freedom; and
                           riage but voted against the Defense of Mar-                     more than three-quarters of Al Qaida’s key
                           riage Act.                                                      members and associates have been brought
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   to justice.
                              The President. He voted against the ban                         We are standing with the peoples of a free
                           on the brutal practice of partial-birth abor-                   Afghanistan and Iraq. It’s amazing to say the
                           tion.                                                           words ‘‘free Afghanistan’’ and a ‘‘free Iraq.’’
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   I want you to remind your children and
                              The President. He described the Reagan                       grandchildren what has taken place in Af-
                           years as a time of moral darkness.                              ghanistan in the 31⁄2 short years. It wasn’t
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   all that long ago that young girls couldn’t go
                              The President. There is a mainstream in                      to school in Afghanistan, or their mothers
                           American politics, and my opponent sits on                      were taken into the public square and
                           the far left bank. He can run, but he cannot                    whipped because they wouldn’t toe the line
                           hide.                                                           of the ideologues of hate. And yet, because
                              This election will also determine how                        we acted in our self-interest, because we
                           America responds to the continuing threat                       acted to secure our country, the people of
                           of terrorism. The most solemn duty of the                       Afghanistan are liberated, and by the mil-
                           American President is to protect the Amer-                      lions, showed up to vote in a Presidential
                           ican people. If America shows uncertainty or                    election. The first voter in the Presidential
                           weakness in this decade, the world will drift                   election in Afghanistan was a 19-year-old
                           toward tragedy. This will not happen on my                      woman. Freedom is on the march. Freedom
                           watch.                                                          is taking hold in a part of the world that no
                              Since that terrible morning of September                     one ever dreamed would be free, and that
                           the 11th, 2001, we fought the terrorists                        makes America more secure.
                           across the Earth, not for pride, not for power,                    There will be elections in Iraq this January.
                           but because the lives of our citizens are at                    Think how far that country has come from
                           stake. Our strategy is clear. We’re defending                   the days of torture chambers and mass graves
                           the homeland. We’re reforming and                               and the brutal dictates of a brutal tyrant. You
                           strengthening our intelligence capabilities.                    see, it’s important that we continue to spread
                           We’re transforming our military. I repeat, the                  freedom, because free societies will help us
                           All-Volunteer Army will remain an all-volun-                    keep the peace. Free societies will no longer
                           teer army. We are staying on the offensive.                     feed resentments and breed violence for ex-
                           We will strike the terrorists abroad so we do                   port. Free governments in the Middle East
                           not have to face them here at home. We will                     will fight the terrorists instead of harboring
                           spread freedom and liberty. And we will pre-                    them, and that will help us keep the peace
                           vail.                                                           and make America more secure.
                              Our strategy is succeeding. Think about                         And so our mission is clear. We will help
                           the world as it was some 31⁄2 years ago. Af-                    these countries train armies and police so the
                           ghanistan was the home base of Al Qaida.                        people of Afghanistan and Iraq can do the
                           Pakistan was a transit point for terrorist                      hard work of defending their freedom. We
                           groups. Saudi Arabia was fertile ground for                     will help them get on the path to stability
                           terrorist fundraising. Libya was secretly pur-                  and democracy as quickly as possible, and
                           suing nuclear weapons. Iraq was a dangerous                     then our troops will come home with the
                           place and a gathering threat. And Al Qaida                      honor they have earned.
                           was largely unchallenged as it planned at-                         We have a great United States military. It
                           tacks.                                                          is great because of the dedication and the
                              Because we acted, because the United                         character of those who wear the uniform. I
                           States of America led, Afghanistan is a free                    want to thank the veterans who are here
                           nation and an ally in the war against terror;                   today for having set such a great example to
                           Pakistan is capturing terrorist leaders; Saudi                  those who wear the uniform. I want to thank
                           Arabia is making raids and arrests; Libya is                    the military families who are here today for
                           dismantling its weapons programs; the army                      their sacrifices. You can be certain of this:




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                           Your loved ones are answering one of the                        vote for the $87 billion, right before I voted
                           great calls of American history. They’re de-                    against it.’’
                           fending our country against ruthless enemies.                      Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           They’re spreading freedom and hope. They                           The President. He’s given a lot of expla-
                           are winning the war on terror.                                  nations for that vote since. One of the most
                              And our Nation is keeping our commit-                        interesting ones of all, he said, ‘‘Well, the
                           ments to those who serve and to their fami-                     whole thing was a complicated matter.’’
                           lies. We have increased basic pay in the mili-                  There’s nothing complicated about sup-
                           tary by 21 percent since I’ve been the Com-                     porting our troops in harm’s way.
                           mander in Chief. We’ve increased health                            Last Sunday was the one-year anniversary
                           benefits and Federal support for schools on                     of Senator Kerry’s vote against funding for
                           bases across the country. We’ve reduced out-                    our troops. My opponents many and con-
                           of-pocket expense for off-base housing to                       flicting positions on this issue are a case study
                           zero for our military families. We are sup-                     into why his contradictions call into question
                           porting our Guard and our Reserve troops                        his credibility and ability to lead our Nation.
                           and families. We’re spending 14 billion for                        In September 2003, as the $87 billion
                           construction and maintenance on Guard and                       funding package was being debated, Senator
                           Reserve facilities. We’re extending military                    Kerry said this on national TV: ‘‘It would be
                           health benefits to those in the Guard and                       irresponsible to abandon our troops by voting
                           Reserves. We’re increasing—we will increase                     against it.’’ That is, against the $87 billion.
                           monthly education benefits for those in the                     And then, of course, just one month later,
                           Guard and Reserves.                                             he did exactly the opposite. You know, it’s
                              Our single most important responsibility                     important for our fellow citizens to wonder
                           is to make sure our military families are well-                 what changed his mind in one short month.
                           treated and our military has all the tools nec-                 Well, his opponent in the Democrat primary,
                           essary to do their missions. And that’s why                     Howard Dean, was gaining ground as an
                           in September of 2003, I went to the United                      antiwar candidate, just about the time he
                           States Congress and asked for $87 billion of                    changed his mind. See, apparently, my oppo-
                           supplemental funding to support our troops                      nent decided supporting the troops, even
                           in harm’s way. This was essential funding.                      while in harm’s way, was not as important
                           Most Members of the United States Con-                          as shoring up his political position.
                           gress understood how important the funding                         Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           was. As a matter of fact, only 12 Members                          The President. At a time of great threat
                           of the United States Senate voted against the                   to our country, at a time of great challenge
                           funding for our troops——                                        in the world, the Commander in Chief must
                                                                                           stand on principle, not on the shifting sands
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                                                                                           of political convenience.
                              The President. ——2 of whom are my                               Senator Kerry’s vote against supporting
                           opponent and his runningmate.                                   our troops in combat is part of a pattern.
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   He has consistently opposed the weapons our
                              The President. When you’re out rounding                      troops are using to win the war on terror.
                           up the vote, remind people of this startling                    He opposed the B–1 bomber. He opposed
                           statistic: Only 4 Members of the Senate—                        the B–2 stealth bomber. He opposed the
                           4 out of 100—voted to authorize the use of                      modernized F–14D. He opposed the Apache
                           force and then voted against providing fund-                    helicopter. He opposed the anti-missile
                           ing for our troops.                                             launchers that we’ve been using, the Patriot
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   missile system. He has a 20-year history of
                              The President. And two of those four                         weakness. He can run from his record, but
                           were my opponent and his runningmate.                           he cannot hide.
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                      Let me just give you one more piece of
                              The President. You might remember my                         evidence about why my opponent is not pre-
                           opponents famous quote. When they asked                         pared and equipped to be the Commander
                           him about his vote, he said, ‘‘I actually did                   in Chief. He believes that America should




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                           pass a ‘‘global test’’ before we defend our-                    turned upside down because of death in
                           selves.                                                         World War II. But there was this belief in
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   the country that if we helped Japan become
                              The President. That’s what he said. See,                     a democracy, the world would be better off
                           the problem with a ‘‘global test’’ is the Sen-                  for it. Today, because people held that belief,
                           ator can never pass it. In 1990, the United                     I sit at the table with the Prime Minister of
                           Nations Security Council passed a resolution                    a former enemy, talking about how to keep
                           supporting action to remove Saddam Hus-                         the peace we all want.
                           sein from Kuwait. The international commu-                         Someday, someday, an American Presi-
                           nity was united. Countries throughout the                       dent will be sitting down with the duly-elect-
                           world joined our coalition. Yet, even after                     ed leader from Iraq, talking about the peace,
                           United Nations approval, Senator Kerry                          and our children and our grandchildren will
                           voted against the authorization for the use                     be better of for it.
                           of force.                                                          I believe that millions in the Middle East
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   plead in silence for their freedom. I believe
                              The President. You might remember dur-                       women in the Middle East want to live in
                           ing the debates in the campaign he said it                      a free society. I believe mothers and dads
                           was a ‘‘mistake’’ to remove Saddam Hussein.                     want to raise their children in a free world.
                           He would have done it differently. He would                     I believe all these things because freedom
                           have passed another United Nations Security                     is not America’s gift to the world; freedom
                           Council resolution——                                            is the Almighty God’s gift to each man and
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   woman in this world.
                              The President. ——as if the first 16 or                          For all Americans, these years in our his-
                           17, you know, had an effect. [Laughter]                         tory will always stand apart. There are quiet
                              See, we’ll continue to build strong alli-                    times in the life of a nation when little is
                           ances. We’ll work with friends. But I will                      expected of its leaders. This isn’t one of those
                           never turn over America’s national security                     times. This is a time that requires firm re-
                           decisions to leaders of other countries.                        solve, clear vision, and a deep faith in the
                              Audience members. Four more years!                           values that makes this a great nation.
                           Four more years! Four more years!                                  None of us will ever forget that week when
                              The President. In this time of uncertainty                   one era ended and another began. On Sep-
                           and challenge, the Commander in Chief                           tember the 14th, 2001, I stood in the ruins
                           must be steadied and principled and must                        of the Twin Towers. It’s a day I will never
                           use every asset at our disposal to protect the                  forget. There were workers in hardhats
                           American people.                                                yelling at me at the top of their lungs, ‘‘What-
                              I believe in the transformational power of                   ever it takes.’’ I remember the fellow who
                           liberty. I’ll tell you what I mean by that. One                 grabbed me by the arm. He looked me
                           of our friends, Laura and my friends in the                     straight in the eye, and he said, ‘‘Do not let
                           international community is Prime Minister                       me down.’’ Ever since that day, I wake up
                           Koizumi of Japan. That probably doesn’t                         every morning thinking about how to better
                           seem like much of a big deal to you, except                     protect America. I will never relent in de-
                           for the fact that 60 years ago, Japan was a                     fending our country, whatever it takes.
                           sworn enemy of the United States of Amer-                          Four years ago, when I traveled your great
                           ica. We were at war with the Japanese. My                       State, I made a pledge that if you gave me
                           dad—our dad fought against the Japanese.                        the chance to serve, I would uphold the
                           Your dads and granddads did as well. It was                     honor and the dignity of the office to which
                                                                                           I had been elected. With your help, I will
                           a brutal war.
                                                                                           do so for 4 more years.
                              And after the war was over, Harry S. Tru-
                                                                                              Thanks for coming. God bless. Thank you
                           man, President of the United States, believed
                                                                                           all.
                           that liberty could transform an enemy into
                           an ally. There were a lot of skeptics during                    NOTE: The President spoke at 9:15 a.m. at Al
                           that time, and you can imagine why. Japan                       Lang Field at the Progress Energy Park. In his
                           was the enemy. Many families had been                           remarks, he referred to Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida;




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                           Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist; Mayor                   gulf war. He’s in the second incursion into
                           Rick Baker of St. Petersburg, FL; Kitty Martinez,               Iraq. And our country is more secure because
                           wife of Florida senatorial candidate Mel R. Mar-                of his service.
                           tinez; country music entertainer Lee Greenwood;                    I want to thank Sheriff Bob White for join-
                           and Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi of Japan.
                                                                                           ing us today. Sheriff, thanks. Appreciate it.
                                                                                           I want to thank Daron Norwood, the country
                           Remarks in New Port Richey, Florida                             music singer, for being with us today.
                           October 19, 2004                                                   I want to thank Al Cardenas and all the
                                                                                           grassroots activists who are here today.
                              The President. Thank you all for coming.                     Thank you for putting up the signs. Thank
                           If you’re looking for sunshine, Florida is the                  you for making the phone calls. Thank you
                           place to come. I’m looking for votes, and                       for working the polls. With your help, we will
                           Florida is the place to come. Thank you all                     carry Florida again and win a great victory
                           for coming out. I’m here to ask for not only                    in November.
                           your vote, I’m here to ask for your help. Get                      In the last few years, the American people
                           your friends and neighbors to go to the polls.                  have gotten to know me. They know my blunt
                           And when you get them headed to the polls,                      way of speaking. I get that from Mother.
                           remind them, if they want a stronger Amer-                      [Laughter] They know that I occasionally
                           ica, a safer America, and a better America,                     mangle the English language. [Laughter] I
                           to put me and Dick Cheney back in office.                       get that from my father. [Laughter] They also
                              I’ve got a lot of reasons why you ought                      know that I tell you exactly what I’m going
                           to put me back in, but perhaps the most im-                     to do, and I keep my word.
                           portant one of all is so that Laura will have                      I enjoyed our debates. They showed the
                           4 more years as the First Lady. When I asked                    big differences between my opponent and
                           her to marry me, she said, ‘‘Fine, just so long                 me. We have different records. We have dif-
                           as I never have to give a speech.’’ [Laughter]                  ferent views of the future. My record is one
                           I said, ‘‘Okay, you got a deal.’’ Fortunately,                  of reforming education, lowering taxes, pro-
                           she didn’t hold me to that deal. She’s giving                   viding prescription drug coverage for our
                           a lot of speeches, and the American people                      seniors, improving homeland protections,
                           see a warm, compassionate, strong First                         and waging an aggressive war against the
                           Lady.                                                           ideologues of hate.
                              I’m proud of my runningmate, Dick Che-                          The Senator’s record of 20 years is out of
                           ney. Now, look, I admit it, he doesn’t have                     the mainstream. Instead of articulating a vi-
                           the waviest hair in the race. [Laughter] I                      sion or a positive agenda for the future, the
                           didn’t pick him because of his hairdo.                          Senator is relying on a litany of complaints
                           [Laughter] I picked him because of his judg-                    and old-style scare tactics. As proven by his
                           ment, his experience. I picked him because                      record and a series of contradictions in this
                           he can get the job done for the American                        campaign, my opponent will say anything he
                           people.                                                         thinks will benefit him politically at the time.
                              I’m proud of my brother Jeb. What a great                       I will do what I’ve said I will do. We will
                           Governor for Florida. I appreciate the                          keep the promise of Social Security for our
                           strength and compassion he showed during                        seniors. We will not have a draft; we will have
                           the hurricanes. Florida showed that out of                      an all-volunteer army. On November 2d, the
                           adversity can come good, neighbors loving                       people of America will reject the politics of
                           neighbors, people helping people who hurt.                      fear and vote for an agenda of hope and op-
                           We’ll continue to do everything we can to                       portunity and security for every American.
                           help the people of Florida get back on their                       When I came into office, the stock market
                           feet.                                                           had been in decline for 6 months. And then
                              By the way, brother Marvin is with us too.                   we had a recession. To help families and to
                           [Applause] Yes. We love our family. And I                       get this economy growing again, I pledged
                           love campaigning with my family.                                to reduce taxes. I kept my word, and the re-
                              I want to thank Sam for his service to the                   sults are clear. The recession was one of the
                           United States of America. He was in the first                   shallowest in American history.




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                              Over the last 3 years, our economy has                       tax the rich. You can’t raise enough money
                           grown at a rate faster than any major industri-                 by taxing the rich to pay for $2.2 trillion.
                           alized nation. Homeownership rate is at an                      There is a gap between what he’s promised
                           alltime high in America. We added 1.9 mil-                      and what he can raise. Guess who generally
                           lion new jobs since August of 2003. The na-                     fills the gap? You do.
                           tional unemployment rate is 5.4 percent,                            Let me tell you what else is wrong with
                           lower than the average of the 1970s, 1980s,                     taxing the rich. The rich hire lawyers and ac-
                           and 1990s. The unemployment rate in Flor-                       countants for a reason: to slip the bill and
                           ida is 4.5 percent. This economy is moving                      to pass it on to you. We’re not going to let
                           forward, and we’re not going to go back to                      Senator Kerry tax you; we’re going to carry
                           the old days of tax and spend.                                  Florida and win a great victory on November
                              To make sure jobs are here in America,                       the 2d.
                           America must be the best place in the world                         When I came into office, our public
                           to do business. We need to reduce the regu-                     schools had been waiting decades for hopeful
                           lations on our job creators. We need to do                      reform. Fortunately, you had a Governor
                           something about these frivolous lawsuits that                   here in Florida who enacted hopeful reform.
                           hurt the small businesses.                                      Too many of our children were shuffled
                              Listen, to keep jobs here, Congress needs                    through school without learning the basics.
                           to pass my energy plan. It encourages con-                      I pledged to restore accountability to our
                           servation. It encourages the use of renew-                      schools and to end the soft bigotry of low
                           ables. It encourages clean coal technology.                     expectations. I kept my word. We’re seeing
                           It encourages environmentally friendly ways                     results. Children are making sustained gains
                           to explore for natural gas. We will not explore                 in reading and math. We’re closing achieve-
                           off the coast of Florida. What I’m telling you                  ment gaps all over this country, and we’re
                           is in order to keep jobs here, we must be-                      not going to go back to the days of low expec-
                           come less dependent on foreign sources of                       tations and mediocrity.
                           energy.                                                             When I came into office, we had a prob-
                              To keep jobs here, we’ve got to reject eco-                  lem in Medicare. Medicine was changing;
                           nomic isolationism. I believe in free trade.                    Medicare was not. For example, Medicare
                           I believe in fair trade. I know Americans                       would pay tens of thousands of dollars for
                           compete with anytime—anybody, anytime,                          heart surgery but not one dime for the pre-
                           anywhere, so long as the rules are fair.                        scription drugs that could prevent the heart
                              To keep jobs here, we’ve got to be wise                      surgery from being needed in the first place.
                           about how we spend your money and keep                          It was not fair to our seniors. I pledged to
                           your taxes low. My opponent has his own his-                    bring Republicans and Democrats together
                           tory on the economy.                                            to strengthen and modernize Medicare for
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   our seniors. I kept my word.
                              The President. In 20 years as a Senator                          We’re moving forward on health care.
                           from Massachusetts, he’s built the record of                    There is more to do. We need to make sure
                           a Senator from Massachusetts. [Laughter]                        health care is available and affordable. We
                           He voted to increase taxes 98 times in his                      need a safety net for those with the greatest
                           20 years. That’s about five times a year. I                     needs. I believe in community health centers,
                           would call that a pattern—[laughter]—a pre-                     places where the poor and the indigent can
                           dictable pattern. He can run from his record,                   get health care. We will make sure that poor
                           but he cannot hide.                                             children are fully subscribed in our programs
                              Now he’s promising not to raise taxes for                    for low-income families so they can get the
                           anyone who earns less than $200,000 a year.                     health care they need.
                           He said that with a straight face. [Laughter]                       To make sure health care is affordable, we
                           The problem with that is, to keep that prom-                    must recognize that most of the uninsured
                           ise you’d have to break all the other ones.                     work for small businesses. Small businesses
                           See, he’s promised over $2.2 trillion in new                    are having trouble affording health care. To
                           spending. That’s with a ‘‘T.’’ In order to pay                  help our workers get health care, we should
                           for it, he said, well, all he’s going to do is                  allow small businesses to join together so




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                           they can buy insurance at the same discounts                    tinue to encourage homeownership in Amer-
                           as big companies get to do. We will expand                      ica. I love it when somebody opens the door
                           health savings accounts so workers and small                    where they live and says, ‘‘Welcome to my
                           businesses are able to pay lower premiums                       home. Welcome to my piece of property.’’
                           and people can save tax-free in a health care                      In a new term, we’ll take the next step
                           account they call their own.                                    to build an ownership society by strength-
                              To make sure health care is available and                    ening Social Security. Let me talk about So-
                           affordable, we must do something about the                      cial Security right quick. In 2000, people
                           junk lawsuits that are running up the cost                      traveled this State saying, ‘‘If George W. gets
                           of medicine and running good doctors out                        elected, our seniors will not get their checks.’’
                           of practice. There is a clear difference in this                   Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           campaign. My opponent has consistently                             The President. Our seniors must remem-
                           voted against medical liability reform. I stand                 ber, you got your checks. You will continue
                           for medical liability reform, and I know I can                  to get their checks, no matter what they try
                           work with the next Senator from Florida, Mel                    to tell you. And baby boomers, we’re in pret-
                           Martinez, to get that reform done.                              ty good shape when it comes to Social Secu-
                              The Senator has a health care proposal of                    rity.
                           his own, a plan for bigger and more intrusive                      But we need to worry about our children
                           Government. The other day, he tried to tell                     and our grandchildren. The job of the Presi-
                           Americans that when it comes to his health                      dent is to confront problems, not to pass
                           care plan, and I quote, ‘‘The Government has                    them on to future generations and future
                           nothing to do with it.’’ [Laughter] I could                     Presidents. To make sure Social Security is
                           barely contain myself. [Laughter] The facts                     around when our children grow up, we must
                           are that 8 out of 10 people who get health                      allow younger workers to save some of their
                           care under Senator Kerry’s plan would be                        own payroll taxes in a personal savings ac-
                           placed on a Government program. He says                         count that earns better interest, a personal
                           his plan would help small businesses. Yet,                      savings account they call their own and an
                           groups that studied this plan concluded it was                  account the Government cannot take away.
                           an overpriced albatross that would saddle                          When it comes to Social Security, my op-
                           small businesses with 225 new mandates.                         ponent wants to maintain the status quo.
                              I have a different view. I want to help our                  That is not leadership. He’s against these So-
                           small businesses, not saddle them with a                        cial Security reforms. He’s against just about
                           bunch of Government rules. The choice is                        every other reform that gives more authority
                           clear. My opponent wants to move in the di-                     and control to the people. On issue after
                           rection of Government-run health care. I be-                    issue, from Medicare without choices to
                           lieve health decisions should be made by                        schools without accountability to higher
                           doctors and patients, not by officials in Wash-                 taxes, he takes the side of more bureaucracy
                           ington, DC. He can run, but he cannot hide.                     and more Government.
                              I’ve set out policies that move our country                     There is a word for that attitude. It is
                           toward a more hopeful and optimistic vision.                    called liberalism. He dismisses that as a label.
                           I believe our country can and must be an                        He must have seen it differently when he
                           ownership society. There’s an old saying: No                    told a newspaper, ‘‘I am a liberal, and I’m
                           one ever washes a rental car—[laughter]—                        proud of it.’’
                           a lot of wisdom in that statement. When you                        Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           own something, you care about it. When you                         The President. The nonpartisan National
                           own something, you have a vital stake in the                    Journal did a study and named him the most
                           future of your country. That’s why we’re en-                    liberal Member of the United States Senate.
                           couraging entrepreneurship. Every time a                        That takes a lot of hard work. [Laughter]
                           small business is started, someone is achiev-                      I have a different record and a different
                           ing the American Dream.                                         philosophy. I do not believe in big Govern-
                              We’re encouraging health savings accounts                    ment, and I do not believe that Government
                           so people have the security of owning and                       should be indifferent. That is called compas-
                           managing their own health care. We will con-                    sionate conservatism. I believe in policies




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                           that empower people to improve their lives,                     to face them here at home. We will spread
                           not try to run their lives. I believe we must                   freedom and liberty. And we will prevail.
                           continue to help men and women find the                            Our strategy is succeeding. Think about
                           schools—skills and tools to prosper in a time                   the world as it was 31⁄2 years ago. Afghanistan
                           of change. And so we’re helping all Ameri-                      was the home base of Al Qaida. Pakistan was
                           cans find dignity and independence. And I                       a transit point for terrorist groups. Saudi Ara-
                           will continue to lead our country for 4 more                    bia was fertile ground for fundraising. Libya
                           years with that philosophy in mind.                             was secretly pursuing nuclear weapons. Iraq
                              Audience members. Four more years!                           was a dangerous place and a gathering threat.
                           Four more years! Four more years!                               And Al Qaida was largely unchallenged as
                              The President. In this time of change,                       it planned attacks.
                           some things do not change, the values we                           Today, because we acted, Afghanistan is
                           try to live by, courage and compassion, rev-                    free and is an ally on the war on terror; Paki-
                           erence and integrity. In a time of change,                      stan is capturing terrorist leaders; Saudi Ara-
                           we must support the institutions that gives                     bia is making raids and arrests; Libya is dis-
                           our lives purpose and direction, our families,                  mantling its weapons programs; the army of
                           our schools, our religious congregations. We                    a free Iraq is fighting for freedom; and more
                           stand for a culture of life in which every per-                 than three-quarters of Al Qaida’s key mem-
                           son matters and every being counts. We                          bers and associates have been brought to jus-
                           stand for marriage and family, which are the                    tice.
                           foundations of our society. We stand for the                       We’re standing with the peoples of a free
                           appointment of Federal judges who know the                      Afghanistan and Iraq. I want you to remind
                           difference between personal opinion and the                     your children about the historic moment that
                           strict interpretation of the law.                               took place when the Afghan citizens went to
                              My opponent’s words on these issues are                      vote. It was all but 3 years ago that these
                           a little muddy, but his record is plenty clear.                 people lived under the brutal, brutal reign
                           He says he supports the institution of mar-                     of the Taliban. Young girls couldn’t go to
                           riage but voted against the Defense of Mar-                     school. Mothers were taken and whipped in
                           riage Act. He voted against a ban on the prac-                  the public square because they didn’t toe the
                           tice of partial-birth abortion.                                 line of these ideologues of hate. But because
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   we acted in our self-defense, millions went
                              The President. He’s described the                            to the polls. The first voter in Afghan—in
                           Reagan years as a time of moral darkness.                       the Afghanistan Presidential election was a
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   19-year-old woman. Freedom is on the
                              The President. There is a mainstream in                      march.
                           American politics, and my opponent sits on                         There will be elections in Iraq in January.
                           the far left bank. He can run, but he cannot                    Think about how far that country has come
                           hide.                                                           from the days of mass graves and torture
                              This election will also determine how                        chambers and the brutal reign of a tyrant
                           America responds to the continuing danger                       who hated America. It’s important that free-
                           of terrorism. The most solemn duty of the                       dom be on the march. We’re more secure
                           American President is to protect the Amer-                      when societies are free. Free societies will
                           ican people. If America shows uncertainty or                    be hopeful societies which no longer feed
                           weakness in this decade, the world will drift                   resentments and breed violence for export.
                           toward tragedy. This will not happen on my                      Free governments in the Middle East will
                           watch.                                                          fight the terrorists instead of harboring them.
                              Our strategy is clear. We are defending                      Free societies will be peaceful societies.
                           the homeland. We are reforming and                              Freedom means America will be more se-
                           strengthening our intelligence services. We                     cure.
                           are transforming our military. The All-Volun-                      And so our mission is clear. We will help
                           teer Army will remain an all-volunteer army.                    the people in these countries, in Afghanistan
                           We are staying on the offensive. We’re strik-                   and Iraq, train their armies, train their police,
                           ing the terrorists abroad so we do not have                     so they can do the hard work of defending




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                           freedom. We will help the countries get on                      into question his credibility and his ability
                           the path of stability and democracy as quickly                  to lead our Nation.
                           as possible, and then our troops will return                       In September 2003, as the $87 billion
                           home with the honor they have earned.                           funding package was being debated, Senator
                              I want to thank those who wear our uni-                      Kerry, on national TV, said it would be ‘‘irre-
                           form. I want to thank the veterans who have                     sponsible to abandon our troops by voting
                           set such a great example for those who wear                     against it.’’ That’s what he said. Just one
                           the uniform. I want to thank the military fam-                  month later, he did exactly the opposite. And
                           ilies who are with us today.                                    so you wonder why. What happened to
                              Under my leadership and working with the                     change the Senator’s mind so abruptly in one
                           Congress, our Nation is keeping our commit-                     month? Well, his opponent in the Democrat
                           ments to those who serve and to their fami-                     primary, Howard Dean, was gaining ground
                           lies. We’ve increased basic pay in the military                 as an antiwar candidate. Senator Kerry ap-
                           by 21 percent. We’ve increased health bene-                     parently decided supporting the troops, even
                           fits and Federal support for schools on our                     while they were in harm’s way, was not as
                           bases. We’ve reduced the out-of-pocket ex-                      important as shoring up his own political po-
                           penses for off-base housing to zero for our                     sition.
                           military families. We’re supporting our                            Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           Guard and our Reserves. We’re spending 14                          The President. At a time of great threat
                           billion for construction and maintenance for                    to our country, at a time of great challenge
                           Guard and Reserve facilities. We’ve extended                    in the world, the Commander in Chief must
                           military health care to our Guard and Re-                       stand on principle, not on the shifting sands
                           serve families. We’re making sure that our                      of political convenience.
                           troops have what they need in order to com-                        His vote against supporting our troops in
                           plete their missions.                                           combat is part of a pattern. He opposed the
                              And that’s why I went to the Congress and                    B–1 bomber. He opposed the B–2 stealth
                           requested $87 billion of funding in Sep-                        bomber. He opposed modernization of the
                           tember of 2003. And the support in the Con-                     F–14D, all of which helped us secure our
                           gress was strong, except for 12 Senators                        country in Afghanistan and Iraq. He opposed
                           voted against funding for our troops——                          the Apache helicopter. He opposed the Pa-
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   triot missile system. My opponent has built
                              The President. ——2 of whom were my                           a 20-year record of military weakness. He can
                           opponent and his runningmate.                                   run from his record——
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                      Audience members. But he can’t hide!
                              The President. When you’re out rounding                         The President. In our debate, Senator
                           up the vote, remind the people of this star-                    Kerry proposed we should pass a ‘‘global
                           tling statistic: There were only four Members                   test’’ before we defend ourselves.
                           of the Senate who voted to authorize the use                       Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           of force and voted against supporting our                          The President. I’m not making that up.
                           troops in combat—only four—two of whom                          That’s exactly what he said. I was standing
                           are my opponent and his runningmate.                            right there. [Laughter] The problem with a
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   ‘‘global test’’ is the Senator cannot ever pass
                              The President. So they asked him about                       it. In 1990, the United Nations Security
                           the vote, and he said, in perhaps the most                      Council passed a resolution supporting action
                           famous quote of the 2004 campaign, ‘‘I actu-                    to remove Saddam Hussein from Kuwait.
                           ally did vote for the $87 billion, before I                     The international community was united.
                           voted against it.’’                                             Countries throughout the world joined our
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   coalition. Yet even after United Nations ap-
                              The President. Sunday was the one-year                       proval, Senator Kerry voted against author-
                           anniversary of Senator Kerry’s vote against                     ization for the use of force.
                           funding for our troops. My opponent’s many                         Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           and conflicting positions on this issue are a                      The President. If that didn’t pass a ‘‘global
                           case study into why his contradictions call                     test,’’ nothing will pass a ‘‘global test.’’ Listen,




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                           I’ll continue to build strong alliances. We’ll                  a chance to serve, I would uphold the honor
                           work with our friends and allies. But I will                    and the dignity of the office to which I had
                           never turn over America’s national security                     been elected. With your help, I will do so
                           decisions to leaders of other countries.                        for 4 more years.
                               I believe in the transformational power of                     God bless. Thank you for coming. Thank
                           liberty. After World War II, after we de-                       you all. Thanks for coming.
                           feated the Japanese, Harry Truman believed
                           in the transformational power of liberty to                     NOTE: The President spoke at 11:34 a.m. at Sims
                           convert an enemy into an ally. A lot of people                  Park. In his remarks, he referred to Gov. Jeb Bush
                           doubted that. A lot of people wondered                          of Florida; Bob White, sheriff, Pasco County, FL;
                                                                                           Al Cardenas, former chair, Republican Party of
                           whether an enemy could ever become a de-                        Florida; Mel R. Martinez, senatorial candidate in
                           mocracy. But there were strong beliefs. And                     Florida; and Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi of
                           as a result of that belief, today, I sit down                   Japan.
                           at the table with the head of a former enemy,
                           Prime Minister Koizumi of Japan, talking
                           about the peace we all want.                                    Remarks in The Villages, Florida
                               Someday, a duly elected leader of Iraq will                 October 19, 2004
                           be sitting down with an American President,
                           talking about the peace in the greater Middle                      The President. Thank you all for coming
                           East, and our children and our grandchildren                    today. I am proud to be the first sitting Presi-
                           will be better off for it.                                      dent ever to have visited The Villages. The
                               I believe that millions in the Middle East                  other ones missed out on a lot. Thanks for
                           plead in silence for their freedom. I believe                   having me. Thanks for coming. This is a huge
                           women in the Middle East want to live in                        crowd, for which I am grateful. I told Jeb
                           a free society. I believe mothers and dads                      it looks like a beautiful day in The Villages.
                           in the Middle East want their children to                       He said, ‘‘It’s always a beautiful day in The
                           grow up in a free and peaceful world. I be-                     Villages.’’
                           lieve all these things because freedom is not                      I’m traveling your State to ask for the vote.
                           America’s gift to the world; freedom is the                     I think you got to get out amongst the people
                           Almighty God’s gift to each man and woman                       and say, I want your vote. I’m going to give
                           in this world.                                                  you some reasons to put me back into office.
                               For all Americans, these years in our his-                  I also want your help. You need to go to your
                           tory will always stand apart. There are quiet                   friends and neighbors. Tell them we have a
                           times in the life of a nation when little is                    duty in our free society to vote. When you
                           expected of its leaders. This isn’t one of those                get them headed to the polls, remind them,
                           times. This is a time that requires firm re-                    if they want a safer America, a stronger
                           solve and clear vision and a deep faith in the                  America, a better America, to put me and
                           values that makes this a great nation.                          Dick Cheney back in office.
                               None of us will ever forget that week when                     My one regret is that Laura is not with
                           one era ended and another began. On Sep-                        me today.
                           tember the 14th, 2001, I stood in the ruins                        Audience members. Aw-w-w!
                           of the Twin Towers. It’s a day I will never                        The President. I know, that’s generally
                           forget. I will never forget the workers in                      the reaction. [Laughter] I’m going the give
                           hardhats who were yelling at me at the top                      you some reasons, as I said, to put me in,
                           of their lungs, ‘‘Whatever it takes.’’ I’ll never               but perhaps the most important one of all
                           forget the man that grabbed me by my arm                        is so that Laura is the First Lady for 4 more
                           and looked me in the eye, and he said, ‘‘Do                     years. When I met her again—see, we went
                           not let me down.’’ Ever since that day, I wake                  to the seventh grade together in San Jacinto
                           up every morning thinking about how to bet-                     Junior High in Midland, Texas. When I met
                           ter protect our country. I will never relent                    her again, she was a public school librarian.
                           in defending America, whatever it takes.                        I said, ‘‘Will you marry me?’’ She said, ‘‘Fine,
                               Four years ago, when I traveled your great                  just so long as I never have to give a speech.’’
                           State, I made a pledge that if you gave me                      [Laughter] I said, ‘‘Okay, you got a deal.’’




