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                           Monday, September 6, 2004
                           Volume 40—Number 36
                           Pages 1713–1817




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                           Contents

                           Addresses and Remarks                                             Addresses and Remarks—Continued
                              Florida                                                           Pennsylvania, remarks in Moosic—1804
                                Hurricane Charley, remarks in Miami—                            Radio address—1719
                                   1713                                                         Tennessee, American Legion convention in
                                Miami, remarks—1714                                               Nashville—1780
                              Iowa, Farm Progress Show in Alleman—1784                          West Virginia, remarks in Wheeling—1750
                              Michigan, remarks in Taylor—1773                                  Wisconsin, remarks in West Allis—1810
                              New Hampshire, discussion in Nashua—1757
                              New York City, accepting the Presidential                      Supplementary Materials
                                nomination at the Republican National
                                Convention—1797                                                 Acts approved by the President—1817
                              Ohio                                                              Checklist of White House press releases—
                                Columbus, remarks—1790                                            1817
                                Lima, discussion—1727                                           Digest of other White House
                                Perrysburg, remarks—1744                                          announcements—1815
                                Troy, remarks—1720                                              Nominations submitted to the Senate—1817




                           Editor’s Note: The President was in Cedar Rapids, IA, on September 3, 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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                             Week Ending Friday, September 3, 2004
                             Remarks to Journalists in                                      money at the Federal level to help this State
                             Miami, Florida                                                 rebuild.
                                                                                               The main thing that’s happened here in
                             August 27, 2004                                                Florida is the people have responded. I want
                                                                                            to thank the Red Cross for being at the table
                             Hurricane Charley                                              here. The Red Cross is always first on the
                                I have just been briefed by Mike Brown                      scene to provide compassion and love. Sen-
                             here at FEMA about the progress that the                       ator Miller used to be a Governor, and he
                             Federal Government, in working with the                        spent time at disasters. And as Governor of
                             State government, is making toward helping                     Texas I have too, and Jeb obviously has, and
                             these poor people who got hurt by Hurricane                    as President I’ve been there too. And always,
                             Charley and Tropical Storm Bonnie.                             the Red Cross led the army of compassion
                                When I came down here a while ago, I                        at the sites. And the people of Florida have
                             said that—I promised that there would be                       responded really well, provided compassion
                             a full-scale Federal focus on helping the                      and decency and care.
                             State of Florida. And I tasked Mike Brown                         I also want to thank the power companies
                             to make sure that that happened, and he has                    from the Southeast that have responded. It’s
                             done a great job. I appreciate you serving                     amazing how much electricity has been re-
                             the people of this State.                                      stored. We’re down to, here in this State, less
                                And Jeb has done a fine job too. He is—                     than 20,000 people—I think it is, isn’t it,
                             he understands that a Governor must lead,                      Mike—that are looking for electricity. Heck,
                             and he had led. And he has helped focus                        the last time I was here, it was 1.7 million
                             resources on helping these people that need                    people that didn’t have electricity. And a lot
                             help.                                                          of the reason why the electricity has been
                                There is further work to be done here in                    restored is, not only have the Florida power
                             Florida. Chairman Bill Young is with us. We                    companies responded, but the power compa-
                             have been discussing the need for a supple-                    nies from around the Southeast have re-
                             mental fund, supplemental funding request                      sponded.
                             of the Congress for $2 billion to help con-                       What I’m saying is, is that these disasters
                             tinue to rebuild Florida. The Chairman and                     cause a lot of harm and grief, but they also
                             I had a good discussion on this issue. He                      bring out the best in our citizenry. And
                             knows Florida well. He knows the west coast                    there’s a lot of compassion for the people
                             of Florida really well. And as importantly, he                 whose lives have been turned upside down.
                             knows how the Congress works well. And he                      And I want to thank those here in Florida
                             said as soon as they get back, they’ll take this               and around this part of the world for pro-
                             matter up. This money will help for cleanup                    viding that help.
                             and housing and other services, small-busi-                       Again, Jeb, good job, and same to you,
                             ness loans that are provided through FEMA.                     Mike. Thank you all for coming.
                                As well, we’re concerned about the citrus
                             growers here in Florida, the nursery men and
                                                                                            NOTE: The President spoke at 4:36 p.m. at Fire
                             women in the State of Florida. We think                        Station Number Two. In his remarks, he referred
                             there is ample money in the agricultural                       to Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida; and Senator Zell Mil-
                             budgets to handle the damage done by Char-                     ler of Georgia. A tape was not available for
                             ley to the citrus industry and the nursery in-                 verification of the content of these remarks. This
                             dustry and the vegetable industry. If not,                     item was not received in time for publication in
                             we’ll work with the Chairman to provide                        the appropriate issue.

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                             Remarks in Miami                                               gracias por su apoyo. Su apoyo es muy
                             August 27, 2004                                                importante.
                                                                                               I appreciate my friend Lynn Swann. He’s
                                The President. Thank you all for coming.                    the head of the President’s Council on Phys-
                             Vamos a ganar en Noviembre. Thanks for                         ical Fitness, and he is an—he sets an impor-
                             coming. I like a line of work where you get                    tant message: Exercise. [Laughter] Take care
                             introduced by your wife. I love her dearly.                    of your bodies. Get out and move around.
                             She’s a great wife, a wonderful mother, and                    He just warned me, he forgot to tell me what
                             she is a terrific First Lady. I’m going to give                it means to fall off a mountain bike. [Laugh-
                             you some reasons why I think you need to                       ter] But I’m proud of my friendship with
                             put me back in, but perhaps the most impor-                    Lynn. I want to thank him.
                             tant one of all is so that Laura is the First                     I want to thank all the grassroots activists
                             Lady for 4 more years.                                         who are here, the people who are partici-
                                Listen, Laura and I are thrilled to be here                 pating in the political process. We have a
                             with our friend Zell Miller from Georgia. He                   duty in this country to vote. See, we have
                             is—I’ve asked him to give a big speech next                    a duty in a free country to go to the polls.
