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For all Americans, these years in our his- a safer America, a stronger America, and a
tory will always stand apart. You know, there better America to put me and Dick Cheney
are quiet times in the life of a nation when back in office.
little is expected of its leaders. This isn’t one I’m sorry Laura is not here.
of those times. It’s a time that requires firm Audience members. Aw-w-w!
resolve and clear vision and a deep faith in The President. I know it. We were in Las
the values that makes us a great nation. Vegas earlier, and they had an AARP conven-
None of us will ever forget that week when tion there. And the head of the AARP said,
one era ended and another began. Sep- ‘‘Send your family’s best speaker.’’ [Laugh-
tember the 14th, 2001, I stood in the ruins ter] So Laura went. [Laughter] You know,
of the Twin Towers. It’s a day I will never when I married her, I said—she said, ‘‘Fine,
forget. There were workers in hardhats I’ll marry you, just so long as I never have
yelling at me at the top of their lungs, ‘‘What- to give a speech.’’ I said, ‘‘Okay, you’ve got
ever it takes.’’ Governor Pataki was with me. a deal.’’ [Laughter] Fortunately, she didn’t
He knows—he remembers those workers hold me to that deal. When she speaks,
and those police and firefighters coming out America sees a compassionate, warm, great
of the rubble, bloodshot eyes. A guy grabbed First Lady.
me by the arm, and he said, ‘‘Do not let me
I’m proud of my runningmate, Dick Che-
down.’’ Ever since that day, I wake up every
ney. He’s a fine man with good judgment
morning trying to figure out how best to de-
and great experience. He’s getting the job
fend this country. I will never relent in de-
done for the American people. I’m proud to
fending America, whatever it takes.
be introduced by a unique and strong and
Four years ago, when I traveled your State
great American in John McCain. When he
asking for the vote, I made this pledge: If
you gave me a chance to serve, I would up- says he’s for you, he’s really for you. Las
hold the honor and the dignity of the office Vegas this morning, Reno right now, and
to which I had been elected. With your help, then we’re headed to Medford, Oregon. He’s
I will do so for 4 more years. by my side. He’s campaigning hard, and I’m
God bless. Thanks for coming. Thank you proud to have his support.
all. And I’m proud of the job that Senator John
Ensign is doing for the great State of Nevada.
NOTE: The President spoke at 10:05 a.m. at the He’s a really fine man. I want to thank Jim
Thomas & Mack Center. In his remarks, he re- Gibbons for his service as well. Old Con-
ferred to Gov. Kenny C. Guinn of Nevada; coun- gressman Greg Walden from Oregon snuck
try music entertainer Lee Greenwood; Senator across the State line. He’s with us today.
Zell Miller of Georgia, who made the keynote ad- Thanks for coming, Greg. I appreciate you
dress at the Republican National Convention; and being here.
Gov. George E. Pataki of New York.
I’m really proud that Dema Guinn is with
us, the first lady of the great State of Nevada.
Remarks in Reno, Nevada Thank for coming, Dema. I’m proud you’re
October 14, 2004 here. How about your attorney general,
Brian Sandoval? What a class act he is. I want
The President. Thank you all for coming to thank Brian Krolicki, the State treasurer,
out today. It’s great to be back in Nevada. for being with us today. I want to thank—
It’s such a beautiful day. I’m proud to be Dean Heller is with us today. I’m proud he’s
here in the Biggest Little City in the World. here.
I’m really pleased to be in a place where the I want to thank all the State and local offi-
cowboy hats outnumber the suits. cials. But mainly, I want to thank the grass-
Thank you all for coming. I’m here to ask roots activists, the people who are putting
for the vote. And I want your help. Tell your up the signs, the people making the phone
friends and neighbors to go to the polls on calls, the people turning out the vote. With
November the 2d. Everybody ought to vote your help, we’ll carry Nevada and win a great
in this country. And tell them if they want victory in November.