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                           Fortunately, she did not hold me to that                        mangle the English language. I get that from
                           promise. She’s giving a lot of speeches, and                    my father. [Laughter] Americans also know
                           when she does, the American people see a                        that I tell you exactly what I’m going to do,
                           strong, warm, compassionate, great First                        and I keep my word.
                           Lady.                                                              I enjoyed telling the people what I was
                               I am proud of my runningmate, Dick Che-                     going to do, during our three debates. Those
                           ney. I readily concede, he does not have the                    were important debates because they showed
                           waviest hair in the race. [Laughter] I did not                  the clear differences between my opponent
                           pick him for his hairdo. [Laughter] I picked                    and me. We have different records. We have
                           him because of his experience and sound                         very different plans for the future. My record
                           judgment.                                                       is one of reforming education, of lowering
                               I am very proud of my brother, the Gov-                     taxes, of providing prescription drug cov-
                           ernor of Florida, Jeb Bush. He is a strong,                     erage for our seniors, of improving homeland
                           consistent leader. You do not have to worry                     protections, and of waging an aggressive war
                           about him shifting his political thoughts be-                   against the ideologues of hate. I enjoyed the
                           cause of a poll or a focus group. And when                      chance to lay out my vision for the future.
                           times were tough during the four hurricanes,                       Instead of articulating a vision or a positive
                           Jeb led this State with resolve and compas-                     agenda for the future, the Senator, my oppo-
                           sion. Brother Marvin is with us today as well,                  nent, is relying on a litany of complaints and
                           and I want to thank Marv for coming. I love
                                                                                           an old-style scare tactic.
                           to be with my family. I get great strength
                                                                                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           from my faith, my family, and my friends.
                               I want to thank Carey Baker for his service,                   The President. As proven by his record
                           not only in the Armed Forces but in the                         and a series of contradictions in this cam-
                           statehouse. As I came up on the stage, Mrs.                     paign, my opponent will say anything he
                           Baker informed me they’ll be having a child                     thinks will benefit him politically at the time.
                           tomorrow. [Laughter] Let’s just make sure                       I will do what I have said I will do. We will
                           it’s tomorrow. [Laughter]                                       keep the promise of Social Security for our
                               I want to thank Congressman Cliff Stearns                   seniors. And there will no draft as long as
                           for his leadership in the House of Represent-                   I’m the President. On November the 2d, the
                           atives. I appreciate the service of the State                   people of America will reject the politics of
                           chief financial officer, Tom Gallagher. I want                  fear and vote for an agenda of hope and op-
                           to thank all the other State and local officials                portunity and security.
                           who are here.                                                      When I came into office, the stock market
                               I want to thank Ralph Reed, the Bush-                       had been in serious decline for 6 months.
                           Cheney ’04 southeast regional chair, for his                    And then we headed into a recession. To help
                           leadership and friendship. I want to thank                      families and to get this economy growing
                           Carole Jean Jordan, who’s the Republican                        again, I pledged to reduce taxes. I kept my
                           Party Florida chairman. I want to thank all                     word. The results are clear. The recession
                           the people who are involved in grassroots                       was one of the shallowest in American his-
                           politics. I want to thank those of you who                      tory.
                           are putting up the signs. I want to thank                          Over the last 3 years, our economy has
                           those of you who are making the phone calls.                    grown at rates as fast as any in nearly 20
                           With your help, there is no doubt in my                         years. Today, the homeownership rate in
                           mind, we will carry Florida again and win                       America is at an alltime high. In the past 13
                           a great victory on November the 2d.                             months, we’ve added more than 1.9 million
                               Finally, I want to thank my friend Mark                     new jobs. The unemployment rate in Amer-
                           Wills, the country singer who has been enter-                   ica is 5.4 percent, lower than the average rate
                           taining you today.                                              of the 1970s, the 1980s, and the 1990s. The
                               In the last few years, the American people                  unemployment rate in Florida is 4.5 percent.
                           have come to know me. They know my blunt                        This economy of ours is moving forward, and
                           way of speaking. I get that from my mother.                     we’re not going to go back to the days of
                           [Laughter] They know that sometimes I                           tax and spend.




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                              To make sure quality jobs are created here                      Audience members. We do!
                           in America, America must be the best place                         The President. Yes. You’ve also heard that
                           in the world to do business. That means less                    talk before about taxing the rich. The rich
                           regulations on our job creators. That means                     hire lawyers and accountants for a reason:
                           we will do something about the frivolous law-                   to slip the bill and pass it on to you. We’re
                           suits that plague our small-business owners.                    not going to let him tax you; we’re going to
                              To keep jobs here, Congress needs to pass                    carry Florida and win on November the 2d.
                           my energy plan. It’s a plan that encourages                        When I came in this office, our public
                           conservation, a plan that encourages renew-                     schools had been waiting decades for hopeful
                           ables, encourages new technologies. It’s a                      reform. Fortunately, you had a Governor
                           plan that recognizes we can explore for nat-                    who had been providing hopeful reform. But
                           ural gas in environmentally friendly ways. We                   too many of our children were shuffled
                           will not drill off the coast of Florida. It’s a                 through school, year after year, grade after
                           plan that uses clean coal technology. To keep                   grade, without learning the basics. I pledged
                           jobs here in America, America must be less                      to restore accountability to our schools and
                           dependent on foreign sources of energy.                         end the soft bigotry of low expectations, and
                              To create jobs, we need to reject economic                   I kept my word. We’re seeing the results.
                           isolationism. We’ve opened up our markets                       Our children are making sustained gains in
                           from products for overseas, and that is good                    reading and math. We’re closing achieve-
                           for the American consumer. See, the market
                                                                                           ment gaps all across America. And we’re not
                           works this way. If you have more products
                                                                                           going to go back to the days of low standards
                           to choose from, you’re likely to get that which
                                                                                           and mediocrity in the public schools in
                           you want at a better price and higher quality.
                                                                                           America.
                           So instead of shutting down our market, what
                           we’ll continue to do is open up other people’s                     When we came into office, we had a prob-
                           markets. I say to China, ‘‘You treat us the                     lem with Medicare. Medicine was changing;
                           way we treat you.’’ We can compete with any-                    Medicare was not. And let me give you an
                           body, anytime, anywhere, so long as the play-                   example. Many here understand what I’m
                           ing field is level.                                             talking about. Medicare would pay hundreds
                              To make sure this economy continues to                       of thousands of dollars for heart surgery but
                           grow, we’ve got to be wise about how we                         not one dime for the prescription drugs that
                           spend your money and keep your taxes low.                       could prevent the heart surgery from being
                           My opponent has his own history on the                          needed in the first place. That did not make
                           economy. In 20 years as a Senator from Mas-                     any sense for people on Medicare. It didn’t
                           sachusetts, he has built the record of a Sen-                   make any sense for the taxpayers of the coun-
                           ator from Massachusetts. [Laughter] He                          try. I pledged to bring Republicans and
                           voted for higher taxes 98 times in his 20                       Democrats together to strengthen and mod-
                           years. That’s about five times a year. I would                  ernize Medicare for our seniors. I kept my
                           call that a predictable pattern. [Laughter]                     word. Seniors are getting discounts on medi-
                              Now the Senator is promising not to raise                    cine. And beginning in 2006, all seniors will
                           taxes for anyone who earns less than                            be able to get prescription drugs coverage
                           $200,000 a year. He said that with a straight                   under Medicare.
                           face. [Laughter] The problem is, to keep that                      We have more work to do when it comes
                           promise he would have to break almost all                       to moving forward with health care. I have
                           of his other ones. He’s made a lot of prom-                     practical plans to make sure health care is
                           ises. He’s promised over $2.2 trillion a pro-                   available and affordable. We need a safety
                           gram—of new spending. He said he’s going                        net for those with the greatest need. I believe
                           to raise the money by taxing the rich. You                      in community health centers, places where
                           can’t raise enough money by taxing the rich                     the poor and the indigent can get good pre-
                           to raise 2.2 trillion. There is a gap, a gap                    ventative and primary care. In a new term,
                           between what he’s promised and what he can                      we’ll make sure every poor county in America
                           raise. And guess who usually gets to fill the                   has a community health center. We will do
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                           subscribed in our programs for low-income                          I have a better idea. I want to help small
                           families.                                                       businesses afford health care, not saddle
                              Do you realize that half of the working un-                  them with new Government rules. The
                           insured work for small businesses? Small                        choice in this election is clear. My opponent
                           businesses are having trouble affording                         wants to move in the direction of Govern-
                           health care. In order to help our workers get                   ment-run health care. I believe health deci-
                           health care, in order to help small businesses,                 sions should be made by patients and doc-
                           we must allow small businesses to pool to-                      tors, not by officials in Washington, DC. He
                           gether, to join together, so they can buy in-                   can run, but he cannot hide.
                           surance at the same discounts big companies                        I have set out policies that move this coun-
                           are able to do. We will continue to expand                      try toward a positive and optimistic vision.
                           health savings accounts so workers and small                    I believe our country can and must become
                           businesses are able to pay lower premiums                       an ownership society. You know, there’s an
                           and people can save tax-free in a health care                   old saying, no one ever washes a rental car—
                           account they call their own.                                    [laughter]—a lot of wisdom in that state-
                              To make sure health care is available and                    ment. When you own something, you care
                           affordable, we must do something about the                      about it. When you own something, you have
                           junk lawsuits that are running up the cost                      a vital stake in the future of your country.
                           of health care and running good docs out of                        That’s why we’ll continue to encourage
                                                                                           ownership. Every time a small business is
                           practice. By forcing doctors to practice de-
                                                                                           started, someone is achieving the American
                           fensive medicine, medical lawsuits cost the
                                                                                           Dream. That’s why we’re encouraging health
                           Government, and therefore you, about $28
                                                                                           savings accounts, so people have the security
                           billion a year. Lawsuits drive up insurance
                                                                                           of owning their own health care plan. That’s
                           premiums, which drive good doctors out of
                                                                                           why we’ll continue to spread the ownership
                           practice. I have met too many ob-gyns who                       of homes all across America. I love it when
                           are worried about being able to stay in prac-                   more and more people from all walks of life
                           tice. I have met too many of their patients,                    open up the door where they live and say,
                           women who are worried about getting the                         ‘‘Welcome to my home. Welcome to my
                           health care they need.                                          piece of property.’’
                              See, you can’t be pro-doctor, pro-patient,                      In a new term, we’ll take the next step
                           and pro-personal-injury-lawyer at the same                      toward building an ownership society by
                           time. You have to choose. My opponent                           strengthening Social Security. Now, let me
                           made his choice, and he put a personal injury                   remind you of something that took place in
                           lawyer on the ticket. I made my choice. I’m                     the 2000 campaign. They said in those polit-
                           standing with the docs and the patients. I                      ical ads that, ‘‘If George W. gets elected, our
                           am for medical liability reform—now.                            seniors will not get their Social Security
                              And I urge you to vote for Mel Martinez                      checks.’’ You might remember those ads. I
                           in the Senate. He will join us in fighting for                  want you to remind your friends and neigh-
                           medical liability reform—now.                                   bors, they got their checks. Nobody is going
                              My opponent has a health care plan, a plan                   to take away the checks of those who are
                           for bigger, more intrusive Government. The                      now on Social Security. And baby boomers
                           other day, he tried to tell the Americans that                  like me, we’re in pretty good shape when
                           when it comes to his health care plan, and                      it comes to Social Security.
                           I quote, ‘‘The Government has nothing to                           But we need to worry about our children
                           do with it.’’ I could barely contain myself.                    and our grandchildren. We need to make
                           [Laughter] Facts are 8 out of 10 people who                     sure Social Security is available for them.
                           get health care under Senator Kerry’s plan                      That is why I believe younger workers ought
                           would be placed on a Government program.                        to be allowed to take some of their own pay-
                           He said his plan helps small businesses, but                    roll taxes and put it in a personal savings ac-
                           yet, further study concluded that it is an over-                count that will earn better interest, a personal
                           priced albatross that would saddle small busi-                  savings account they can call their own, an
                           nesses with 225 new mandates.                                   account the Government cannot take away.




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                               My opponent wants to maintain the status                       This election will also determine how
                           quo when it comes to Social Security. That                      America responds to the continuing danger
                           is unacceptable for younger Americans. I be-                    of terrorism. The most solemn duty of the
                           lieve a President should solve problems, not                    American President is to protect the Amer-
                           pass them on to future generations or future                    ican people. If America shows uncertainty or
                           Presidents. On issue after issue, from Medi-                    weakness in this decade, the world will drift
                           care without choices to schools with less ac-                   toward tragedy. This will not happen on my
                           countability to higher taxes on working                         watch.
                           Americans, my opponent takes the side of                           Since that terrible morning of September
                           more centralized control and bigger Govern-                     the 11th, 2001, we have fought the terrorists
                           ment.                                                           across the Earth, not for pride, not for power,
                               There’s a word for that attitude. It’s called               but because the lives of our citizens are at
                           liberalism.                                                     stake. Our strategy is clear. We’re defending
                               Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                  the homeland. We’re reforming and
                               The President. He dismisses it as simply                    strengthening our intelligence capabilities.
                           a label. He must have seen it differently                       We’re transforming our military so the All-
                           when he told a newspaper, ‘‘I am a liberal                      Volunteer Army will remain an all-volunteer
                           and proud of it.’’ Don’t take my word for                       army. We’re staying on the offensive. We will
                           it. Take the word of the nonpartisan National                   strike the terrorists abroad so we do not have
                           Journal magazine that did a study of voting                     to face them here at home. We will spread
                           records and named him the most liberal                          freedom and liberty. And we will prevail.
                           Member of the United States Senate. That                           Our strategy is succeeding. Think about
                           takes a lot of hard work. [Laughter] It’s hard                  the world the way it was some 31⁄2 years ago.
                           to be more liberal than the likes of Ted Ken-                   Afghanistan was the home base of Al Qaida.
                           nedy. He can run, but he cannot hide.                           Pakistan was a transit point for terrorist
                               I have a very different record and a dif-                   groups. Saudi Arabia was fertile ground for
                           ferent philosophy. I do not believe in big                      terrorist fundraising. Libya was secretly pur-
                           Government, and I do not believe that Gov-                      suing nuclear weapons. Iraq was a dangerous
                           ernment should be indifferent. I am a com-                      place and a gathering threat. And Al Qaida
                           passionate conservative. I believe in policies                  was largely unchallenged as it planned at-
                           that empower people to improve their lives,                     tacks.
                           not try to run their lives. I believe we should                    Because we led, because the United States
                           help men and women find the skills and tools                    of America was firm in our resolve, Afghani-
                           needed to prosper in a time of change. We’re                    stan is free and is now an ally in the war
                           helping all Americans to have a future of dig-                  on terror; Pakistan is capturing terrorist lead-
                           nity and independence, and that is how I will                   ers; Saudi Arabia is making raids and arrests;
                           lead our Nation for 4 more years.                               Libya is dismantling its weapons programs;
                               Audience members. Four more years!                          the army of a free Iraq is fighting for free-
                           Four more years! Four more years!                               dom; and more than three-quarters of Al
                               The President. In this time of change,                      Qaida’s key members and associates have
                           some things do not change, the values we                        been brought to justice.
                           try to live by, courage and compassion, rev-                       We’re standing with the people in Afghani-
                           erence and integrity. In a time of change,                      stan and Iraq. I want the youngsters here
                           we must support the institutions that give our                  to understand how profound history has
                           lives direction and purpose, our families, our                  changed because of the actions we took to
                           schools, our places of worship. We stand for                    defend ourselves. Think about Afghanistan.
                           a culture of life in which every person mat-                    It wasn’t all that long ago that the Taliban
                           ters and every being counts. We stand for                       ran that country. These ideologues of hatred
                           marriage and family, which are the founda-                      would not even allow young girls to go to
                           tions of our society. We stand for the ap-                      school, and their mothers were taken into the
                           pointment of Federal judges who know the                        public square and whipped if they didn’t toe
                           difference between personal opinion and the                     their line. Because we acted, because we
                           strict interpretation of the law.                               upheld doctrine that said, ‘‘If you harbor a




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                           terrorist, you’re equally as guilty as the ter-                 States Senate who voted to authorize the use
                           rorist,’’ millions of citizens went to vote in                  of force and then voted against funding our
                           a Presidential election. The first voter in Af-                 troops in harm’s way—only four members—
                           ghanistan for the election of a President was                   two of whom were my opponent and his
                           a 19-year-old woman. Freedom is on the                          runningmate.
                           march. Freedom is on the march in a part                           Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           of world that no one ever dreamt would be                          The President. You might remember his
                           free.                                                           famous quote when they asked him about his
                              In Iraq, there will be Presidential elections                vote, he said, ‘‘I actually did vote for the $87
                           in several months. Think how far that country                   billion, right before I voted against it.’’
                           has come from the days of torture rooms and                        Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           mass graves. No, we’re standing with those                         The President. Sunday was the one-year
                           people. When American gives its word,                           anniversary of Senator Kerry’s vote against
                           America must keep its word. And we’re                           funding for our troops. My opponent’s many
                           standing with them. And we’re standing with                     and conflicting positions on this issue are a
                           them because we understand that free soci-                      case study into why his contradictions call
                           eties in the Middle East will be hopeful soci-                  into question his credibility and his ability
                           eties which no longer feed resentments and                      to lead our Nation.
                           breed violence for export. Free governments
                                                                                              September of 2003, as the $87 billion
                           in the Middle East will fight the terrorists
                                                                                           funding package was being debated in Con-
                           instead of harboring them. And that will help
                                                                                           gress, he said on national TV, ‘‘It would be
                           us keep the peace.
                                                                                           irresponsible to abandon our troops by voting
                              Our strategy and our mission in Afghani-
                                                                                           against it’’—his words. And yet one month
                           stan and Iraq should be clear. We’ll train the
                                                                                           later, he did exactly that irresponsible thing.
                           armies and the police in those countries so
                                                                                           He voted against the funding. And so we say,
                           the people of Afghanistan and the people of
                           Iraq can do the hard work of defending their                    why? What happened to change the Sen-
                           freedom. We will get those countries on the                     ator’s mind so abruptly in one month? Well,
                           path of stability and democracy as quickly as                   his opponent in the Democrat primary, How-
                           possible, and then our troops will come home                    ard Dean, was gaining ground as an antiwar
                           with the honor they have earned.                                candidate. Senator Kerry apparently decided
                              I am proud to be the Commander in Chief                      supporting the troops, even while in harm’s
                           of a great United States military. I want to                    way, was not as important as shoring up his
                           thank the veterans who are here for having                      own political position.
                           set such a great example for those who wear                        Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           the uniform. I want to thank the military fam-                     The President. At a time of a great threat
                           ilies who are here.                                             to our country, at a time of great challenge
                              The single most important responsibility is                  in the world, the Commander in Chief must
                           to make sure our military has all the tools                     stand on principle, not on the shifting sands
                           and resources they need to complete their                       of political convenience.
                           missions. That’s why I went to the United                          We have big differences when it comes to
                           States Congress in September of 2003 and                        how to protect America. You might remem-
                           asked for $87 billion of funding to support                     ber in one of the debates Senator Kerry pro-
                           our troops in combat. I was very pleased with                   posed that we must pass a ‘‘global test’’ be-
                           the overwhelming bipartisan support for that                    fore we defend ourselves.
                           initiative. The support was so strong that only                    Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           12 Members of the United States Senate                             The President. I didn’t make that up. I
                           voted against the funding, 2 of whom were                       was standing right there. I heard him.
                           my opponent and his runningmate.                                [Laughter] The problem with the ‘‘global
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   test’’ is that the Senator can never pass it.
                              The President. As you’re out gathering                       And that’s dangerous in the world in which
                           the vote, remind people of this startling fact:                 we live. I say he can’t because remember
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                           passed a resolution supporting action to re-                    And there was a lot of skepticism about that.
                           move Saddam Hussein from Kuwait. The                            You can imagine why. ‘‘Japan conceivably be-
                           international community was united. Coun-                       coming a democracy,’’ people would ask.
                           tries throughout the world joined the coali-                    ‘‘Why do we worry about an enemy that has
                           tion. And yet even after United Nations ap-                     upset so many families in America?’’ But
                           proval, Senator Kerry voted against the au-                     people believed, and as a result of people
                           thorization for the use of force. He says re-                   having firm belief, I sit down now at the table
                           moving Saddam Hussein was a ‘‘mistake,’’                        with the Prime Minister of Japan, talking
                           during one of the debates.                                      about the peace we all want.
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                      Someday, an American President will be
                              The President. He said—well, here’s how                      sitting down with the duly elected leader of
                           he would have solved the problem. He would                      Iraq, talking about keeping the peace in the
                           have asked the United Nations to pass an-                       Middle East, and our children and our grand-
                           other United Nations Security Council reso-                     children will be better off for it.
                           lution.                                                            I believe that millions in the Middle East
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   plead in silence for their freedom. I believe
                              The President. Precisely what Saddam                         women in the Middle East want to live in
                           Hussein wanted to hear, another resolution.                     a free society. I believe the mothers and the
                           Had the Senator had his way; Saddam Hus-                        fathers of the Middle East want to bring their
                           sein not only would be sitting in a palace;                     children up in a free and peaceful world. I
                           he would have occupied Kuwait. And the                          believe all these things, because freedom is
                           world would be dangerous for it. America is                     not America’s gift to the world; freedom is
                           better off with Saddam Hussein sitting in a                     the Almighty God’s gift to each man and
                           prison cell.                                                    woman in this world.
                              I’ll work to build alliances. We’ll work to                     For all Americans, these years in our his-
                           make sure our coalition remains strong. But                     tory will always stand apart. There are quiet
                           I will never turn over America’s national se-                   times in the life of a nation when little is
                           curity decisions to leaders of other countries.                 expected of its leaders. This is not one of
                              I believe in the transformational power of                   those times. This is a time that requires firm
                           liberty. I’ll tell you what I mean by that. One                 resolve, clear vision, and a deep faith in the
                           of our friends in the international community                   values that makes this a great nation.
                           is the Prime Minister of Japan, Koizumi. I                         None of us will ever forget that week when
                           saw him at the United Nations and said, ‘‘You                   one era ended and another began. On Sep-
                           know, I’m talking about you everywhere you                      tember the 14th, 2001, I stood in the ruins
                           go across the country.’’ I said, ‘‘I hope you                   of the Twin Towers. It’s a day I will never
                           don’t mind.’’ He said, ‘‘No.’’ I didn’t tell him                forget. I will never forget the voices of those
                           I was going to tell you, though, that his favor-                in hardhats yelling at me at the top of their
                           ite singer was Elvis. [Laughter] Shows we’re                    lungs, ‘‘Whatever it takes.’’ I will never forget
                           getting to know each other quite well.                          the look in the man’s eyes as he grabbed me
                           Doesn’t seem like much, does it, that the                       by the arm, and he said, ‘‘Do not let me
                           head of Japan is a friend. But think about                      down.’’ Ever since that day, I wake up every
                           the history. Wasn’t all that long ago, 60 years                 morning thinking about how to better protect
                           ago, that we were at war with the Japanese.                     our country. I will never relent in defending
                           Perhaps some here in the crowd was in that                      America, whatever it takes.
                           war. My dad—our dad was fighting the Japa-                         Four years ago, when I traveled your great
                           nese. I guarantee you people had relatives                      State, 4 years ago, when I came to The Vil-
                           fighting the Japanese who are here. They                        lages, for that matter, I made this pledge,
                           were the sworn enemy of the United States                       that if you gave me a chance to serve, I would
                           of America.                                                     uphold the honor and the dignity of the office
                              After we won that war, Harry S. Truman,                      to which I had been elected. With your help,
                           President of the United States, along with                      I will do so for 4 more years.
                           other Americans, believed in the power of                          God bless. Thanks for coming. Thank you
                           liberty to transform an enemy into an ally.                     all. Thank you all.




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                           NOTE: The President spoke at 2:25 p.m. at the                   foreign policy, and economy of the United
                           Lake Sumter Landing Market Square. In his re-                   States constituted by the actions of signifi-
                           marks, he referred to Florida State Representative              cant narcotics traffickers centered in Colom-
                           Carey Baker and his wife, Lori; Mel R. Martinez,                bia, and the extreme level of violence, cor-
                           senatorial candidate in Florida; former President
                           Saddam Hussein of Iraq; and Prime Minister
                                                                                           ruption, and harm such actions cause in the
                           Junichiro Koizumi of Japan.                                     United States and abroad.
                                                                                              The order blocks all property and interests
                                                                                           in property that are in the United States or
                           Statement on the Anniversary of the                             within the possession or control of United
                           Allied Landing on Leyte Island                                  States persons or foreign persons listed in an
                           October 19, 2004                                                annex to the order, as well as of foreign per-
                                                                                           sons determined to play a significant role in
                              On October 20, we commemorate the                            international narcotics trafficking centered in
                           60th anniversary of the Allied landing on                       Colombia. The order similarly blocks all
                           Leyte Island’s shores, a pivotal moment in                      property and interests in property of foreign
                           the history of the War in the Pacific and in                    persons determined to materially assist in, or
                           the human struggle for liberty. The Leyte                       provide financial or technological support for
                           landing is a central event in the long history                  or goods or services in support of, the nar-
                           of friendship between the peoples of the                        cotics trafficking activities of persons des-
                           Philippines and the United States.                              ignated in or pursuant to the order, or per-
                              This year we are privileged that American,                   sons determined to be owned or controlled
                           Filipino, and Australian veterans once again                    by, or to act for or on behalf of, persons des-
                           stand on the very beach where they fought                       ignated in or pursuant to the order. The
                           for the liberation of the Philippines six dec-                  order also prohibits any transaction or deal-
                           ades ago. Many of those brave Allied soldiers                   ing by United States persons or within the
                           made the ultimate sacrifice on these shores                     United States in such property or interests
                           in the cause of freedom. MacArthur,                             in property.
                           Osmena, Romulo, and all those heroes com-                          Because the actions of significant narcotics
                           memorated in bronze on Leyte’s shores were                      traffickers centered in Colombia continue to
                           tenacious and brave.                                            threaten the national security, foreign policy,
                              Veterans of the Leyte landing: Know that                     and economy of the United States and to
                           we will continue to recognize this date as a                    cause an extreme level of violence, corrup-
                           day to draw renewed inspiration from your                       tion, and harm in the United States and
                           courage and sacrifice in the cause of free-                     abroad, the national emergency declared on
                           dom. We will pass on to our children what                       October 21, 1995, and the measures adopted
                           your great generation has passed to us, a                       pursuant thereto to deal with that emer-
                           world where liberty is the right of all human-                  gency, must continue in effect beyond Octo-
                           kind, and where men and women will remain                       ber 21, 2004. Therefore, in accordance with
                           vigilant in its defense.                                        section 202(d) of the National Emergencies
                                                                                           Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for
                                                                                           1 year the national emergency with respect
                           Notice—Continuation of the                                      to significant narcotics traffickers centered in
                           National Emergency With Respect to                              Colombia. This notice shall be published in
                           Significant Narcotics Traffickers                               the Federal Register and transmitted to the
                           Centered in Colombia                                            Congress.
                           October 19, 2004
                                                                                                                        George W. Bush
                             On October 21, 1995, by Executive Order
                           12978, the President declared a national                        The White House,
                           emergency pursuant to the International                         October 19, 2004.
                           Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C.
                           1701 et seq.) to deal with the unusual and                      [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register,
                           extraordinary threat to the national security,                  2:29 p.m., October 19, 2004]




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                           NOTE: This notice was published in the Federal                  and Richard B. Cheney, President of the Senate.
                           Register on October 20.                                         An original was not available for verification of
                                                                                           the content of this letter.

                           Letter to Congressional Leaders on
                           Continuation of the National                                    Remarks in Mason City, Iowa
                           Emergency With Respect to                                       October 20, 2004
                           Significant Narcotics Traffickers
                           Centered in Colombia                                               The President. Thank you all for coming.
                           October 19, 2004                                                Thank you all for coming out to say hello.
                                                                                           It is great to be in Mason City, Iowa. I appre-
                           Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)                         ciate the warm welcome. It’s the home of
                              Section 202(d) of the National Emer-                         fine corn, fine people, and fine music.
                           gencies Act, 50 U.S.C. 1622(d), provides for                       I’m here to ask for your help. We’re less
                           the automatic termination of a national emer-                   than 2 weeks away from voting time. And
                           gency unless, prior to the anniversary date                     I’d like for you to get your friends and neigh-
                           of its declaration, the President publishes in                  bors and remind them we have a duty in de-
                           the Federal Register and transmits to the                       mocracy to vote. And get them headed to
                           Congress a notice stating that the emergency                    the polls, and remind them, if they want a
                           is to continue in effect beyond the anniver-                    safer America and a stronger America and
                           sary date. In accordance with this provision,                   a better America, to put me and Dick Che-
                           I have sent the enclosed notice, stating that                   ney back in office.
                           the emergency declared with respect to sig-                        My only regret is that Laura is not trav-
                           nificant narcotics traffickers centered in Co-                  eling with me today.
                           lombia is to continue in effect beyond Octo-                       Audience members. Aw-w-w!
                           ber 21, 2004, to the Federal Register for pub-                     The President. That is generally the reac-
                           lication. The most recent notice continuing                     tion. [Laughter] ‘‘Why didn’t you send her,
                           this emergency was published in the Federal                     and you stay at home?’’ [Laughter] She was
                           Register on October 20, 2003 (68 Fed. Reg.                      a public school librarian when I met her for
                           60023).                                                         the second time. See, we were in the seventh
                              The circumstances that led to the declara-                   grade together in San Jacinto Junior High
                           tion on October 21, 1995, of a national emer-                   in Midland, Texas. She became a public
                           gency have not been resolved. The actions                       school librarian, and I met her again. I said,
                           of significant narcotics traffickers centered in                ‘‘Will you marry me?’’ She said, ‘‘Fine, just
                           Colombia continue to pose an unusual and                        so long as I never have to give a speech.’’
                           extraordinary threat to the national security,                  [Laughter] I said, ‘‘Okay, you got a deal.’’
                           foreign policy, and economy of the United                       Fortunately, she didn’t hold me to that deal.
                           States and to cause extreme violence, corrup-                   She is giving a lot of speeches, and when
                           tion, and harm in the United States and                         she does the American people see a warm,
                           abroad. For these reasons, I have determined                    compassionate, great First Lady. I am trav-
                           that it is necessary to maintain economic                       eling in Iowa today to give you reasons why
                           pressure on significant narcotics traffickers                   I think you ought to put me back into office,
                           centered in Colombia by blocking their prop-                    but perhaps the most important one of all
                           erty or interests in property that are in the                   is so that Laura is the First Lady for 4 more
                           United States or within the possession or                       years.
                           control of United States persons and by de-                        This morning in the Oval Office, I met
                           priving them of access to U.S. commercial                       with our fine Vice President, Dick Cheney.
                           and financial markets.                                          I was there, of course, to discuss national se-
                              Sincerely,                                                   curity matters before we hit the campaign
                                                            George W. Bush                 trail today. I’m proud of my Vice President.
                                                                                           I admit to you, he does not have the waviest
                           NOTE: Identical letters were sent to J. Dennis                  hair in the race. [Laughter] You’ll be happy
                           Hastert, Speaker of the House of Representatives,               I didn’t pick him because of his hairdo.