                             week. He’s the keynote speaker for our con-                    I’m asking you to register your friends and
                             vention. I asked him because he puts his                       neighbors to vote. See, reach out to people
                             country above partisan politics. I asked him                   from all walks of life. You can find Repub-
                             because he’s a man of—he’s got a great heart,
                                                                                            licans who need to register. You’ll find some
                             and he cares about people from all walks of
                                                                                            discerning independents who need to reg-
                             life. I picked the right guy to give a big
                                                                                            ister. You can find some Democrats just like
                             speech for us next Wednesday night.
                                                                                            Zell who need to register. And get them to
                                I’m sorry my brother is not here, mi
                                                                                            the poll and remind them that if they’re in-
                             hermanito. He’s working. He’s doing what
                             the people of Florida expect him to do, and                    terested in this country being safer, stronger,
                             that is to do his job. I just saw him, and we                  and better, put Dick Cheney and me back
                             were talking about the damage done by Hur-                     in office.
                             ricane Charley and the response by the Fed-                       Now, I want to thank you for what you
                             eral Government and the State government,                      have done. I want to thank you for what
                             which has been swift and sure. We’re helping                   you’re going to do, which is to turn out that
                             the people that need help on the west coast                    vote. When we’re coming down the stretch,
                             and throughout the interior of your State.                     get your friends and neighbors to the polls
                             We’re doing our jobs as public servants.                       and remind them that we’ve been through
                                I was just talking to the chairman of the                   a lot together during the past years and we’ve
                             Appropriations Committee. He was with us.                      accomplished a lot. But there’s only one rea-
                             He happens to be from Florida as well,                         son to look backward, and that is to deter-
                             Chairman Young, and we both agreed we’ll                       mine who best to lead us forward. I’m here
                             provide the money necessary to help people                     to tell you, I’m ready to lead this country
                             with their housing and small-business loans                    for 4 more years. I’ve got an agenda.
                             and Government assistance as well to help                         Audience members. Four more years!
                             the citrus growers and vegetable growers and                   Four more years! Four more years!
                             nursery men and women who’ve been hurt                            The President. We have more to do. We
                             by this storm. I want to thank them for their                  have more to do to make sure our public
                             hard work.                                                     schools are the centers of excellence we know
                                I appreciate Congressman Mark Foley                         they all can be. You might remember what
                             who’s with us today—Congressman Foley. I                       it was like 31⁄2 years ago. We had a system
                             want to thank my friend Mario Diaz-Balart,                     that just shuffled the children through, grade
                             who’s with us today. Mario—bienvenidos,                        after grade, year after year, without them
                             Mario.                                                         learning the basics. We came to Washington
                                I want to appreciate David Dermer, who                      to challenge that system. Listen, we provided
                             happens to be the mayor of Miami Beach.                        more Federal funding to help the schools
                             I appreciate him being here. Mr. Mayor,                        down here, but we now expect results. We’re




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                             challenging the soft bigotry of low expecta-                      Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                             tions. We’re raising the bar. We believe in                       The President. I made my choice. I’m
                             accountability. We’re helping kids early, be-                  standing with the patients and docs and hos-
                             fore it’s too late.                                            pitals for medical liability reform. In all we
                                We’re making progress. And at my speech                     do to improve health care in America, we
                             next week, I’m going to talk about how to                      will make sure the health decisions are made
                             continue to build on the foundation of excel-                  by patients and doctors, and not by Govern-
                             lence we laid. We want more high school kids                   ment bureaucrats in Washington, DC.
                             taking math and sciences so they can com-                         We’ve got more to do to keep this econ-
                             pete in the 21st century. We’re going to have                  omy growing. Remind your friends and
                             problems—we’ll be solving problems early so                    neighbors what this—what we’ve been
                             every child has a chance to succeed. We want                   through. We’ve been through a recession.
                             to make sure a high school diploma means                       We’ve been through an attack. We’ve been
                             something. What I’m telling you is, after 4                    through corporate scandals. And yet, we’ve
                             more years, a rising generation will have the                  overcome these obstacles. You know why?
                             skills and confidence necessary to compete                     We’ve got the best workers in the world.
                             in the 21st century.                                           We’ve overcome these obstacles because
                                There’s more work to be done to make                        we’ve got great entrepreneurs in America.
                             sure health care is available and affordable.                  The entrepreneurial spirit is strong. The
                             I know some seniors in this State have heard
                                                                                            small-business sector of our economy is
                             that old Medicare debate campaign after
                                                                                            doing well. We’ve overcome these obstacles
                             campaign after campaign, and nothing ever
                                                                                            because of our farmers and ranchers. We’ve
                             got done. The system needed to be changed
                                                                                            also overcome these obstacles because of
                             to help our seniors. I went to Washington
                                                                                            well-timed tax cuts.
                             with an idea and a plan to strengthen Medi-
                             care for our seniors, and we got the job done.                    You might remember that we—our theory
                                We’ve not only helped our seniors, we’ve                    was, if you pay taxes, you get relief. We didn’t
                             helped low-income Americans by expanding                       try to pick or choose winners. We reduced
                             community health centers all across our                        the rates of everybody. We also increased the
                             country. We provided health savings ac-                        child credit. If you’re a mom or dad, we
                             counts so families can save tax-free for their                 wanted to help you out. We reduced the mar-
                             own health care needs. But there’s more to                     riage penalty. See, we believe the Tax Code
                             be done. Listen, I fully understand most new                   ought to encourage marriage, not discourage
                             jobs in this country are created by small busi-                marriage. We helped our small businesses.
                             nesses. Most small businesses are having                          Because we acted, our economy has been
                             trouble—many small businesses are having                       growing at rates as fast as any in nearly 20
                             trouble affording health insurance for their                   years. Because we acted, America has added
                             employees. It seems to make sense to me                        about 1.5 million new jobs over the last 12
                             to allow small businesses to join together to                  months. Because we acted, the national un-
                             purchase insurance at the rate, the discounts                  employment rate is down to 5.5 percent,
                             that big companies are able to do.                             below the national average of the 1970s,
                                There is more work to be done in order                      1980s, and 1990s. Because we acted, the un-
                             to make sure health care is available and af-                  employment rate in the State of Florida is
                             fordable here in south Florida. We need to                     4.4 percent.