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I enjoyed the debate last night. You know, The President. The truth is, we should
those debates clarify the differences in our never turn America’s national security deci-
record, our approach, and our plans for the sions over to international bodies or leaders
future. I’m proud of my record. My opponent of other countries.
seemed to want to avoid talking about his. The last few years, the American people
[Laughter] My record is one of lowering have gotten to know me. They know my blunt
taxes, reforming education, providing pre- way of speaking. I get that from Mom.
scription drug coverage to seniors, improving [Laughter] They know I sometimes mangle
homeland protections, and waging an aggres- the English language. I get that from Dad.
sive war against the ideologues of hate. [Laughter] Americans also know I tell you
The Senator’s record is 20 years of out- exactly what I’m going to do, and I keep my
of-the-mainstream votes without many sig- word.
nificant reforms or results. Our very different When I came to office, the stock market
records are a window into what we believe had been in serious decline for 6 months.
and what we’ll do for the next 4 years. The The American economy was sliding into re-
Senator believes in a bigger Federal Govern- cession. To help families, to get this economy
ment. I believe in more freedom and more growing again, I pledged to reduce taxes. I
choices for individual Americans. The Sen- kept my word, and the results are clear. The
ator believes Government should dictate. I recession was one of the shallowest in Amer-
believe you should decide. ican history. And over the last 3 years, Amer-
Sometimes it’s a little hard to tell exactly ica’s economy has grown at the fastest rate
what he believes—[laughter]—as he tries to of any major industrialized nation.
obscure his approach to Government. Take In the past 13 months, we’ve added more
health care. Once again, last night, with a than 1.9 million new jobs. The unemploy-
straight face—[laughter]—the Senator tried ment rate in America is at 5.4 percent, below
to say his health care plan is not a Govern- the average rate of the 1970s, the 1980s, and
ment plan. [Laughter] I could barely contain the 1990s. The unemployment rate in your
myself. [Laughter] Yet 22 million new people State is 4 percent. Mining sector is strong.
would enroll on a Government program Farm and ranch income is up. Homeowner-
under his plan, the largest expansion of Gov- ship is at an alltime high in America. We’re
ernment health care ever. Eighty percent of moving forward, and there’s more to do.
the newly insured on his plan would be To make sure quality jobs are created here
placed on a Government program like Med- in America, America must be the best place
icaid. The Senator claimed his plan would in the world to do business. That means less
help small business, yet a study conducted regulations on the job creators. That means
by small-businesses groups concluded Sen- we’ve got to do something about these frivo-
ator Kerry’s plan is an overpriced albatross lous lawsuits that make it hard to expand em-
that would saddle small businesses with 225 ployment.
new mandates. To create jobs, Congress needs to pass my
I have a different view. I want health care energy plan. It encourages conservation. It
to be available and affordable by helping encourages the use of renewables like eth-
small businesses, not by saddling them with anol and biodiesel. It encourages new tech-
a bunch of new Government rules. nologies. It encourages clean coal technology
Once again last night, with a straight face, and increased domestic production. To keep
the Senator, shall we say, refined his answer jobs here, we must become less dependent
on the proposed ‘‘global test’’ he would ad- on foreign sources of energy.
minister before acting to defend America. To protect jobs and communities in the
See, after trying to say it really wasn’t a test West, we need to reduce the risk of dev-
at all, last night he once again defended his astating wildfire. I was proud to sign the
approach by saying, ‘‘I think it makes sense.’’ Health Forests Restoration Act. I want to
Now he says we have to pass some inter- thank the three Members of Congress for
national truth standard. working on that act. Under this good law,
Audience members. Boo-o-o! we’re clearing the underbrush that serves as
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fuel for fires. Because we acted, our forests schools and end the soft bigotry of low expec-
are healthier, residents and small businesses tations, and I kept my word. We’re now see-
are safer, and people across the West are bet- ing results. Our children are making sus-
ter off. tained gains in reading and math. We’re clos-
To create jobs here in America, we need ing the achievement gap for minority stu-
to reject economic isolationism and open up dents. We’re making progress for America’s
markets around the world for U.S. products. families. We will leave no child behind.
America can compete with anybody, anytime, To make sure jobs are here and to build
anywhere, so long as the rules are fair. a more hopeful America, we must have the
To create jobs, we’ve got to be wise about best prepared and most highly skilled work-
how we spend your money and keep your force in the world. Most new jobs are filled
taxes low. My opponent has his own history by people with at least 2 years of college,
on the economy—20 years as a Senator from yet only one in four of our students gets
Massachusetts, he’s built a record of a Sen- there. So we’ll fund early intervention pro-
ator from Massachusetts. [Laughter] He grams in our high schools to help at-risk stu-
voted to raise taxes 98 times. dents. We’ll place a new focus on math and
Audience members. Boo-o-o! science. Over time, we’ll require a rigorous
The President. That’s a vote for a tax in- examination before graduation. By raising
crease about five times every year. performance in our high schools and expand-
Audience members. Boo-o-o! ing Pell grants for low- and middle-income
The President. I think that qualifies as families, we’ll help more Americans start
a pattern. [Laughter] He can run from his their career with a college diploma.
record, but he cannot hide.