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                           [Laughter] I picked him because of his judg-                       Over the last 3 years, our economy has
                           ment, his experience, and his ability to get                    grown at rates as fast as any in nearly 20
                           the job done.                                                   years. Today, the homeownership rate is at
                              I am proud of your United States Con-                        an alltime high in America. In the past 13
                           gressman, Tom Latham. He is doing an ex-                        months, we’ve added more than 1.9 million
                           cellent job. You’re proud to call him Con-                      new jobs. The unemployment rate in Amer-
                           gressman. I’m proud to call him friend. And                     ica is 5.4 percent, lower than the average rate
                           I appreciate his wife, Kathy, as well. She’s                    of the 1970s, 1980s, and the 1990s. Farm in-
                           a fine, fine lady.                                              come is up. The unemployment rate in Iowa
                              I’m also proud to be working with your                       is 4.5 percent. This economy is moving for-
                           United States Senator, Charles Grassley. I                      ward, and we’re not going to go back to the
                           told him when I saw him—I saw him the                           days of tax and spend.
                           other day in Cedar Rapids. I took him aside,                       To keep this economy strong, we’ll con-
                           and I said, ‘‘Listen, the South Lawn at the                     tinue to stand with our farmers. I understand
                           White House has got a lot of grass.’’ [Laugh-                   a good national economy depends on a good
                           ter] I’m proud to work with him, and with                       farm economy. I signed a good farm bill
                           your help, I’ll continue to work with him for                   that’s helping our farmers. We’re phasing out
                           4 more years.                                                   the death tax to help our farmers keep their
                              I want to thank the house majority leader,                   farms from generation to generation. We
                           Chuck Gipp, who’s with us. I want to thank                      have extended contracts in the Conservation
                           all those who serve in State and local govern-                  Reserve Program to help protect our wildlife,
                           ment.                                                           to help improve land, and to help our farm
                              I appreciate the mayor being here. I’m                       families. We’re expanding broadband tech-
                           honored that the mayor is taking time out                       nology to make high-speed Internet access
                           to be here. My only advice to the mayor is                      available to all Americans by 2007. We’re
                           to pave the potholes. [Laughter] I appreciate                   opening up markets for Iowa farmers all
                           your service, Mayor.                                            across the world.
                              I want to thank all the grassroots activists.                   We are pursuing an energy strategy that
                           I thank you for what you have done and what                     encourages conservation, increased domestic
                           you’re going to do. Put up the signs. Get on                    production, and renewables like ethanol and
                           the phone. Turn people out to vote. Talk to                     biodiesel. When I campaigned in your State
                           your friends and neighbors. Go to your com-                     in 2000, I told the people of Iowa I support
                           munity centers. Go to your coffee shops. Go                     ethanol. I kept my word. To make sure jobs
                           to your houses of worship. Remind people                        remain here, America must be the best place
                           we have a duty. With your help, we will carry                   in the world to do business. That means less
                           Iowa and win a great victory in November.                       regulations on our job creators. That means
                              Listen, in the last few years, the American                  we must do something about the frivolous
                           people have come to know me. They know                          lawsuits that make it hard for small-business
                           my blunt way of speaking. I got that from                       owners to expand their companies. We will
                           my mother. [Laughter] They know that                            open up markets around the world. We will
                           sometimes I mangle the English language.                        make sure that we’re wise about how we
                           I got that from my dad. [Laughter] Ameri-                       spend your money. And to make sure this
                           cans also know I tell you exactly what I’m                      economy continues to grow, we must keep
                           going to do, and I keep my word.                                your taxes low.
                              When I came into office, the stock market                       Now, my opponent has his own history on
                           had been in serious decline for 6 months.                       the economy. [Laughter] In 20 years as a
                           That had been an indication that our econ-                      Senator from Massachusetts, he has built a
                           omy was sliding into a recession. To help                       record of a Senator from Massachusetts.
                           families and to get this economy growing                        [Laughter] He has voted to raise taxes 98
                           again, I pledged to reduce taxes. I kept my                     times.
                           word. The results are clear. The recession                         Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           was one of the shallowest in American his-                         The President. I want to remind you, he
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                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   That was not fair to our seniors or our tax-
                              The President. He’s been there for 20                        payers. In 2002, I remember campaigning
                           years. That’s about five tax increases every                    around your State saying that we were going
                           year. I’d call that a predictable pattern. I’d                  to reform Medicare so rural hospitals would
                           call that an indicator. He looked in the cam-                   be treated more fairly in the State of Iowa.
                           era the other night with a straight face and                    I kept my pledge. I kept my word. Iowa’s
                           said he’s not going to raise taxes on anyone                    rural hospitals are being treated fairly.
                           who earns less than $200,000. The problem                       Thanks to the good work of Senator Chuck
                           with that is to keep that promise, he would                     Grassley and Congressman Tom Latham, be-
                           have to break almost all of his other ones.                     ginning in 2006, all seniors will be able to
                           He has proposed more than $2.2 trillion in                      get prescription drug coverage under Medi-
                           new Federal spending. That’s trillion with a                    care.
                           ‘‘T.’’ [Laughter] And so they asked him,                           There’s more to do in health care. We
                           ‘‘How are you going to pay for it?’’ He said,                   need to make sure health care is available
                           ‘‘Oh, I’ll just tax the rich.’’ Now, we’ve heard                and affordable for all our citizens. We need
                           that before, haven’t we?                                        a safety net for those with the greatest needs.
                              Audience members. Yes!                                       We’ll do more to make sure our poor chil-
                              The President. See, you can’t raise                          dren are fully subscribed in our programs for
                           enough money by raising the top two brack-                      low-income families so they get the health
                           ets to pay for $2.2 trillion of new spending.                   care they need. I believe in community
                           There is a gap between what he has promised                     health centers, places where the poor and
                           and what he can deliver, and guess who usu-                     the indigent can get health care. Since I took
                           ally has to fill that gap?
                                                                                           office, we have opened or expanded more
                              Audience members. We do!
                                                                                           than 600 community health centers. We’ve
                              The President. There’s also something
                                                                                           provided care to more than 3 million pa-
                           else wrong with taxing the rich. The rich hire
                                                                                           tients, including many from farm commu-
                           lawyers and accountants for a reason—
                                                                                           nities. In a new term, we’ll open or expand
                           [laughter]—to slip the tab and stick you with
                           the bill. The good news is, we’re not going                     another 600 centers, and we will make sure
                           to let him tax you; we’re going to carry Iowa                   every poor county in America has a commu-
                           and win in November.                                            nity or rural health center.
                              When I came into public office, too many                        Most of the uninsured today work for small
                           of our public schools were passing children,                    businesses. Small businesses are having trou-
                           grade to grade, year after year, without learn-                 ble affording health care. To help workers
                           ing the basics. So I pledged to restore ac-                     get the health care they need, we must allow
                           countability to our schools and to end the                      small businesses to join together so they can
                           soft bigotry of low expectations. I kept my                     buy insurance at the same discounts that big
                           word. The No Child Left Behind Act is a                         companies can buy insurance. We will ex-
                           solid piece of reform. We’re now seeing re-                     pand health savings accounts so workers and
                           sults. Our children are making sustained                        small businesses are able to pay lower pre-
                           gains in reading and math. We’re closing                        miums, and people can save tax-free in a
                           achievement gaps all across our country, and                    health care account they call their own.
                           we’re not going to go back to the days of                          To make sure health care is available and
                           low expectations and mediocrity in our class-                   affordable, we must do something about the
                           rooms.                                                          junk lawsuits that are running up the cost
                              When I came into office, we had a prob-                      of medicine and running good doctors out
                           lem in Medicare. Medicine was changing,                         of practice. By forcing doctors to practice de-
                           but Medicare was not. And that was a prob-                      fensive medicine, these medical lawsuits cost
                           lem. Let me give you an example. Medicare                       the Federal Government $28 billion a year.
                           would pay tens of thousands of dollars for                      That means they cost you $28 billion a year.
                           heart surgery but not one dime for the pre-                     Lawsuits drive up insurance premiums,
                           scription drug that could prevent the heart                     which drives good doctors out of practice.
                           surgery from being needed in the first place.                   I’ve talked to too many ob-gyns, for example,




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                           who are having to leave their practice be-                      of managing and owning their own health
                           cause of lawsuits. And I’ve met too many                        care account. That’s why we’ll continue to
                           women who are worried about the quality                         promote homeownership in America. I love
                           of the health care they receive because of                      it when more and more people open up the
                           lawsuits. You cannot be pro-doctor and pro-                     door where they live and say, ‘‘Welcome to
                           patient and pro-trial-lawyer at the same time.                  my home. Welcome to my piece of prop-
                           I think you have to choose. My opponent                         erty.’’
                           made his choice, and he put a personal injury                      In a new term, we’ll take the next step
                           trail lawyer on the ticket.                                     to build an ownership society by strength-
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   ening Social Security. Now, I want to take
                              The President. I made my choice. I’m                         you back to the 2000 campaign, if I might,
                           standing with the docs and the patients. I’m                    when they ran all those ads that said, ‘‘If
                           for medical liability reform—now.                               George W. gets elected, you will not get your
                              We have big differences in this campaign                     check.’’ You remember those? I want you to
                           when it comes to health care. My opponent                       remind your friends and neighbors that they
                           has laid out one that calls for a bigger and                    got their Social Security checks. No one is
                           more intrusive Government. Now, the other                       going to take the Social Security check away
                           day, in the debate, he looked right in the                      from our seniors. And as far as the baby
                           camera again, and he said this, he said, ‘‘The                  boomers like me go, we’re in pretty good
                           Government has nothing to do with it.’’ I                       shape when it comes to Social Security.
                           could barely contain myself. [Laughter] The                        But we need to worry about our children
                           facts are that 8 out of 10 people who get                       and our grandchildren when it comes to the
                           health care under Senator Kerry’s plan would                    Social Security system. We need to worry
                           be placed on a Government program. Those                        about whether or not Social Security will be
                           are the facts.                                                  around when they need it. I believe we need
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   to think differently about Social Security for
                              The President. He said his plan would                        our youngsters. For their sake, we must
                           help small businesses, yet upon analysis,                       strengthen the system by allowing younger
                           small-business groups have concluded that it                    workers to save some of their own payroll
                           is an overpriced albatross that would saddle                    accounts—payroll taxes in a personal savings
                           small businesses with 225 new mandates. I                       account that they can call their own, that the
                           want to help our small businesses and will                      Government cannot take away.
                           through association health plans, but we’re                        The other night, my opponent said he’s
                           not going to saddle them with a bunch of                        going to maintain the status quo when it
                           new Government regulations. My opponent                         comes to Social Security. That is unaccept-
                           wants to move in the direction of Govern-                       able. The job of a President is to confront
                           ment health care. Health decisions, in my                       problems, not to pass them on to future
                           plan, will be made by doctors and patients,                     Presidents and future generations.
                           not by officials in Washington, DC. He can                         We have a different philosophy of Govern-
                           run from his plan, but he cannot hide.                          ment. On just about every issue, my oppo-
                              We’ll continue to promote an ownership                       nent is for more authority to the United
                           society in America. You know, there’s a say-                    States Government. I’m for more authority
                           ing that says no one ever washes a rental car.                  to the people. On issue after issue, from
                           [Laughter] There’s a lot of wisdom in that                      Medicare without choices to schools with less
                           statement. See, when you own something,                         accountability to higher taxes, he takes the
                           you care about it. And when you own some-                       side of bigger Government.
                           thing, you have a vital stake in the future                        And there’s a word for that attitude. It is
                           of our country. That’s why we will continue                     called liberalism. Now, he just dismisses that
                           to promote entrepreneurship. Every time a                       word as a label. He must have seen it dif-
                           small business is started, someone is achiev-                   ferently when he told a newspaper, ‘‘I am
                           ing the American Dream.                                         liberal and proud of it.’’ [Laughter] There
                              That’s why we’re encouraging health sav-                     have been people who have judged people’s
                           ings accounts, so people can have the security                  records in politics—the nonpartisan National




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                           Journal Magazine did a study and named him                         This election will also determine how
                           the most liberal Member of the United States                    America responds to the continuing danger
                           Senate. That takes hard work. [Laughter]                        of terrorism. The most solemn duty of the
                           See, he can run, but he cannot hide.                            American President is to protect the Amer-
                              I have a different record and a different                    ican people. If America shows uncertainty or
                           philosophy. I do not believe in big Govern-                     weakness in this decade, the world will drift
                           ment, and I do not believe Government                           toward tragedy. This will not happen on my
                           should be indifferent. I’m a compassionate                      watch.
                           conservative. I believe in policies that em-                       Since that terrible morning of September
                           power people to improve their lives, not try                    the 11th, 2001, we’ve fought the terrorists
                           to run their lives. So we’re helping men and                    across the Earth, not for pride, not for power,
                           women find the skills and tools to prosper                      but because the lives of our citizens are at
                           in a time of change. We’re helping people                       stake. Our strategy is clear. We’re reforming
                           realize their dreams so they can find dignity                   and strengthening our intelligence gathering
                           and independence in America, and that is                        capabilities. We’re defending the homeland.
                           how I will continue to lead our country for                     We’re transforming our military. The All-Vol-
                           4 more years.                                                   unteer Army will remain an all-volunteer
                              Audience members. Four more years!                           army. We’re staying on the offensive. We will
                           Four more years! Four more years!                               strike the terrorists abroad so we do not have
                              The President. In a time of change—in                        to face them here at home. We will spread
                           this time of change, some things do not                         freedom and liberty. And we will prevail.
                           change, the values we try to live by, courage
                                                                                              Our strategy is succeeding. Think about
                           and compassion, reverence and integrity. In
                                                                                           the world the way it was some 31⁄2 years ago.
                           a time of change, we must support the insti-
                                                                                           Afghanistan was the home base of Al Qaida.
                           tutions that give our lives direction and pur-
                                                                                           It’s where terrorists were training to inflict
                           pose, our families, our schools, our houses
                           of worship. We stand for a culture of life in                   great harm on America and the free world.
                           which every person matters and every being                      Pakistan was a transit point for terrorist
                           counts. We stand for marriage and family,                       groups. Saudi Arabia was fertile ground for
                           which are the foundations of our society. We                    terrorist fundraising. Libya was secretly pur-
                           stand for the second amendment, which pro-                      suing nuclear weapons. Iraq was a dangerous
                           tects every American’s individual right to                      place and a gathering threat. And Al Qaida
                           bear arms. We stand for the appointment of                      was largely unchallenged as it planned hor-
                           Federal judges who know the difference be-                      rific attacks.
                           tween personal opinion and the strict inter-                       But because we acted, because the United
                           pretation of the law.                                           States of America was steadfast and resolved,
                              My opponent’s words on these issues are                      Afghanistan is now a free nation and an ally
                           a little muddy, but his record is plenty clear.                 in the war on terror; Pakistan is capturing
                           [Laughter] He says he supports the institu-                     terrorist leaders; Saudi Arabia is making raids
                           tion of marriage, but he voted against the                      and arrests; the army of a free Iraq is fighting
                           Defense of Marriage Act. He says he’s—he                        for freedom; and more than three-quarters
                           called himself the candidate with conserv-                      of Al Qaida’s key members and associates
                           ative values, but he voted against the ban on                   have been brought to justice.
                           the brutal practice of partial-birth abortion.                     Now we’re standing with the people of Af-
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   ghanistan and Iraq. When America gives its
                              The President. He described the Reagan                       word, America must keep its word. But I
                           years as a time of moral darkness.                              want the youngsters here to hear what is hap-
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   pening in the world in which you live. Think
                              The President. There is a mainstream in                      about Afghanistan 31⁄2 years ago. There were
                           American politics, and my opponent sits on                      young girls there who couldn’t go to school,
                           the far left bank. In this campaign, he can                     and their mothers were pulled in the public
                           try to run from his record and his philosophy,                  square and whipped if they didn’t toe the
                           but he cannot hide.                                             line of these ideologues of hate who ran the




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                           country. They were called the Taliban. These                    so strong that only 12 Members of the United
                           were barbaric, brutal people.                                   States Senate voted against the funding to
                              Because we acted in our own self-interest,                   support our troops in combat, 2 of whom
                           because we upheld the doctrine that said, ‘‘If                  were my opponent and his runningmate.
                           you harbor a terrorist, you’re equally as guilty                    Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           as the terrorist,’’ today, Afghanistan is free.                     The President. Now, let me remind you
                           Millions of people voted in a Presidential                      of a startling statistic, and I want you to re-
                           election. The first voter in the Afghan Presi-                  mind your friends and neighbors of this star-
                           dential election was a 19-year-old woman.                       tling statistic. There were only 4 Members
                           Freedom is on the march. People want to                         of the United States Senate—4 out of 100—
                           be free. That’s what you’ve got to know. Peo-                   who voted to authorize the use of force and
                           ple desire to be free.                                          then voted against the funding to support our
                              In Iraq, there will be elections in January.                 troops in combat. Two of those four were
                           Think how far that society has come from                        my opponent and his runningmate.
                           the days of torture chambers, the days of a                         Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           brutal dictator who was willing to cut the                          The President. So I asked him why. I
                           hands off people arbitrarily. Think about the                   asked him about that vote. And that’s when
                           difference that is from the days of the mass                    he said, ‘‘I actually did vote for the $87 bil-
                           graves. See, free societies help us keep the                    lion, before I voted against it.’’ Now, I don’t
                           peace. Free societies will be hopeful societies                 know if a lot of folks around the coffee shops
                           which no longer feed resentments and breed                      in this part of the world talk like that. [Laugh-
                           violence for exports. Free countries will join                  ter] I doubt they do. They continued to press
                           us in fighting these ideologues of hate instead                 him. He’s given them a bunch of answers
                           of supporting them. And that helps us keep                      as to why he made that vote. One of the most
                           the peace we all long for.                                      interesting ones of all is he finally just said,
                              And so our mission is clear. We will help                    ‘‘It was a complicated matter.’’ [Laughter]
                           train police and armies in Afghanistan and                      There’s nothing complicated about sup-
                           Iraq so people in those countries can do the                    porting our troops in combat.
                           hard work of defending their own freedom.                           This is America’s first Presidential election
                           We will get those countries on the path to                      since September the 11th, 2001. The security
                           stability and democracy as quickly as pos-                      of our country is at risk in ways different from
                           sible, and then our troops will come home                       any we have before faced. We are in the
                           with the honor they have earned.                                midst of a global war against a well-trained,
                              It is such an honor to be the Commander                      highly motivated enemy, an enemy who hates
                           in Chief of such a great military. And it is                    America for the very freedoms and values we
                           a great military because of the character of                    cherish most. The next Commander in Chief
                           the people who wear our Nation’s uniform.                       must lead us to victory in this war, and you
                           And I want to thank the veterans who are                        cannot lead a war when you don’t believe
                           here today for having set such a great exam-                    you’re fighting one.
                           ple.                                                                Senator Kerry was recently asked how
                              And I want to thank the military families                    September the 11th had changed him. He
                           who are here. And I want you to know that                       replied, ‘‘It didn’t change me much at all.’’
                           we will keep our commitment to those who                        And this unchanged world view becomes ob-
                           wear the uniform and their families by mak-                     vious when he calls the war against terror
                           ing sure that our troops have all they need                     primarily an intelligence and law enforce-
                           to complete their missions. That’s why I went                   ment operation, rather than what I believe,
                           to the United States Congress in September                      a war which requires the full use of American
                           of 2003 and asked for $87 billion in supple-                    power to keep us secure.
                           mental funding to support our troops in                             Senator Kerry’s top foreign policy adviser
                           harm’s way, in both Iraq and Afghanistan.                       has questioned whether this is even a war
                           I was very pleased with the overwhelming                        at all. Here’s what he said, and I quote,
                           bipartisan support for that important funding                   ‘‘We’re not in a war on terror in the literal
                           request. As a matter of fact, the support was                   sense. It is like saying ‘the war on poverty.’




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                           It is just a metaphor.’’ End quote. Confusing                   that we were at war with Japan. Japan was
                           food programs with terrorist killings reveals                   the sworn enemy of the United States of
                           a fundamental misunderstanding of the war                       America. My dad fought against the Japa-
                           we face, and that is very dangerous thinking.                   nese. I’m confident many out here’s relatives
                              My opponent also misunderstands our bat-                     fought against the Japanese as well. And after
                           tle against insurgents and terrorists in Iraq,                  we won that war, Harry S. Truman, President
                           calling Iraq a ‘‘diversion’’ from the war on                    of the United States, believed in the power
                           terror. The case of one terrorist shows how                     of liberty to transform an enemy into an ally.
                           wrong his thinking is. The terrorist leader we                     There was a lot of skepticism about that
                           face in Iraq today, the one responsible for                     during that period in our history. You can
                           planting car bombs and beheading Ameri-                         understand why. ‘‘Japan couldn’t conceivably
                           cans, is a man named Zarqawi. Zarqawi ran                       become a democracy,’’ people would say.
                           a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan until                  ‘‘Why do we want to help a country that in-
                           our military coalition destroyed that camp.                     flicted such harm on the United States of
                           He then fled to Iraq, where he got medical                      America,’’ others would say. There was pes-
                           treatment and continued his plotting and                        simism and doubt.
                           planning. To confirm where he’s coming                             But fortunately, predecessors of ours be-
                           from, just the other day, Zarqawi publicly an-                  lieved in the power of liberty to transform,
                           nounced his sworn allegiance to Usama bin                       and as a result of that belief and because
                           Laden.                                                          we helped Japan become a democracy, I now
                              If Zarqawi and his associates were not busy                  sit at the table with Prime Minister Koizumi,
                           fighting American forces in Iraq, does Sen-                     talking about how to keep the peace we all
                           ator Kerry think he would be leading a pro-                     want.
                           ductive and peaceful life? Of course not. And                      Someday, an American President will be
                           that’s why Iraq is no ‘‘diversion’’ but a central               sitting down the a duly elected leader of Iraq,
                           commitment in the war on terror, a place                        talking about keeping the peace in the Mid-
                           where our military is confronting and defeat-                   dle East. And our children and our grand-
                           ing terrorists overseas so we do not have to                    children will be better off for it.
                           face them here at home.                                            I believe that millions in the Middle East
                              You cannot lead our Nation to decisive vic-                  plead in silence for their freedom. I believe
                           tory, on which the security of every American                   women in the Middle East want to live in
                           family depends, if you do not see the true                      a free society. I believe mothers and dads
                           dangers of a post-September the 11th world.                     in the Middle East want to raise their chil-
                           The war against terror requires all our re-                     dren in a free and peaceful environment. I
                           sources, all our strength. We will stay on the                  believe all these things because freedom is
                           offense. We will improve our homeland pro-                      not America’s gift to the world; freedom is
                           tections. And of course, we’ll continue to                      the Almighty God’s gift to each man and
                           work with our allies and our coalition to keep                  woman in this world.
                           us safe.                                                           We have climbed the mountain, and we
                              Senator Kerry’s view of alliance-building                    see the valley below. And the valley below
                           is to call them ‘‘the coerced and the bribed,’’                 is one of peace and hope and optimism. You
                           is to insult the friends who stands with us                     know, for all Americans, these years in our
                           and try to placate countries who disagree                       history will always stand apart. There are
                           with us. No, we’ll work hard with all our                       quiet times in the life of a nation when little
                           friends and allies, but I will never give a                     is expected of its leaders. This isn’t one of
                           country a veto power over our national secu-                    those times. [Laughter] This is a time that
                           rity.                                                           requires firm resolve, clear vision, and a deep
                              I believe in the transformational power of                   faith in the values that makes us a great na-
                           liberty. That’s what I believe. You know, I                     tion.
                           have had many conversations with Prime                             None of us will ever forget that week when
                           Minister Koizumi of Japan. That may not                         one era ended and another began. On Sep-
                           seem like much to some here. But it wasn’t                      tember the 14th, 2001, I stood in the ruins
                           all that long ago, when you think about it,                     of the Twin Towers. I will never forget the




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                           day. I will never forget the voices of those                    that if they want a safer America and a
                           in their hardhats yelling at me at the top of                   stronger America and a better America, put
                           their lungs, ‘‘Whatever it takes.’’ I will never                me and Dick Cheney back in office.
                           forget the look in the man’s eye who grabbed                       It is nice to be back in Rochester, and it’s
                           me by the arm, and he said, ‘‘Do not let me                     great to be back in the great State of Min-
                           down.’’ Ever since that day, I wake up every                    nesota. And there is no doubt, with your
                           morning thinking about how to better protect                    help, we will carry Minnesota and win a great
                           our country. I will never relent in defending                   victory on November the 2d.
                           America, whatever it takes.                                        Laura said for me to send her best. I’m
                              Four years ago, when I traveled your great                   sorry she’s not here. You know, when I—
                           State in the caucuses and then in the general                   we went to the seventh grade together at San
                           election, I made a pledge that if you gave                      Jacinto Junior High in Midland, Texas. And
                           me a chance to serve, I would uphold the                        then we got to know each other again later
                           honor and the dignity of the office to which                    on, and she was a public school librarian. And
                           I had been elected. With your help, with your                   I asked her to marry me, of course, and she
                           hard work coming down the stretch, I will                       said, ‘‘Fine, but never make me give a polit-
                           do so for 4 more years.                                         ical speech.’’ [Laughter] I said, ‘‘Okay, if
                              God bless. Thank you all for coming. I ap-                   that’s one of the conditions, you got a deal.’’
                           preciate you being here. Thank you all.                         Fortunately, she didn’t hold me to that prom-
                                                                                           ise. She’s giving a lot of speeches, and when
                           NOTE: The President spoke at 10 a.m. at the
                           North Iowa Fairgrounds. In his remarks, he re-                  she does, the American people see a strong,
                           ferred to Chuck Gipp, majority leader, Iowa                     compassionate, warm, great First Lady. I love
                           House of Representatives; Mayor Jean Marinos                    her dearly. We are enjoying ourselves on this
                           of Mason City, IA; former President Saddam Hus-                 campaign. It’s really a lot of fun to travel with
                           sein of Iraq; senior Al Qaida associate Abu Musab               her, and it’s really a lot of fun to travel with
                           Al Zarqawi; Usama bin Laden, leader of the Al                   our daughters, Barbara and Jenna. They’re
                           Qaida terrorist organization; and Prime Minister                now out campaigning. You know, I told them
                           Junichiro Koizumi of Japan.
                                                                                           when they were kids, ‘‘We’ll go on the great
                                                                                           family camping trip.’’ This is it. [Laughter]
                           Remarks in a Discussion in                                         I’m proud to be here with your United
                           Rochester, Minnesota                                            States Senator, Norm Coleman. I appreciate
                                                                                           you, Senator. He’s a good man. I enjoy work-
                           October 20, 2004                                                ing with him. He represents Minnesota in
                              The President. Thank you all for coming.                     fine fashion. And I’m also proud to be here
                           Thank you all. Please be seated. I might just                   with Gil Gutknecht, the United States Con-
                           decide to take off my jacket. We’ve got some                    gressman for this area, and Mary—where is
                           work to do.                                                     Mary? Oh, hi, Mary, good to see you again.
                              As you can see, I’m joined on the platform                   Thanks for coming.
                           here with some of your fellow citizens. We’re                      I want to thank—the Governor is not with
                           going to talk about economic policy and own-                    us. He’s doing a great job, though. I appre-
                           ership and ways to make America a more                          ciate Tim. I enjoy him. I like him. I trust
                           hopeful place. And we’ll be having a dialog                     him, and so should you. He’s doing you a
                           here in a minute, but I’ve got something I                      good job. I’m sure he’s out working a phone
                           want to tell you first.                                         bank, turning out that vote. I want to thank
                              I’d like your help in this election. We’re                   all the local and State officials who are here.
                           coming down the stretch, and I’m here to                           I really want to thank the grassroots activ-
                           ask for your help in turning out the vote.                      ists. You never get thanked enough for put-
                           Get your friends and neighbors to go to the                     ting up the signs, for making the phone calls,
                           polls. We have a duty in this country to par-                   for doing all the hard work. I know how hard
                           ticipate in our democratic system by voting.                    you are working. I want to thank you in ad-
                           And get them going to the polls, and when                       vance for the great victory we’re going to
                           you get them headed there, remind them                          have here in the State of Minnesota.




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                              I met Sister Chabanel Hayunga today.                         clear. Our economy is growing at rates as fast
                           Where are you, Sister? I know she’s—you                         as any in nearly 20 years. We’ve added 1.9
                           got a terrible seat. [Laughter] You would                       million new jobs since August of 2003. The
                           have thought a soldier in the army of compas-                   national unemployment rate is 5.4 percent,
                           sion would have gotten a better seat. I’m                       which is lower than the average rate of the
                           going to talk to the advance person here.                       1970s, the 1980s, and the 1990s. Your unem-
                           [Laughter] The reason I bring her up is be-                     ployment rate in Minnesota is 4.5 percent.
                           cause she is active with the Senior Com-                        The farm income is up. Homeownership is
                           panion Program through Catholic Charities.                      at an alltime high. We’re moving forward.
                              The strength of this country is the hearts                   We have overcome problems. There’s more
                           and souls of our citizens. That is the strength                 work to be done, but think about where we
                           of America. We’ve got a great military, and                     have been and where we’re going. And we’re
                           we’ll keep it strong. We’ve got a world-class                   not going to go back to the days of tax and
                           economy that’s growing. We’ll keep it strong.                   spend. We’re not going to go back to the
                           But the true strength of this society of ours                   days of the policies that stifle the entrepre-
                           is the fact that there are millions among us                    neurial spirit.
                           who love a neighbor just like they’d like to                       So the fundamental question in this cam-
                           be loved themselves. America can change                         paign, after I’ve shown people I can lead and
                           and will change, one heart, one soul, one con-                  solve problems is, what else are we going to
                           science at a time, because of the deep com-                     do? I’ll tell you what else we’re going to do.
                           passion of people like the Sister. She, of                      We’re going the make sure we get an energy
                           course, says—typical of a true soldier in the                   policy to my desk. I proposed a plan over
                           army of compassion—out here on the runway                       2 years ago that encourages conservation,
                           when we had our picture taken at Air Force                      that uses renewables like ethanol and bio-
                           One, she said, ‘‘I am here representing the                     diesel, that uses technologies for clean coal
                           thousands of people in Minnesota who volun-                     technology, that says we can explore for envi-
                           teer to make society a better place.’’                          ronmentally friendly ways for natural gas, a
                              You have set such a clear example, for                       plan that recognizes we must become less
                           which we are grateful. Thank you, Sister, for                   dependent on foreign sources of energy.
                           what you do.                                                       In order to make sure this economy grows,
                              The President’s job is to solve problems.                    we’ve got to keep opening up markets for
                           We had a serious problem when it came to                        Minnesota farmers and entrepreneurs and
                           our economy. The stock market had been in                       small-business owners. See, the tendency in
                           significant decline 6 months prior to my ar-                    American politics is to fall prey to economic
                           rival—I want you to remind your friends and                     isolationism. That would be bad for our
                           neighbors of that—which foretold a recession                    workers. It would be bad for our consumers.
                           that took place. And then we had some cor-                      The Presidents before me have opened up
                           porate scandals which affected our economy.                     our markets, and I’m happy to open up mar-
                           We passed tough laws that made it clear to                      kets too. It’s in our consumers’ interests. If
                           people we will not tolerate dishonesty in the                   you have more products to choose from,
                           boardrooms of America. That ought to be                         you’re likely to get that which you want at
                           now abundantly clear. And then we got at-                       a better price and better quality. See, it’s in
                           tacked, and those attacks cost our economy                      your interests. And so I’m saying to places
                           one million jobs in the weeks after Sep-                        like China, ‘‘You treat us the way we treat
                           tember the 11th.                                                you. You open up your markets just like
                              But we acted. I led; the Congress re-                        we’ve opened up our markets.’’ And I say
                           sponded with tax relief. And the tax relief                     that with confidence because we can com-
                           was vital. The tax relief encouraged con-                       pete with anybody, anytime, anywhere, so
                           sumption. It encouraged investment. And the                     long as the rules are fair.
                           recession was one of the shallowest in Amer-                       And I want our soybean growers here in
                           ican history.                                                   Minnesota to understand that one reason
                              And the facts are clear. When you get                        your prices are such that you can make a
                           through all the political noise, the facts are                  living is because you’re selling soybeans to




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                           China. See, they’re using your soybeans. It’s                   we’re going to win Minnesota on November
                           essential you have a President who under-                       the 2d and carry this country.
                           stands what free trade means to people from                        Let me talk about a couple of other issues.
                           all sectors of our economy.                                     I want to talk about health issues. This is a
                              I’ll tell you what else we need to do to                     good place to talk about health. Mayo Clinic,
                           make sure jobs stay here in America and the                     one of the great clinics—we always want our
                           entrepreneurial spirit is strong. We’ve got to                  country to be on the leading edge of change
                           do something about the regulations that                         when it comes to providing good medicine
                           plague our business and job creators and                        for our people. My mother keeps telling me
                           something about these frivolous lawsuits that                   what to say when it comes to Mayo Clinic.
                           are making it hard for small businesses to                      [Laughter]
                           expand their businesses.                                           So there is a fundamental difference of
                              To keep jobs here, we’ve got to be wise                      philosophy in this campaign about health
                           about how we spend your money and keep                          care. I believe health care ought to be a com-
                           your taxes low. And taxes are an issue in this                  monsense approach, not one that increases
                           campaign. See, I’m running against a fellow                     the scope and power of the Federal Govern-
                           who has promised $2.2 trillion worth of new                     ment. We ought to be worried about a health
                           spending. That’s a lot. That’s with a ‘‘T.’’                    care system that moves people from private
                           [Laughter] That’s a lot even for a Senator                      care to federally controlled health care be-
                           from Massachusetts. [Laughter] So they                          cause what that will lead to is rationing, bad
                           asked him, ‘‘How are you going to pay for                       decisionmaking. It will take the consumer to-
                           it? How are you going to pay for it?’’ He                       tally out of the equation. Other countries
                           said, ‘‘Oh, we’ll just tax the rich, raise the                  have tried centralized health care, and it has
                           top two brackets.’’ Let me tell you at least                    failed. And the health care systems have
                           two things—three things wrong with that.                        slowly but surely declined in the quality of
                           First of all, you got to believe him that he’s                  health care.
                           going to tax. You know, he’s one of the first—                     I have a different—and make no mistake
                           one of the few Presidential candidates to ever                  about it, my opponent’s program does that.
                           promise raising taxes in a Presidential cam-                    He actually—he said in the camera at one
                           paign, and that’s a promise most politicians                    of our debates, he said, ‘‘My plan is not a
                           are happy to keep.                                              Government plan.’’ You know, I could barely
                              First of all, you can’t pay for $2.2 trillion                contain myself. [Laughter] I understand the
                           worth of new spending by raising the top two                    nature of his plan. When you increase Medi-
                           brackets. You fall short by about $800 billion.                 care—Medicaid availability, it provides an
                           There’s a gap between what is promised and                      excuse for small-business owners to no longer
                           what is deliverable. Actually, it’s 1.4 trillion                provide insurance for their employees be-
                           you fall short, beg your pardon, and so guess                   cause the Government will pick it up. See,
                           who usually gets to fill that gap between what                  8 out of 10 new people subscribed to health
                           is promised and what is capable of deliv-                       care under his plan would end up on Federal
                           ering? You do.                                                  rolls. That is an increase in the role of the
                              Secondly, when you’re taxing the rich,                       Federal Government.
                           you’re taxing about 900,000 small-business                         Here’s a different approach. One, we’ll
                           owners. Most small businesses are Sub-                          make sure health care is available. We’ll take
                           chapter S corporations or limited partner-                      care of the poor and the indigent through
                           ships. And they pay tax at the individual in-                   community health centers. Every poor coun-
                           come-tax level, which means you’re running                      ty in America ought to have a community
                           up the taxes on the job creators. We’re about                   health center, places where people can get
                           to talk to somebody, you know, one of these                     good preventative and primary care. It is a
                           people who are going to be affected by the                      good use of your money to make sure the
                           top two brackets.                                               poor and the indigent get good primary and
                              Thirdly, the rich hire lawyers and account-                  preventative care. We’ll make sure our pro-
                           ants for a reason: to stick you with the tab.                   grams for children in low-income families are
                           We’re not going to let him tax you, because                     fully subscribed to. But to make sure health




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                           care is affordable—that’s what we need to                       technology. This is an exciting new era avail-
                           address, the cost of health care.                               able for medicine. You just need a President
                              Part of the reason health care costs are                     who understands how to address the root
                           high is because third-party payers make the                     causes of costs going up. And that’s how you
                           payment. There is no market discipline.                         avoid federalizing health care, and that’s how
                           There is no real demand—focus on demand                         you put in place commonsense policies that
                           in health care. That’s why I believe in health                  makes sure the decisions are always made
                           savings accounts, tax-free plans to allow the                   by doctor and patient, not by officials in our
                           decisionmaker to be you, a plan you own,                        Nation’s Capital.
                           a plan you carry with you from job to job,                         A couple of other points I want to make
                           a plan in which you’re totally in charge of.                    very quickly—kind of getting wound up here
                              Secondly, health care costs are up because                   —[laughter]—you notice the temperature in
                           of lawsuits. Make no mistake about it, junk                     the room is rising. [Laughter] One, education
                           lawsuits against our doctors are running up                     is vital to make sure that we have a hopeful
                           the cost of your health care. They’re making                    America. The No Child Left Behind Act that
                           it hard for small businesses to be able to af-                  we passed is a great piece of legislation. It
                           ford insurance, and they’re running good                        challenges the soft bigotry of low expecta-
                           doctors out of practice. You cannot be pro-                     tions. It increases Federal spending but in
                           doctor, pro-patient, and pro-trial-lawyer at                    return says, ‘‘Show us. Measure and let us
                           the same time. You have to choose. You have                     know whether a child can read and write and
                           to choose. My opponent made his choice,                         add and subtract.’’ And we’ve got to find that
                           and he put a personal injury trial lawyer on                    out early. We cannot have a system that just
                           the ticket. I made my choice. I am standing
                                                                                           simply shuffles kids through the system and
                           with our doctors and our patients. I support
                                                                                           hope we get it right. We need to know if
                           medical liability reform—now.
                                                                                           we’re getting it right. You can’t solve a prob-
                              Two other ways to address the cost of
                                                                                           lem unless you’ve diagnosed it, and now
                           health care: One is speed up generic drugs
                                                                                           we’re diagnosing problems early. We’re pro-
                           to the market. Plus, I support these Min-
                           nesota Congressman and Senator’s idea of                        viding extra money for at-risk students and
                           importation of drugs from Canada, so long                       students who need extra help.
                           as it’s safe. We want you to take drugs that                       And there’s an achievement gap closing in
                           cure you, not harm you. I have a duty—it’s                      America, and it’s vital. You know how we
                           easy for some in Congress to be calling for                     know? We measure. We can determine
                           importation. I’m just going to make sure, be-                   whether a child can read. And reading scores
                           fore they come in, we know exactly what                         are going up for kids that have generally been
                           we’re importing. You want to make sure that                     shuffled through the school system. And
                           that which comes in from Canada is actually                     we’re not going to go back to the days of
                           manufactured in Canada. You don’t want to                       mediocrity and low standards. We’re making
                           be buying something from a Third World                          progress, and America is better off for it.
                           country. And so we want to be safe. We want                        So we’re going to talk about education
                           to make sure we do the right thing.                             today. See, one of the things we’ve got to
                              And fourthly, medicine, in all due respect,                  do is make sure education is not only strong
                           is like going back to the horse-and-buggy                       for our kids; we’ve got to make sure edu-
                           days when it comes to the use of information                    cation is available for all our citizens, because
                           technology. I mean, you know, there’s a lot                     in a changing world—and the world is chang-
                           of files that are handwritten still, and you                    ing—the jobs of the 21st century oftentimes
                           can’t even read a doctor’s writing most of                      require a new skill set. For those of you in-
                           the time. [Laughter] So I believe in elec-                      volved with medicine know exactly what I’m
                           tronic medical records. I know we need to                       talking about. Medicine is changing, and
                           have a common language all across the med-                      there constantly needs to be an upgrading
                           ical field. They estimate that over 20 to 30                    of skills. And a great place to do that and
                           percent of the costs can be wrung out of the                    a wonderful way to make sure people have
                           system with the proper use of information                       got the skills necessary to fill the jobs of the