                             stop those junk lawsuits that are running up                      Listen, there’s more work to be done to
                             the cost of medicine.                                          keep this economy growing. To keep jobs
                                Audience member. Kerry won’t do it.                         here in America, we need to reduce the regu-
                                The President. Right. See, I don’t think                    latory burden on the employers of America.
                             you can be pro-patient and pro-doctor and                      We need tort reform so that small businesses
                             pro-plaintiff-attorney at the same time. I                     are able to keep their doors open. We need
                             think you have to make a choice. My oppo-                      to make sure that trade around the world
                             nent made his choice. He put him on the                        is fair. We just want countries to treat us like
                             ticket.                                                        we treat them, because we can compete with




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                             anybody, anytime, anywhere when the rules                      Over 10 million people in that country have
                             are fair.                                                      registered to vote. Afghanistan is an ally in
                                Audience members. U.S.A.! U.S.A.!                           the war on terror. Because we acted, many
                             U.S.A.!                                                        young girls now go to school for the first time
                                The President. In order to make sure we                     in their lives. Because we acted, America and
                             have jobs here in America and the economy                      the world are safer.
                             continues to grow, we need an energy plan.                        Before September the 11th, Libya was
                             I submitted a plan to the Congress 2 years                     spending millions to acquire weapons of mass
                             ago. It’s a plan that encourages conservation                  destruction. Today, because America and our
                             and encourages renewable sources of energy.                    allies have sent a strong and clear message,
                             It encourages exploration for natural gas in                   the leader of Libya has abandoned his pursuit
                             environmentally friendly ways. It encourages                   of weapons of mass destruction, and America
                             clean coal technology. What it says is in order                and the world are safer.
                             to grow this economy, we must be less de-                         Before September the 11th, the ruler of
                             pendent on foreign sources of energy.                          Iraq was a sworn enemy of America. He was
                                In order to make sure this economy con-                     defying the world. He was firing weapons at
                             tinues to grow and people can find work here                   pilots enforcing the world’s sanctions. He had
                             at home, we need to be wise about how we                       pursued and he had used weapons of mass
                             spend your money and we need to keep your                      destruction. He harbored terrorists. He in-
                             taxes low. I’m running against a fellow—he’s                   vaded his neighbors. He subsidized the fami-
                             already made over $2 trillion worth of prom-                   lies of suicide bombers. He murdered tens
                             ises. [Laughter] And we’re just coming down                    of thousands of his own citizens. He was the
                             the stretch. We have 2 more months to go.                      source of great instability in a world’s volatile
                             Imagine what it’s going to be like. And so                     region, and so, I saw a threat.
                             they said, ‘‘How are you going to pay for it?’’                   One of the lessons of September the 11th
                             And he put out that same old, tired slogan,                    that we must never forget is that this Nation
                             ‘‘Oh, I’m going to pay for it by taxing the                    must deal with threats before they fully mate-
                             rich.’’                                                        rialize. It’s an important lesson. So with that
                                Audience members. [Inaudible]                               in mind, I went to the United States Con-
                                The President. Yes. But you’ve heard that                   gress—I went to the Congress. I said, ‘‘I see
                             before, haven’t you?                                           a threat. My administration sees a threat.’’
                                Audience members. [Inaudible]                               They looked at the same intelligence I did.
                                The President. Yes. You know how the                        They remembered the same history of the
                             system works. They say they’re going to tax                    dictator, and they saw a threat, including my
                             the rich, but they hire lawyers and account-                   opponent. He saw a threat. He saw a threat
                             ants, and then you get stuck with the bill.                    and, along with many, authorized the use of
                             But we’re not going to let him tax you be-                     force.
                             cause I’m going to win.                                           Committing our troops into combat is the
                                We have more to do. We have more to                         last choice of a President—it must be the
                             do to wage and win the war against terror.                     last choice, so I went to the United Nations.
                             America’s future depends on our willingness                    And I said, ‘‘We see a threat.’’ They looked
                             to lead in the world. If America shows uncer-                  at the intelligence. They remembered the
                             tainty or weakness in this decade, the world                   history, and they saw a threat. Remember,
                             will drift toward tragedy. This will not hap-                  they passed a resolution 15 to nothing that
                             pen on my watch.                                               said, ‘‘Saddam Hussein, disclose, disarm, or
                                The world changed on a terrible Sep-                        face serious consequences.’’
                             tember morning, and since that day, we’ve                         But as he had for over a decade, he refused
                             changed the world. Before September the                        to comply with the demands of the free
                             11th, Afghanistan served as the home base                      world. He chose defiance once again. As a
                             of Al Qaida, which trained and deployed                        matter of fact, when we tried to send inspec-
                             thousands of killers in cells around the world,                tors into the country, he systematically de-
                             including the United States. Because we                        ceived the inspectors. So I had a choice to
                             acted, Afghanistan is a rising democracy.                      make. The choice was: Do I trust a madman




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                             and forget the lessons of September the 11th,                     The President. At bases across the coun-
                             or take actions to defend America? I will de-                  try and around the world, I’ve seen the great
                             fend America every time.                                       decency and the unselfish courage of our
                                Even though we did not find the stockpiles                  service men and women. I want to thank the
                             we expected to find, Saddam had the capa-                      veterans who are here for setting such a great
                             bility of making weapons of mass destruction,                  example for those who wear the uniform. I
                             and he could have passed that capability on                    made a commitment to our troops and to
                             to others, including our enemy. Knowing                        the loved ones of our troops that they will
                             what I know today, I would have made the                       have the resources they need to fight and
                             same decision. America and the world are                       win the war on terror. That’s why last Sep-
                             safer with Saddam Hussein sitting in a prison                  tember, while our troops were in combat in
                             cell.                                                          Afghanistan and Iraq, I proposed supple-
                                I’m running because I understand we have                    mental funding to support them in their mis-
                             more to do to defend this country. It’s the                    sion. This was legislation that provided fund-
                             most solemn duty of Government, is to de-                      ing for body armor and vital equipment, for
                             fend the American people. So we’ll continue                    hazard pay, health benefits, ammunition,
                             to work with our friends and allies to aggres-                 fuel, and spare parts. This was necessary
                             sively pursue these terrorists in Iraq and Af-                 funding. We received great bipartisan sup-
                             ghanistan and elsewhere around the world.                      port. In the Senate, matter of fact, the bipar-
                                                                                            tisan support was so strong only 12 Members
                             You cannot talk sense to these people. You
                                                                                            voted against it.