My opponent has a history on education
Now the Senator—he looked in the cam-
issues, a history of doing almost nothing.
era last Friday night and promised not to
raise taxes for anyone who earns less than [Laughter] The Senator has pledged to weak-
$200,000 a year. The problem is, to keep that en the No Child Left Behind Act. He’s pro-
promise he would have to break almost all posed diluting the accountability standards
of his other ones. [Laughter] His plan to raise and looking at measures like teacher attend-
taxes on the top two income brackets would ance to judge whether students are learning.
raise about $600 billion, but his spending His proposals would undermine the high
promises cost about 4 times that much— standards and accountability we worked hard
about 2.2 trillion. That’s with a ‘‘T.’’ [Laugh- to pass. We’ve moved beyond the old days
ter] See, you can’t have it both ways. To pay of failure and mediocrity and low standards,
for all his big spending promises he’s made, and we’re not going to go back.
he’s going to have to raise your taxes. When I came into office, we had a prob-
Audience members. Boo-o-o! lem in Medicare. Medicine was changing,
The President. The choice in this election but Medicare wasn’t. Think about this: Medi-
is clear when it comes to taxes. My opponent care would pay tens of thousands of dollars
has a history of voting for higher taxes, and for a heart surgery but wouldn’t pay a dime
he’s promised to raise them on the campaign for the prescription drugs that could prevent
trail, and that’s a promise politicians usually the heart surgery from being needed in the
keep. first place. That wasn’t fair to seniors. It cer-
I believe our families and our economy are tainly wasn’t fair to taxpayers. I brought Re-
better off when Americans keep more of publicans and Democrats together to
what they earn. In a new term, I’ll work with strengthen and modernize Medicare for our
Congress to keep your taxes low. seniors. And I kept my word.
When I came into office, our public We’re moving forward on health care, and
schools had been waiting decades for hopeful there’s more to do. We need to make health
reform. Too many of our children were shuf- care more affordable and more available for
fled through schools, grade after grade, year all our people. We’ll have a safety net for
after year, without learning the basics. I those with the greatest need. I believe in
pledged to restore accountability to the community health centers, places where the
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poor and the indigent can get primary pre- choice is clear in this election. My opponent
ventative care. In a new term, we’ll make wants to move in the direction of Govern-
sure every poor county in America has a com- ment-run health care. I believe the health
munity health center. We’ll do more to make decisions ought to be made by patients and
sure poor children are fully subscribed in our doctors, not by officials in Washington, DC.
programs for low-income families. I’ve set out policies that move our country
We’ll do more to make sure health care toward an optimistic and positive vision. I be-
is affordable. Most of the uninsured are em- lieve our country can become an ownership
ployees of small businesses. Small businesses society. You know, there’s an old saying that
are having trouble affording health care. To no one ever washes a rental car. [Laughter]
help workers get the health care, we should There’s a lot of wisdom in that statement.
allow small businesses to join together so When you own something, you care about
they can buy insurance at the same discounts it; you have a vital stake in the future of our
big companies can do. We’ve got to expand great country.