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                           21st century is through our community col-                      owner? And if you’re the owner, how did you
                           lege system. I’m a big backer of the commu-                     end up owning it? [Laughter]
                           nity college system, and we’re going to talk                       Jon Eckhoff. Thank you for the introduc-
                           to a community college student here today                       tion. Thank you. I am the owner of Venture
                           about what it means to go back to school.                       Computer Systems, along with three other
                              One other thing I want to talk about right                   people, two of which are in the audience.
                           quick, and that is Social Security. A President                 And how did it get started? Well, that could
                           must solve problems, must confront prob-                        be a complex story, but let’s just say that I
                           lems, not pass them on to future Presidents                     came to Rochester 16 years ago to work for
                           or future generations. We have a problem                        the Mayo Clinic, a dream job for a kid from
                           in Social Security, and that is, when baby                      Iowa. And it was a great job, but I was always
                           boomers like me retire, younger workers are                     restless. I always wanted to do something on
                           going to have trouble paying for us and,                        my own. So in an unfinished corner of my
                           therefore, have money available when they                       basement, I put up a whiteboard, and I
                           retire. That’s just the facts.                                  bought a computer, and I started meeting.
                              Now, first, I want to address kind of the                    Some of the people in this room probably
                           typical old-style, stale politics, and that is the              were in my basement in the beginning of
                           politics of scare tactics towards Social Secu-                  Venture Computer Systems.
                           rity. When I ran in 2000, I suspect here in                        The President. It’s a classic, right, the old
                           the State of Minnesota—I know in other                          kitchen table, the garage, in this case, the
                           States—they ran ads saying, ‘‘If George W.                      basement. [Laughter] That’s what happens.
                           gets elected, the seniors will not get their                    Don’t you love to live in a country where
                           checks.’’ I want you to remind your friends                     old Jon says, you know, ‘‘I’ve got a dream.
                           and neighbors, the seniors got their checks.                    I want to start my own business’’? The role
                           Nobody’s going to take away the Social Secu-                    of the Government is to create an environ-
                           rity check from our seniors. The fund has                       ment.
                           got enough money, and baby boomers like                            What do you do? I mean, like, here’s your
                           me are in good shape.                                           chance to sell some products. [Laughter] It’s
                              But we need to worry about our children                      a marketing opportunity.
                           and our grandchildren when it comes to So-                         Mr. Eckhoff. Let’s take it. Well, Venture
                           cial Security. Social Security will not be there                Computer Systems sells computers, network
                           when they need it if we don’t think dif-                        security products to businesses like the ones
                           ferently. That is why I believe younger work-                   that people in this room own. In fact, I recog-
                           ers ought to be able to take some of their                      nize many of my customers, and if you’re not
                           payroll taxes and set up a personal savings                     my customer, give me a call after the—
                           account, a personal savings account that will                   [laughter].
                           earn a better rate of return than the current                      The President. No wonder he’s success-
                           Social Security trust, an account they call                     ful. He gets on the President’s time and sells
                           their own, an account the Government can-                       some products. [Laughter]
                           not take away.                                                     So, let me ask you something. How many
                              You know, I like to tell people that no one                  employees you got?
                           ever washes a rental car. [Laughter] There’s                       Mr. Eckhoff. We have 30 employees in
                           wisdom in that. If you own something, you                       Venture Computer Systems.
                           tend to wash it. If you own something, you                         The President. See, that’s classic small
                           have a vital stake in the future of our country.                business, isn’t it? Thirty employees. Did you
                           You know, one of the most heartwarming                          hire any this year?
                           things about our society is when I hear peo-                       Mr. Eckhoff. We’re going to add three
                           ple own something. They’ve started their                        more before December 31st.
                           own business, for example, or own their own                        The President. Three more? For the
                           home. We’re going to talk to an owner right                     year?
                           here, and that would be Jon Eckhoff.                               Mr. Eckhoff. For the year.
                              Jon, thank you for coming. Please tell us                       The President. Yes, see, that’s what’s hap-
                           the name of your company, and are you the                       pening all across America, by the way. When




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                           the entrepreneurial spirit is strong, when                      tain decisions. He said he bought a truck.
                           people are upbeat about the future, they hire                   Well, remember, somebody has to make the
                           people. Do you realize 70 percent of new                        truck. And when somebody makes the truck,
                           jobs in America are created by small busi-                      it means the decision he made means that
                           nesses like Jon’s—70 percent. The job cre-                      somebody is more likely to keep a job.
                           ators in America are the small-business own-                        The tax policy we passed not only helped
                           ers of America. So let me ask you something.                    in a large sense; the tax policy we passed
                           How are you organized legally?                                  made the entrepreneurial spirit shine even
                               Mr. Eckhoff. Well, we’re an S corpora-                      more brightly in America. And more and
                           tion.                                                           more people are starting their small busi-
                               The President. S corp. See, now let me                      nesses today, which is great for our country.
                           explain what that means. That’s legalese. I’m                       Michele Clements is with us. All right,
                           not even a lawyer. Anyway—but I do under-                       Michele, what did you used to do?
                           stand facts. If you’re an S corporation, they                       Michele Clements. I was a full-time em-
                           pay tax at the individual income-tax level. So                  ployee at a local electronics manufacturing
                           when you hear my opponent say, ‘‘Oh, we’re                      plant here in Rochester. And in February of
                           just going to tax the rich’’—that means any-                    2003, they laid us all off and sent our jobs
                           body that’s got income over $200,000 a                          overseas.
                           year—I want you to remind your friends and                          The President. Right. So this is the classic
                           neighbors he’s talking about taxing job cre-                    case of somebody being affected by jobs
                           ators. It makes no sense to run up the taxes                    going overseas. The fundamental question is
                           on somebody like Jon and his company as                         what does society do about it without harm-
                           they’re gaining steam, as they’re hiring new                    ing our markets and our economy? What do
                           people. If you take money out of his treasury,                  you do about it? Well, the first thing you do
                           it’s less likely he’s going to hire somebody.                   about it is you make sure this is the best place
                               Let me ask you something—one other                          in the world to do business. You make sure
                           point I want to make. Part of good tax policy                   it’s the best place for jobs to continue to grow
                           encourages good decisionmaking. And so                          here. You make sure Jon is optimistic so he
                           part of the tax policy we had, we said, if you                  continues to grow his jobs. But also, you’ve
                           invest—in other words, if you purchase                          got to help people.
                           something—you’re going to get a little tax                          And so what happened?
                           break for small businesses.                                         Mrs. Clements. Well, after we found out
                               Did you purchase anything?                                  we were losing our jobs, we—shortly after
                               Mr. Eckhoff. Yes, sir, we did. We pur-                      that we found out we qualified for retraining
                           chased a variety of things. We used that                        programs through the Dislocated Worker
                           money to buy a new truck. A lot of people                       Program, if we wanted to go back to school
                           have seen the Venture Computer Systems                          to further our education and get back into
                           truck in the neighborhood.                                      the workforce.
                               The President. Always selling. Go ahead.                        The President. Right. Right. And so, like,
                           [Laughter] Go ahead, what else did you buy?                     you hadn’t been in school for a while. I’m
                                                                                           not going to ask you how long. [Laughter]
                           [Mr. Eckhoff made further remarks.]
                                                                                               Mrs. Clements. It’s been a while.
                              The President. What he’s doing is he’s                           The President. It’s been a while. You had
                           buying equipment to make his workforce                          a husband and two daughters, been a mom
                           more productive. And when the workforce                         and everything, and you go back to school.
                           becomes more productive, A, it means the                        Where?
                           worker is going to make more money, and                             Mrs. Clements. Right here at RCTC in
                           B, it means he’s going to stay in business.                     Rochester.
                           See, a open market is one where you com-                            The President. Yes, very good. So what
                           pete, and you’re constantly trying to get bet-                  was it like? I mean, I’m sure people are lis-
                           ter. It’s in the consumer’s interest that he                    tening out there who wonder whether or not
                           gets better. It means he gives a better prod-                   they could go back to school at this point
                           uct. Tax policy encouraged him to make cer-                     in their life. Was it as tough as you thought?




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                               Mrs. Clements. It was a big step.                           this campaign is who can spend the $1,700
                               The President. Yes.                                         better, this family or the Government? I be-
                               Mrs. Clements. It was not easy to go back,                  lieve this family can spend their money bet-
                           but it was well worth it. I’m in the law en-                    ter.
                           forcement program here at RCTC. Law en-                            Good job. Thank you.
                           forcement was something that I always want-                        The homeownership rate in America is an
                           ed to get into, but because of financial and                    alltime high. More and more people from
                           family commitments, I wasn’t able to do so.                     all walks of life are owning their homes for
                           And if it wasn’t for the funding I received                     the first time. And Jill Wooten is with us.
                           through the retraining program——                                She is a first-time homeowner. First of all,
                               The President. Trade adjustment assist-                     you work.
                           ance, retraining programs—listen, the Fed-                         Jill Wooten. I work. I’m a teacher at Gage
                           eral Government has got ample money to                          Elementary School—love it.
                           help people go back to school. [Applause]                          The President. Fabulous. Thank you for
                           Don’t clap for me; clap for her. She’s the                      teaching. Husband, Jesse.
                           one who made the decision to go back to                            Mrs. Wooten. He’s the cute guy in the
                           school. Yes, we can’t pass a law that says                      front row right there. [Laughter]
                           somebody has got to want to improve them-
                                                                                              The President. Having trouble finding
                           selves. But the role of Government is to say,
                                                                                           one. Oh, there he is. [Laughter] I agree, yes.
                           ‘‘Here’s an opportunity. Here’s a chance.’’
                                                                                           It’s an election year—anyway. [Laughter] We
                               And so, you’re now doing something—
                                                                                           just embarrassed Jesse——
                           you’re being trained for something you’ve al-
                           ways wanted to do, law enforcement. Well,                          Mrs. Wooten. I know. He’s beet-red.
                           it’s a noble profession. Thank you for doing                    Shouldn’t I be the one red up here?
                           it.                                                                The President. No, you’re doing great. So
                               And secondly, what’s interesting is, I asked                why did you all decide to buy a home?
                           her—kind of none of my business, but you                        [Mrs. Wooten made further remarks.]
                           know, anyway—I asked her anyway, ‘‘Are you
                           going to make more money?’’                                        The President. Isn’t that wonderful to
                               Mrs. Clements. Yes, sir, hopefully at least                 hear? You know, there’s nothing better in a
                           50 percent more than what I was making at                       society, where more and more people open
                           the plant.                                                      up the door where they live and say, ‘‘Wel-
                               The President. Yes, listen to that. I want                  come to my home. Welcome to my piece of
                           everybody to hear that. With a little edu-                      property.’’ If you own something, you care
                           cation—in other words, improving skill sets,                    a lot about a lot of things, like your future.
                           you make more money. By going back to a                         That’s why we want to have people own their
                           community college, with Government help,                        own savings account—health savings ac-
                           you become a more productive worker. And                        count, so they can manage their health care,
                           when you become a more productive worker,                       or own a piece of their retirement, if you’re
                           your wage goes up. And her wage went up.                        a younger American, or own your own busi-
                               Let me tell you something else interesting.                 ness or own your own home. A hopeful
                           You know, when we cut the taxes, we cut                         America is one in which ownership is spread
                           them for everybody who paid taxes. I was                        throughout all our society.
                           one—I’m a fellow who believes, if you pay                          We’ve got good plans to help people own
                           taxes, you ought to get relief. We ought not                    their home. By the way, this family will save
                           to try to pick and choose winners when it                       $2,500 in 2004 on tax relief. You know, you
                           comes to tax relief. But we also helped our                     hear this—it matters. The tax relief helps.
                           families. We raised the child credit to $1,000                  It helps the American family be able to real-
                           a child. We reduced the penalty on marriage.                    ize their dreams like owning their own home.
                           The code ought to encourage marriage, not                       And by the way, my opponent voted against
                           discourage marriage.                                            every one of these tax reliefs that I talked
                               And this family saved $1,700 a year in tax                  about—voted no when American families
                           relief, see, and the fundamental question in                    were on the line, voted no when it came to




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                           raising the child credit, voted no when it                      taxes. And when he died, the estate tax bill
                           came to reducing the marriage penalty.                          came, and that came to $1,000 per cow.
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                      The President. See, you can understand
                              The President. There is a big difference                     why people who farm the land or small-busi-
                           in this campaign. Make no mistake about it.                     ness owners that have got their assets—I
                           Make no mistake about it. There is a dif-                       mean, their money tied up in assets are wor-
                           ferent philosophy, a different attitude. He                     ried about a tax that causes them to have
                           trusts Government. I trust the people.                          to liquidate a herd to pay for it, I guess is
                              Good job. Really good job.                                   what you’re saying.
                              The platform wouldn’t be complete with-                         Mr. Alberts. That’s right. That’s right. It’s
                           out a farmer, Duane Alberts, Pine Shelter                       hard to believe that a tax can be so huge,
                           Farms.                                                          actually, that farmers, ranchers, and small-
                              Duane Alberts. That’s correct.                               business men have to buy insurance to pay
                              The President. Good, yes. And you do                         for it.
                           what?                                                              The President. Yes. And so what we’ve
                              Mr. Alberts. Well, Mr. President, it’s time                  done is we’ve put the death tax on its way
                           to kill the death tax. I just want to start out                 to extinction. But I’m telling you, it’s coming
                           that way.                                                       back, unless you have the right President. I
                              The President. Well, he’s got—the man’s                      think we need to get rid of the death tax
                           got an opinion. We’ve got it—it’s on its way                    forever—once and for all.
                           to extinction. Unfortunately, it pops back up.                     People talk about simplifying the code. By
                           It’s going to be an odd year in 2010. You                       the way, the Tax Code needs to be simplified.
                           can imagine people—I mean, it goes away
                                                                                           It’s a complicated mess. A major portion of
                           in 2010; it pops back up in 2011. So people
                                                                                           the Tax Code is the death tax. Once we get
                           are going to have some weird choices in 2010
                                                                                           rid of that once and for all, it will help sim-
                           when it comes to the death tax, but never
                                                                                           plify the code. We need to do more work,
                           mind. [Laughter] It’s a little morbid.
                                                                                           don’t get me wrong. But I want to thank you
                              So why are you that concerned about it?
                                                                                           for sharing.
                           Here’s a farmer, a dairy farmer, got a lot of
                           money tied up in inventory and land.                               People have got to understand the death
                              Mr. Alberts. That’s correct. I farm in—                      tax hurts our farmers, hurts our small-busi-
                           I’m a fifth-generation farmer, a fifth-genera-                  nessmen. People say we’ve got to protect the
                           tion dairy farmer. Some of the sixth genera-                    family farmer. You can’t be a family farmer
                           tion is sitting out here in the second row.                     if you have to liquidate your farm in order
                              The President. Let me guess. Oh, yeah.                       to pay the death tax.
                              Mr. Alberts. I farm in partnership with                         You got something else you want to say?
                           my—in partnership with my father and my                         Good job.
                           two brothers, and we milk 550 cows. Now,                           Mr. Alberts. I do want to stress that my
                           I used to have——                                                uncle did his estate tax planning. He did ev-
                              The President. By hand?                                      erything right. He bought the insurance, but
                              Mr. Alberts. Not anymore. Not anymore.                       the annual premiums were $25,000 a year.
                           [Laughter] You could ask my father about                           The President. Yes, see, when you get rid
                           that, I suppose.                                                of the death tax, you don’t have to worry
                              The President. Good. I just wanted to tell                   about lawyers, and you don’t have to worry
                           you there’s a new kind of way to milk if you                    about premiums and insurance. All you’ve
                           do.                                                             got to worry about is who you want to leave
                              Mr. Alberts. But we—but I used to have                       your property to. And that is a fundamental
                           another partner. My uncle passed away 7                         American right. You ought to be able to leave
                           years ago, 7 years ago now. It’s hard to be-                    your property to whoever you want to leave
                           lieve it’s been that long. But while my Uncle                   your property to. Thank you, sir.
                           Myron was alive, he paid all the taxes, income                     I’ve got something else on my mind—two
                           taxes, Social Security taxes, payroll taxes,                    other things on my mind. I told you it’s a
                           property taxes, sale taxes. He was loaded with                  changing world. Some things don’t change,




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                           the values we try to live by, courage, compas-                  States military, the Taliban have been routed
                           sion, reverence, and integrity. Our basic be-                   from power, Al Qaida training camps were
                           liefs don’t change. We stand for a culture                      destroyed, and 25 million people lived in a
                           of life in which every person matters and                       free society.
                           every being counts. We stand for marriage                           I want our youngsters here to think about
                           and family, which are the foundations of our                    what has happened over a course of 31⁄2
                           society. And we stand for the appointment                       years. Something amazing has taken place,
                           of Federal judges who know the difference                       truly amazing, in Afghanistan. You know, it
                           between personal opinion and the strict in-                     wasn’t all that young ago that young girls
                           terpretation of the law.                                        couldn’t go to school. Two-and-a-half years
                              Let me talk about the security of our coun-                  is really nothing in the march of history,
                           try right quick. Please be seated. This may                     when you think about it. And their mothers
                           take a little longer than you hope. [Laughter]                  were taken into the public squares and
                           The most solemn duty of the American Presi-                     whipped if they didn’t toe the ideological line
                           dent is to protect you, is to protect the Amer-                 of the Taliban, those ideologues of hate. Be-
                           ican people. In this dangerous world—in this                    cause we acted in our self-interest, because
                           dangerous world, if our country shows uncer-                    we upheld doctrine, the people of Afghani-
                           tainty or weakness, this world will drift to-                   stan went to the polls to vote for a President.
                           ward tragedy. This will not happen on my                        The first voter was a 19-year-old woman.
                           watch.                                                          Think about that.
                              I want to share with you some of the les-
                                                                                               There weren’t a lot of people who believed
                           sons of September the 11th. First, we face
                                                                                           31⁄2 years ago that Afghanistan would ever
                           an enemy that has no conscience. They are
                                                                                           be free, but Afghanistan is free now. And
                           coldblooded killers. They would just as soon
                                                                                           it’s in our interests that they are free. Not
                           kill in a schoolhouse as they would bomb the
                                                                                           only did we uphold doctrine, but a free soci-
                           Twin Towers with our airplanes. Therefore,
                           we can never negotiate with them. We can                        ety is one that is now an ally in the war on
                           never hope for the best. We can never say,                      terror. A free society sets such a hopeful ex-
                           ‘‘Oh, gosh, well, maybe if we change our be-                    ample for others. Free societies do not export
                           havior, they’ll change their ways.’’ The only                   terror. Free societies help defeat the hope-
                           way to deal with them is to find them and                       lessness that enables terrorists to breed. Free
                           bring them to justice before they hurt us                       societies equal peaceful societies.
                           again.                                                              The second—the third lesson is that when
                              Secondly, we are fighting a different kind                   we see a threat, we must deal with it before
                           of war, but it is a—this war requires a com-                    it fully materializes. Saddam Hussein was a
                           plete strategy. Not only will we continue                       threat. He was a threat because he hated
                           bringing Al Qaida and like terrorists to jus-                   America. He was a threat because he was
                           tice—and by the way, three-quarters of them                     shooting missiles at American airplanes. He
                           have been brought to justice, and we’re after                   was a threat because he harbored terrorists.
                           the rest of them—but we also must make                          He was a threat because he invaded his
                           it clear to others that if you harbor a terrorist,              neighbors. He was a threat because he had
                           you’re just as guilty as the terrorist. And                     used weapons of mass destruction. He was
                           when the President says something, I think                      a threat.
                           the President must speak clearly and mean                           Now, we didn’t find the stockpiles we all
                           what he says in order to keep the peace.                        thought were there. That includes me and
                              And so I meant what I said to the Taliban                    my opponent. But we did realize that he was
                           who were harboring Al Qaida. Remember,                          gaming the Oil for Food Programme to get
                           thousands of people had been trained in Af-                     the world to turn a blind eye, to continue
                           ghanistan under the—with the consent of the                     to weaken the sanctions so he could reconsti-
                           Taliban. And so I said to the Taliban, ‘‘Get                    tute his weapons programs. And the danger
                           rid of Al Qaida. Join the community of free                     America faces is the nexus of terrorist organi-
                           nations.’’ They ignored our demand, and as                      zations and weapons of mass destruction.
                           a result of the brave actions of the United                     That’s a danger. It is a threat.




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                              We cannot hope for the best in this                             You cannot win a war when you don’t be-
                           world—in the post-September the 11th                            lieve we’re fighting a war, and that’s the
                           world. We must deal with every threat. Mili-                    problem with my opponent’s policies.
                           tary is always the last option. That’s why I                    They’re limited in view, and that would lead
                           went to the United Nations. I was hopeful                       to a danger for America. We must use every
                           that diplomacy would work. But the 17th res-                    asset at our disposal. We must fully under-
                           olution failed just like the first 16 resolutions.              stand the nature of the enemy. We must take
                           We passed the resolution, but Saddam wasn’t                     threats seriously before they materialize in
                           afraid of a resolution. He wasn’t worried                       order to do our duty to protect the American
                           about the United Nations or the will of the                     people. If we should uncertainty or weak-
                           free world, because the will didn’t mean any-                   ness, this world will drift toward tragedy. And
                           thing to him in the past. And so he ignored                     the American people can count on me to
                           the demands. I have a choice to make: Do                        show no uncertainty or weakness in pro-
                           I trust a madman and forget the lessons of                      tecting you.
                           September the 11th, or take action to defend                       A couple of other points I want to make,
                           this country? Given that choice, I will defend                  and then we’ll get out of here. When you
                           America every time.                                             have troops in harm’s way, we have a duty
                              And now we’re—Iraq is headed toward                          to support them. That’s why I went to the
                           elections. Remember the skepticism about                        Congress and asked for $87 billion of supple-
                           elections in Afghanistan? I do. Well, the                       mental funding to support our troops in com-
                           same skepticism exists about Iraq. Can they                     bat, really important money. I want you to
                           ever be free? Do they ever want to vote?                        remind your friends and neighbors that there
                                                                                           were only 4 United States Senators—4 out
                           Of course they do. People want to be free.
                                                                                           of 100—that voted to authorize the use of
                           People love the idea of a free society. And
                                                                                           force and voted against supporting our troops
                           so we’re headed toward elections, and there
                                                                                           in combat, 2 of whom were my opponent
                           are people there who are trying to stop them.
                                                                                           and his runningmate.
                           Freedom is the greatest fear these terrorists
                                                                                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           have. That’s why Zarqawi is fighting—                              The President. Voted to authorize force
                           Zarqawi who had been in Afghanistan, routed                     and wouldn’t support the troops. People
                           out of Afghanistan when his training camp                       wonder why he made the vote. Well, I’ll tell
                           was destroyed, comes to Baghdad, gets med-                      you why: Howard Dean was gaining in the
                           ical help in Baghdad, working with people                       Democrat primary. A Commander in Chief
                           in northern Iraq, prior to our arrival, on poi-                 has got to stand on principle, not on the shift-
                           sons and chemicals, and he’s now fighting to                    ing sands of political convenience.
                           stop the advance of freedom. He’s a known                          Audience member. Whoo!
                           killer.                                                            The President. Undecided voter. [Laugh-
                              And this is where my opponent and I dis-                     ter]
                           agree. He said, after September the 11th he                        I want to share one other thing with you.
                           wasn’t fundamentally changed. I mean—and                        I have a firm belief in the power of liberty
                           it reflects in his policies. He believes that                   to transform societies. At the heart of much
                           this is a war only for intelligence and law                     of what I believe is this strong and
                           enforcement. It is a limited point of view,                     unshakeable belief in the ability of freedom
                           which is a dangerous point of view in the                       to change the world.
                           world in which we live. He said that Iraq                          Let me share an experience with you that
                           is a ‘‘diversion’’ from the war on terror. What                 I’ve had over time as your President, and that
                           does he think, Zarqawi has become a peace-                      is my relationship with the Prime Minister
                           ful citizen? Does he think Zarqawi is going                     of Japan, Prime Minister Koizumi. He’s a
                           to change his ways? Zarqawi wants to destroy                    friend of Laura and mine, really interesting
                           American life. Zarqawi was plotting and plan-                   guy. I like him a lot. He’s a lot of fun to
                           ning to attack us. It is essential we defeat                    be around. When I saw him at the United
                           Zarqawi there so we don’t have to face the                      Nations, I said, ‘‘You know, I’m traveling our
                           likes of him here at home.                                      country talking about you. I hope you do not




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                           mind.’’ He said, ‘‘No, go ahead and talk about                  Almighty God’s gift to each man and woman
                           me.’’ I didn’t ask his permission to tell you                   in this world.
                           Elvis was his favorite singer, though—but                          I’m running again because I want to make
                           anyway. [Laughter]                                              sure hope and opportunity spread through-
                              And it probably doesn’t sound too unusual                    out the land, through good economic policy,
                           to you that I would say that the Prime Min-                     through encouraging ownership for all peo-
                           ister of Japan is a friend, but think about our                 ple in our society. I’m running again because
                           history, our recent history. Japan was the                      I hold certain values dear that I think are
                           sworn enemy of the United States of America                     important for this country. And I’m running
                           some 60 years ago. My dad fought against                        again because I fully understand the risks we
                           the Japanese. I suspect somebody in this                        face, and I have a strategy to protect the
                           crowd might have fought against the Japa-                       American people.
                           nese. I know somebody’s relative fought                            We’re going to win on November the 2d,
                           against the Japanese. They were the sworn                       with your help. May God bless you. May God
                           enemy of the United States of America, and                      bless our great country. Thank you all for
                           it was a brutal war. All war is brutal, and                     coming.
                           we suffered a lot in that war. Families were
                           disrupted. Loved ones were lost. Hearts were                    NOTE: The President spoke at 12:10 p.m. in the
                           broken.                                                         Rochester Aviation Hangar at Rochester Inter-
                              And after World War II, Harry S. Truman,                     national Airport. In his remarks, he referred to
                                                                                           Mary Gutknecht, wife of Representative Gil Gut-
                           one of my predecessors, believed that liberty                   knecht; Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota; former
                           could transform an enemy into an ally. And                      President Saddam Hussein of Iraq; senior Al
                           so he set policy to say we’ll help Japan be-                    Qaida associate Abu Musab Al Zarqawi; and Prime
                           come a democracy.                                               Minister Junichiro Koizumi of Japan.
                              Now, there were a lot of skeptics in Amer-
                           ica about that, and you can understand why,
                           about that decision. ‘‘Why would you want                       Remarks in a Discussion in
                           to help an enemy,’’ some probably said.                         Eau Claire, Wisconsin
                           ‘‘How could an enemy possibly become a                          October 20, 2004
                           peaceful, self-governing nation? These peo-
                           ple can’t be a democracy,’’ others would say.                      The President. Thank you all. Please be
                           There was enormous skepticism.                                  seated. Listen, thanks for coming today. It’s
                              But my predecessor and others had belief.                    good to be back here in Eau Claire, Wis-
                           And as a result of believing that liberty could                 consin. We’re getting closer and closer to vot-
                           transform an enemy into an ally, I now sit                      ing time. I’m here to ask for your help. I
                           down at the table with my friend Prime Min-                     saw—somebody has been helping—I saw a
                           ister Koizumi, talking about how to keep the                    lot of signs up coming in. I want to thank
                           peace we all want, talking about how to make                    you for putting up the signs. I know some
                           this troubled world a more stable, peaceful                     of you are making phone calls, reminding
                           place.                                                          your fellow citizen to go to the polls. I need
                              Someday, an American President will be                       your help. And with your help, we will carry
                           sitting down with a duly elected leader from                    Wisconsin and win a great victory in Novem-
                           Iraq, and they will be talking about the peace                  ber.
                           in the Middle East, and our children and our                       So today I’m here to talk about reasons
                           grandchildren will be better off for it.                        why I think your fellow citizens ought to put
                              I believe people want to live in a free soci-                me in office for 4 more years. We’re going
                           ety. I believe women in the Middle East want                    to talk about some issues, and we’ve got some
                           to live in freedom. I know moms and dads                        fellow citizens up here to help talk about the
                           want to raise their children in a free and                      plans and policies of my administration.
                           peaceful world. I believe millions plead in                        Perhaps the most important reason for you
                           silence for their liberty. And I believe this                   to put me back in for 4 more years is so that
                           not because freedom is America’s gift to the                    Laura will be the First Lady for 4 more years.
                           world; I believe this because freedom is the                    She sends her best. She’s doing great. She




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                           was a public school librarian when I met her                    in Washington, the stock market was in seri-
                           for the second time. The first time I ever                      ous decline, and that foretold a recession.
                           met her, we were at San Jacinto Junior High,                    And then we had some corporate scandals,
                           seventh grade, in Midland, Texas. The sec-                      and we passed tough laws, and we made it
                           ond time I met her, she was a public school                     abundantly clear to people in this country
                           librarian. She said, ‘‘Fine, I’ll marry you, but                that we will not tolerate dishonesty in the
                           you have to make me a promise.’’ I said,                        boardrooms of America. We expect citizens
                           ‘‘What’s that?’’ She said, ‘‘I never want to                    to be responsible citizens.
                           have to give a speech.’’ [Laughter] Well, for-                     And then we got attacked. We got at-
                           tunately, she didn’t hold me to that promise.                   tacked. And those attacks hurt us; they really
                           [Laughter] She is giving a lot of speeches,                     did. And we responded to those attacks with
                           and when she does, the American people see                      good policy. We cut the taxes, and by cutting
                           a warm, compassionate, strong First Lady.                       the taxes people had more money to spend
                              I’m proud of my runningmate, Dick Che-                       and more money to invest. When you in-
                           ney. He’s doing a great job.                                    crease consumption and increase investment,
                              And I’m proud of my Cabinet Secretary                        the economy tends to grow. The recession
                           for Health and Human Services; that would                       we had was one of the shallowest in Amer-
                           be former Governor Tommy Thompson.                              ican history.
                           He’s doing a great job. I like to tell the peo-                    Our economy has been growing at rates
                           ple of Wisconsin, you did a fine job of train-                  as fast as any in nearly 20 years. We’ve added
                           ing him. He’s a good man.                                       1.9 million new jobs since August of 2003.
                              I want to thank the Redetzkes for letting                    The unemployment rate is at 5.4 percent.
                           us come here today, Don and Diana. I’m                          That’s the national unemployment rate—
                           proud you—these are some of the products                        lower than the average of the 1970s, 1980s,
                           they manufacture here. I said, ‘‘How is your                    and 1990s. And your unemployment rate in
                           business doing?’’ He said, ‘‘Just fine.’’ He                    Wisconsin is 4.8 percent. Think about that.
                           said, ‘‘We’ve added 30 employees this year.                     When people go to the polls, I want them
                           We’re thinking about adding more.’’ There’s                     to remember the people of this State are
                           an optimism around. Our policies are work-                      working because of good policy. Farm in-
                           ing. And I want to thank the Redetzkes for                      come is up. Homeownership rates are at an
                           letting us come and visit this important plant.                 alltime high. We’re moving forward. We’ve
                              I want to thank Jack Voight, the State                       overcome these challenges, and we’re not
                           treasurer, for joining us today. Appreciate                     going to go back to the days of tax and spend.
                           you being here, Mr. Treasurer. I want to                           A good economic policy means good farm
                           thank Scott Walker from Milwaukee County.                       policy. I told the people when I was running,
                           I’m proud Scott is here. I call him Scott W.                    I understand that we’ve got to have good ag-
                           I want to thank John Gard for joining us                        ricultural policy in this country. And the agri-
                           today. Speaker, where are you? Appreciate                       cultural sector of our country is doing fine,
                           you, Speaker. Good to see you again. I’ve                       is doing well. Income is up. As a matter of
                           been in your State a lot, and he’s been there                   fact, farm income is at a record high under
                           all the time, for which I’m grateful.                           my administration.
                              I want to thank very much Dale Schultz                          Audience member. [Inaudible]
                           for being here. He is a good man. I know                           The President. We’re going to talk to
                           him well. He will make a great Member of                        some farmers up here, but dairy farm income
                           the United States Congress. And finally, Tim                    is up. We’re selling more and more of Wis-
                           Michels. Good to see you, Tim—and Bar-                          consin crops overseas. See, to make sure this
                           bara. I know something about Barbaras.                          economy continues to grow, we’ve got to con-
                           Thank you all for coming.                                       tinue to open up markets for U.S. products.
                              We’ve been through some challenges to-                       It’s easy to say we’re going to shut down mar-
                           gether in this country, really have been. And                   kets, but shutting down markets will hurt
                           when you’re out gathering up the vote, re-                      you. See, when you’ve got more products to
                           mind people about what this economy has                         choose from as a consumer, you’re likely to
                           been through. Six months prior to my arrival                    get that which you want at a better price and