                             can’t rationalize with them. You cannot hope
                                                                                               Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                             for the best. We must aggressively pursue
                                                                                               The President. Two of those twelve Sen-
                             them and defeat them around the world so
                                                                                            ators are my opponent and his runningmate.
                             we do not face them here at home.
                                                                                               Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                                We will continue to lead the world with                        The President. He said—they asked him,
                             confidence and moral clarity. See, we put to-                  they said, ‘‘Why did you do that?’’ He said,
                             gether a strong coalition. Nearly 40 nations                   ‘‘Well, I actually did vote for the 87 billion,
                             are involved in Afghanistan. Some 30 nations                   right before I voted against it.’’ ‘‘Voto si, y
                             are involved in Iraq. We will continue to                      despues voto no.’’ Muy claro. [Laughter]
                             work with our alliances and our friends for                       And so they said, ‘‘Well, wait a minute.’’
                             the sake of freedom and peace, but I will                      And they kept pressing. And he said, ‘‘Well,
                             never turn over America’s national security                    I was proud of the vote.’’ And then finally
                             decisions to leaders of other countries.                       he said, ‘‘It’s just a complicated matter.’’
                                We will keep our commitments to help Af-                    There’s nothing complicated about sup-
                             ghanistan and Iraq become peaceful demo-                       porting our troops in combat.
                             cratic societies. That’s what we’re going to                      In the long run, our security is not guaran-
                             do. You see, these two nations are now gov-                    teed by force alone. We will work to change
                             erned by strong leaders. They’re on the path                   the conditions that give rise to terror, poverty
                             to elections. In Afghanistan and Iraq, we’ve                   and hopelessness and resentment. A free and
                             set a clear goal, peaceful and democratic                      peaceful Iraq and a free and peaceful Af-
                             countries that are allies in the war on terror.                ghanistan will be powerful examples in their
                             Our military forces will help them meet that                   neighborhood. See, we believe in America
                             goal by training Afghan and Iraqi forces so                    that free countries do not export terror; free
                             they can defend their own countries. Our                       countries do not stifle the dreams of their
                             military will complete—un momento—we                           citizens.
                             will complete our mission as quickly as pos-                      By serving the ideal of liberty, we’re bring-
                             sible so our troops do not stay a day longer                   ing hope to others, and that makes America
                             than necessary.                                                more secure. By serving the ideal of liberty,
                                Our commitments are being kept by a fan-                    we’re spreading the peace that we all long
                             tastic military. I am so proud——                               for. By serving the ideal of liberty, we’re serv-
                                Audience members. U.S.A.! U.S.A.!                           ing the deepest ideals of our national soul.
                             U.S.A.!                                                        Freedom is not America’s gift to the world.




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                             Freedom is the Almighty God’s gift to each                        When I say something, I mean it. We will
                             man and woman in this world.                                   not rest until the Cuban people enjoy the
                                And over the next 4 years, I will continue                  same freedoms in Havana that they receive
                             to work to ensure that gift of freedom                         here in America.
                             reaches the men and women of Cuba. Last                           There’s more work to be done to protect
                             weekend, we’re continuing to implement our                     the homeland. We’ve got more work to do.
                             strategy of la verdad, the truth. We took ac-                  I just want you to know there’s a lot of really
                             tion to continue breaking the dictator’s infor-                good people who are working hard and long
                             mation blockade. We launched the first of                      hours to protect you, people at the Federal
                             what will be regular airborne broadcasts into                  level, people at the State level, first-respond-
                             Cuba. We will continue those broadcasts.                       ers here at the local level. We’re spending
                             The Cuban people are hearing the truth once                    a lot of time. I appreciate the firefighters and
                             again.                                                         police officers and emergency teams that are
                                I believe and strongly believe the people                   here with us today.
                             of Cuba should be free from the tyrant. And                       There’s more work to be done. You know,
                             I believe that enforcing the embargo is a nec-                 we created the Department of Homeland Se-
                             essary part of that strategy. My opponent has                  curity. We’re now reforming our intelligence
                             a different approach. Last year, after Castro                  service so we can get better intelligence and
                             launched a brutal crackdown on dissidents,                     share the intelligence better to disrupt ter-
                             my opponent responded by voting to reward                      rorist plots. We’ve got to do better in our
                             the dictator by lifting the tourism travel ban.                ports and on our borders. We’ve got a lot
                                Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                  of work to do. But I just want to warn you,
                                The President. He even criticized some                      reform isn’t easy in Washington. There’s a
                             of the dissidents. He said their efforts to pro-               lot of entrenched interests up there. A lot
                             mote democracy were counterproductive.                         of people say they like the status quo. It’s
                                Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                  not enough to advocate reform. You’ve got
                                The President. And he said they had                         to be able to get the job done.
                             brought down the hammer on themselves.                            So when you go out and work on our be-
                                Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                  half, you tell them that when it comes to re-
                                The President. Sus palabra. A few years                     forming our schools and raising the standards
                             earlier in 2000, he said the only reason we                    and improving the lives of our children, we’re
                             don’t change the embargo is because of the                     getting the job done. When it comes to
                             politics of Florida.                                           health care reforms that helps our seniors
                                Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                  and our families, we’re getting the job done.
                                The President. Now he’s changing his                        When it comes to improving our economy
                             tune. Earlier this year, he came down here,                    and creating quality jobs, we are getting the
                             and he explained his position on the Helms-                    job done. When it comes to better securing
                             Burton law. It’s a tough measure that has suc-                 our homeland and fighting the forces of ter-
                             ceeded in denying hard currency into Cuba                      ror and spreading peace and freedom, we’re
                             to the Castro regime so he can exploit the                     getting the job done. When it comes to a
                             people. He said, and I quote, ‘‘I voted for                    firm policy on Cuba, we’re getting the job
                             the Helms-Burton legislation,’’ end quote.                     done. When it comes to electing a President,
                             That’s what he said. But there’s one problem.                  put somebody back in office who can get the
                             He voted against it.                                           job done.