health savings accounts so workers and small So we’re encouraging entrepreneurship,
businesses are able to pay lower premiums, because every time a small business is start-
and people can save tax-free in a health care ed, someone is achieving the American
account that they call their own. Dream. We’re encouraging health savings ac-
And to make sure health care is available counts so people have the security of owning
and affordable, we must do something about
and managing their own health care. We’re
the junk lawsuits that are running up the cost
promoting homeownership. I love the fact
of health care. By forcing doctors to practice
that more citizens than ever are able to open
defensive medicine, medical lawsuits cost the
up the door where they live and say, ‘‘Wel-
Government about $28 billion a year. They
come to my home. Welcome to my piece of
cost our Nation’s economy anywhere from
60 to 100 billion dollars a year. They drive
up insurance premiums, which drive good In a new term, I’ll take the next great step
doctors out of practice. to build an ownership society by strength-
Today in Las Vegas, I met Dr. James Bar- ening Social Security. Now, listen, our Social
ber. Three years ago, Dr. Barber paid Security system needs fixing. I want the sen-
$27,000 in insurance premiums as an ob-gyn iors out here to hear me loud and clear: You’ll
in Henderson, Nevada. Last year’s premiums get your check. I remember when I was run-
would have been more than $100,000. So he ning in 2000, they said, ‘‘If George W. gets
had to stop delivering babies here, and he elected, you won’t get your Social Security
moved his practice to California. Because the check.’’ You got your checks. You’ll continue
medical liability laws in California have rea- to get your check. When you hear them talk
sonable caps, that good doctor’s premiums about reform, don’t let them fool you and
cost him about $33,000 a year. I also met say you’re not going to get your check. Baby
one of his former patients, Nicole Byrne. Ni- boomers are in pretty good shape when it
cole Byrne said that Dr. Barber saved her comes to the Social Security trust.
life during a previous pregnancy. Now she’s But we need to worry about our children
pregnant again, and she’s devastated that Dr. and our grandchildren. They are understand-
Barber will not be around to deliver her ably worried about whether Social Security
baby. Nicole and Dr. Barber understand you will be around when they need it. And for
can’t be pro-patient, pro-doctor, and pro- their sake, we must strengthen Social Secu-
plaintiff-attorney at the same time. You have rity by allowing younger workers to save
to choose. My opponent made his choice, some of their own payroll taxes in a personal
and he put a personal injury lawyer on the savings account that will earn compounded
ticket. rate of interest, an account that Washington
Audience members. Boo-o-o! cannot take away.
The President. I made my choice. I’m My opponent wants to maintain the status
standing with the docs and the patients. I’m quo when it comes to Social Security.
for medical liability reform—now. The Audience members. Boo-o-o!
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The President. He’s against these Social tion of marriage, but he voted against the
Security reforms. As a matter of fact, he’s Defense of Marriage Act, which a bipartisan
just about against about every other reform Congress overwhelmingly passed and which
that gives more authority and control to indi- President Clinton signed. He voted against
viduals. On issue after issue, from Medicare the ban on the brutal practice of partial-birth
without choices to schools with less account- abortion.
ability to higher taxes, he takes the side of Audience members. Boo-o-o!
more centralized control and bigger Govern- The President. He calls himself the can-
ment. There’s a word for that attitude. It’s didate of conservative values, but he de-
called liberalism. [Laughter] My opponent scribed the Reagan years as a time of moral
dismisses that as a label. He must have seen darkness.
it differently when he said to a newspaper, Audience members. Boo-o-o!
‘‘I’m a liberal and proud of it.’’ [Laughter] The President. There is a mainstream in
Others have noticed. The nonpartisan Na- American politics, and my opponent sits on
tional Journal magazine did a study and the left bank. He can run, but he cannot hide.
named him the most liberal Member of the
This election will also determine how
United States Senate. That’s hard work.
America responds to the continuing danger
[Laughter] A group known as the Americans
of terrorism. The most solemn duty of the
for Democratic Action have given Senator
American President is to protect the Amer-
Kerry a higher lifetime liberal rating than
ican people. If America shows uncertainty or
Ted Kennedy. That’s an accomplishment.
weakness in this decade, the world will drift
toward tragedy. This will not happen on my
I have a different record and a different
philosophy. I don’t believe in big Govern- watch.
ment, and I don’t believe in indifferent Gov- Since that terrible morning, September
ernment. I’m a compassionate conservative. the 11th, 2001, we have fought the terrorists
I believe in policies that empower people to across the Earth, not for pride, not for power,
improve their lives, not try to run their lives. but because the lives of our citizens are at
We’re helping men and women find the skills stake. Our strategy is clear. We’ll defend the
and tools necessary to prosper in a time of homeland. We’ll strengthen our intelligence
change. We’re helping all Americans to have services. We’ll transform the All-Volunteer
a future of dignity and independence, and Army—we’ll keep the All-Volunteer Army an
that is how I will lead our country for 4 more all-volunteer army. We’re staying on the of-
years. fensive. We’ll strike the terrorists abroad so
Audience members. Four more years! we do not have to face them here at home.