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                           higher quality. That’s how the market works.                    trillion in programs that cost—that’s how
                           So shutting down our markets, which would                       much they cost the Government, 2.2 trillion.
                           hurt you—my policy is let’s open up every-                      That’s with a ‘‘T.’’ That’s a lot even for a Sen-
                           body else’s markets. We can compete with                        ator from Massachusetts. So they asked him
                           anybody, anytime, anywhere, so long as the                      how he was going to pay for it. He said, oh,
                           playing field is level.                                         he’s just going to tax the rich, going to raise
                               And farm exports are at an alltime high.                    the top two brackets. Well, the only problem
                           We want to be using Wisconsin farm prod-                        with that is it raises about 600 billion or 800
                           ucts to feed the world. If you’re good at                       billion, depending on whose numbers you
                           something, let’s promote it, and we’re really                   look at. In either case, it’s far short of 2.2
                           good at growing corn and soybeans.                              trillion, so there’s a gap. There’s a gap be-
                               I signed a good farm bill which is helping                  tween what he promised and how he’s going
                           the agricultural sector, and part of the farm                   to pay for it. Guess who usually fills that gap?
                           bill is the conservation title, which encour-                   Yes, you do. You understand how tax policy
                           ages farmers and landowners to set aside land                   works.
                           for wildlife restoration, for land protection.                     Let me tell you what else is wrong with
                           We’re going to talk about somebody who                          raising the top two brackets. We’re going to
                           knows what he’s talking about when it comes                     talk to some small-business owners. Most
                           to good conservation policy. I tell everybody,                  small businesses are Subchapter S corpora-
                           ‘‘If you own the land, every day is Earth                       tions, limited liability corps. They pay tax at
                           Day.’’ If you make a living off the land, the                   the individual income-tax rate. So you hear
                           best person to look after the land is the per-                  him talking about running up the taxes, tax-
                           son making a living off of it, not some bu-                     ing the rich—they’re taxing the job creators.
                           reaucrat in Washington, DC.                                        And the third thing wrong with it, the rich
                               Keeping jobs here means good energy pol-                    hire lawyers and accountants for a reason:
                           icy. See, we’ve got to become less dependent                    to slide the tab and stick you with it. We’re
                           on foreign sources of energy if we expect to                    not going to let him tax you; we’re going to
                           keep this economy growing. And I submitted                      win Wisconsin and win on November the 2d.
                           a plan to the United States Congress 2 years                       Audience members. Four more years!
                           ago, and it’s stuck, of course, because of poli-                Four more years! Four more years!
                           tics. But it’s a plan that encourages conserva-                    The President. Thank you. Before we get
                           tion. It’s a plan that uses our technologies                    to our guests here, I want to talk about a
                           to be able to burn coal cleanly. It says we                     couple of other issues. We’re in a changing
                           can explore for natural gas in environ-                         world. Times are changing. And in a chang-
                           mentally friendly ways. But it also recognizes                  ing world, it helps to promote an ownership
                           the valuable contribution that ethanol and                      society in America to bring stability into peo-
                           biodiesel make to the energy mix here in                        ple’s lives. And I told you, homeownership
                           America. Congress needs to pass that plan.                      rates are at an alltime high. We’ve got poli-
                           We’ve got to become less dependent on for-                      cies to continue to expand that. I can’t tell
                           eign sources of energy.                                         you how it warms my heart to know more
                               To make sure jobs stay here, we’ve got to                   and more Americans from all walks of life
                           have less regulations on the job creators. To                   are opening up the door where they live, say-
                           make sure jobs stay here, we’ve got to do                       ing, ‘‘Welcome to my home. Welcome to my
                           something about these lawsuits that are mak-                    piece of property.’’
                           ing it hard for the small businesses all across                    In order to make sure we’re hopeful, we’ve
                           our country. You see, these lawsuits make                       got to promote ownership when it comes to
                           it hard for a small business to expand.                         health care accounts. See, health care is an
                           They’re tending to having to fight these law-                   issue in this campaign too. There is a funda-
                           suits off and not hiring people.                                mental divide.
                               To keep jobs here, we’ve got to be wise                        My opponent is proposing bigger Govern-
                           about how we spend your money and keep                          ment health care. Now, he looked in the TV
                           your taxes low. Taxes are an issue. I’m run-                    cameras the other night and said no Govern-
                           ning against a fellow who’s promised $2.2                       ment was involved. I could barely contain




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                           myself. [Laughter] I looked at the fine print                   tors to have to practice defensive medicine.
                           of his plan. Eight out of ten get signed up                     In other words, they’re practicing medicine
                           to a Government health care plan. See, if                       in anticipation of getting sued because
                           you raise the Medicaid limits to 300 percent,                   there’s so many suits, and that runs up the
                           it provides incentives for small-business own-                  cost of health care. And the lawsuits run up
                           ers to stop providing insurance for their em-                   the cost of premiums for docs, which run
                           ployees because the Government will pay for                     good docs out of business. I can’t tell you
                           it. And so you’re shifting people from the                      the number of ob-gyns I’ve met who are anx-
                           private sector to the public policy. And Gov-                   ious and upset by the fact that they, many
                           ernment health care programs do not work.                       times, cannot practice. And then you can
                           They may sound good, but they have failed                       imagine, if the ob-gyn can’t practice, what
                           in every country that has tried them. The                       it does to many pregnant women. It is stress-
                           quality of health care will decline. There will                 ful. It is not right. These lawsuits are a dam-
                           be rationing. If you end up as a line item                      age to our economy and to our society and
                           in the Government budget, you can rest as-                      to health care. You cannot be pro-doctor,
                           sured there will be Government controls                         pro-patient, and pro-personal-injury-lawyer
                           over your health care.                                          at the same time. You have to choose. You
                              I have a different point of view. We will                    have to choose. My opponent made his
                           take care of those who cannot help them-                        choice, and he put a personal injury lawyer
                           selves through community and rural health                       on the ticket. I made my choice. I’m for med-
                           centers. Those will be places where the poor                    ical liability reform—now.
                           and the indigent can get primary and pre-                          Let me talk about one other form of own-
                           ventative care. That’s a good use of your tax-                  ership, and that’s Social Security. See, the
                           payers’ money. It’s best that people get care                   job of a President is to solve problems, not
                           there and not in the emergency rooms of                         to pass them on to future Presidents or future
                           local hospitals. We will make sure that the                     generations. At least that’s what I think it is.
                           program for children of low-income families                     I think you come to Washington, DC—if you
                           is fully subscribed. That makes sense.                          see a problem, you solve it as best as you
                              But to make sure health care is affordable,                  can. Now, others have chosen a different atti-
                           we ought to allow small businesses to pool                      tude. They just say, ‘‘We’ll pass it on and
                           risk, to join together so they can buy insur-                   let somebody else take care of it.’’ We have
                           ance at the same discounts that big busi-                       a problem with Social Security.
                           nesses get to do.                                                  Now, I remember the 2000 campaign, par-
                              To make sure health care is affordable, we                   ticularly here in Wisconsin, when they told
                           will continue to expand health savings ac-                      the seniors, ‘‘If old George W. gets in, you’re
                           counts, which will enable somebody to pay                       not going to get your check.’’ You might re-
                           a low-premium, high-deductible major med-                       member that aspect of the 2000 campaign.
                           ical liability policy, coupled with a tax-free                  [Laughter] Well, I want you to remind your
                           savings. These health care plans will reduce                    friends and neighbors of all political parties,
                           the cost of health care for the average citizen                 George W. got in, and our seniors got their
                           or the small business. They will be a health                    checks. And our seniors will continue to get
                           care plan in which the decisionmaker is the                     their checks. The seniors have nothing to
                           owner of the health care plan. They’re a                        worry about when it comes to the Social Se-
                           health care plan that you own, you control,                     curity check. Neither do baby boomers like
                           and you can take with you from job to job                       me.
                           throughout your entire life. This is a way to                      But our children and our grandchildren
                           make sure health care is more affordable.                       have got a problem because of the nature
                              Also to make sure health care is more                        of the Social Security system. There will be
                           available and affordable, we’ve got to do                       more recipients than payers. More baby
                           something about the junk lawsuits that are                      boomers like me retire with not enough peo-
                           running up the cost of medicine. See, I                         ple putting money into the system, and there-
                           looked at the cost to the Federal Govern-                       fore, the system is going to be in trouble for
                           ment on these lawsuits. Lawsuits cause doc-                     our children and our grandchildren.




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                              In order to make sure our children and                          The President. By the way, they set up
                           grandchildren have got a retirement system                      their farm as a limited liability corporation,
                           that works when they need it, we ought to                       which means, under Senator Kerry’s plan,
                           allow younger workers to set aside some of                      he’s going to get a tax increase. See, he’s part
                           their own payroll taxes in a personal savings                   of the—when they raise those top two brack-
                           account they call their own, a personal sav-                    ets, if you’ve got income over $200,000 a year
                           ings account that will earn a better rate of                    and you’re a limited liability corp or a Sub-
                           return than the current Social Security trust,                  chapter S corp, you’re taxed. I don’t think
                           a personal savings account that the Federal                     it makes any sense to be taxing our farmers
                           Government can never take away.                                 right now, as they’re getting ready to make
                              My opponent says he’s for the status quo                     some money. I’d rather have him have the
                           in Social Security. I think it—I don’t think                    money so he can expand his farm.
                           that’s leadership. We have a problem. In a                         How are you doing? Are you making a liv-
                           new term, I’m going to bring Republicans                        ing?
                           and Democrats together and solve the prob-                         Mr. Bruins. Yes, we are. It’s been a good
                           lem.                                                            year. It’s been a good year. Milk prices are
                              In times of change, some things do not                       strong. Beef prices are up. And it’s just really
                                                                                           exciting, the possibilities that we’re looking
                           change—now, while I’m here, I got some-
                                                                                           at, given the climate that you’ve created here
                           thing else I want to say, and then I want
                                                                                           in Wisconsin.
                           to talk to our guests here. [Laughter] The
                                                                                              The President. Well, thanks. We met
                           values we try to live by don’t change, courage
                                                                                           back there. He asked about supporting the
                           and compassion, reverence and integrity. We
                                                                                           MILC Program. I do. I’m for the extension
                           stand for a culture of life in which every per-                 of the MILC Program, which would help the
                           son matters and every being counts. [Ap-                        dairy farmers here in Wisconsin.
                           plause] Thank you all. We stand for marriage                       Mr. Bruins. Absolutely. That little pro-
                           and family, which are the foundations of our                    gram that you have endorsed and have en-
                           society. We stand for judges who know the                       dorsed extending has already put $413 mil-
                           difference between personal opinion and the                     lion in the pockets of dairy farmers in the
                           strict interpretation of the law. Go ahead and                  State of Wisconsin.
                           sit down.                                                          The President. That’s good, yes. Glad to
                              And we stand for the second amendment                        help out. What else are you concerned
                           to the United States Constitution, which                        about? I can tell you what you’re concerned
                           gives every American individual the right to                    about because you told me, but why don’t
                           bear arms. And today I’m proud that Wayne                       you tell the people to make it look—[laugh-
                           LaPierre and Chris Cox from the National                        ter].
                           Rifle Association are with us. I appreciate                        Mr. Bruins. Well, because of your farm
                           you all coming. They have endorsed my can-                      bill and the conservation provisions and the
                           didacy for President of the United States, for                  countercyclical payments that are provided
                           which I’m grateful. I also am grateful for                      with it, because of your lowering the taxes,
                           their gun safety programs as well as their un-                  and because of your continued commitment
                           derstanding that the best way to protect the                    to making agriculture better, you have made
                           American people is to firmly prosecute those                    a positive difference on agriculture in the
                           who commit crimes with guns, to hold them                       State of Wisconsin. And as president of Wis-
                           to account, and bring them to justice.                          consin Farm Bureau, the largest farm organi-
                              With us today is Bill Bruins. Bill, thank                    zation in the State, I am endorsing you for
                           you for coming. What do you do to make                          a second term as President of the United
                           a living? Or do you make a living? [Laughter]                   States.
                              Bill Bruins. You’d have to check with my                        The President. Thank you very much. I
                           bookkeeper, my wife.                                            accept. Thank you, I appreciate that. Thank
                              The President. That’s true. [Laughter]                       you all. I was hoping that would come.
                                                                                           [Laughter] I’m proud to get the Farm Bu-
                           [Mr. Bruins made brief remarks.]                                reau endorsement. It means a lot. It really




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                           does. In a State where it’s heavily agricul-                    that’s what we’re promoting. But right now
                           tural, that’s a big endorsement to get, and                     we’re using ethanol in significant quantities,
                           I’m proud to receive it. Thank you, sir.                        and it’s helping our farmers.
                              Doug Mueller is with us. Welcome. And                           What else?
                           what do you do to make a living?                                   Mr. Mueller. Thank you. And the death
                              Doug Mueller. I milk cows twice a day.                       tax is an issue that is heavily on farmer and
                           We have a family corporation.                                   small-business owners’ minds.
                              The President. Hopefully not by hand.
                           [Laughter]                                                      [Mr. Mueller made further remarks.]
                              Mr. Mueller. No, sir, not anymore.                              The President. Let me talk about that
                              The President. I would say there’s some                      right quick. It’s an issue in this campaign.
                           new technology that’s come along. [Laugh-                       I suggested that the Members of the United
                           ter]                                                            States Senate vote to repeal the death tax
                              Mr. Mueller. And I’m not old enough that                     forever. Of course, I couldn’t get my oppo-
                           I ever milked cows by hand when I was                           nent’s vote. [Laughter] We got quite a few
                           younger, either.                                                votes. As a matter of fact, we put the death
                              The President. You boys have got big                         tax on its way to extinction. The problem is
                           hands, though, I’ll tell you. [Laughter]                        it pops back up in 2011, which is going to
                           What’s on your mind? Tell me—tell the folks                     make some interesting estate planning deci-
                           what’s on your mind about——                                     sions at that point in time.
                              Mr. Mueller. Well, I think the energy pol-                      We need to get rid of the death tax totally.
                           icy is one thing that really can be a benefit                   It’s important for our small-business owners
                           to agriculture and the entire economy. The                      and our farmers and ranchers to get rid of
                           use of more—more use of ethanol, biodiesel                      the death tax forever, so a person can pass
                           I think is great for farmers all over the coun-                 their farm on from one generation to the next
                           try. And the use of the ethanol, cleaner emis-                  without losing the farm. People talk about—
                           sions and everything, too, has got to be posi-                  if you got your assets tied up in land and
                           tive for the country.                                           inventory, in his case, cows and equipment,
                              The President. Yes, it is. See, it’s inter-                  and you have to pay high death taxes, there’s
                           esting. What’s happening is that we’re spend-                   nothing to liquidate except for the farm itself,
                           ing money on research and development so                        and that’s unfair. I believe a person shouldn’t
                           that we can diversify away from old usage,                      be taxed twice, once during life and once
                           old habits. We’ve got to get away from de-                      after life. And I believe a person ought to
                           pendency upon crude oil coming in from                          be able to pass their assets on to whomever
                           overseas. And one way to do so is to better                     they want to pass it on to.
                           use ethanol and biodiesel. I mean, can you                         Thank you, Doug.
                           imagine someday a President sitting in the                         Mr. Mueller. Thank you.
                           Oval Office, they come in and say, ‘‘On crops,                     The President. Lee Christenson is with
                           we’ve got a great corn crop,’’ and the first                    us.
                           reaction is, ‘‘We’re less dependent on foreign                     Audience member. [Inaudible]
                           sources of energy.’’ And so we’re spending                         The President. You got a fan base out
                           a lot of money on research and development                      there. [Laughter] I first got to know him be-
                           to better use crops—soybeans, like biodiesel,                   cause he tied some bass fishing flies for me.
                           as well as one of—in the State of the Union                     The flies did better than the fisherman. I was
                           Address I talked about spending money to                        fishing, but I wasn’t catching. [Laughter]
                           research—to develop a hydrogen-powered                          He’s got an interesting story to tell when it
                           automobile.                                                     comes to preserving land.
                              I mean, technology is going to enable us                        Lee Christenson. I have a small family
                           to evolve away from our current energy                          farm that I live on in rural Eleva, Wisconsin,
                           usage. And one way to do so is through, as                      just south of Eau Claire, and I took it over
                           Doug mentioned, through the use of agricul-                     in 1994 from my parents. And I’ve converted
                           tural products. And there’s more to learn,                      that farm from a dairy farm into kind of a
                           and there’s more research to be done. And                       wildlife preserve, where I’ve utilized a lot of




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                           the Government programs that you’ve                                The President. All right, I want to talk
                           helped us get going. The CRP program is                         about one other thing. Thank you, sir. He
                           just the greatest program in the world.                         doesn’t hunt and fish all the time. You actu-
                              The President. Conservation Reserve                          ally have a business.
                           Program.                                                           Mr. Christenson. Yes, I forgot about that.
                              Mr. Christenson. Yes, Conservation Re-                       [Laughter]
                           serve Program. And that program allows us                          The President. What do you do?
                           to take the real highly erodible land, the                         Mr. Christenson. I have fun on the farm
                           steep lands that are marginal farmlands, and                    making wetlands and habitat and all that
                           preserve them by putting them into trees,                       stuff, but I have to pay the bills. So I have
                           into prairie plantings, and into solid vegeta-
                                                                                           a small Subchapter S corporation with about
                           tive cover that keeps our streams a lot clean-
                                                                                           50 employees, and we collect deer hides all
                           er. And I’ve been able to get a WHIP, which
                                                                                           across the United States and export them to
                           is the Wildlife Habitat Improvement grant;
                           EQUIP, which is the Environmental Quality                       China. So we, you know, we’re bringing some
                           Incentive Program grant through the Gov-                        money back to the United States. And with
                           ernment; all sorts of assistance, technical as-                 these great tax breaks that we’ve had in the
                           sistance from the Fish and Wildlife Service.                    last few years, we’ve been able to buy more
                           In fact, on our farm, we’ve taken the ditches,                  semis, more forklifts. We’ve put a lot of good
                           plugged the ditches, pulled all the tiles out                   people to work. We’ve hired more people.
                           of the prior converted farm fields that histori-                And the interest rates—my gosh, just look
                           cally were wetlands at one time, and now                        at what the interest rates have been the last
                           we’ve created, just on our little farm, over                    few years. They’ve really, really helped us by
                           15 acres of wetlands.                                           being able to expand our credit lines and do
                              So, you know, that’s great that you do that,                 a lot of beneficial things for business.
                           and we’re able to turn the tides and create                        The President. See, the tax policy we
                           wetlands, instead of having lost them in the                    passed, I want you to remember what it was,
                           past.                                                           which my opponent voted against every as-
                              The President. Yes, see, one of the—we                       pect of the tax policy. We raised the child
                           used to have a policy of no new net loss—                       credit to help people’s families. We reduced
                           no net loss. How could you have a new net                       the marriage penalty. We believe we ought
                           loss—no net loss of wetlands. I’ve now                          to encourage marriage, not discourage mar-
                           changed that policy to an increase in the                       riage through the Tax Code.
                           number of wetlands all across the country                          We said, ‘‘If you pay tax, you ought to get
                           to 3 million acres. Here’s part of the way                      relief,’’ instead of trying to pick and choose
                           we’re able to do so.                                            winners in the Tax Code. But we also pro-
                           [Mr. Christenson made further remarks.]                         vided incentives for small businesses to in-
                                                                                           vest. If you invest as a small business, there
                              The President. See, good environmental                       is a—there’s a benefit. You heard him say
                           policy doesn’t mean you have to be a lawyer                     he bought forklifts. Good tax policy encour-
                           in Washington, DC. Good environmental                           ages certain behavior, and one of the behav-
                           policy brings conservation groups together,                     iors we’re trying to encourage is for people
                           brings hunting and fishing groups together,                     to invest more and to spend money, to spend
                           brings local community together, brings local                   capital, because when he buys a forklift,
                           environments into play, brings farmers into                     somebody has got to make the forklift. When
                           play. It’s a collaborative effort, so we all work               somebody is making the forklift, it means
                           together to achieve national goals such as                      somebody is going to get work. That’s how
                           better air, cleaner water, and more wildlife                    the economy works. It ripples throughout the
                           preserve areas. And we’re doing that. We’re                     economy.
                           making very solid progress with a common-                          He says he’s a Subchapter S corporation.
                           sense way of approaching environmental                          He’s adding jobs. It is bad policy to tax the
                           issues.                                                         job creators. Do you realize 70 percent of
                           [Mr. Christenson made further remarks.]                         new jobs in America are created by small




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                           businesses just like this guy’s? And my oppo-                   our demands until the Taliban no longer is
                           nent, in order to pay for his promises, is, at                  in power. We took them out of power, thanks
                           the minimum, going to run up the taxes on                       to a great United States military.
                           about 900,000 Subchapter S and LLC cor-                            I want the youngsters here to understand
                           porations, going to tax the job creators. That                  what has taken place. It’s a phenomenal mo-
                           is lousy economic policy.                                       ment in history, phenomenal. See, it wasn’t
                               Let me talk about one other aspect of this                  all that long ago—31⁄2 years ago is hardly any-
                           campaign in your life, and that is how to                       thing in the march of history—that the peo-
                           make sure we keep America secure. The                           ple in Afghanistan were living under a brutal
                           most solemn responsibility of the American                      reign of people whose vision is so dark and
                           President is to protect the American people.                    dim that it’s hard for Americans to com-
                           If we show uncertainty or weakness in this                      prehend. And when you hear me talk about
                           decade, this world of ours will drift toward                    the ideologues of hate, I’m talking about the
                           tragedy. That’s not going to happen on my                       Taliban and the people like Al Qaida. Young
                           watch.                                                          girls were not allowed to go to school. See,
                               I understand the world in which we live.                    that’s their vision of the world. And if their
                           This is an important issue in this campaign.                    moms didn’t toe the line, they were taken
                           Let me tell you some of the lessons I have                      into the public square and whipped, in some
                           learned about the post-September the 11th                       cases killed in the sports stadium. These peo-
                           world in which we live. The first lesson is,                    ple were grim.
                           we face an enemy that is ruthless and has
                                                                                              But because we acted in our own self-in-
                           no conscience. They will kill just like that,
                                                                                           terest, because we acted to uphold doctrine
                           whether it be in airplanes on the World
                                                                                           and make this world a safer place and to pro-
                           Trade Center or in a schoolhouse in the
                                                                                           tect the American people, millions of Afghan
                           Caucasus region of the world. That’s what
                                                                                           citizens went to the polls to vote for a Presi-
                           they’ll do, and therefore, you cannot nego-
                           tiate with these people. You cannot hope for                    dent of their country. The first voter was a
                           the best with these people. You can’t say,                      19-year-old woman at the polls. It’s amazing.
                           ‘‘Well, oh, gosh, we’ll change the way we con-                  Because we acted in our self-interest, the
                           duct foreign policy and hope they change                        poor people living in that country have been
                           their ways.’’ The only way to deal with them                    liberated from the clutches. They no longer
                           is to find them and bring them to justice be-                   live in darkness. They live in light, because
                           fore they hurt us again.                                        freedom is on the march.
                               Secondly, this is a different kind of war                      And that’s important for our long-term se-
                           than we’re used to, and therefore, it’s impor-                  curity. It’s important because free societies
                           tant to think differently about how to protect                  are peaceful societies. A free society will be-
                           the American people. One way to do so is                        come an ally in the war on terror. A free
                           to make it very clear that if a country harbors                 society will set a incredibly hopeful example
                           a terrorist, they’re just as guilty as the ter-                 for others who long for freedom.
                           rorist. And when the President says some-                          Thirdly, when we see a threat, we’ve got
                           thing, it is important that the President speak                 to deal with it. You know, we used to think
                           clearly, so everybody understands, and mean                     oceans could protect us. We’d see a threat
                           what he says.                                                   overseas, and if we didn’t deal with it, it could
                               And I meant what I said to the Taliban                      be okay because it wouldn’t come home to
                           in Afghanistan. See, they were the ones har-                    hurt us. That all changed on September the
                           boring Al Qaida. Thousands of people were                       11th.
                           trained there. It’s kind of the classic case of                    I saw a threat with Saddam Hussein. I saw
                           the host and the parasite—the Al Qaida was                      a threat because he was a sworn enemy of
                           the parasite, and the host was becoming                         the United States. I saw a threat because we
                           weaker and weaker and—in the sense that                         had been at war with him. I saw a threat
                           Al Qaida had free will, doing what they want-                   because he invaded his neighborhood. I saw
                           ed to do inside the country. There was no                       a threat because he was shooting missiles at
                           restrictions whatsoever. And they ignored                       our airplanes who were trying to enforce the




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                           world’s sanctions. I saw a threat—he paid sui-                  because of us and moved to Iraq. He then
                           cide bombers; he harbored Abu Nidal and                         was working with a poisons factory in north-
                           Abu Abbas. Terrorist Zarqawi was in and out                     ern Iraq. And now we’ve got him on the run
                           of his country. I saw a threat because he had                   inside of Iraq, and he’s fighting us. And he
                           used weapons of mass destruction. Saddam                        says this is a diversion? Does he think if we
                           Hussein was a threat.                                           weren’t in Iraq that Mr. Zarqawi would be-
                              The Congress looked at the same intel-                       come a peaceful citizen of the world?
                           ligence I looked at and concluded he was                        [Laughter] He’s a dangerous man. He hates
                           a threat. My opponent looked at the very                        what we stand for. He intends to inflict harm.
                           same intelligence, the very same data, and                      It is best we defeat Zarqawi in Iraq so we
                           concluded that Saddam Hussein was a threat                      do not have to face him here at home.
                           and voted to authorize his removal. Now, be-                       You cannot win a war when you don’t be-
                           fore the President ever commits troops into                     lieve we’re fighting one, and that’s my oppo-
                           harm’s way—listen, I understand the con-                        nent. The most solemn duty of the American
                           sequences. To commit our troops is the last                     President is to protect the American people.
                           option for me. To put somebody in harm’s                        If we show uncertainty or weakness in this
                           way is the very last choice, not the first, sec-                decade, the world will drift toward tragedy.
                           ond, or third. It is the last. And so I went                    It’s not going to happen on my watch.
                           to the United Nations in hopes that diplo-                         The third lesson—fourth lesson is when
                           macy would solve the threat. And as—they                        we put somebody in harm’s way, they deserve
                           passed a resolution 15 to nothing, and Sad-                     the full support of our Government. And
                           dam Hussein just ignored it, just like he had                   that’s why I went to the United States Con-
                           done 16 different resolutions.                                  gress and asked for $87 billion of very impor-
                              You know, we didn’t find the stockpiles we                   tant funding, funding to support our troops
                           thought we found—that we thought we                             in combat. And we received great support,
                           would find, that everybody thought we’d                         strong bipartisan support. I want you to tell
                           find. But we did find that he had the capa-                     your friends and neighbors of this startling
                           bility to restart a weapons programs—he still                   statistic. Of the 100 Members of the United
                           hated us—that he was using the Oil for Food                     States Senate, only 4 voted to authorize the
                           Programme to game the system, to get the                        use of force and then did not vote for the
                           world to look the other way, to get rid of                      funding to support the troops in combat, 2
                           the sanctions so he could restart his pro-                      of whom are my opponent and his
                           grams. The biggest danger we face is a ter-                     runningmate.
                           rorist network ending up with weapons of                           Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           mass destruction. Knowing what I know                              The President. They asked him, they said,
                           today, I would have made the same decision.                     ‘‘How did you make that vote?’’ He said,
                           [Applause] Thank you.                                           ‘‘Well, I actually did vote for the $87 billion,
                              My opponent was recently interviewed,                        right before I voted against it.’’ It may be
                           and he said September the 11th, in quotes,                      the most famous quote of the 2004 campaign.
                           his words, ‘‘did not change me much at all.’’                   They then kept pressing him and pressing
                           See, and it’s reflected in his attitude and his                 him, and he finally said, ‘‘The whole thing
                           policies. He says, ‘‘Well, this is just a intel-                is a complicated matter.’’ There is nothing
                           ligence and law enforcement matter.’’ No,                       complicated about supporting the men and
                           this is a matter that requires all the assets                   women who wear the United States uniform
                           of the United States of America in order to                     in harm’s way. [Applause] Thank you all.
                           protect you.                                                       I want to thank the family members of our
                              He said that Iraq is a ‘‘diversion’’ from the                military who are here. I want to thank the
                           war on terror. That’s a fundamental mis-                        veterans who are here who have set such a
                           understanding of the nature of the world in                     great example for those who wear the uni-
                           which we live, and it’s a dangerous misunder-                   form.
                           standing. Mr. Zarqawi, who is fighting us in                       I want to share one more thing with you
                           Iraq, was in Afghanistan, in terror training                    that I think is important for you to know
                           camps. He then got run out of Afghanistan                       about me. I believe in the power of liberty




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                           to transform societies. Let me tell you what                    the Taliban were threatening them with
                           I mean by that. Perhaps an example is the                       death and destruction. People want to be
                           best way to make my point. Laura and I have                     free. I believe women in the greater Middle
                           a great friend in Prime Minister Koizumi of                     East want to live in a free society. I believe
                           Japan. We like him. He’s a fun guy to be                        moms and dads want to raise their children
                           around. He’s a good friend. I saw him in New                    in a free and peaceful world. I believe all
                           York at the United Nations in early Sep-                        these things because freedom is not Amer-
                           tember. I said, ‘‘You know, I’m talking about                   ica’s gift to the world; freedom is the Al-
                           you when I get out there on the campaign                        mighty God’s gift to each man and woman
                           trail. I hope you don’t mind.’’ He said, ‘‘Fine,                in this world.
                           go ahead and talk about me.’’ I didn’t ask                         It’s the last time I’m going to be in Eau
                           him permission to tell you what I’m about                       Claire before the election, but I do want to
                           to tell you, and that is, Elvis is his favorite                 thank you for coming. And when I cam-
                           singer—truthfully—[laughter]—and ‘‘High                         paigned in your State in 2000, I said if you
                           Noon’’ is his favorite movie. [Laughter]                        gave me a chance to serve, I would uphold
                              Anyway, so, you know, it doesn’t sound                       the honor and the dignity of the office to
                           that—must not sound—to some it probably                         which I had been elected. With your help,
                           doesn’t sound that profound that the Prime                      we will carry Wisconsin, and I will do so for
                           Minister of Japan and I are friends. But re-                    4 more years.
                           member this part of history: 60 years ago,                         God bless. Thank you all for coming.
                           they were the sworn enemy of the United                         Thank you for coming.
                           States of America. We were at war with the
                                                                                           NOTE: The President spoke at 2:49 p.m. at J&D
                           Japanese. And a lot of relatives of yours, I’m                  Manufacturing. In his remarks, he referred to
                           confident, fought in that war. My dad did,                      Don and Diana Redetzke, founders, J&D Manu-
                           and other dads and granddads did as well.                       facturing; Scott K. Walker, Milwaukee County ex-
                           And it was a tough war, and we lost a lot                       ecutive; John Gard, speaker, Wisconsin State As-
                           of folks.                                                       sembly; Dale Schultz, candidate for Congress in
                              Yet, after we won the war, President Harry                   Wisconsin’s Third Congressional District; Tim
                           S. Truman believed in the power of liberty                      Michels, senatorial candidate in Wisconsin, and
                           to transform an enemy into an ally. That’s                      his wife, Barbara; Wayne LaPierre, executive vice
                           what he believed. So did a lot of other Ameri-                  president, and Chris W. Cox, Institute for Legisla-
                                                                                           tive Action executive director, National Rifle Asso-
                           cans. A lot of other Americans didn’t agree
                                                                                           ciation; former President Saddam Hussein of Iraq;
                           with him, though. Why help the enemy? And                       senior Al Qaida associate Abu Musab Al Zarqawi;
                           the enemy couldn’t become a democracy.                          and Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi of Japan.
                           You know, there was a lot of excuses and
                           a lot of pessimism about the helping the Japa-
                           nese. But fortunately, they stuck to it. Japan                  Statement on Signing the Belarus
                           became a democracy. And today I sit down                        Democracy Act of 2004
                           at the table with Prime Minister Koizumi,                       October 20, 2004
                           talking about how to keep the peace we all
                           want, talking about keeping the peace.                             The Belarus Democracy Act of 2004,
                              Someday, an American President will be                       which I signed into law earlier today, will
                           sitting down with the duly elected leader                       help the cause of freedom in Belarus. This
                           from Iraq, talking about the peace in the                       bipartisan legislation demonstrates America’s
                           greater Middle East, and our children and                       deep concern over events in Belarus and a
                           our grandchildren will be better off for it.                    commitment to sustain those Belarusians
                              I believe people in the Middle East want                     who must labor in the shadows to return free-
                           to live in freedom. That’s what I believe. The                  dom to their country.
                           people of Afghanistan showed what freedom                          At a time when freedom is advancing
                           can mean. Do you realize women stood in                         around the world, Aleksandr Lukashenka and
                           line for hours waiting to vote, after having                    his Government are turning Belarus into a
                           lived in a society where they had no rights.                    regime of repression in the heart of Europe,
                           And they stood in line to vote, even though                     its Government isolated from its neighbors




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                           and its people isolated from each other. We                     jobs in the 21st century workforce. By reduc-
                           will work with our allies and partners to assist                ing physical barriers and false perceptions,
                           those seeking to return Belarus to its rightful                 our country meets our commitment to mil-
                           place among the Euro-Atlantic community of                      lions of Americans with disabilities, and ben-
                           democracies. There is no place in a Europe                      efits from their talents, creativity, and hard
                           whole and free for a regime of this kind.                       work.
                              On October 17, Mr. Lukashenka claimed                           The Americans with Disabilities Act of
                           victory for referendum results that swept                       1990 (ADA) has brought about important
                           away constitutional limits on his term in of-                   progress in our Nation. Under my Adminis-
                           fice. The referendum campaign and concur-                       tration’s New Freedom Initiative, we con-
                           rent Parliamentary elections were conducted                     tinue to work to ensure that people with dis-
                           in a climate of abuse and fear. OSCE and                        abilities can participate fully in the workplace
                           other observers have determined that this                       and all aspects of community life. Through
                           victory was achieved by fraudulent means.                       funding for new technologies and innovative
                              These actions are the latest in a series of                  resources, we are changing old ways of think-
                           measures designed to stifle independent                         ing and fulfilling the Federal Government’s
                           voices within Belarus. Since 2001, Belarusian                   commitment to opportunity for every citizen.
                           authorities have systematically repressed
                                                                                              The New Freedom Initiative has helped
                           independent media, trade unions, civic orga-
                                                                                           enable individuals with disabilities to access
                           nizations, and religious congregations. The
                                                                                           assistive technologies. My Administration has
                           Lukashenka regime has repeatedly re-
                           sponded to the peaceful expression of oppo-                     invested in research and development for
                           sition with beatings, arrests and, in a number                  new technology. We have expanded the De-
                           of cases, the disappearance of opposition                       partment of Defense’s Computer/Electronic
                           leaders.                                                        Accommodations Program, which provides
                              The Belarus Democracy Act will help us                       Federal employees with disabilities greater
                           support those within Belarus who are work-                      access to electronic and information tech-
                           ing toward democracy. We welcome this leg-                      nology. The Department of Labor launched
                           islation as a means to bolster friends of free-                 DisabilityInfo.gov in 2002, an online re-
                           dom and to nurture the growth of democratic                     source that streamlines access to information
                           values, habits, and institutions within                         about Federally sponsored employment, job
                           Belarus. The fate of Belarus will rest not with                 accommodations, transportation, State and
                           a dictator, but with the students, trade union-                 regional assistance programs, technology,
                           ists, civic and religious leaders, journalists,                 and other programs relevant to the daily lives
                           and all citizens of Belarus claiming freedom                    of individuals with disabilities.
                           for their nation.                                                  We must foster a better understanding of
                                                                                           ADA requirements and increase dialogue
                           NOTE: H.R. 854, approved October 20, was as-                    and cooperation between the business and
                           signed Public Law No. 108–347.                                  disability communities. Through the New
                                                                                           Freedom Small Business Initiative, the De-
                           Proclamation 7835—National                                      partment of Labor and the Small Business
                           Disability Employment Awareness                                 Administration are educating small business
                                                                                           owners about the benefits of hiring people
                           Month, 2004
                                                                                           with disabilities and helping adult workers
                           October 20, 2004                                                with disabilities acquire the skills and re-
                           By the President of the United States                           sources needed to become small business
                           of America                                                      owners. The Equal Employment Oppor-
                                                                                           tunity Commission is releasing user-friendly
                           A Proclamation                                                  information on how the ADA applies to par-
                             Americans with disabilities are active and                    ticular disabilities in the workplace and pro-
                           contributing members of our society, and                        viding free ADA workshops offering employ-
                           they must have the opportunity to develop                       ment-related services and information ses-
                           the skills they need to compete and obtain                      sions for small businesses. My Administration