                                Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                     Audience members. Four more years!
                                The President. To clear things up, his                      Four more years! Four more years!
                             campaign said that while he did vote against                      The President. These are changing times
                             final passage, he had voted for it months ear-                 we live in. These are changing times, and
                             lier.                                                          they’re challenging times. They’re exciting
                                Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                  times as well. But in these changing times,
                                The President. In other words, he voted                     there are—some things will never change:
                             for it before he voted against it. ‘‘Voto si,                  Our belief in liberty and opportunity and the
                             y despues voto no.’’                                           nonnegotiable demands of human dignity;




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                           our belief in the values we try to live by,                     thinking about how best to protect America.
                           courage and compassion, reverence and in-                       I will never relent in defending our country,
                           tegrity. In changing times, we will honor our                   whatever it takes.
                           families, our schools, and our religious con-                      We have done a lot together. We have
                           gregations.                                                     done a lot together, and we’ve done a lot
                              We stand for institutions like marriage and                  of hard work. We’ve done a lot of hard work.
                           family, which are the foundations of society.                   There’s more work to be done. We will
                           We stand for a culture of life in which every                   spread ownership and opportunity to every
                           person matters and every person counts. We                      corner of this country—I mean every corner.
                           stand for judges who faithfully interpret the                   I want everybody, no matter where they’re
                           law instead of legislating from the bench.                      from, where they were raised, to be able to
                              We stand for a culture of responsibility in                  realize the great potential, the great dream
                           America. Our culture is changing from one                       of America. We’ll pass the enduring values
                           that has said, ‘‘If it feels good, do it,’’ ‘‘You               of our country on to another generation.
                           got a problem, blame somebody else,’’ to a                      During the next 4 years, we will continue
                           culture in which each of us understands                         to lead the cause of freedom and peace.
                           we’re responsible for the decisions we make                        When I campaigned in your great State
                           in life. If you’re fortunate enough to be a                     4 years ago and around our Nation, I made
                           mother or a father, you are responsible for                     a pledge to my fellow Americans, if you hon-
                           loving your child with all your heart and all                   ored me with the great responsibility of being
                           your soul. If you’re worried about the quality                  President, I would uphold the honor and the
                           of the education in the community in which                      dignity of the office to which I had been
                           you live, you’re responsible for doing some-                    elected. Y con su apoyo—and with your help,
                           thing about it. If you’re a CEO in corporate                                                 ˜
                                                                                           I will do so por quatro mas anos.
                           America, you are responsible for telling the                       Thank you all for coming. Vamos a ganar.
                           truth to your shareholders and your employ-                     Thank you all. God bless.
                           ees. And in a responsibility society, each of
                           us is responsible for loving our neighbor just                  NOTE: The President spoke at 5:13 p.m. at the
                           like we’d like to be loved ourselves.                           Miami Arena. In his remarks, he referred to Gov.
                              For all Americans, these years in our his-                   Jeb Bush of Florida; Col. Muammar Abu Minyar
                           tory will stand apart. There are quiet times                    al-Qadhafi, leader of Libya; President Fidel Cas-
                           in the life of a nation when little is expect                   tro of Cuba; and Rudolph W. Giuliani, former
                           of its leaders. This isn’t one of those times.                  mayor of New York City. The transcript released
                                                                                           by the Office of the Press Secretary also included
                           This is a time where we need firm resolve,                      the remarks of the First Lady, who introduced
                           clear vision, and deep belief in the values                     the President. This item was not received in time
                           that make this country such a wonderful                         for publication in the appropriate issue.
                           country.
                              Audience members. U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
                           U.S.A.!                                                         The President’s Radio Address
                              The President. None of us will ever forget                   August 28, 2004
                           that week when one era ended and another
                           began. I was traveling with Rudy Giuliani                          Good morning. In the 3 years since our
                           yesterday in New Mexico, and I—it re-                           country was attacked, America has remained
                           minded me of the day we spent together,                         on the offensive against terrorist enemies
                           September the 14th, 2001, the day I stood                       wherever they hide and plot. Part of that of-
                           in the ruins of the Twin Towers, the day that,                  fensive has been to reorganize our Govern-
                           obviously, I’ll never forget. There were work-                  ment so that all our intelligence and law en-
                           ers in hardhats yelling, ‘‘Whatever it takes.’’                 forcement agencies cooperate effectively to
                           I was walking down, thanking people, and                        expose and disrupt threats against America.
                           a fellow looked me and said, ‘‘Do not let me                       The Commission on Terrorist Attacks
                           down.’’ This is one of these memories that                      Upon the United States, also known as the
                           have been indelibly etched in my mind. I                        9/11 Commission, concluded that these ef-
                           wake up every day in this great job of mine                     forts have made America safer. They also




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                           concluded that America is still not safe. I                     a new Information Systems Council to iden-
                           agree with both of those conclusions, and so                    tify and break down any remaining barriers
                           my administration is taking additional actions                  to the rapid sharing of threat information by
                           to reform our intelligence services and im-                     America’s intelligence agencies, law enforce-
                           prove America’s ability to find, track, and                     ment agencies, and State and local govern-
                           stop dangerous terrorists.                                      ments. To continue to protect the freedoms
                              This week, I signed a series of Executive                    and privacy of our citizens, I’ve established
                           orders to ensure that the people in Govern-                     a Civil Liberties Board to monitor informa-
                           ment responsible for defending America and                      tion-sharing practices.
                           countering terrorism have the best possible                        America faces a great threat, and our Gov-
                           information and support to identify threats                     ernment is doing everything in its power to
                           and to protect the homeland. Some of these                      confront and defeat that threat. We have
                           orders reflect specific recommendations of                      made great progress against the terrorists
                           the 9/11 Commission. All of them are essen-                     who seek to harm our Nation. We have made
                           tial to America’s security as we wage the war                   great progress in protecting our homeland.