Four more years! Four more years! We’ll spread freedom and liberty. And we’ll
The President. In this time of change, prevail.
some things do not change. These are the Our strategy is succeeding. Think about
values we try to live by, courage and compas- the world as it was 31⁄2 years ago. Afghanistan
sion, reverence and integrity. In the times was the home base of Al Qaida. Pakistan was
of change, we’ll support the institutions that a transit point for terrorist groups. Saudi Ara-
give our lives direction and purpose, our fam- bia was fertile ground for terrorist fund-
ilies, our schools, our religious congregations. raising. Libya was secretly pursuing nuclear
We stand for a culture of life in which every weapons. Iraq was a dangerous place and a
person counts and every being matters. We gathering threat. And Al Qaida was largely
stand for marriage and family, which are the unchallenged as it planned attacks.
foundations of our society. We stand for the Because we led, Afghanistan is a free soci-
appointment of Federal judges who know the ety and is an ally in fighting the war against
difference between personal opinion and the terror; Pakistan is capturing terrorist leaders;
strict interpretation of the law. Saudi Arabia is making raids and arrests;
My opponent’s words on these issues are Libya is dismantling its weapons programs;
a little muddy, but his record is clear. the army of a free Iraq is fighting for free-
[Laughter] He says he supports the institu- dom; and more than three-quarters of Al
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Qaida’s key leaders and associates have been Audience members. Boo-o-o!
brought to justice. The President. ——only 4 of 100, 2 of
Free societies in the Middle East will be whom are my opponent and his runningmate.
hopeful societies which no longer feed Audience members. Boo-o-o!
resentments and breed violence for export. The President. So they asked him how
Free governments in the Middle East will he could have made that vote. You might re-
fight terrorists instead of harboring them. member perhaps the most famous quote of
And that’s why I think it’s so significant that the 2004 campaign, ‘‘I actually did vote for
because we defended ourselves, we liberated the $87 billion, right before I voted against
50 million people in Afghanistan and Iraq. it.’’
Freedom helps us keep the peace. That’s Audience members. Boo-o-o!
why it was so uplifting to see what took place The President. I suspect a lot of people
in Afghanistan. Remember what that society in Reno don’t talk that way. [Laughter] He’s
was like. These people lived under the brutal given several explanations since then. One of
darkness of the Taliban regime. Young girls my favorites is, he said, ‘‘The whole thing
weren’t allowed to go to school. Their moth- is a complicated matter.’’ [Laughter] There’s
ers were whipped in the public squares if nothing complicated about supporting our
they didn’t toe the ideology of hate. troops in harm’s way.
But because we acted, there’s light in Af- I believe in the transformational power of
ghanistan. Thousands and thousands of peo- liberty. I want you to explain this to your
ple voted in the Presidential elections. The friends and neighbors this way. One of my
first voter was a 19-year-old woman in Af- friends in the world is Prime Minister
ghanistan. Iraq will have elections in January. Koizumi of Japan. What’s interesting about
Our mission is clear. We will help these that, it wasn’t all that long ago that Japan
countries train armies and police so they can was a sworn enemy of the United States of
do the hard work of defending freedom and America. My dad fought against the Japa-
democracy. We’ll help them get on the path nese. John’s dad—I’m sure your dads and
to stability as quickly as possible, and then granddads did as well. They were our sworn
our troops will come home with the honor enemy. But because Harry S. Truman, Presi-
they have earned. dent of the United States then, believed in
We’ve got a great United States military. the power of liberty to transform an enemy
I want to thank the veterans who are here into an ally, we worked to help Japan become
for having set such a great example for those a democracy. There were a lot of people in
who wear the uniform. I want to thank the our country that didn’t agree with that. ‘‘Why
military families who are here for the sac- bother? They’re the enemy. Why help them?
rifices they have made. And I want to assure They hurt my family.’’ There was a lot of
you, we’ll keep our commitments to our reasons, a lot of pessimism that Japan
troops. We will make sure they have the re- couldn’t conceivably become a self-governing
sources they need to complete their missions. democracy. But she did.
And that’s why I went to the Congress in And as a result of that, I sit down at the
September of 2003 and asked for $87 billion, table today with Prime Minister Koizumi
supplemental request to help our troops in talking about the peace we all want. He’s an
combat both in Afghanistan and Iraq. We re- ally.
ceived great bipartisan support. As a matter And someday, an American President will
of fact, only 12 United States Senators voted be sitting down with a duly elected leader
against the funding request, 2 of whom are of Iraq, talking about keeping the peace in
my opponent and his runningmate. the Middle East, and our children and our
Audience members. Boo-o-o! grandchildren will be better off for it.