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                           is implementing the ‘‘Ticket to Work’’ pro-                     Products Week, we recognize the many ben-
                           gram, which allows Social Security and Sup-                     efits of our forests and continue our dedica-
                           plemental Security Income disability bene-                      tion to protecting them.
                           ficiaries who want to work to choose their                         Across our country, many communities
                           own employment-related services. The De-                        rely on healthy forests for economic stability.
                           partment of Labor and other agencies are                        Our forests provide paper products, building
                           also improving the capacity of community                        materials, chemicals, and many other items
                           One-Stop Career Centers to provide training                     needed by families and small businesses
                           and employment services to people with dis-                     across America. Responsible forest manage-
                           abilities.                                                      ment helps provide jobs and maintain these
                              To recognize the contributions of Ameri-                     important resources to help meet the daily
                           cans with disabilities and to encourage all                     needs of Americans and people around the
                           citizens to ensure equal opportunity in the                     world.
                           workforce, the Congress, by joint resolution                       My Administration has made forest health
                           approved August 11, 1945, as amended (36                        a high priority, and we will continue to pro-
                           U.S.C. 121), has designated October of each                     mote active management and forest con-
                           year as ‘‘National Disability Employment                        servation. Under the Healthy Forests Initia-
                           Awareness Month.’’                                              tive, we acted to remove the causes of severe
                              Now, Therefore, I, George W. Bush,                           wildfires by thinning forest undergrowth be-
                           President of the United States of America,                      fore disaster strikes. And the Healthy Forests
                           do hereby proclaim October 2004 as National                     Restoration Act of 2003, which I signed into
                           Disability Employment Awareness Month. I                        law last December, expands our work, help-
                           call upon Government officials, labor leaders,                  ing protect valuable lands that serve as habi-
                           employers, and the people of the United                         tat for wildlife and ensuring the safety and
                           States to observe this month with appropriate                   economic vitality of communities affected by
                           programs, ceremonies, and activities.                           wildfires. The Act enforces high standards of
                              In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set                      conservation to help return our forests to
                           my hand this twentieth day of October, in                       more natural conditions and maintain the full
                           the year of our Lord two thousand four, and                     range of forest types.
                           of the Independence of the United States of                        To ensure that our forests remain a source
                           America the two hundred and twenty-ninth.                       of pride for all Americans, we must continue
                                                    George W. Bush                         our tradition of protecting the land for future
                                                                                           generations. By combining the ethic of good
                           [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register,                 stewardship with the spirit of innovation, we
                           9:08 a.m., October 22, 2004]                                    can advance a healthy environment and con-
                                                                                           tinue economic growth and job creation.
                           NOTE: This proclamation was released by the Of-
                           fice of the Press Secretary on October 21, and
                                                                                              In recognizing the importance of our for-
                           it was published in the Federal Register on Octo-               ests, the Congress, by Public Law 86–753 (36
                           ber 25.                                                         U.S.C. 123), as amended, has designated the
                                                                                           week beginning on the third Sunday in Octo-
                                                                                           ber of each year as ‘‘National Forest Products
                           Proclamation 7836—National Forest                               Week’’ and has authorized and requested the
                           Products Week, 2004                                             President to issue a proclamation in observ-
                           October 20, 2004                                                ance of this week.
                                                                                              Now, Therefore, I, George W. Bush,
                           By the President of the United States                           President of the United States of America,
                           of America                                                      do hereby proclaim October 17 through Oc-
                                                                                           tober 23, 2004, as National Forest Products
                           A Proclamation                                                  Week. I call upon all Americans to observe
                              America’s forests are places of beauty and                   this week with appropriate ceremonies and
                           incredible natural wealth. They are homes to                    activities.
                           wildlife and offer many economic opportuni-                        In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set
                           ties for our Nation. During National Forest                     my hand this twentieth day of October, in




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                           the year of our Lord two thousand four, and                     through 2006, to work on issues of the Task
                           of the Independence of the United States of                     Force and to ensure the participation of the
                           America the two hundred and twenty-ninth.                       staff person’s department or agency in the
                                                  George W. Bush                           operations of the Task Force.’’
                                                                                              Sec. 2. Section 1(c)(1) is amended by in-
                           [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register,                 serting ‘‘regulations,’’ after ‘‘analyze’’.
                           9:08 a.m., October 22, 2004]                                       Sec. 3. Section 5 is amended to read as
                           NOTE: This proclamation was released by the Of-                 follows:
                           fice of the Press Secretary on October 21, and                     ‘‘Judicial Review. This order is intended
                           it was published in the Federal Register on Octo-               only to improve the internal management of
                           ber 25.                                                         the Federal Government and is not intended
                                                                                           to, and does not, create any right, benefit,
                                                                                           or trust responsibility, substantive or proce-
                           Executive Order 13359—                                          dural, enforceable at law or in equity by a
                           Amendment to Executive Order                                    party against the United States, its agencies,
                           13173, Interagency Task Force on                                entities, its officers or employees, or any
                           the Economic Development of the                                 other person.’’
                           Central San Joaquin Valley                                                                   George W. Bush
                           October 20, 2004
                                                                                           The White House,
                              By the authority vested in me as President                   October 20, 2004.
                           by the Constitution and the laws of the
                           United States of America, and in order to                       [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register,
                                                                                           9:08 a.m., October 22, 2004]
                           improve the operation of the Interagency
                           Task Force on the Economic Development                          NOTE: This Executive order was released by the
                           of the Central San Joaquin Valley, it is hereby                 Office of the Press Secretary on October 21, and
                           ordered that Executive Order 13173 of Octo-                     it was published in the Federal Register on Octo-
                           ber 25, 2000, is amended as follows:                            ber 25.
                              Section 1. Section 1(b) is amended to read
                           as follows:
                              ‘‘The Task Force shall consist exclusively                   Executive Order 13360—Providing
                           of the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary                  Opportunities for Service-Disabled
                           of Commerce, the Secretary of Defense, the                      Veteran Businesses To Increase
                           Attorney General, the Secretary of the Inte-                    Their Federal Contracting and
                           rior, the Secretary of Education, the Sec-                      Subcontracting
                           retary of Health and Human Services, the                        October 20, 2004
                           Secretary of Housing and Urban Develop-
                           ment, the Secretary of Energy, the Secretary                       By the authority vested in me as President
                           of Labor, the Secretary of Transportation,                      by the Constitution and the laws of the
                           the Secretary of the Treasury, the Director                     United States of America, and in order to
                           of the Office of Management and Budget,                         strengthen opportunities in Federal con-
                           the Director of National Drug Control Pol-                      tracting for service-disabled veteran busi-
                           icy, the Administrator of General Services,                     nesses, it is hereby ordered as follows:
                           the Administrator of the Small Business Ad-                        Section 1. Policy. America honors the ex-
                           ministration, the Administrator of the Envi-                    traordinary service rendered to the United
                           ronmental Protection Agency, or their des-                      States by veterans with disabilities incurred
                           ignees, and such other senior executive                         or aggravated in the line of duty during active
                           branch officials as may be determined by the                    service with the armed forces. Heads of
                           Task Force. The Chair of the Task Force                         agencies shall provide the opportunity for
                           shall be the Secretary of Housing and Urban                     service-disabled veteran businesses to signifi-
                           Development. Each of the Federal depart-                        cantly increase the Federal contracting and
                           ments and agencies, as appropriate, shall des-                  subcontracting of such businesses. To
                           ignate one staff person, for the years 2004                     achieve that objective, agencies shall more




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                           effectively implement section 15(g) of the                              ticipating in awards of agency con-
                           Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 644(g)), which                            tracts.
                           provides that the President must establish a                       Sec. 3. Additional Duties of Administrator
                           goal of not less than 3 percent for participa-                  of the Small Business Administration. The
                           tion by service-disabled veteran businesses in                  Administrator of the Small Business Admin-
                           Federal contracting, and section 36 of that                     istration shall:
                           Act (15 U.S.C. 657f), which gives agency con-                      (a) designate an appropriate entity within
                           tracting officers the authority to reserve cer-                 the Small Business Administration that shall,
                           tain procurements for service-disabled vet-                     in coordination with the Veterans Affairs’
                           eran businesses.                                                Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE), pro-
                              Sec. 2. Duties of Agency Heads. To imple-                    vide to service-disabled veteran businesses
                           ment the policy set forth in section 1, heads                   information and assistance concerning par-
                           of agencies shall:                                              ticipation in Federal contracting;
                              (a) develop a strategy to implement the                         (b) advise and assist heads of agencies in
                           policy set forth in section 1;                                  their implementation of section 2 of this
                              (b) make the agency’s strategy publicly                      order; and
                           available and report annually to the Adminis-                      (c) make available to service-disabled vet-
                           trator of the Small Business Administration                     eran businesses training in Federal con-
                           on implementation of the agency’s strategy;                     tracting law, procedures, and practices that
                              (c) designate a senior-level official who                    would assist such businesses in participating
                           shall be responsible for developing and im-                     in Federal contracting.
                           plementing the agency’s strategy;                                  Sec. 4. Additional Duties of Administrator
                              (d) include development and implementa-                      of General Services. The Administrator of
                           tion of the agency’s strategy and achieve-                      General Services shall:
                           ments in furtherance of the strategy as sig-                       (a) establish a Government-wide Acquisi-
                           nificant elements in any performance plans                      tion Contract reserved for participation by
                           of the agency’s designated agency senior-                       service-disabled veteran businesses; and
                           level official, chief acquisition officer, and di-                 (b) assist service-disabled veteran busi-
                           rector of small and disadvantaged business                      nesses to be included in Federal Supply
                           utilization; and                                                Schedules.
                              (e) include in the agency’s strategy plans                      Sec. 5. Additional Duties of the Secretary
                           for:                                                            of Defense. The Secretary of Defense shall
                                 (i) reserving agency contracts exclusively                direct the Defense Acquisition University
                                     for service-disabled veteran busi-                    (DAU) to develop training on contracting
                                     nesses;                                               with service-disabled veteran businesses and
                                (ii) encouraging and facilitating participa-               make this training available on line through
                                     tion by service-disabled veteran busi-                the DAU continuous learning program.
                                     nesses in competitions for award of                      Sec. 6. Additional Duties of the Secretary
                                     agency contracts;                                     of Veterans Affairs. The Secretary of Vet-
                              (iii) encouraging agency contractors to                      erans Affairs shall assist agencies by making
                                     subcontract with service-disabled vet-                available services of the CVE and assist in
                                     eran businesses and actively moni-                    verifying the accuracy of contractor registra-
                                     toring and evaluating agency contrac-                 tion databases with regard to service-disabled
                                     tors’ efforts to do so;                               veteran businesses.
                               (iv) training agency personnel on applica-                     Sec. 7. Additional Duties of the Secretary
                                     ble law and policies relating to partici-             of Labor and Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
                                     pation of service-disabled veteran                    The Secretary of Labor and Secretary of Vet-
                                     businesses in Federal contracting;                    erans Affairs shall, respectively, direct the
                                     and                                                   Transition Assistance Program and the Dis-
                                (v) disseminating information to service-                  ability Transition Assistance Program to edu-
                                     disabled veteran businesses that                      cate separating service members as to the
                                     would assist these businesses in par-                 benefits available to service-disabled veteran




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                           businesses and as to potential entrepre-                        entities, its officers, employees or agents, or
                           neurial opportunities.                                          any other person.
                              Sec. 8. Definitions. As used in this order:                                               George W. Bush
                              (a) the term ‘‘agency’’ means an ‘‘executive
                           agency’’ as that term is defined in section                     The White House,
                           105 of title 5, United States Code, excluding                   October 20, 2004.
                           an executive agency that has fewer than 500                     [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register,
                           employees, the Government Accountability                        9:40 a.m., October 25, 2004]
                           Office, or a Government corporation;
                              (b) the term ‘‘service-disabled’’ means,                     NOTE: This Executive order was released by the
                           with respect to disability, that the disability                 Office of the Press Secretary on October 21, and
                                                                                           it will be published in the Federal Register on
                           was incurred or aggravated in the line of duty
                                                                                           October 26.
                           in the active service in the United States
                           Armed Forces;
                              (c) the term ‘‘service-disabled veteran’’                    Presidential Determination on Use
                           means a veteran, as defined in 38 U.S.C.                        of Cooperative Threat Reduction
                           101(2), with a disability that is service-con-                  Funds in Albania Under Section 1308
                           nected, as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101(16);                        of the National Defense
                              (d) the term ‘‘service-disabled veteran                      Authorization Act for Fiscal Year
                           business’’ means a small business concern                       2004
                           owned and controlled by service-disabled
                           veterans, as defined in section 3(q) of the
                                                                                           October 20, 2004
                           Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632(q)); and                      Presidential Determination No. 2005–04
                              (e) the term ‘‘small business concern’’ has
                           the meaning specified in section 3(a) of the                    Memorandum for the Secretary of State
                           Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632(a)) and
                                                                                           Subject: Presidential Determination on Use
                           the definitions and standards issued under
                                                                                           of Cooperative Threat Reduction Funds in
                           that section.                                                   Albania under Section 1308 of the National
                              Sec. 9. General Provisions. (a) Heads of                     Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year
                           agencies shall carry out duties assigned by                     2004
                           sections 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 of this order to
                           the extent consistent with applicable law and                      Pursuant to the authority vested in me by
                           subject to the availability of appropriations.                  section 1308 of the National Defense Au-
                                                                                           thorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 (Public
                              (b) To the extent permitted by law, an
                                                                                           Law 108–136) (the ‘‘Act’’), I hereby deter-
                           agency shall disclose personally identifying
                                                                                           mine that the obligation and expenditure of
                           information on service-disabled veterans to                     Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) funds
                           other agencies who require such information                     for the destruction of chemical warfare
                           in order to discharge their responsibilities                    agents stockpiled in Albania, will permit the
                           under this order.                                               United States to take advantage of an oppor-
                              (c) An agency that consists of a multi-                      tunity to achieve long-standing nonprolifera-
                           member commission shall implement this                          tion goals. I also determine that this project
                           order to the extent it determines appropriate                   to destroy the chemical warfare agents stock-
                           to the accomplishment of the agency’s mis-                      piled in Albania will be completed within a
                           sion.                                                           short period of time and that the Department
                              (d) This order is not intended to, and does                  of Defense is the entity of the Federal Gov-
                           not, create any right or benefit, substantive                   ernment that is most capable of carrying out
                           or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity                  this project.
                           by any party against the United States, its                        You are authorized and directed to trans-
                           departments, agencies, instrumentalities or                     mit this determination, along with the jus-
                                                                                           tification and project description required by
                                                                                           section 1308(d)(2) of the Act, to the Congress




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                           no later than 10 days after the obligation of                   Remarks in Downingtown,
                           funds for this project and to arrange for the                   Pennsylvania
                           publication of this memorandum in the Fed-                      October 21, 2004
                           eral Register.
                                                                                              The President. Thank you all for coming.
                                                            George W. Bush                 I appreciate you all being here. Thanks for
                                                                                           coming. Thanks for coming. I appreciate
                                                                                           such a warm welcome. I’m proud to be back
                           NOTE: This memorandum was released by the Of-                   in Chester County, Pennsylvania. I’m here
                           fice of the Press Secretary on October 21.                      to ask for your help. We’re less than two
                                                                                           weeks away, when the people get to go ex-
                                                                                           press their opinion in the polls. And I believe
                           Presidential Determination Relating                             with your help, we’re going to win the State
                           to Obligation of Cooperative Threat                             of Pennsylvania.
                           Reduction Funds in Albania Under                                   I know a lot of people are working hard
                           Section 1308 of the National Defense                            in this campaign, and I am here to thank you.
                           Authorization Act for Fiscal Year                               I want to thank you for putting up the signs.
                           2004                                                            I want to thank you for making the phone
                                                                                           calls. I want to thank you for reminding our
                           October 20, 2004                                                fellow citizens we have a duty to go to the
                                                                                           polls in a democracy. And when you get them
                           Presidential Determination No. 2005–05                          headed to the polls, remind them if they want
                                                                                           a safer America, a stronger America, and a
                                                                                           better America, to put me and Dick Cheney
                           Memorandum for the Secretary of State                           back in office.
                           Subject: Presidential Determination Relating                       So ever since Barbara and Jenna were
                           to Obligation of Cooperative Threat                             young, I’ve been telling them we’re going to
                           Reduction Funds in Albania under Section                        go on the great family camping trip. [Laugh-
                           1308 of the National Defense Authorization                      ter] I’m sure they envisioned the Colorado
                           Act for Fiscal Year 2004                                        River or the wilds of Alaska, but no, the great
                                                                                           family camping trip turned out to be the
                              Pursuant to section 1308(e) of the National                  campaign of 2004. And I can’t tell you—I
                           Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year                       cannot tell you how great it is to have my
                           2004 (Title XIII of Public Law 108–136) and                     daughter introduce me in front of you all.
                           the authority vested in me by section 1203(d)                   I’m proud of Barbara. I love her dearly. And
                           of the Cooperative Threat Reduction Act of                      I thank you for joining me, darling.
                           1993 (Title XII of Public Law 103–160), as                         My only regret, which is I’m sure your re-
                           amended (CTR Act), I hereby certify that                        gret, is that Laura is not here—and Jenna,
                           Albania is committed to the courses of action                   of course, but she’s with Laura. See, when
                           enumerated in section 1203(d) of the CTR                        I asked Laura to marry me, she said, ‘‘Fine,
                           Act.                                                            I will marry you, so long as I never have to
                              I have also enclosed the justification for                   give a speech.’’ [Laughter] I said, ‘‘Okay,
                           this certification.                                             you’ve got a deal.’’ Fortunately, she did not
                              You are authorized and directed to trans-                    hold me to that deal. Laura is giving a lot
                           mit this certification and justification to the                 of speeches, and when she does, the Amer-
                           Congress and to arrange for the publication                     ican people see a warm, compassionate,
                           of this memorandum in the Federal Register.                     strong First Lady.
                                                                                              Audience members. Four more years!
                                                            George W. Bush                 Four more years! Four more years!
                                                                                              The President. Thank you all.
                                                                                              I am proud of my runningmate. I met with
                           NOTE: This memorandum was released by the Of-                   the Vice President this morning at our na-
                           fice of the Press Secretary on October 21.                      tional security briefing. It—taking a look at




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                           him reminded me I didn’t pick him because                       terrorists, to keep the homeland safe and se-
                           of his hairdo. [Laughter] He does not have                      cure. I pledged to the American people, we
                           the waviest hair in the race. [Laughter] But                    would be resolute and determined and do
                           I picked him because of his experience and                      our duty to protect you, and I kept my
                           sound judgment. He’s doing a great job for                      pledge.
                           the American people.                                               Our economy has been through a lot.
                              By the way, a fellow you trained is doing                    When you’re out rounding up the vote, re-
                           a great job in Washington, and that would                       mind people about what we have been
                           be your former Governor, Tom Ridge. He                          through. The stock market was in serious de-
                           is a fine member of a very strong Cabinet.                      cline 6 months prior to my arrival in Wash-
                           And he is doing a fine job of helping protect                   ington, DC. And then we went through a
                           this homeland.                                                  recession. We had some corporate scandals.
                              I want to thank your two United States                       We passed tough laws, by the way. We have
                           Senators for their service to your State. First,                made it abundantly clear we will not tolerate
                           I hope you put Arlen Specter back into of-                      dishonesty in the board rooms of America.
                           fice. He’s a good Senator. And I’m proud                        And then we got attacked. It cost us about
                           to work with your other Senator, Rick                           a million jobs in the 3 months after Sep-
                           Santorum.                                                       tember the 11th. I pledged to the American
                              I want to thank Congressman Jim Gerlach                      people, we would reduce your taxes to get
                           for his service to this district. I appreciate                  our economy going again. I kept my word.
                           you, Congressman. He’s somewhere around                         Our economy is strong, and it is getting
                           here. Where—there you are, Congressman.                         stronger.
                           Good to see you. I see you’re sitting next                         I promised to reform our public schools
                           to a good fellow in Congressman Joe Pitts—                      and to challenge the soft bigotry of low ex-
                           appreciate you coming, Joe. And Congress-                       pectations. I kept my word. We passed the
                           man Tom Feeney from the State of Florida                        No Child Left Behind Act, and we’re closing
                           is with us. Feeney—yes, what are you doing                      an achievement gap all across America. And
                           here? Get back to your district and turn out                    we’re not going to go back to the days of
                           the vote. [Laughter] I’ll see you down there                    mediocrity and low standards.
                           Saturday. [Laughter]                                               Another major area that needs reform is
                              I want to thank all the local folks who are                  health care. We have made a good start. And
                           here. I want to thank my friend Alan Novak,                     in a new term, I will build on our efforts
                           who is the party chairman. I want to thank—                     to improve America’s health care. Health
                           [applause].                                                     care is an essential issue in this campaign.
                              Barbara and I just had a chance to meet                      And it’s an essential issue in Pennsylvania,
                           with four doctors from the area and a patient,                  and that’s why I’m delighted to come here
                           Charlene Ware. And the docs were all telling                    to talk about it.
                           me you got a problem here. We’re going to                          Across America, small-business owners are
                           talk about health care here today. I want to                    struggling with the high cost of providing
                           thank the docs for taking time to visit with                    health insurance for their employees. Some
                           me to share their concerns. And part of my                      workers have lost good coverage because
                           address today is to share their concerns with                   they have changed jobs. Women have lost
                           you, because in order to make sure we’ve                        doctors they trust because of frivolous law-
                           got a good health care system, we’ve got to                     suits. We need to act on these concerns. And
                           make sure you have good professionals re-                       we need to act in a practical, responsible way.
                           main right here in your neighborhood to help                       Here, America faces a clear choice. When
                           solve the problems you have.                                    it comes to health care, Senator Kerry’s pre-
                              We have a lot at stake in this election.                     scription is bigger Government with higher
                           There are big issues that we’re discussing.                     costs. My reforms will lower costs and give
                           When I ran for President 4 years ago, none                      more control and choices to the American
                           of us could have ever envisioned the horror                     people.
                           of September the 11th. Since that day, I have                      The United States of America has a world-
                           led a comprehensive strategy to defeat the                      class health care system that leads the world




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                           in providing amazing treatments and cures                          Health savings accounts protect you
                           for millions of people. As a candidate for                      against catastrophic medical expenses. Be-
                           President, I had pledged to double the budg-                    cause you can take your savings account from
                           et of the National Institutes of Health to                      job to job, it provides you more security if
                           make sure we stay on the leading edge of                        you change jobs. This approach will help our
                           change and reform. I kept my word. We have                      Nation confront the rising cost of health care,
                           the most advanced hospitals in the world who                    and this is how.
                           do the most innovative research. We have                           One of the reasons why health care costs
                           the finest, most highly trained health care                     are on the rise is that consumers are not in-
                           professionals in the world. We lead the world                   volved in the decisionmaking process. Most
                           because we believe in a system of private                       health care costs are covered by third parties,
                           medicine that encourages innovation and                         and therefore, the user of health care is really
                           change.                                                         not the purchaser of health care. With HSAs,
                              Yet, rising costs and changes in the way                     we introduce market forces. It means you can
                           Americans live and work are putting afford-                     shop around for the health care that’s best
                           able health care out of the reach of too many                   for you. It means you’ll be able to get better
                           of our citizens. Today I want to talk about                     health care at better prices, because you’re
                           a commonsense way to make health care                           the decisionmaker.
                           more affordable and accessible while pre-                          To help more people own HSAs, I pro-
                           serving America’s system of private medi-                       posed allowing individuals to deduct the cost
                           cine.                                                           of their insurance premiums from their taxes.
                                                                                           To help employers cover more workers, I
                              Our reforms will help our families and in-
                                                                                           proposed tax credits for small businesses to
                           dividuals afford health insurance and save for
                                                                                           pay into HSAs for their employees. To help
                           health care expenses. They will help more
                                                                                           the uninsured, I proposed a $3,000 refund-
                           small businesses provide health care cov-                       able tax credit to help low-income families
                           erage for their employees. And that’s impor-                    buy their own HSAs. These incentives will
                           tant, because more than one-half of the unin-                   allow many more of our fellow citizens to
                           sured working Americans work for small                          have a health care account that they manage
                           businesses. My reforms will make sure low-                      and that they call their own.
                           income Americans, especially children, get                         To help people afford health care, we will
                           the health care they need. They will ensure                     pass association health plans, which allows
                           preventative care and prescription drug cov-                    small firms to join together, to pool risk so
                           erage for our seniors on Medicare and pro-                      they can buy insurance at the same discounts
                           vide quality health care for our Nation’s vet-                  big companies are able to do. That means
                           erans. And my reforms address the root                          a stand-alone family restaurant in Pennsyl-
                           causes of rising health care costs, which make                  vania can join together with other small res-
                           health care more expensive for everyone.                        taurants all around the country so they can
                              In a new term, we’ll take five practical                     spread the risk, so they don’t have to buy
                           steps to make health care more affordable                       insurance in the market as a stand-alone enti-
                           and accessible in America. And here they are.                   ty. This is a practical way to enable small
                              First, we’ll expand health savings accounts                  businesses to better afford health care for
                           or HSAs. An HSA is an innovative approach                       their employees.
                           to health care that gives you affordable cov-                      I view a health savings account or an asso-
                           erage for major illness and allows you to save                  ciation health plan as commonsense ideas. It
                           money, tax-free, up to a set limit to use for                   makes sense. Yet my opponent is against both
                           routine medical expenses. You can make a                        of them. He doesn’t agree. And there’s a rea-
                           contribution to this account; your govern-                      son why. Senator Kerry’s idea of reform al-
                           ment can make a contribution to the account;                    ways involves bigger and more intrusive Gov-
                           or your employer can make a contribution                        ernment.
                           to the account. If you don’t use all the money                     Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           in a year, you can roll it over, tax-free, to                      The President. And his health care pro-
                           meet future expenses.                                           posal proves my point. In one of our debates,




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                           Senator Kerry looked into the television cam-                   raise enough money by taxing the rich to pay
                           era with a straight face and said, quote, ‘‘Gov-                for a $1.2 trillion health care plan. Matter
                           ernment has nothing to do with it.’’ That was                   of fact, if you run up the top two brackets,
                           in reference to his health care plan. I could                   it raises between 600 billion and 800 billion
                           barely contain myself. In fact, Government                      dollars, so there is a gap between what he
                           has a whole lot to do with his plan, and that’s                 promises and how he says he’s going to pay
                           important for you to know. Senator Kerry’s                      for it. And guess who usually fills the gap?
                           proposal would expand the Government                            Yes, you do.
                           health care rolls by nearly 22 million Ameri-                      There’s also something else wrong with
                           cans. That would be the largest expansion of                    saying ‘‘to tax the rich.’’ The rich hire lawyers
                           Government health care in American history.                     and accountants for a reason: to slip the tab
                           Eight out of ten people who get health cov-                     to you. We’re not going to let him tax you;
                           erage under his plan would be placed on a                       we’re going to carry Pennsylvania on Novem-
                           Government program.                                             ber the 2d.
                              He would make Medicaid a large—a pro-                           Audience members. Four more years!
                           gram so large that employers would have the                     Four more years! Four more years!
                           incentive to drop private coverage so the                          The President. Thank you all.
                           Government would pick up the insurance tab                         When you’re out there campaigning and
                           for their employees. Now, think about that.                     rounding up the vote, remind people about
                           When you make Medicaid more accessible,                         the facts of his plan. The Kerry plan would
                           the small business will have the incentive to                   move America down the road toward Federal
                           say, ‘‘Well, the Government will provide the                    control of health care, which would lead to
                           insurance, so I don’t have to.’’ That’s why                     lower quality and health-care rationing.
                           I say that some 8 million Americans will go                     Other countries have tried centralized health
                           from private insurance to Government-run                        care, and it didn’t work. We have great qual-
                           insurance. And Medicaid is a Government-                        ity health care in America because it is a pri-
                           run program.                                                    vate-center system. And I intend to keep it
                              The Senator wants the Federal Govern-                        that way. Health care decisions ought to be
                           ment to pick up the tab for large medical                       between doctors and patients, not by officials
                           bills that private employer-sponsored plans                     in Washington, DC.
                           now pay for. In other words, the Federal                           Third, we must fix our broken legal system.
                           Government is going to become like an insur-                    Junk lawsuits are expensive for doctors and
                           ance company, a re-insurer, which sounds                        hospitals to fight in court. They are expensive
                           fine on the surface except remember this,                       to settle out of court. They drive up the cost
                           when the Federal Government writes the                          of liability insurance for every doctor, and
                           check, the Federal Government also writes                       they increase the cost of health care for all
                           the rules. And when the Federal Govern-                         Americans.
                           ment starts to write the rules, the Govern-                        To avoid junk lawsuits, many doctors prac-
                           ment decides who’s covered and who gets                         tice defensive medicine. They order tests and
                           the coverage and how much care you get.                         write prescriptions that aren’t really nec-
                              In addition, an independent study esti-                      essary just to protect themselves from law-
                           mates that John Kerry’s plan would impose                       suits. That’s what happens in a society that
                           at least 225 new regulatory mandates on                         has too many lawsuits. The practice of defen-
                           small businesses. One group looked at the                       sive medicine raises costs for patients and
                           plan and described it as an overpriced alba-                    small businesses and adds about $28 billion
                           tross. [Laughter] That’s being kind. [Laugh-                    a year to the Federal budget. Remember, the
                           ter] This is a plan that will create burdens                    Federal budget takes care of Medicare and
                           that our job creators cannot afford and do                      Medicaid and veterans, and the practice of
                           not deserve.                                                    defensive medicine runs up the cost to the
                              And the plan costs a lot: $1.2 trillion.                     Federal Government, which really runs up
                           That’s with a ‘‘T.’’ That’s a lot. [Laughter]                   your tab. See, you pay for it. When we’re
                           And he says, ‘‘Oh, don’t worry, I’m going to                    talking about the Government’s money,
                           pay for it all by taxing the rich.’’ You can’t                  we’re really talking about your money. We




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                           want our doctors focused on fighting illness,                   lead the United States Congress to pass med-
                           not on having to fight lawsuits.                                ical liability reform.
                              The effects of the litigation culture are real                  Fourth, we’ll reduce health care costs by
                           in the State of Pennsylvania. They are hurting                  applying modern information technology to
                           the quality of life in this State. Medical liabil-              our medical system. Many doctors’ offices
                           ity premiums are skyrocketing in this State,                    practice 21st century medicine; many hos-
                           as they are in other States. For specialists                    pitals practice 21st century medicine but still
                           in high-risk fields like ob-gyn, those pre-                     have 19th century filing systems. And in hos-
                           miums have doubled or tripled in some coun-                     pitals, there’s more risk of medical error
                           ties since 2000. And guess what happens?                        when all the records are handwritten on
                           Docs leave the practice of medicine.                            paper instead of cross-checked on a com-
                              In the past 2 years, Mercy and Methodist                     puter. That makes sense. Doctors don’t write
                           Hospitals in Philadelphia both stopped deliv-                   very well, anyway. [Laughter] They write
                           ering babies. The quality of life is deterio-                   about as well as I speak English. [Laughter]
                           rating because of these lawsuits. Brandy-                          The current system is costly and is wasteful
                           wine’s only trauma center was forced to                         and sometimes horrible—sometimes harm-
                           close. The quality of life is deteriorating be-                 ful. And we’re on our way to fixing it. I’ve
                           cause of these junk lawsuits. According to a                    set a goal to make electronic medical records
                           recent poll, one in four people in Pennsyl-                     available for most Americans within the next
                           vania have been forced to change doctors in                     decade. We’re working with States and pri-
                           the last year because liability costs have                      vate hospitals to set standards for information
                           forced their doctor to move, to stop prac-                      storage and sharing. When the health care
                           ticing, or to discontinue procedures. And                       community fully maximizes the use of infor-
                           every time a good doctor is forced out of                       mation technology, we will reduce medical
                           a community by lawsuits or the fear of law-                     costs by as much as 20 percent. We will cut
                           suits, the quality of life deteriorates.                        medical errors, and we will save lives.
                              Not long ago, I met Mary Coar from                              Fifth, we’re cutting health care costs by
                           Honesdale. Her ob-gyn had to give up deliv-                     moving cheaper generic drugs to the market
                           ering babies because of liability concerns.                     faster. My administration is making sure that
                           When Mary was 4 months pregnant, she                            drug companies do not use delaying tactics
                           started driving 50 miles each way to see a                      to keep cheaper generic equivalents from
                           different doctor. When Mary’s daughter ar-                      getting to the consumers. Our actions will
                           rived this summer, she was delivered by a                       save Americans at least $35 billion on the
                           doctor she had never met. When a mother                         medicine over the next 10 years. And that
                           is looking forward to having a baby, the last                   will make lifesaving drugs more affordable
                           thing she needs is uncertainty about her                        to our seniors.
                           health care. For the sake of women and fami-                       As we move forward and make health care
                           lies across this State and this country, we                     more affordable and accessible, we’ll also
                           need medical liability reform.                                  keep the commitments we’ve made, commit-
                              The difference between my opponent’s                         ments necessary for a compassionate country.
                           point of view and mine is very clear on this                    We have strengthened and modernized
                           issue. He has voted 10 times against medical                    Medicare. I told the American people we had
                           liability reform during his Senate career. This                 a problem with Medicare when I was cam-
                           year, when the Senate considered bills to                       paigning. I brought Republicans and Demo-
                           protect ob-gyns and trauma physicians, Sen-                     crats together, and I kept my word in mod-
                           ator Kerry opposed them. Now, I know we’re                      ernizing Medicare.
                           in a campaign, and he’s paying lip service                         Listen, Medicare would pay thousands of
                           to legal reform. But it’s his votes and his ac-                 dollars for a heart surgery but not one dime
                           tions, not his words, that really count. He                     for the prescription drug that could prevent
                           can run from his record, but he cannot hide.                    the heart surgery from being needed in the
                              In a new term, we’ll pass real caps on non-                  first place. It didn’t make any sense. And so
                           economic damages. This is a national prob-                      we’ve strengthened and modernized Medi-
                           lem requiring a national solution. And I will                   care. I signed a bill to strengthen the system.