                           on terror.                                                      In all that lies ahead, America will stay fo-
                              First, I have ordered the Director of Cen-                   cused and determined, and we will prevail.
                           tral Intelligence to perform the functions of                      Thank you for listening.
                           the National Intelligence Director within the
                           constraints of existing law, until Congress                     NOTE: The address was recorded at 1:25 p.m. on
                           establishes that position. I agree with the                     August 27 in the Roosevelt Room at the White
                           9/11 Commission that America needs a single                     House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on August 28.
                           official to coordinate the foreign and domes-                   The transcript was made available by the Office
                                                                                           of the Press Secretary on August 27 but was em-
                           tic activities of the intelligence community                    bargoed for release until the broadcast. The Office
                           with authority over personnel, budgeting,                       of the Press Secretary also released a Spanish lan-
                           and policy. I am working with Members of                        guage transcript of this address.
                           Congress to create this position, and while
                           we act, the Director of Central Intelligence
                           will play an expanded role. I also urge Con-                    Remarks in Troy, Ohio
                           gress to act swiftly on my nomination of Por-                   August 28, 2004
                           ter Goss, a proven reformer with decades of
                           experience in intelligence to lead the CIA.                        The President. Thanks for coming. Thank
                              Second, I have ordered the establishment                     you for bringing your families. Thanks for
                           of a National Counterterrorism Center. This                     taking time out of your Saturday morning to
                           new center builds on the capabilities of the                    provide such a warm welcome to somebody
                           Terrorist Threat Integration Center, which                      who is coming here to ask for your help and
                           I created more than a year ago. The Center                      ask for your vote. I’m proud to be in Miami
                           will become our Government’s central                            County, Ohio, today to kick off a bus tour
                           knowledge bank for information about                            across your important State. I’m here to say
                           known and suspected terrorists and will help                    to you, I’m ready to lead this Nation for 4
                           ensure effective joint action across the Gov-                   more years, and I want your help.
                           ernment so that our efforts against terrorists                     Boehner said if you came to this part of
                           are unified in priority and purpose. Center                     the world, some people might show up to
                           personnel will also prepare the daily ter-                      say hello. He was right, and I’m grateful.
                           rorism threat report that comes to me and                       Thanks for being here. I’m proud to call John
                           to senior Government officials.                                 Boehner my friend. I know you’re proud to
                              Third, we’re making sure that all agencies                   call him Congressman. He’s doing a great job
                           of our Government share vital threat infor-                     on the people of this part of the world, and
                           mation. I have ordered the Director of Cen-                     I appreciate serving with him.
                           tral Intelligence to ensure that we have com-                      I wish Laura were here to see the size of
                           mon standards and clear accountability meas-                    this crowd. She’s not going to believe when
                           ures for intelligence sharing across the agen-                  I tell her how many people came. She’s going
                           cies of our Government. I have established                      to say it was just a Texas tall tale. Laura is




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                             a great mother, a wonderful wife, a terrific                   you all who are involved in the grassroots ef-
                             First Lady. I’m going to give you some rea-                    forts here in Ohio. I want to thank you for
                             sons why I hope you put me back into office                    going to your community centers and your
                             today, but perhaps the most important one                      places of worship and where you work and
                             of all is so that Laura will be the First Lady                 saying to your friends and neighbors, ‘‘Reg-
                             for 4 more years.                                              ister to vote.’’ It’s important you do so. And
                                I’m proud of my runningmate, Dick Che-                      then after you get them registered, remind
                             ney. Listen, I didn’t pick him because of his                  them to vote. And as they start heading to
                             wavy hair. [Laughter] I picked him because                     the polls, tell them if they want an adminis-
                             of his sound judgment, his vast experience.                    tration that’s going to make this country
                             I picked him because he can get the job                        safer, stronger, and better, put Dick Cheney
                             done.                                                          and me back in office.
                                I want to thank Governor Bob Taft for                           Listen, we have done a lot in this country.
                             joining us today. Mr. Governor, thank you                      We’ve accomplished a great deal.
                             for joining me on this bus trip. We’re trav-                       Audience members. Four more years!
                             eling across this great State of yours, shaking                Four more years! Four more years!
                             as many hands as possible, looking people                          The President. We have been through a
                             in the eye, and saying, ‘‘I’ve got a clear vision              lot together. And we’ve accomplished a lot.
                             of where I want to take this country.’’                        But there’s only one reason to look backward,
                                I want to thank Senator Mike DeWine for                     and that is to determine who best to lead
                             being on this bus trip with me today. I appre-                 us forward. I’m here to tell you that all—
                             ciate working with Mike and the other Sen-                     we’ve done a lot. We have more to do. We
                             ator, George Voinovich. Put George back in                     have more to do to make this country a more
                             there for 6 years. You need him in the State                   secure country. We have more to do to
                             of Ohio. Mike wisely brought his wife, Fran,                   spread the peace. We have more to do to
                             and daughter, Anna. I’m proud to be trav-                      make America a hopeful place for every sin-
                             eling with them as well.                                       gle citizen.
                                I want to thank Secretary of State Ken                          And that starts with making sure our pub-
                             Blackwell for joining us today.                                lic schools are the centers of excellence we
                                Mr. Mayor is with us. Mr. Mayor, His                        know they can be. John Boehner mentioned
                             Honor, Mike Beamish, is with us. Mr. Mayor,                    the No Child Left Behind Act. I want to take
                             thank you for your hospitality. I appreciate                   you back 31⁄2 years ago to a system that sim-
                             you letting us use this fantastic town square.                 ply moved children through, year after year,
                             Such a beautiful sight, made more beautiful                    grade after grade, without teaching the ba-
                             by the fact that a lot of your citizens have                   sics. So we challenged the soft bigotry of low
                             come here today. My only advice, Mr. Mayor,                    expectations. We raised the bar, because we
                             is make sure you fill the potholes. [Laughter]                 know every child can learn to read and write
                                I appreciate Don McLaurin, the mayor of                     and add and subtract. We expect every child
                             Trotwood, Ohio, for being here. I want to                      to learn to read and write and add and sub-
                             thank all the local officials. I want to thank                 tract. We increased Federal funding, but we
                             the Troy High Marching Band for being here                     increased local control of schools and ac-
                             today.                                                         countability across America so not one child
                                Today when we landed in Dayton, I met                       is left behind in this country.