The President. When you’re out rounding I believe that millions in the Middle East
up the vote, remind people there’s only 4 plead in silence for their freedom. I believe
United States Senators who voted to author- women in the Middle East want to grow up
ize the use of force and then voted against in a free society. I believe if given a chance,
the support of our troops—— the people in that region will embrace the
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most honorable form of government ever de- [Laughter] I’m not going to. We’re thrilled
vised by man. I believe all these things be- to be here.
cause freedom is not America’s gift to the I want to thank not only you all coming
world; freedom is the almighty God’s gift to from Jackson County, I want to thank the
each man and woman in this world. folks from the Klamath Basin who are here
For all Americans, these years in our his- as well. It’s great to be in a part of the world
tory will always stand apart. There are quiet where the boots outnumber the suits.
times in the life of a nation when little is I’ve come to ask for your vote, and I’m
expected of its leaders. This is not one of here to ask for your help. Tell your friends
those times. This is a time that requires firm and neighbors we have a duty in our country
resolve, clear vision, and the deep faith in to vote. Head them to the polls, Republicans
the values that makes us a great nation. and independents and discerning Democrats
None of us will ever forget that week when like Zell Miller. And when you get them
one era ended and another began. Sep- heading to the polls, tell them if they want
tember the 14th, 2001, I stood in the ruins a safer America, a stronger America, and a
of the Twin Towers. It’s a day I will never better America to put me and Dick Cheney
forget. There were workers in hardhats there back into office.
yelling at me at the top of their lungs, ‘‘What- I am keeping great company with the First
ever it takes.’’ I remember trying to console Lady. She is—we were in Las Vegas earlier
the folks coming out of the rubble. A guy today, and they had the AARP convention,
grabbed me by the arm, and he said, ‘‘Do and so they said, ‘‘Why don’t you send your
not let me down.’’ Ever since that day, I wake best speaker to that convention.’’ So Laura
up trying to figure out how best to protect spoke there, and I went to the rally. [Laugh-
our country. I will never relent in defending ter] She was a public school librarian when
America, whatever it takes. I met her again. We went to the 7th grade
Four years ago, when I traveled your great together at San Jacinto Junior High in Mid-
State, I made a pledge that if you gave me land, Texas.
a chance to serve, I would uphold the honor
Audience members. Aw-w-w!
and the dignity of the office to which I had
been elected. With your hard work, I will The President. Yes, how about that?
do so for 4 more years. [Laughter] And she said, ‘‘Fine, I’ll marry
God bless. Thank you for coming. On to you. I just never want to have to give a
victory. I appreciate you all. speech.’’ I said, ‘‘Okay, you’ve got a deal.’’
Fortunately, she didn’t hold me to the deal,
and the people of America see a compas-
NOTE: The President spoke at 1:41 p.m. at Ran- sionate, decent, strong woman when she gets
cho San Rafael Park. In his remarks, he referred up and gives a speech.
to Dema Guinn, wife of Gov. Kenny C. Guinn
of Nevada; State Attorney General Brian
I’m proud of my runningmate, Dick Che-
Sandoval, State Treasurer Brian K. Krolicki, and ney. He’s a good, strong man. I’m proud to
Secretary of State Dean Heller of Nevada; and be up here with a fine American, a great
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi of Japan. friend, John McCain. I thank you, John, for
coming. We have a lot of fun traveling to-
gether. It makes a big difference that he’s
Remarks in Central Point, Oregon campaigning for me. I can’t thank him
October 14, 2004 enough for doing so.
I’m also proud to be up on the stage with
The President. Thank you all very much. a fine United States Senator in Gordon
It’s great to be back in Oregon. It’s great Smith. We’re real fond of Greg Walden and
to be back in Jackson County, Oregon. Laura Mylene, his wife. You’re well represented in
and I are staying at the Jacksonville Inn to- the Halls of Congress by Greg. He’s a good,
night. Last President to stay there was Ruth- solid man. All he does is talk about water—
erford B. Hayes. [Laughter] I understand [laughter]—and forests and the people of
Rutherford complained about the tab. this district.
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