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                           Now seniors are getting discounts on their                      ters take the pressure off of local emergency
                           medicine with drug discount cards. And low-                     rooms, improve care for the needy, and lower
                           income seniors are getting $600 worth of                        costs for us all. Since I took office, we have
                           help a year to buy those medicines. And be-                     opened or expanded more than 600 commu-
                           ginning in 2006, all seniors will be able to                    nity health centers. In a new term, we’ll open
                           get prescription drug coverage under Medi-                      or expand 600 more and bring healing to
                           care.                                                           areas with the greatest need. Every poor
                              We have another difference of opinion on                     county in America should have a rural or
                           this issue. My opponent voted against the                       community health center.
                           Medicare bill that included prescription drug                      And finally, we will keep our commitment
                           coverage for seniors, even though that bill                     to American veterans who have served our
                           was supported by AARP and other seniors’                        country so well. We have increased spending
                           groups. Later, he said, quote, ‘‘If I’m the                     for the veterans during my time by $22 bil-
                           President, we’re going to repeal that phony                     lion, which is double the amount my prede-
                           bill.’’ Then he said—then he said a little                      cessor did in the 8 years he served as Presi-
                           later——                                                         dent of the United States. We’re reducing
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   the backlog in veterans’ health care claims.
                              The President. ——‘‘No, I don’t want to                       We’re modernizing our VA health centers
                           repeal it.’’ That sounds familiar.                              and building new ones. Men and women who
                              Audience members. Flip-flop! Flip-flop!                      wore this Nation’s uniform deserve first-class
                           Flip-flop!                                                      medical care, and we are getting the job
                              The President. As President for the next                     done.
                           4 years, I will defend the reforms we have
                                                                                              Health care is one of the most important
                           worked so hard to pass so we can keep the
                                                                                           issues facing our country. I’m glad you came
                           promise to our seniors.
                              We’ll keep our commitment to America’s                       today to let me talk about it. I’m passionate
                           children by helping them get a healthy start                    in understanding there is a right way to make
                           in life. I’ll work with Governors and commu-                    sure health care is available and affordable
                           nity leaders and religious leaders to make                      and a wrong way. I feel strongly that the way
                           sure every eligible child is enrolled in our                    I have proposed is the right way for Ameri-
                           Government’s low-income health insurance                        cans.
                           program. We will not allow a lack of attention                     There is a big difference of philosophy in
                           or information to stand between millions of                     this campaign. If you think about it, on issue
                           children and the health care they need.                         after issue after issue, my opponent wants
                              I know some of you here are worried about                    the Government to dictate to the American
                           the upcoming flu season. I want to assure                       people. I want the American people to de-
                           our seniors and families with young children                    cide. He trusts Government; I trust the peo-
                           that our Government is doing everything                         ple.
                           possible to help seniors and children get their                    I’m ready for the work ahead. I know what
                           shots, despite the major manufacturing de-                      we need to do to make sure this country is
                           fect that has caused this problem. We have                      a more hopeful country and a more secure
                           millions of vaccine doses on hand, and mil-                     country. I’ve set out a set of clear priorities
                           lions more will be shipped in the coming                        based upon a political philosophy that says
                           weeks. We’re working closely with State and                     Government will help people realize their
                           local officials to get the flu vaccine to the                   dreams, not tell them how to live their lives.
                           most vulnerable Americans throughout our                           We’ll move forward on a health care sys-
                           country. If you’re feeling healthy, like I’m                    tem that makes sure we got the best health
                           feeling healthy these days, don’t get in line                   care system in the world, a health care system
                           for the flu shot.                                               where the decisions will be made by doctors
                              To make sure health care is available, we                    and patients, not by officials in our Nation’s
                           will keep our commitment to low-income                          Capital. We’ll continue to promote excel-
                           Americans by expanding America’s commu-                         lence in every public school, so no child is
                           nity health centers. Community health cen-                      left behind. I’ll continue to promote a pro-




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                           growth, pro-entrepreneur, pro-small-busi-                       I meant what I said. And we removed the
                           ness, pro-farmer economic agenda so people                      Taliban for our own security. But because
                           can find work.                                                  we did, millions of citizens of Afghanistan
                              But all progress ultimately depends on the                   voted in the Presidential election that took
                           security of our Nation. We’re in the middle                     place a couple of weeks ago. The first voter
                           of a global war on terror. We face an enemy                     in the Presidential election was a 19-year-
                           that is determined to kill the innocent and                     old woman. Afghanistan has gone from dark-
                           convert our country into a battlefield. In this                 ness to light because freedom is on the
                           war on terror, there is no place for confusion,                 march. And America is better off for it. Free
                           no substitute for victory.                                      nations will be an ally on the war on terror.
                              Audience members. Four more years!                           Free nations will serve as a great example
                           Four more years! Four more years!                               for others.
                              The President. The most solemn duty of                          Iraq will have Presidential elections in Jan-
                           the American President is to protect the                        uary. Think about how far that society has
                           American people. If America shows uncer-                        come. It’s gone from torture chambers and
                           tainty or weakness in this decade, the world                    mass graves to elections. Freedom is on the
                           will drift toward tragedy. This will not hap-                   march.
                           pen on my watch.                                                   One of my friends—one of our friends—
                              Since that terrible morning of September                     Laura and my friends in the world is Prime
                           the 11th, 2001, we’ve fought the terrorists                     Minister Koizumi of Japan. That probably
                           across the Earth, not for pride, not for power,
                                                                                           doesn’t sound like much—so what. Well, let
                           but because the lives of our citizens are at
                                                                                           me tell you what the ‘‘so what’’ is. It wasn’t
                           stake. Our strategy is clear. We’ll defend the
                                                                                           all that long ago that we were at war with
                           homeland. We’ll strengthen our intelligence
                                                                                           the Japanese. It’s an eternity if you’re 58
                           services. We will transform our All-Volunteer
                                                                                           years old, but really, in the march of history
                           Army—I will keep our All-Volunteer Army
                           an all-volunteer army. We will be relentless.                   it wasn’t all that long. And after we won the
                           We will stay on the offense. We will strike                     war against the Japanese—and it was a brutal
                           the terrorists abroad so we do not have to                      war; my dad fought there; your dads and
                           face them here in America. We will spread                       granddads fought there as well—Harry S.
                           freedom and liberty. And we will prevail.                       Truman believed in the power of liberty to
                              I want to tell you—I want to talk about                      transform an enemy into an ally.
                           two quick examples of what I’m talking                             There was a lot of people that were skep-
                           about, about spreading freedom and liberty.                     tical about that. A lot of people said, ‘‘Why
                           I want you to remind people, particularly the                   do we want to care about an enemy?’’ or,
                           young, about what is taking place in Afghani-                   ‘‘This enemy can’t conceivably become an
                           stan. Three-and-a-half years ago, the Taliban                   democracy. Why should we pay attention to
                           ran that country and Al Qaida was using Af-                     somebody who—some country that killed a
                           ghanistan as a place to train killers, some of                  lot of our citizens?’’
                           whom came and took lives here in America—                          But there was great faith in the power of
                           3 1⁄2 years ago. Three-and-a-half years ago,                    liberty to transform. That’s what I believe.
                           young girls couldn’t go to school because the                   I believe in the power of liberty to transform
                           vision of the Taliban was so dark. Three-and-                   societies. And as a result of that belief, I sit
                           a-half years ago, women were pulled in the                      down with Prime Minister Koizumi, talking
                           public square and whipped if they didn’t toe                    about how to achieve the peace we all want,
                           the ideological line of those ideologues of ha-                 talking about tough problems in the world
                           tred. It was a grim world. And we acted to                      so we can make a better world for our chil-
                           defend ourselves.                                               dren and our grandchildren.
                              Remember, I set out a doctrine—and                              Someday, an American President will sit
                           when the American President speaks, the                         down with a duly-elected leader from Iraq,
                           American President better mean what he                          talking about the peace in the Middle East.
                           says. And I said, ‘‘If you harbor a terrorist,                  And our children and our grandchildren will
                           you’re just as guilty as the terrorists.’’ And                  be better off for it.




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                              I believe in the power of liberty. I believe                    The President. Thank you all for coming.
                           that people in the Middle East want to be                       I am so grateful so many came. It means a
                           free. I believe women in the Middle East                        lot. My only regret is that Laura is not here
                           long to live in a free society. I believe moth-                 to see this crowd. She was a public school
                           ers and dads in the Middle East want to raise                   librarian when I met her for the second time.
                           their children in a free and peaceful world.                    See, we went to the 7th grade together, San
                           I believe all these things because freedom                      Jacinto Junior High in Midland, Texas. When
                           is not America’s gift to the world; freedom                     I met her the second time and I finally asked
                           is the Almighty God’s gift to each man and                      her to marry me, she said, ‘‘Fine, just so long
                           woman in this world.                                            as I never have to give a speech.’’ [Laughter]
                              Over the past nearly 4 years, we’ve done                     I said, ‘‘Okay, you got a deal.’’ Fortunately,
                           a lot of hard work together. We climbed the                     she didn’t hold me to that promise. She’s giv-
                           mountain, and we see the valley below. The                      ing a lot of speeches, and when she does,
                           valley below is of a more peaceful world, of                    the American people see a compassionate,
                           a hopeful America. You know, when I cam-                        strong, great First Lady. She is not with me
                           paigned in your State in 2000, I said if you                    today, but one of our twin daughters, Bar-
                           gave me the chance to serve, I would uphold                     bara, has come. Thank you for coming, baby.
                           the honor and the dignity of the office. With                   There’s nothing better than campaigning for
                           your help, I will do so for 4 more years.                       a President with a daughter you love.
                              Thanks for coming. God bless. Thank you                         I’m proud of my Vice President, Dick Che-
                           all. I appreciate your coming.                                  ney. Now, look, I admit it, he does not have
                                                                                           the waviest hair in the race. [Laughter] I did
                           NOTE: The President spoke at 1:37 p.m. at the                   not pick him because of his hairdo. [Laugh-
                           United Sports Training Center. In his remarks,                  ter] I picked him because of his experience,
                           he referred to Alan Novak, chairman, Republican                 his judgment. I picked him because he can
                           State Committee of Pennsylvania; and Prime Min-                 get the job done.
                           ister Junichiro Koizumi of Japan.
                                                                                              I am proud to have been introduced to
                                                                                           this great crowd by Major Dick Winters, an
                           Remarks in Hershey, Pennsylvania                                American hero who commanded Easy Com-
                                                                                           pany in World War II.
                           October 21, 2004                                                   I want to thank Congressman Todd Platts
                              The President. Thank you all. Thank you                      for joining us today. I’m proud you’re here,
                           all for coming. So he said, ‘‘A couple of hun-                  Congressman. I want to thank the folks who
                           dred people might show up if you came.’’                        are here from the statehouse and local office.
                           I came—thousands are here, and I’m grate-                       I’m here to say as clearly as I can that Scott
                           ful. You know what this tells me. With your                     Paterno needs to be the next Congressman
                           help, we will carry Pennsylvania on Novem-                      from the 17th Congressional District. I ap-
                           ber the 2d.                                                     preciate Tom Corbett, who is going to be
                              Listen, we have a duty in our country to                     the next attorney general, and Jean Craige
                           vote. And I’m asking you to turn to your                        Pepper, who’s running for treasurer.
                           friends and neighbors, go to your coffee                           But most of all, I want to thank you all
                           shops, your houses of worship, your commu-                      for coming. It’s getting close to voting time.
                           nity centers, and tell people that we have a                    It’s time to crank up the phones. It’s time
                           duty. And as you get people going to the                        to put up the signs. It is time to carry Penn-
                           polls, don’t overlook discerning Democrats,                     sylvania.
                           people like Senator Zell Miller from Georgia.                      In the last few years, the people have come
                           Our message is for everybody. If you want                       to know me. They know my blunt way of
                           a safer America, a stronger America, and a                      speaking. I get that from my mother. They
                           better America, put me and Dick Cheney                          know I mangle the English language some-
                           back in office.                                                 times. I get that from my dad. [Laughter]
                              Audience members. Four more years!                           Americans also know I tell you exactly what
                           Four more years! Four more years!                               I’m going to do, and I keep my word.




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                              When I came into office, the stock market                       The President. Ninety-eight times in
                           had been in serious decline for 6 months.                       twenty years—that’s about five times a year.
                           And the American economy was sliding into                       I would call that a predictable pattern. See,
                           a recession. To help families and to get this                   he can run from his record, but he cannot
                           economy growing again, I pledged to reduce                      hide.
                           taxes. I kept my word. The results are clear.                      Now he’s promising not to raise taxes for
                           The recession was one of the shallowest in                      anyone who earns less than $200,000 a year.
                           American history.                                               He said that with a straight face. [Laughter]
                              Over the last 3 years, our economy has                       The problem is, to keep that promise he’d
                           grown at rates as fast as any in nearly 20                      have to break all his other promises. He has
                           years. The homeownership rate in America                        promised $2.2 trillion in new Federal spend-
                           is at an alltime high. The past 13 months,                      ing. That’s trillion with a ‘‘T.’’ And so they
                           we’ve added 1.9 million new jobs. The unem-                     said, ‘‘How are you going to pay for it?’’ And
                           ployment rate across our country is 5.4 per-                    he said, fine, he’s just going to raise taxes
                           cent—lower than the average rates of the                        on the rich. Now, you’ve heard that before.
                           1970s, the 1980s, and the 1990s. Farm in-                       When you try to raise taxes on the rich, that
                           come is up. This economy is moving forward,                     raises between 600 billion and 800 billion.
                           and we’re not going to go back to the days                      There’s a gap between what he’s promised
                           of tax and spend.                                               and how he says he’s going to pay for it. And
                              To make sure jobs are here in America,                       guess who usually gets to fill the gap?
                           to make sure people can find work, America                         Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           must be the best place in the world to do                          The President. There’s something else
                           business. That means lessregulations on our                     wrong with the ‘‘tax the rich’’ slogan. The
                           job creators. That means we’ve got to do                        rich hire lawyers and accountants for a rea-
                           something about these frivolous lawsuits that                   son: to slip the bill and pass it to you. We
                           are plaguing small-business owners.                             are not going to let him tax you; we will carry
                              To keep jobs here in America, Congress                       Pennsylvania and win on November the 2d.
                           needs to pass my energy plan. It’s a plan that                     Audience members. Four more years!
                           encourages conservation and encourages re-                      Four more years! Four more years!
                           newables. It’s a plan that encourages clean                        The President. When I came into office,
                           coal technology. It is a plan that recognizes,                  our public schools had been waiting decades
                           to keep jobs in America, we must be less                        for hopeful reform. Too many of our children
                           dependent on foreign sources of energy.                         were being shuffled through school without
                              To keep jobs here in America, we must                        learning the basics. I pledged to restore ac-
                           open up markets for U.S. products. Listen,                      countability in the school and to challenge
                           we can compete with anybody, anytime, any-                      the soft bigotry of low expectations. I kept
                           where, so long as the rules are fair.                           my word. We passed the No Child Left Be-
                              To make sure this economy continues to                       hind Act, and we’re seeing results. Our chil-
                           grow, we’ve got to be wise about how we                         dren are making sustained gains in reading
                           spend your money and keep the taxes low.                        and math. We’re closing achievement gaps
                           Taxes are an issue in this campaign.                            all around this country, and we’re not going
                              Now, my opponent has his own history on                      to go back the days of low standards and ac-
                           the economy.                                                    cepted mediocrity.
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                      When I came into office, we had a prob-
                              The President. Yes. In 20 years as a Sen-                    lem in Medicare. Medicine was changing,
                           ator from Massachusetts, he’s built a record                    but Medicare was not. For example, we’d pay
                           of a Senator from Massachusetts. [Laughter]                     hundreds—tens of thousands of dollars for
                           He’s voted—he has voted to raise taxes 98                       heart surgery but not one dime for the pre-
                           times.                                                          scription drugs that could prevent the heart
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   surgery from being needed in the first place.
                              The President. Yes. He voted to tax Social                   That did not make any sense to our seniors.
                           Security benefits.                                              It wasn’t right. I pledged to bring Repub-
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   licans and Democrats together to strengthen




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                           and modernize Medicare. I kept my word.                            The President. Now, the other day in the
                           Seniors are getting discounts on medicine.                      debate, he looked right in the camera again,
                           And beginning in 2006, all seniors will be                      and he said this about his health care plan:
                           able to get prescription drug coverage under                    ‘‘The Government has nothing to do with it.’’
                           Medicare.                                                       I remember him saying that. I was standing
                              We got more to do on health care. We’ve                      right there. [Laughter] I could barely contain
                           got to make sure health care is available and                   myself. The Government has got a lot to do
                           affordable. We’ll have a safety net for those                   with his health care plan. Eight out of ten
                           with the greatest needs. That’s why I believe                   Americans would end up on a Government
                           in community health centers for the poor and                    health insurance program. Eight million
                           the indigent. We’ll do more to make sure                        Americans would lose their private health in-
                           poor children are fully subscribed in our pro-                  surance at work, and most would go on a
                           grams for low-income families.                                  Government plan. He says his plan helps
                              Most of the uninsured in America work                        small businesses. That’s what—that’s not
                           for small businesses. Small businesses are                      what small-business groups think. They’ve
                           having trouble affording health care. To en-                    called it an overpriced albatross that would
                           able small businesses to afford health care,                    saddle small businesses with 225 new man-
                           we must allow them to pool together so they                     dates.
                           can buy insurance at the same discount big                         I have a different view. We’ve got to help
                           companies get to do. We will expand health                      small businesses afford insurance, not saddle
                           savings accounts so workers and small busi-                     them with a bunch of rules and regulations
                           nesses are able to pay lower premiums and                       from Washington, DC. In all we do to reform
                           people can save tax-free in a health care ac-                   health care, I believe the health decisions
                           count they manage and call their own.                           need to be made by doctors and patients,
                                                                                           not by officials in our Nation’s Capital.
                              To make sure health care is available and
                                                                                              I’ll continue to set out policies for an opti-
                           affordable, we have to do something about
                                                                                           mistic and hopeful America. I believe this
                           the frivolous lawsuits that are running up the
                                                                                           country should be an ownership society. You
                           cost of medicine and running good doctors
                                                                                           know, there’s a saying, no one ever washes
                           out of practice. You have a problem here in
                                                                                           a rental car. [Laughter] There’s a lot of wis-
                           the State of Pennsylvania because of these
                                                                                           dom in that statement. When you own some-
                           junk lawsuits. You’re losing too many good                      thing, you care about it. When you own
                           docs. Too many ob-gyns are leaving the prac-                    something in America, you care about the
                           tice. Too many pregnant women are won-                          future of our country.
                           dering whether or not they’re going to get                         That’s why we promote entrepreneurship
                           the health care they need in order to bring                     in this administration. Every time a small
                           their child into this world. The system is bro-                 business is started in America, somebody is
                           ken. You cannot be pro-doctor, pro-patient,                     achieving the American Dream. We’re en-
                           and pro-personal-injury-lawyer at the same                      couraging health savings accounts so people
                           time. You have to make a choice. My oppo-                       have the security of owning and managing
                           nent put a personal injury lawyer on the tick-                  their own health care account. We’re encour-
                           et.                                                             aging homeownership. Listen, more and
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   more people are able to open up the door
                              The President. He voted against medical                      where they live and say, ‘‘Welcome to my
                           liability reform 10 times. I’m standing with                    home. Welcome to my piece of property.’’
                           the doctors. I’m standing with the patients.                    And America is better off for it.
                           I’m standing with the people of Pennsylvania.                      In a new term, we’ll take the next step
                           I’m for medical liability reform—now.                           to build an ownership society by strength-
                              I laid out a health care plan that’s sensible                ening Social Security. Now, let me speak to
                           and reasonable. Now, my opponent has got                        the seniors who are here. You remember the
                           his health care plan of his own. And it’s a                     2000 campaign when they were running the
                           plan for bigger Government.                                     TV ads that said, ‘‘If George W. gets elected,
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   the seniors will not get their checks.’’ That’s




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                           old-style scare politics. I want you to remind                  help men and women all across this country
                           your friends and neighbors, they got their                      find the skills and tools they need to prosper
                           checks. They’ll continue to get their checks.                   in a time of change, skills and tools necessary
                           And baby boomers like me are in pretty good                     to realize the great promise of our country.
                           shape when it comes to the Social Security                      That’s how I have led, and that’s how I will
                           trust fund.                                                     continue to lead for 4 more years.
                              But we need to worry about our children                         Audience members. Four more years!
                           and our grandchildren. See, we need to                          Four more years! Four more years!
                           worry about whether or not the Social Secu-                        The President. In this time of change,
                           rity trust will be solvent when they need help                  some things do not change. Those are the
                           in retirement. I think younger workers ought                    values we try to live by, courage and compas-
                           to be allowed to take some of their payroll                     sion, reverence and integrity. In changing
                           taxes and set up a personal savings account                     times, we will support the institutions that
                           that earns a better rate of return, an account                  give our lives direction and purpose, our fam-
                           they call their own, an account the Govern-                     ilies, our schools, our religious congregations.
                           ment cannot take away.                                          We stand for a culture of life in which every
                              When it comes to Social Security, as you                     person matters and every being counts. We
                           heard the other night in the debates, my op-                    stand for marriage and family, which are the
                           ponent wants to maintain the status quo.                        foundations of our society. We stand for the
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   second amendment, which protects every
                              The President. The job of a President is                     American’s individual right to bear arms. We
                           to confront problems, not pass them on to                       stand for the appointment of Federal judges
                           future generations or future Presidents. He’s                   who know the difference between personal
                           against the Social Security reforms I laid out,                 opinion and the strict interpretation of the
                           and he’s against about every other reform                       law.
                           that gives more authority and control to the                       My opponent’s words on these issues are
                           individual. On issue after issue, from Medi-                    a little muddy, but his record is plenty clear.
                           care without choices to schools with less ac-                   He says he supports the institution of mar-
                           countability to raising taxes, he takes the side                riage but voted against the Defense of Mar-
                           of more centralized control and more Gov-                       riage Act.
                           ernment.                                                           Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                              There is a word for that attitude. There                        The President. He voted against the ban
                           is a word for that philosophy. It is called lib-                on the brutal practice of partial-birth abor-
                           eralism. Now, he dismisses that word as a                       tion.
                           label. He must have seen it differently when                       Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           he said, ‘‘I’m a liberal and proud of it.’’                        The President. He called the Reagan
                           [Laughter] The others have noticed as well.                     years as a period of moral darkness.
                           There’s a nonpartisan National Journal maga-                       Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           zine that did a study and named him the most                       The President. There is a mainstream in
                           liberal Member of the United States Senate.                     American politics, and my opponent sits on
                           That takes a lot of hard work in that bunch.                    the far left bank. During this campaign, he
                           [Laughter] Can you imagine being more lib-                      can run, but he cannot hide.
                           eral than Ted Kennedy?                                             This election will also determine how
                              Audience members. No-o-o!                                    America responds to the continuing danger
                              The President. He can run—he can even                        of terrorism. I believe the most solemn duty
                           run in camo—but he cannot hide.                                 of the American President is to protect the
                              I have a different record. I have a different                American people. If America shows uncer-
                           philosophy. I do not believe in big Govern-                     tainty or weakness in this decade, the world
                           ment, and I do not believe Government                           will drift toward tragedy. This will not hap-
                           should be indifferent. I’m what I call a com-                   pen on my watch.
                           passionate conservative. I believe in policies                     Since that terrible morning of September
                           that empower people to improve their lives,                     the 11th, 2001, we have fought the terrorists
                           not try to run their lives. We’ll continue to                   across the Earth, not for pride, not for power,




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                           but because the lives of our citizens are at                       The people of Iraq will be voting for a
                           stake. Our strategy is clear. We are defending                  President in January. Think how far that soci-
                           the homeland. I thank the first-responders                      ety has come from the day of torture cham-
                           who are here with us today. We’re strength-                     bers and mass graves. It’s in our interest that
                           ening our intelligence. We’re transforming                      we spread freedom. Free societies will be
                           our military. We will not have a draft. The                     hopeful societies which no longer feed
                           All-Volunteer Army will remain an all-volun-                    resentments and breed violence for export.
                           teer army. We are staying on the offensive.                     Free governments in the Middle East will
                           We will strike the terrorists abroad so we do                   fight the terrorists instead of harboring them.
                           not have to face them here at home. We will                     Freedom will help us keep the peace we all
                           spread freedom and liberty. And we will pre-                    want. Freedom is on the move, and America
                           vail.                                                           is more secure for it.
                              Our strategy is succeeding. Think about                         So our mission is clear—our mission is
                           the world, the way it was some 31⁄2 years                       clear. We will help these countries train ar-
                           ago—think about this. Afghanistan was the                       mies and police forces and security forces in
                           home base of Al Qaida. Pakistan was a transit                   Afghanistan and Iraq so they can do the hard
                           point for terrorist groups. Saudi Arabia was                    work of defending their freedom, so they can
                           fertile ground for terrorist fundraising. Libya                 stand up and fight these terrorists who are
                           was secretly pursuing nuclear weapons. Iraq                     trying to stop the advance of freedom. We’ll
                           was a dangerous place and a gathering threat.                   help the countries get on the path of stability
                           And Al Qaida was largely unchallenged as                        and democracy as quickly as possible, and
                           it planned horrific attacks.                                    then our troops will come home with the
                                                                                           honor they have earned.
                              Because the United States of America led,
                                                                                              We have a great United States military be-
                           Afghanistan is an ally in the war on terror
                                                                                           cause those who wear the uniform are people
                           and is now a free nation; Pakistan is capturing                 of such great character and service and duty
                           terrorist leaders; Saudi Arabia is making raids                 and honor. And I want to thank the veterans
                           and arrests; Libya is dismantling its weapons                   who are here today for having set such a great
                           programs; the army of a free Iraq is fighting                   example for those who wear the uniform.
                           for its country’s freedom; and more than                        And I want to thank the military families who
                           three-quarters of Al Qaida’s associates and                     are here for the sacrifices you have made.
                           members have been brought to justice.                           And I assure you, we’ll keep the commitment
                              We are standing with the people of Af-                       we have made to the troops and their fami-
                           ghanistan and Iraq. I want the youngsters                       lies. They will have the resources they need
                           here to understand what has taken place dur-                    to complete their missions.
                           ing a brief period of your life. It wasn’t all                     That’s why I went to the Congress in Sep-
                           that long ago that young girls couldn’t go to                   tember of 2003 and asked for $87 billion of
                           school in Afghanistan. It wasn’t all that long                  supplemental funding to support our troops
                           ago that their mothers were taken into the                      in harm’s way. I received great bipartisan
                           public square and whipped because they                          support. Your Senators, Senator Specter and
                           wouldn’t toe the line of these ideologues of                    Santorum, voted with me on that bill. It was
                           hate called the Taliban. It wasn’t all that long                an important piece of legislation. Most peo-
                           ago that the people of that country lived in                    ple up in Congress understood how impor-
                           darkness. Because we acted in our own self-                     tant it was. As a matter of fact, only 12 Mem-
                           interest, because we acted to destroy the Al                    bers of the United States Senate voted
                           Qaida terrorists’ training camps, because we                    against funding for our troops, 2 of whom
                           worked to secure ourselves, 25 million peo-                     were my opponent and his runningmate.
                           ple live in freedom. They had Presidential                         Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           elections a couple of weekends ago in Af-                          The President. Now, I want to tell you
                           ghanistan. The first voter in Afghanistan was                   another startling statistic. When you’re out
                           a 19-year-old girl. Freedom is on the march,                    gathering the vote—I want to tell you an-
                           and the people of Afghanistan have gone                         other startling statistic, a true fact. There
                           from darkness to light.                                         were only 4 Members of the United States




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                           Senate—4 out of 100—that had voted to au-                       world we face. And this is very dangerous
                           thorize the use of force and then voted                         thinking.
                           against the funding to support our troops in                        Senator Kerry also misunderstands our
                           harm’s way, 2 of whom are my opponent and                       battle against insurgents and terrorists in
                           his runningmate.                                                Iraq. He called Iraq a ‘‘diversion’’ from the
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   war on terror. Let me talk about the case
                              The President. So they asked him how                         of one terrorist to show you how wrong this
                           he could have made that vote. They asked                        thinking is. The terrorist leader we face today
                           him how he could have made that vote. And                       in Iraq, the one responsible for car bombings
                           you might remember perhaps the most fa-                         and beheadings of Americans, is a man
                           mous quote of the 2004 campaign. Here is                        named Zarqawi. Zarqawi ran a terrorist train-
                           what he said: ‘‘I actually did vote for the $87                 ing camp in Afghanistan until our military
                           billion, before I voted against it.’’                           arrived. He then went to Iraq. He received
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   medical care in Iraq. He plotted and planned
                              The President. They kept asking him, and                     in Iraq. To confirm where he’s coming from,
                           he kept answering. He must have given five                      just the other day Zarqawi announced his al-
                           or six different explanations. One of the most                  legiance to Usama bin Laden. If Zarqawi and
                           interesting ones of all is he finally said, ‘‘The               his associates were not busy fighting Amer-
                           whole thing was a complicated matter.’’                         ican forces in Iraq, does my opponent think
                           [Laughter] There’s nothing complicated                          they would be living peaceful and productive
                           about supporting our troops in harm’s way.                      lives? Course not. That’s why Iraq is not a
                              All elections come down to a choice, and                     diversion but a central commitment in the
                           in this, America’s first Presidential election                  war on terror.
                           since September the 11th, the security of our                       The Senator the other day talked about
                           country is at risk in many ways different than                  the need for America to pass a ‘‘global test’’
                           we have ever faced before. We’re in the                         when it comes to committing our troops.
                           midst of a global war against a well-trained,                       Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           highly motivated enemy, an enemy that has                           The President. I’m not making that up.
                           no conscience, an enemy that hates Ameri-                       He was standing right there when he said
                           cans because of the very freedoms we love.                      it. No, we’ll work with our friends and allies.
                           The next Commander in Chief must lead us                        I’ll continue to build alliances and strong coa-
                           to victory in this war. Yet, you cannot win                     litions. But I will never turn over America’s
                           a war when you do not believe you are fight-                    national security decisions to leaders of other
                           ing one.                                                        countries.
                              Senator Kerry was recently asked how                             Audience members. U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
                           September the 11th had changed him. And                         U.S.A.!
                           he replied this: ‘‘It did not change me much                        The President. I believe in the trans-
                           at all.’’ End quote.                                            formational power of liberty. That’s what I
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   believe. I believe liberty can transform na-
                              The President. His unchanged world be-                       tions. One of our friends—Laura and my
                           comes obvious when he calls the war against                     friends is Prime Minister of Japan. He’s a
                           terror primarily an intelligence and law en-                    friend. I saw him at the United Nations in
                           forcement operation rather than a war which                     New York. I said, ‘‘Listen, I’m going to be
                           requires the full use of American strength.                     talking about you on the campaign trail. Do
                           Senator Kerry’s top foreign policy advisor                      you mind?’’ He said, ‘‘No, go ahead and talk
                           questioned this is even a war at all. And                       about me.’’ I said, ‘‘Okay.’’ What he didn’t—
                           here’s what he said: ‘‘We’re not in a war on                    I didn’t ask him permission to tell you that
                           terror in a literal sense. It’s like saying ‘the                Elvis is his favorite singer. [Laughter] We’ve
                           war on poverty’—it’s just a metaphor.’’ End                     gotten to know him quite well.
                           quote. It’s a different mindset, a different at-                    It probably doesn’t sound much to folks
                           titude. Confusing food programs with ter-                       out there, that I would call him my friend.
                           rorist killings reveals a fundamental mis-                      But remember, 60 years ago, we were at war
                           understanding of the world we live in, of the                   with Japan. They were the sworn enemy of




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                           the United States of America. My dad, like                      ‘‘Do not let me down.’’ Ever since that day—
                           many of his generation, like many of the                        ever since that day, I wake up every morning
                           Band of Brothers, fought against the Japa-                      thinking about how to better protect our
                           nese—people of that generation served. And                      country. I will never relent in defending
                           your dads and granddads did the same, I’m                       America, whatever it takes.
                           confident.                                                         Four years ago, when I traveled your great
                              After we won the war, Harry S. Truman,                       State asking for the vote, I made a pledge
                           President of the United States, believed that                   that if you gave me a chance to serve, I would
                           liberty could transform an enemy into an ally.                  uphold the honor and the dignity of the office
                           That’s what he believed. There was a lot of                     to which I have been elected. With your help,
                           skepticism about that, a lot of doubt. There                    with your hard work, I will do so for 4 more
                           was a lot of anger because of the war, and                      years.
                           you can understand why. Families’ lives have
                                                                                              God bless. Thanks for coming. Thank you
                           been turned upside down because of death
                           during the war. A lot of people just said,                      all.
                           ‘‘Well, the enemy can’t possibly become a
                           democracy.’’ But our predecessors stayed                        NOTE: The President spoke at 4:20 p.m. at Her-
                           with it. And as a result of that belief, I sit                  shey Park Stadium. In his remarks, he referred
                           down at the table today talking about how                       to Tom Corbett, candidate for Pennsylvania State
                           to keep the peace with Prime Minister                           Attorney General; Jean Craige Pepper, candidate
                           Koizumi.                                                        for Pennsylvania State Treasurer; senior Al Qaida
                              Someday, an American President will be                       associate Abu Musab Al Zarqawi; Usama bin
                           sitting down with a duly-elected leader of                      Laden, leader of the Al Qaida terrorist organiza-
                                                                                           tion; and Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi of
                           Iraq, talking about peace in the Middle East.
                                                                                           Japan.
                           And our children and our grandchildren will
                           be better off for it.
                              I believe that millions in the Middle East
                           plead in silence for their liberty. I believe                   Memorandum on Delegation of
                           women in the Middle East want to live in                        Certain Functions Related to the
                           a free society. I believe mothers and fathers                   Sudan Peace Act
                           in the Middle East want to raise their chil-
                           dren in a free and peaceful world. I believe                    October 21, 2004
                           all these things because freedom is not
                           America’s gift to the world; freedom is the                     Memorandum for the Secretary of State
                           Almighty God’s gift to each man and woman
                           in this world.                                                  Subject: Delegation of Certain Functions
                              For all Americans, these years in our his-                   Related to the Sudan Peace Act
                           tory will always stand apart. There are quiet                      By virtue of the authority vested in me as
                           times in the life of a nation when little is                    President by the Constitution and the laws
                           expected of its leaders. This isn’t one of those                of the United States, including section 301
                           times. This is a time that requires firm re-                    of title 3, United States Code, I hereby dele-
                           solve, clear vision, and a deep faith in the                    gate to you the determination, certification,
                           values that makes us a great nation.                            and reporting functions conferred upon the
                              None of us will ever forget that week when                   President by sections 6(b)(1) and 6(c) of the
                           one era ended and another began. On Sep-                        Sudan Peace Act (Public Law 107–245).
                           tember the 14th, 2001, I stood in the ruins                        You are authorized and directed to publish
                           of the Twin Towers. It is a day I will never
                                                                                           this memorandum in the Federal Register.
                           forget. I will never forget the voices of those
                           in hardhats yelling at me at the top of their
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                           lungs, ‘‘Whatever it takes.’’ I will never forget
                           the police or firefighter coming out of the
                           rubble who grabbed me by the arm, and he                        NOTE: An original was not available for
                           looked me square in the eye, and he said,                       verification of the content of this memorandum.