                             Becky Brown. [Applause] She brought some                           We’re making progress. We’re closing the
                             of her cousins with her. [Laughter] Becky                      achievement gap in America, but there’s
                             is the one millionth person to sign up as a                    more to do. We want to make sure math and
                             volunteer in the Bush-Cheney ’04 effort.                       sciences are emphasized in our high schools,
                             That means she’s willing to put up signs and                   so our youngsters can be able to participate
                             willing to get on the phone and willing to                     in the jobs of the 21st century. We’re going
                             work and turn out the vote.                                    to expand the Internet in the classrooms.
                                See, we have a duty in our country to vote.                 We’re going to make sure there’s early inter-
                             We have an obligation to participate in the                    vention programs available so kids don’t slip
                             political process. So I’m here to thank all of                 behind. We’re going to make sure that a high




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                             school diploma means something over the                        derstand there’s places here in Ohio that are
                             next 4 years. What I’m telling you is, 4 more                  lagging behind the national recovery. We will
                             years of this administration will help a rising                continue to work to create an environment
                             generation earn the skills and confidence                      for jobs to grow so people can find work.
                             necessary to compete in a global world.                        But I want to remind you, we’ve been
                                 We have more to do to make health care                     through a lot in this country. We’ve been
                             available and affordable. When we came to                      through a recession and corporate scandals
                             office, you might remember all those political                 and an attack on our country. Yet, we’re over-
                             campaigns: ‘‘Give us a chance. We’ll fix                       coming these obstacles. We’re overcoming
                             Medicare for our seniors. We’ll make sure                      these obstacles because the entrepreneurial
                             the system is strengthened and modern.’’ But                   spirit is strong in America. We’re overcoming
                             nothing ever got done. We got the job done                     these obstacles because America’s farmers
                             for the seniors of America. The Medicare sys-                  and ranchers know what they’re doing. We’re
                             tem gives seniors more choices. And starting                   coming over—we’re overcoming these obsta-
                             in 2006, there will be prescription drugs                      cles because we’ve got the greatest workers
                             available for those on Medicare.                               in the world in this country. And I think
                                 We’re making progress when it comes to                     we’re overcoming these obstacles because of
                             health care. We’ve expanded the number of                      well-timed tax cuts.
                             community centers that are available for low-                     You might remember that tax relief. We
                             income Americans. We provided health sav-                      said, ‘‘If we’re going to provide tax relief, ev-
                             ings accounts to encourage families to save,                   erybody who pays taxes gets relief.’’ We’re
                             tax-free, for their own needs. When it comes                   not going to play politics with your wallet.
                             to making health care more affordable and                      We raised the child credit to help moms and
                             available, there is more work to be done over                  dads with raising their children. We reduced
                             the next 4 years. Most people get their health                 the marriage penalty. I believe the Tax Code
                             care through their businesses. Most new jobs                   ought to encourage marriage, not penalize
                             are created by small businesses. Many small                    marriage. We’re helping our small busi-
                             businesses are having trouble affording                        nesses, and it’s working. Our economy has
                             health care. Therefore, in order to help                       been growing at rates as fast as any in nearly
                             American families, it makes sense to let small                 20 years. We’ve added 1.5 million new jobs
                             businesses pool together and purchase insur-                   over the past 12 months. The national unem-
                             ance at the same discount that big businesses                  ployment rate is 5.5 percent, which is lower
                             are able to do.                                                than the national average of the 1970s, the
                                 We will harness technology to reduce costs                 1980s, and the 1990s.
                             and reduce error. We will continue to expand                      We’re headed in the right direction, but
                             research to seek new cures for diseases. And                   there’s more work to be done. In order to
                             I’ll tell you what else you need to do, not                    keep jobs here in America, this Nation needs
                             only in Ohio but around the Nation, we must                    an energy policy. We need to encourage con-
                             stop these frivolous lawsuits that are running                 servation. We need to encourage alternative
                             up the cost of health care and driving docs                    uses of energy. But we need to be using Ohio
                             out of business. You cannot be pro-doctor                      coal and Ohio natural gas to make us less
                             and pro-patient and pro-hospital and pro-                      dependent on foreign sources of energy.
                             plaintiff-attorney at the same time. You have                     In order to make sure jobs stay here in
                             to make your choice. My opponent made his                      Ohio and America, we’re going to make sure
                             choice, and he put him on the ticket. I made                   countries treat us the way we treat them
                             my choice. I’m standing with the docs and                      when it comes to trade. Our markets are
                             patients. I am for medical liability reform                    open. They need to open up their markets
                             now. In all we do to improve health care in                    because American workers can compete with
                             America, we will make sure the health deci-                    anybody, anyplace, anytime in this world.
                             sions are made by doctors and patients, not                       We need to get rid of these junk lawsuits
                             by Washington, DC, bureaucrats.                                that are threatening small businesses all
                                 We’ve got to make—we’ve got to do more                     across America. We need to make sure our
                             to make this economy stronger. Listen, I un-                   regulatory system is reasonable and fair. In




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                             order to keep jobs here in America, we’ve                         Before September the 11th, Libya was
                             got to make sure American workers gain the                     spending millions to acquire weapons of mass
                             skills necessary to fill the jobs of the 21st                  destruction. Today, because America and our
                             century, which means we will continue to use                   allies have sent a strong and easy-to-under-
                             our community college systems as a place for                   stand message, the leader of Libya has aban-
                             people to receive a lifetime of learning in                    doned his pursuit of weapons of mass de-
                             America.                                                       struction, and America and the world are
                                And finally, to make sure this economy                      safer.