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                           Memorandum on Designation and                                      I regret that Laura is not traveling with
                           Authorization To Perform Functions                              us today.
                           Under Section 319F–2 of the Public                                 Audience members. Aw-w-w!
                           Health Service Act                                                 The President. Yes, that is generally the
                                                                                           reaction—[laughter]—kind of like, ‘‘Why
                           October 21, 2004                                                didn’t you stay home and let her come?’’
                           Memorandum for the Director of the Office                       [Laughter] You know, we were in the same
                           of Management and Budget                                        grade at San Jacinto Junior High in Midland,
                                                                                           Texas. That would be the seventh grade. And
                           Subject: Designation and Authorization to                       then I became reacquainted with her when
                           Perform Functions Under Section 319F–2 of                       she was a public school librarian. [Laughter]
                           the Public Health Service Act                                   And when I asked her to marry me, she said,
                              By the authority vested in me by the Con-                    ‘‘Fine, but make me a promise.’’ I said,
                           stitution and the laws of the United States                     ‘‘What is it?’’ ‘‘Promise me I’ll never have
                           of America, including section 301 of title 3,                   to give a speech.’’ [Laughter] I said, ‘‘Okay,
                           United States Code, I hereby direct you to                      you got a deal.’’ Fortunately, she didn’t hold
                           perform the functions vested in the President                   me to that promise. She’s giving a lot of
                           under section 319F–2(c)(6) of the Public                        speeches. And when she does, the American
                           Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. 247d–6b(c)(6).                    people see a warm, compassionate, great
                              Any reference in this memorandum to the                      First Lady.
                           provision of any Act shall be deemed to in-                        I love traveling with my daughters on the
                           clude references to any hereafter-enacted                       campaign trail. There’s nothing better than
                           provision of law that is the same or substan-                   being with somebody who, well, tells you to
                           tially the same as such provision.                              keep your tie straight. [Laughter] ‘‘Don’t spill
                              You are authorized and directed to publish                   your food before you get out there and talk
                           this memorandum in the Federal Register.                        to the people.’’ [Laughter] You know, I used
                                                                                           to tell Barbara and Jenna that one of these
                                                            George W. Bush
                                                                                           days we’ll go on a camping trip together, the
                           NOTE: An original was not available for                         great family camping experience. I’m sure
                           verification of the content of this memorandum.                 they envisioned the Colorado River or some-
                                                                                           where. Well, darling, this is it. This is the
                                                                                           great—[laughter]. We’re traveling this coun-
                           Remarks in Wilkes-Barre,                                        try asking for the vote, and I’m glad Barbara
                           Pennsylvania                                                    is by my side.
                           October 22, 2004                                                   I spoke with our great Vice President this
                                                                                           morning. His spirits are high. He’s working
                              The President. Thank you all for coming.                     hard. I admit that Vice President Cheney
                           It seems like yesterday I was here in Wilkes-                   does not have the waviest hair in the race.
                           Barre. Come to think of it, I was. [Laughter]                   [Laughter] I didn’t pick him because of his
                           I figure if I keep coming back, I’ll meet ev-                   hairdo. [Laughter] I picked him because of
                           erybody in town.                                                his experience, his sound judgment, and his
                              I’m coming back because I want you to                        ability to get the job done for the American
                           know how important your vote is. That’s why                     people.
                           I’m here. We’re close to voting time. I’ve                         I’m pleased to be sharing the platform with
                           come back to tell you how important your                        Congressman Don Sherwood. He’s doing a
                           help is in this election. Find your friends and                 great job. And Congressman Jim Greenwood
                           neighbors. Convince them to go to the polls                     is traveling today. He comes up from the sub-
                           on November the 2d. Do not overlook dis-                        urbs of Philadelphia. I’m proud to have his
                           cerning Democrats, people like Senator Zell                     support, and I’m proud to call him friend.
                           Miller. And remind your friends and neigh-                      Thanks for coming, Congressman.
                           bors, if they want safer America, a stronger,                      Specter is out there working on behalf of
                           and a better America, to put me and Dick                        his own campaign, and Santorum is out there
                           Cheney back in office.                                          working for mine. They’re two fine United




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                           States Senators. I hope you put Arlen Specter                      Since that terrible morning of September
                           back in office.                                                 the 11th, 2001, we have fought the terrorists
                              I want to thank all the State and local offi-                across the Earth, not for pride, not for power
                           cials. I want to thank Jean Craige Pepper for                   but because the lives of our citizens are at
                           being here, the candidate for treasurer of the                  stake. Our strategy is clear. We’re defending
                           State. I appreciate people who are running                      the homeland. We’re strengthening our intel-
                           for office. I want to thank my friend Sammy                     ligence capabilities. We are transforming our
                           Kershaw, country singer.                                        All-Volunteer Army to make sure it remains
                              Most of all, I want to thank the grassroots                  an all-volunteer army. We are staying on the
                           activists who are here, the people putting up                   offensive.
                           all the signs, making the phone calls, writing                     And we are succeeding. More than three-
                           the letters. I’m here to thank you for what                     quarters of Al Qaida’s key members and asso-
                           you’re going to do as we’re coming down the                     ciates have been brought to justice, and the
                           stretch. There is no doubt in my mind, with                     rest of them know we’re after them. We are
                           your hard work and with your help, we will                      in a real war, and the only strategy must lead
                           carry Pennsylvania and win a great victory                      to victory.
                           in November.                                                       My opponent has a different approach. He
                                                                                           says that September the 11th, quote, ‘‘didn’t
                              With just 11 days left in this campaign—
                                                                                           change me much at all.’’
                           who’s counting? [Laughter] Voters are focus-
                                                                                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           ing on the issues that matter most for their
                                                                                              The President. And that’s pretty clear. He
                           families and for our country. You’ve heard
                                                                                           considers the war on terror primarily a law
                           the debates. You know where I stand. Some-                      enforcement and intelligence gathering oper-
                           times you even know where my opponent                           ation. His top foreign policy adviser has ques-
                           stands. [Laughter] You’ve had a chance to                       tioned whether it’s even a war at all, saying
                           see both of us in action, to measure our con-                   that’s just a metaphor, like the ‘‘war on pov-
                           sistency, our resolve, our values, and our abil-                erty.’’ I’ve got news. Anyone who thinks we
                           ity to lead. This election comes down to five                   are fighting a metaphor does not understand
                           clear choices for the American families, five                   the enemy we face and has no idea how to
                           choices on issues of great consequence: your                    win the war and keep America secure. My
                           family’s security, your budget, your quality                    opponent also misunderstands our battle
                           of life, your retirement, and the bedrock val-                  against insurgents and terrorists. He’s called
                           ues that are so critical to our families and                    it a ‘‘diversion’’ from the war on terror. My
                           our future.                                                     opponent used to recognize Saddam Hussein
                              The first clear choice is very important be-                 as a threat. That’s until he started to slide
                           cause it concerns the security of your family.                  in the polls.
                           All progress on every other issue depends on                       Saddam Hussein was a threat to the
                           the safety of our citizens. This will be the                    United States. He hated America. He had
                           first Presidential election since September                     a long history of pursuing and even using
                           the 11th, 2001. Americans will go to the polls                  weapons of mass destruction. He had ties to
                           in a time of war and ongoing threat to our                      terrorists. He was firing missiles at American
                           country. The enemies who killed thousands                       pilots enforcing the sanctions of the world.
                           of innocent people are still dangerous and                      He paid families of suicide bombers. He was
                           determined to strike us again. The outcome                      a threat.
                           of this election will set the direction of the                     We didn’t find the stockpiles that we
                           war against terror, and in this war, there is                   thought were in Iraq, that I thought was
                           no place for confusion and no substitute for                    there, that my opponent thought was there,
                           victory.                                                        that the United Nations thought was there,
                              The most solemn duty of the American                         that the world thought was there. But I want
                           President is to protect the American people.                    you to remember—tell your friends and
                           If America shows uncertainty or weakness in                     neighbors what the Duelfer report did find.
                           this decade, the world will drift toward trag-                  It said that Saddam Hussein had the intent
                           edy. This will not happen on my watch.                          and capability and the expertise to rebuild




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                           a weapons program, that he was gaming the                       I will never turn over America’s national se-
                           system, he was using the Oil for Food Pro-                      curity decisions to leaders of other countries.
                           gramme to try to influence officials of other                       For the sake of our freedom and for your
                           nations to get rid of the sanctions. And why?                   security, we’ll fight this war with every asset
                           Because he wanted the world to look the                         of our national power. We will protect Amer-
                           other way so he could restart his programs.                     ica by striking the terrorists abroad so we do
                           That was a risk we could not afford to take.                    not have to face them here at home. And
                           Knowing what I know today, I would have                         we will prevail.
                           taken the same action. America and the                              Audience members. Four more years!
                           world are safer with Saddam Hussein sitting                     Four more years! Four more years!
                           in a prison cell.                                                   The President. We’ve got another power-
                               Remember, my opponent called our action                     ful asset at our disposal, and that’s liberty.
                           a ‘‘mistake.’’ That’s after he started slipping                 And that’s freedom.
                           in the polls. [Laughter]                                            I want the youngsters here listening to
                               Iraq is still dangerous because terrorists                  think about what has happened in a brief pe-
                           there are trying to stop the advance of free-                   riod of time, some 31⁄2 years in Afghanistan.
                           dom and elections. A man named Zarqawi                          It wasn’t all that long ago in that country that
                           is responsible for planting car bombs and be-                   young girls were not allowed to go to school,
                           heading Americans in Iraq. He ran a terrorist                   and their mothers were taken into the public
                           training camp in Afghanistan until our coali-                   square and whipped or sometimes taken to
                           tion forces destroyed that camp. He then fled                   a sports stadium and executed because they
                           to Iraq where he’s fighting us today. To con-                   refused to toe the line of the ideologues of
                           firm where he’s coming from, he recently an-                    hate, the Taliban, which ran Afghanistan. In
                           nounced his allegiance to Al Qaida. If                          working to secure ourselves, in ridding that
                           Zarqawi and his associates were not busy                        country of terrorist camps, of upholding a
                           fighting American forces in Iraq, does my op-                   doctrine that said, ‘‘If you harbor a terrorist,
                                                                                           you’re just as guilty as the terrorist,’’ we liber-
                           ponent think they would be peaceful citizens
                                                                                           ated over 25 million people in Afghanistan.
                           of the world? [Laughter] Does he think
                                                                                           And just a couple of weekends ago, millions
                           they’d be opening a small business some-
                                                                                           of Afghan citizens voted in a Presidential
                           where? [Laughter] Fighting the likes of
                                                                                           election, and the first voter was a 19-year-
                           Zarqawi in Iraq is not a ‘‘diversion’’ from the
                                                                                           old woman.
                           war on terror; it is the way we will win the
                                                                                               Freedom is on the march. That society has
                           war on terror.
                                                                                           gone from darkness to light because of lib-
                               When it comes to your security, the choice                  erty, and America is more secure because of
                           in this election could not be clearer. You can-                 it. Free societies are peaceful societies. Free
                           not lead our Nation to decisive victory on                      societies will not harbor terrorists. Free soci-
                           which the security of every American family                     eties will be hopeful places where people can
                           depends if you do not see the true dangers                      realize their dreams.
                           of the post-September the 11th era. My op-                          Iraq will have elections in January. Iraq
                           ponent has a September 10th point of view.                      is changing. Think how far that country has
                           At his convention, he declared his strategy                     come from the days of mass graves and tor-
                           was to respond to attacks after America had                     ture chambers and the brutal reign of one
                           been hit.                                                       man. I believe liberty has the capacity to
                               Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                  transform societies and make the world a
                               The President. As we learned on Sep-                        more peaceful place.
                           tember the 11th, it’s too late to respond. In                       One of our friends in the world is Prime
                           our debates, he said we can defend America                      Minister Koizumi. I said ‘‘our’’—I’m talking
                           only if we pass a ‘‘global test.’’                              about Laura and me. He is—he’s a good
                               Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                  man. He’s a person with whom I work. It
                               The President. I’m not making that up.                      wasn’t all that long ago that we were at war
                           He was standing right there when he said                        with the Japanese. See, 60 years ago, we were
                           it. No, we’ll work with friends and allies, but                 fighting the Japanese. My dad was in that




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                           war. I’m confident many other people were                       our economy is overcoming the tough times
                           in that war, or families represented here                       we’ve been through.
                           were—had fathers and grandfathers in the                           Remind your friends and neighbors that
                           war against the Japanese.                                       when I got in office, the stock market had
                              After World War II, Harry Truman—after                       been in serious decline for 6 months prior
                           we won that war, Harry Truman believed in                       to our arrival. Then we were in a recession.
                           the power of liberty to transform an enemy                      And the attacks of September the 11th, 2001,
                           into an ally. There were a lot of skeptics then.                cost us nearly a million jobs in the 3 months
                           There were a lot of doubters, the Japanese—                     after the attacks.
                           the enemy—could never become a democ-                              But because we acted, this economy of
                           racy. ‘‘Why do we even want to help them,’’                     ours is strong and it’s getting stronger. Our
                           some would say. After all, they destroyed a                     economy is growing at rates as fast as any
                           lot of the U.S. lives. But there was faith and                  in nearly 20 years. We’ve added 1.9 million
                           belief in the power of liberty to transform                     new jobs in the last 3 months. The State of
                           societies. And today, because of that belief,                   Pennsylvania has added 4,600 jobs in the
                           I sit down with the Prime Minister of Japan                     month of September 2004. The unemploy-
                           talking about keeping the peace that we all                     ment rate across America is at 5.4 percent,
                           want, talking about dealing with the world’s                    lower than the average rates of the 1970s,
                           problems.                                                       the 1980s, and the 1990s. And the new un-
                              Someday, a duly-elected leader from Iraq                     employment rate figure in the State of Penn-
                           will be sitting down with the President of                      sylvania released today is 5.3 percent.
                           the United States of America, talking about
                                                                                              My opponent has a very different plan for
                           the peace in the Middle East, and our chil-
                                                                                           your budget. He intends to take a bigger
                           dren and our grandchildren will be better off
                                                                                           chunk out of it.
                           for it.
                              Freedom is on the march in this world.                          Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           I believe everybody in the Middle East de-                         The President. He voted against the—he
                           sires to live in freedom. I believe women in                    voted against a higher child tax credit. He
                           the Middle East want to live in a free society.                 voted against marriage penalty relief. He
                           I believe mothers and fathers want to raise                     voted against lowering the tax rates. If his
                           their children in a free and peaceful world.                    vote had prevailed, an average middle-class
                           I believe all these things because freedom                      family would be paying $2,000 more a year
                           is not America’s gift to the world; freedom                     to the IRS.
                           is the Almighty God’s gift to each man and                         Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           woman in this world.                                               The President. That’s a fact. It’s also part
                              The second clear choice in this election                     of a pattern. See, the Senator voted 10 times
                           concerns your family budget. When I ran for                     to raise taxes on gasoline. All told, during his
                           President 4 years ago, I pledged to lower                       20 years in the United States Senate, my op-
                           taxes for American families, and I kept my                      ponent has voted to raise taxes 98 times.
                           word. To help our families, we doubled the                      That’s about five times a year. When he does
                           child credit to $1,000 per child. We reduced                    something that often, he must really enjoy
                           the marriage penalty. Our Tax Code should                       it. [Laughter] During his campaign, my op-
                           encourage marriage, not discourage mar-                         ponent has made a lot of big, expensive
                           riage. We dropped the lowest tax bracket to                     promises. He promised about $2.2 trillion of
                           10 percent so working families, working                         new spending. That’s with a ‘‘T.’’ [Laughter]
                           Americans can keep more of their paychecks.                     That’s a lot even for a Senator from Massa-
                           We reduced income taxes for everyone that                       chusetts. So they said, ‘‘How are you going
                           pays taxes. That’s the fair way of doing things.                to pay for it?’’ He said, ‘‘Oh, we’ll just tax
                              As a result of our policies, real after-tax                  the rich.’’ We’ve heard that before, haven’t
                           income, money in your pocket that you can                       we? He’s going to raise the top two brackets.
                           spend, is up about 10 percent since I took                      There’s three things—a lot of things wrong
                           office. Because of tax relief, because we in-                   with it, but let me give you three right off
                           creased consumer spending and investment,                       the bat.




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                              One is, by raising individual rates, you’re                  cover their workers, so more families are able
                           taxing many, many small businesses. Seventy                     to get health insurance plans they manage
                           percent of the new jobs in America are cre-                     and they call their own. We’ll help families
                           ated by small businesses. Most small busi-                      in need by expanding community health cen-
                           nesses pay tax at the individual income-tax                     ters. We’ll make sure every eligible child is
                           level. And by running up the top two brack-                     enrolled in our Government’s low-income
                           ets, you’re taxing the job creators. And that’s                 health insurance program.
                           bad economic policy.                                               To make sure health care is available and
                              Secondly, there’s a gap between what he’s                    affordable for the American citizens, we’re
                           promised and what he can deliver. By raising                    going to do something about the junk law-
                           the top two brackets, you raise about 600 bil-                  suits that run up the cost of medicine and
                           lion to 800 billion dollars, and he’s promised                  run good doctors out of practice.
                           2.2 trillion. So there’s a gap, a gap between
                                                                                              Doctor Linda Barrasse is with us today,
                           the promises and what he can deliver. Guess
                           who gets to usually fill those gaps?                            a cardiologist. She’s got a group practice in
                              Secondly—or thirdly, the rich hire lawyers                   Scranton. She’s just like the docs I met yes-
                           and accountants for a reason when it comes                      terday in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
                           to taxes. That’s to slip the bill and stick you                 Doctors are concerned about the quality of
                           with it. But we’re going to protect the family                  health care in Pennsylvania because of all
                           budgets; we’re going to carry Pennsylvania                      these junk lawsuits. They’re running good
                           and win a great victory on November the 2d.                     docs out of practice. There are too many ob-
                              When it comes to your budget, you have                       gyns being run out of practice and too many
                           a clear choice. My opponent has earned—                         Pennsylvania women having to drive for
                           and I mean earned—his rank as the most                          miles to get the care they need and deserve.
                           liberal Member of the United States Senate.                     Linda talks about the—needing to close of-
                           He’ll raise your taxes to fund bigger Govern-                   fices. They’re having trouble recruiting new
                           ment. I’m going to keep your taxes low. This                    doctors. Medical liability is an issue in the
                           is the road to prosperity. It’s a road to eco-                  Pennsylvania. It is an issue across this coun-
                           nomic vitality. Now, when it comes to taxes,                    try. It is a national problem that requires a
                           he may try to run in a camouflaged outfit—                      national solution. I am for medical liability
                           [laughter]—but he cannot hide.                                  reform.
                              The third choice in this election involves                      Senator Kerry has a different point of view
                           the quality of life for our families. I believe                 on our schools and our health care system.
                           a good education and quality health care are                    Now, he voted for the No Child Left Behind
                           important for successful lives. When I ran                      Act, but now wants to weaken the account-
                           for President 4 years ago, I promised to end                    ability standards. He’s proposed including
                           the soft bigotry of low expectations by re-                     measures like teacher attendance in the ac-
                           forming our public schools, and I kept my                       countability measures to judge whether stu-
                           word. We passed good education reform.                          dents can read and write and add and sub-
                           We’re raising the standards. We’re making                       tract. He voted against health savings ac-
                           sure our schools are accountable, account-
                                                                                           counts. He opposed association health care
                           able to our parents. We’re seeing progress.
                                                                                           plans that would help our small businesses.
                           Math and reading scores are on the rise.
                                                                                           He has voted 10 times against medical liabil-
                           We’re closing the achievement gap all across
                           this country. We will build on these reforms.                   ity reform on the floor of the United States
                           We will extend them to our high schools so                      Senate.
                           that not one single child in America is left                       Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           behind.                                                            The President. The other day, he said,
                              We will continue to improve life for our                     well, he’s for some kind of plan.
                           families by making health care more afford-                        Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           able and more accessible. We’ll expand                             The President. He put a trial lawyer on
                           health savings accounts and create associa-                     the ticket.
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                              The President. He can run, but he cannot                     cial Security. It’s predictable. In the 2000
                           hide.                                                           campaign, they ran ads saying that, ‘‘If
                              He’s proposed a big Government health                        George W. gets elected, our seniors will not
                           care plan that would cause 8 million families                   get their checks.’’ You might remember those
                           to lose the private coverage they get at work                   ads. As you round up the vote, would you
                           and have to go on a Government plan. Eighty                     please remind our seniors, George W. got
                           percent of the people who get coverage                          elected, and our seniors got their checks. And
                           under his proposal would be enrolled on a                       when I get elected this time, the seniors will
                           Government program. You might remember                          still get their checks.
                           one of our debates. He tried to tell the Amer-                      But I know today’s moms and dads and
                           icans when it comes to his health care plan,                    grandparents are concerned about their chil-
                           and I quote, ‘‘The Government has nothing                       dren and grandchildren when it comes to So-
                           to do with it.’’ I could barely contain myself                  cial Security. Someday, our youngest work-
                           when I heard that. My opponent’s plan would                     ers, of course, will retire, and we need to
                           move America down the road to Federal con-                      make sure Social Security will be there when
                           trol of health care, and that is the wrong road                 they need it as well. I believe younger work-
                           to take for American families.                                  ers ought to take some of their own money
                              In all we do to reform health care, we will                  and put it in a personal savings account, a
                           make sure the decisions are made by doctors                     personal savings account that will earn a
                           and patients, not by officials in Washington,                   greater rate of return than a Social Security
                           DC.                                                             trust, a personal savings account they can call
                              Fourth clear choice in this election in-                     their own, an account the Government can-
                           volves your retirement. Our Nation made a                       not take away.
                           solid commitment to America’s seniors on                            My opponent takes a different approach.
                           Social Security and on Medicare. When I ran                     He talks about protecting Social Security, but
                           for President 4 years ago, I promised to keep                   I want everybody to remember, he is the only
                           that commitment and improve Medicare by                         candidate who has voted eight times for high-
                           adding prescription drugs. I kept my word.                      er taxes on Social Security benefits.
                           Leaders in both political parties have talked                       Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           about strengthening Medicare for years. We                          The President. When it comes to the next
                           got the job done. Seniors are now getting                       generation, he has offered nothing to
                           discounts on medicine with drug discount                        strengthen Social Security. American families
                           cards. Low-income seniors are getting $600                      have a clear choice in this election. My oppo-
                           to help them with their prescription drugs                      nent wants to scare the seniors of today and
                           this year, another $600 next year. And begin-                   do nothing to secure the system for seniors
                           ning in 2006, all seniors will be able to get                   of tomorrow. I’ll keep the promise of Social
                           prescription drug coverage under Medicare.                      Security and Medicare and strengthen these
                              My opponent voted against the Medicare                       great systems for our children and our grand-
                           bill that included prescription drugs, even                     children.
                           though it was supported by AARP and other                           The fifth clear choice in this election is
                           seniors groups. During this campaign, he                        on the values that are so crucial to keeping
                           said, quote, ‘‘If I’m President, we’re going                    America’s families strong. Here, my oppo-
                           to repeal that phony bill,’’ end quote. Then,                   nent and I are miles apart.
                           of course, later on, he said, ‘‘No, I don’t want                    I believe marriage is a sacred commitment,
                           to repeal it.’’ Sounds familiar. [Laughter] As                  one of the most fundamental, most enduring,
                           your President for the next 4 years, I will                     and most important institutions of our civili-
                           defend the reforms we have worked so hard                       zation. My opponent says he supports mar-
                           to pass, and we will keep the promise of                        riage, but his record shows he will not defend
                           Medicare for America’s seniors.                                 it. This isn’t a partisan issue. The vast major-
                              We will keep the promise of Social Secu-                     ity of Democrats, for example, supported the
                           rity for our seniors and strengthen Social Se-                  Defense of Marriage Act, which defined
                           curity for generations to come. Every elec-                     marriage as the union of a man and a
                           tion, politicians try to scare seniors about So-                woman—a bill which President Clinton




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                           signed into law. But Senator Kerry was a part                   values. We will spread freedom and peace,
                           of the far left bank, far left minority, that                   and as we do, America will be safer here at
                           voted against that piece of legislation. I will                 home.
                           always stand firm to protect the sanctity of                      Four years ago, when I traveled your great
                           marriage.                                                       State asking for the vote, I made a pledge
                              I believe it is important to work with peo-                  that if you honored me with this office, I
                           ple to find common ground on difficult                          would uphold the honor and the dignity.
                           issues. Republicans and Democrats, many                         With your help, I will do so for 4 more years.
                           citizens on both sides of the life issue, agreed                  Thanks for coming. On to victory! Thank
                           we should ban the brutal practice of partial-                   you all. Thank you all.
                           birth abortion. But Senator Kerry was part
                           of a far left minority that voted against the                   NOTE: The President spoke at 10:30 a.m. at the
                           ban.                                                            Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza. In his remarks,
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   he referred to Charles Duelfer, Special Advisor
                              The President. He also voted against pa-                     to the Director of Central Intelligence; former
                           rental notification laws and voted against the                  President Saddam Hussein of Iraq; senior Al
                           Unborn Victims of Violence Act. I will con-                     Qaida associate Abu Musab al Zarqawi; and Prime
                                                                                           Minister Junichiro Koizumi of Japan. He also re-
                           tinue to——
                                                                                           ferred to the ‘‘Comprehensive Report of the Spe-
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   cial Advisor to the DCI on Iraq’s WMD,’’ issued
                              The President. I will continue to reach                      September 30.
                           out to Americans of every belief and move
                           this goodhearted Nation toward a culture of
                           life.
                              My opponent has said that you can find
                           the heart and soul of America in Hollywood.                     Digest of Other
                           [Laughter] Most of us don’t look to Holly-                      White House Announcements
                           wood as the source of values. The heart and
                           soul of America is found right here in Wilkes-
                           Barre, Pennsylvania.                                            The following list includes the President’s public
                              All these choices make this one of the most                  schedule and other items of general interest an-
                           important elections in our history. The secu-                   nounced by the Office of the Press Secretary and
                           rity and prosperity of our country, the health                  not included elsewhere in this issue.
                           and education of our citizens, the retirement
                           of our seniors, and the direction of our cul-                   October 16
                           ture are all at stake. The decision is in the
                           best hands because the decision belongs to                         In the morning, the President had an intel-
                           the American people.                                            ligence briefing. Later, he and Mrs. Bush
                              I believe in the future of this country. We                  traveled to Sunrise, FL.
                           see a great day for the American people. One                       Later in the morning, the President and
                           of my favorite quotes was written by a Texan,                   Mrs. Bush traveled to West Palm Beach, FL,
                           a friend of ours. He said, ‘‘Sarah and I live                   arriving in the afternoon. Later, they traveled
                           on the east side of the mountain. It’s the sun-                 to Daytona Beach, FL.
                           rise side, not the sunset side. It is the side                     Later in the afternoon, the President and
                           that sees the day that is coming, not to see                    Mrs. Bush returned to Washington, DC, ar-
                           the day that is gone.’’ My opponent has spent                   riving in the evening.
                           a lot of this campaign talking about the day
                           that is gone. I see the day that’s coming.                      October 18
                              We’ve been through a lot together. We’ve                        In the morning, the President had an intel-
                           been through a lot together in the last years.                  ligence briefing. Later, he traveled to
                           Because we’ve done the hard work of climb-                      Marlton, NJ, arriving in the afternoon.
                           ing that mountain, we see the valley below.                        Later in the afternoon, the President trav-
                           We’ll protect our families. We’ll build on                      eled to Boca Raton, FL, where, in the
                           their prosperity. We’ll defend our deepest                      evening, he attended a Victory 2004 dinner




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                           at a private residence.                                            Later in the afternoon, the President trav-
                              Later in the evening, the President trav-                    eled to Hershey, PA. Later, he returned to
                           eled to St. Pete Beach, FL.                                     Washington, DC, arriving in the evening.
                              The President declared a major disaster in
                           Virginia and ordered Federal aid to supple-                     October 22
                           ment Commonwealth and local recovery ef-                           In the morning, the President had an intel-
                           forts in the area struck by severe storms and                   ligence briefing. Later, he traveled to Wilkes-
                           flooding from the remnants of Hurricane                         Barre, PA, where, upon arrival, he met with
                           Jeanne beginning on September 27 and con-                       USA Freedom Corps volunteer Dolly
                           tinuing.                                                        Yunkunis.
                                                                                              Later in the morning, the President trav-
                           October 19                                                      eled to Canton, OH, where, upon arrival in
                              In the morning, the President had an intel-                  the afternoon, he met with USA Freedom
                           ligence briefing. He then traveled to St. Pe-                   Corps volunteer Dan Yeric. Later, he partici-
                           tersburg, FL. Later, he traveled to New Port                    pated in a discussion on medical liability re-
                           Richey, FL.                                                     form and health care at the Canton Palace
                              In the afternoon, the President traveled to                  Theatre.
                           The Villages, FL. Later, he returned to                            Later in the afternoon, the President trav-
                           Washington, DC, arriving in the evening.                        eled to St. Petersburg, FL, where, in the
                                                                                           evening, he attended a Victory 2004 dinner
                           October 20                                                      at a private residence. Later, he traveled to
                              In the morning, the President had an intel-                  St. Pete Beach.
                           ligence briefing. Later, he traveled to Mason
                           City, IA, where, upon arrival, he met with
                           USA Freedom Corps volunteer Matthew
                           Meyer.
                              Later in the morning, the President trav-                    Nominations
                           eled to Rochester, MN, where, upon arrival,                     Submitted to the Senate
                           he met with USA Freedom Corps volunteer
                           Sister Chabanel Hayunga.                                        NOTE: No nominations were submitted to the
                              In the afternoon, the President traveled to                  Senate during the period covered by this issue.
                           Eau Claire, WI, where, upon arrival, he met
                           with USA Freedom Corps volunteer Mick
                           Jay Krueger.
                              Later in the afternoon, the President re-
                           turned to Washington, DC, arriving in the                       Checklist
                           evening.                                                        of White House Press Releases
                           October 21
                                                                                           The following list contains releases of the Office
                              In the morning, the President had an intel-                  of the Press Secretary that are neither printed as
                           ligence briefing. Then, in the Roosevelt                        items nor covered by entries in the Digest of
                           Room, he participated in the signing cere-                      Other White House Announcements.
                           mony for S. 2634, the Garrett Lee Smith Me-
                           morial Act. Later, he participated in inter-                    Released October 16
                           views with the Hispanic television networks
                           Univision and Telemundo for later broadcast.                    Statement by the Deputy Press Secretary an-
                              Later in the morning, the President trav-                    nouncing that the President signed S. 2292
                           eled to Downingtown, PA, where, upon ar-
                                                                                           Released October 17
                           rival in the afternoon, he met with USA Free-
                           dom Corps volunteer Charlotte Huber.                            Statement by the Press Secretary announcing
                           Later, at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic                           that the President signed H.R. 982, H.R.
                           Church, he met with Justin Cardinal Rigali,                     2408, H.R. 2771, H.R. 4115, H.R. 4259, and
                           Archbishop of Philadelphia, PA.                                 H.R. 5105




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                           Released October 18                                             Acts Approved
                           Transcript of a press gaggle by Press Sec-                      by the President
                           retary Scott McClellan
                           Statement by the Press Secretary on action                      Approved October 16
                           to support the deployment of the expanded
                           African Union mission in Sudan                                  H.R. 982 / Public Law 108–326
                                                                                           To clarify the tax treatment of bonds and
                           Statement by the Press Secretary congratu-
                                                                                           other obligations issued by the Government
                           lating King Norodom Sihamoni on assuming
                                                                                           of American Samoa
                           Cambodia’s throne
                           Statement by the Press Secretary on disaster                    H.R. 2408 / Public Law 108–327
                           assistance to Virginia                                          National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer Act of
                                                                                           2004
                           Statement by the Press Secretary announcing
                           that the President signed H.R. 4011, H.R.                       H.R. 2771 / Public Law 108–328
                           4567, H.R. 4850, S. 551, S. 1421, S. 1537,                      To amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to
                           S. 1663, S. 1687, S. 1814, S. 2052, S. 2180,                    reauthorize the New York City Watershed
                           S. 2319, S. 2363, and S. 2508                                   Protection Program
                           Fact sheet: Providing the Resources Nec-
                           essary To Protect America                                       H.R. 4115 / Public Law 108–329
                                                                                           To amend the Act of November 2, 1966 (80
                           Released October 20                                             Stat. 1112), to allow binding arbitration
                                                                                           clauses to be included in all contracts affect-
                           Transcript of a press gaggle by Press Sec-                      ing the land within the Salt River Pima-Mari-
                           retary Scott McClellan                                          copa Indian Reservation
                           Statement by the Press Secretary announcing
                                                                                           H.R. 4259 / Public Law 108–330
                           that the President signed H.R. 854 and S.
                                                                                           Department of Homeland Security Financial
                           2895
                                                                                           Accountability Act
                           Released October 21                                             H.R. 5105 / Public Law 108–331
                           Transcript of a press gaggle by Press Sec-                      To authorize the Board of Regents of the
                           retary Scott McClellan                                          Smithsonian Institution to carry out con-
                                                                                           struction and related activities in support of
                           Statement by the Press Secretary: Humani-                       the collaborative Very Energetic Radiation
                           tarian Assistance for the People of Darfur                      Imaging Telescope Array System (VERITAS)
                           Statement by the Press Secretary: President                     project on Kitt Peak near Tucson, Arizona
                           Signs the North Korean Human Rights Act
                                                                                           S. 2292 / Public Law 108–332
                           Statement by the Press Secretary announcing                     Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004
                           that the President signed H.R. 5122, S. 33,
                           S. 1791, S. 2178, S. 2415, S. 2511, S. 2634,                    Approved October 18
                           S. 2742
                                                                                           H.R. 4011 / Public Law 108–333
                           Released October 22                                             North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004

                           Transcript of press gaggles by Press Secretary                  H.R. 4567 / Public Law 108–334
                           Scott McClellan                                                 Department of Homeland Security Appro-
                           Statement by the Press Secretary announcing                     priations Act, 2005
                           that the President signed H.R. 4520
                                                                                           H.R. 4850 / Public Law 108–335
                           Statement by the Press Secretary announcing                     District of Columbia Appropriations Act,
                           that the President signed S. 2195                               2005




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                           S. 551 / Public Law 108–336                                     Approved October 21
                           Southern Ute and Colorado Intergovern-
                           mental Agreement Implementation Act of                          H.R. 5122 / Public Law 108–349
                           2004
                                                                                           To amend the Congressional Accountability
                           S. 1421 / Public Law 108–337                                    Act of 1995 to permit members of the Board
                           Alaska Native Allotment Subdivision Act                         of Directors of the Office of Compliance to
                                                                                           serve for 2 terms
                           S. 1537 / Public Law 108–338
                           To direct the Secretary of Agriculture to con-
                           vey to the New Hope Cemetery Association                        S. 33 / Public Law 108–350
                           certain land in the State of Arkansas for use                   To authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to
                           as a cemetery                                                   sell or exchange all or part of certain adminis-
                                                                                           trative sites and other land in the Ozark-St.
                           S. 1663 / Public Law 108–339                                    Francis and Ouachita National Forests and
                           To replace certain Coastal Barrier Resources                    to use funds derived from the sale or ex-
                           System maps                                                     change to acquire, construct, or improve ad-
                                                                                           ministrative sites
                           S. 1687 / Public Law 108–340
                           Manhattan Project National Historical Park
                           Study Act                                                       S. 1791 / Public Law 108–351
                                                                                           To amend the Lease Lot Conveyance Act of
                           S. 1814 / Public Law 108–341                                    2002 to provide that the amounts received
                           To transfer Federal lands between the Sec-                      by the United States under that Act shall be
                           retary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the                  deposited in the reclamation fund, and for
                           Interior                                                        other purposes
                           S. 2052 / Public Law 108–342
                           El Camino Real de los Tejas National His-                       S. 2178 / Public Law 108–352
                           toric Trail Act                                                 National Park System Laws                Technical
                                                                                           Amendments Act of 2004
                           S. 2319 / Public Law 108–343
                           Tapoco Project Licensing Act of 2004
                                                                                           S. 2415 / Public Law 108–353
                           S. 2363 / Public Law 108–344                                    To designate the facility of the United States
                           To revise and extend the Boys and Girls                         Postal Service located at 4141 Postmark
                           Clubs of America                                                Drive, Anchorage, Alaska, as the ‘‘Robert J.
                                                                                           Opinsky Post Office Building’’
                           S. 2508 / Public Law 108–345
                           To redesignate the Ridges Basin Reservoir,
                           Colorado, as Lake Nighthorse                                    S. 2511 / Public Law 108–354
                                                                                           Chimayo Water Supply System and Espanola
                           S. 2180 / Public Law 108–346                                    Filtration Facility Act of 2004
                           Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
                           Land Exchange Act of 2004
                                                                                           S. 2634 / Public Law 108–355
                           Approved October 20                                             Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act
                           H.R. 854 / Public Law 108–347
                           Belarus Democracy Act of 2004                                   S. 2742 / Public Law 108–356
                                                                                           To extend certain authority of the Supreme
                           S. 2895 / Public Law 108–348                                    Court Police, modify the venue of prosecu-
                           To authorize the Gateway Arch in St. Louis,                     tions relating to the Supreme Court building
                           Missouri, to be illuminated by pink lights in                   and grounds, and authorize the acceptance
                           honor of breast cancer awareness month                          of gifts to the United States Supreme Court




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