                             grows and jobs stay here in America, we’ve                        Before September the 11th, the ruler of
                             got to be wise about how we spend your                         Iraq was a sworn enemy of America. He was
                             money. And we’ve got to keep your taxes low.                   defying the world. He was firing missiles at
                             [Applause] Yes. We have a difference of                        American pilots enforcing the world’s sanc-
                             opinion in this race. I’m running against a                    tions. He had used weapons of mass destruc-
                             fellow who has already promised over $2 tril-                  tion. He harbored terrorists. He invaded his
                             lion of new spending.                                          neighbors. He subsidized the families of sui-
                                Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                  cide bombers. He murdered tens of thou-
                                The President. And there’s still Sep-                       sands of his own citizens. He was a source
                             tember and October to go. [Laughter] He’s                      of great instability in the world’s most volatile
                             got plenty of time to go out there and make                    region.
                             more promises. They said, ‘‘How are you                           I saw a threat. One of the important les-
                             going to pay for it?’’ He said, ‘‘Oh, I’m going                sons of September the 11th that this Nation
                             to tax the rich.’’ You’ve heard that before,                   must never forget is that we must take threats
                             haven’t you? Every time they say ‘‘tax the                     seriously before they fully materialize. I went
                             rich,’’ the rich dodge and you pay. But we’re                  to the United States Congress. I said, ‘‘I see
                             not going to let him. We’re going to beat                      a threat.’’ They looked at the same intel-
                             him in November of this year.                                  ligence I had looked at. They looked at the
                                Audience members. Four more years!                          same history of Saddam Hussein and came
                             Four more years! Four more years!                              to the same conclusion, as they authorized
                                The President. I’m running because I                        the use of force. Republicans and Democrats
                             know we have more to do to wage and win                        alike saw a threat, including my opponent.
                             the war against the terrorists. America’s fu-                     I then went to the United Nations. Before
                             ture depends on our willingness to lead in                     a President is to commit force, we must try
                             this world. If America shows uncertainty or                    all means necessary to solve a threat peace-
                             weakness in this decade, the world will drift                  fully. So I went to the United Nations. I said,
                             toward tragedy. This is not going to happen                    ‘‘We see a threat.’’ They looked at the same
                             on my watch.                                                   intelligence, and as they had for over a dec-
                                The world changed on a terrible Sep-                        ade, they concluded that Saddam Hussein
                             tember morning, and since that day, we have                    was a threat. The U.N. Security Council
                             changed the world. Before September the                        voted 15 to nothing to say to Saddam Hus-
                             11th, Afghanistan served as the home base                      sein, ‘‘Disclose, disarm, or face serious con-
                             of Al Qaida, which trained and deployed                        sequences.’’ As he had for over a decade, he
                             thousands of killers to set up cells around                    refused to comply with the demands of the
                             the world, including the United States. Be-                    free world. As a matter of fact, he systemati-
                             cause we acted, Afghanistan is a rising de-                    cally deceived the inspectors that were sent
                             mocracy. You realize, over 10 million people                   into his country.
                             have registered to vote in the Presidential                       So I had a choice to make: Do I forget
                             elections coming this fall in Afghanistan. Be-                 the lessons of September the 11th and take
                             cause we acted, many young girls go to school                  the word of a madman, or defend this coun-
                             for the first time in that country. Because                    try? Given that choice, I will defend America
                             we acted, Afghanistan is an ally in the war                    every time.
                             on terror. Because we acted, America and                          Audience members. Four more years!
                             the world are safer.                                           Four more years! Four more years!




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                                The President. Even though we did not                       they become peaceful and democratic soci-
                             find the stockpiles we expected to find, Sad-                  eties. These countries are now governed by
                             dam Hussein had the capability of making                       two strong leaders, leaders who have set their
                             weapons of mass destruction, and he could                      countries on the path to elections.
                             have passed that capability on to the enemy.                      We have a clear goal in Afghanistan and
                             That was a risk we could not afford to take                    Iraq. We want a peaceful and democratic
                             after September the 11th. Knowing what I                       country to emerge that are allies in the war
                             know today, I would have made the same                         on terror. Our military forces will help meet
                             decision. America and the world are safer                      that goal by not only providing security for
                             with Saddam Hussein sitting in a prison cell.                  a political process to develop but by helping
                                Now, almost 2 years after he voted for the                  to train Afghans and Iraqis so they get to
                             war in Iraq and 7 months after switching po-                   defeat those who want to stop the march of
                             sitions to declare himself the antiwar can-                    freedom in their own countries. We will com-
                             didate, my opponent has found a new nu-                        plete this mission as quickly as possible, so
                             ance. He now agrees it was the right decision                  our troops do not stay a day longer than nec-
                             to go into Iraq. See, after months of ques-                    essary.
                             tioning my motives and even my credibility,                       And I’m proud of our military. They’re
                             he now agrees with me that even though we                      doing the hard work of freedom and peace.
                             did not find the stockpiles we thought we                      I want to thank all the veterans who are here
                             would find, knowing everything we know
                                                                                            today for setting such a fine example for
                             today, he would have voted to go into Iraq
                                                                                            those who wear the uniform.
                             and remove Saddam Hussein from power. I
                             want to thank him for clearing that up. How-                      I have made a commitment to those who
                             ever, I warn you that there’s still a little more              wear our uniform and to their loved ones that
                             than 60 days left in the campaign for him                      they will have the resources they need to
                             to change his mind again. [Laughter]                           fight and win the war against the terrorists.
                                We have more to do. I’m running because                     We are meeting that commitment in Wash-
                             I understand that we must continue to work                     ington, DC. Last September, while our
                             with our friends and allies to aggressively                    troops were in combat in Afghanistan and
                             pursue the terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan                  Iraq, I proposed supplemental funding to
                             and elsewhere. You cannot talk sense to these                  support them in their missions. This legisla-
                             people, see. You cannot negotiate with them.                   tion provided money for body armor, vital
                             We can’t be blind to the realities of the world                equipment, hazard pay, health benefits, am-
                             and hope for the best. We must aggressively                    munition, and fuel and spare parts. It was
                             pursue them around the world so we do not                      necessary. It was an important piece of legis-
                             have to face them here at home.                                lation. We received great bipartisan support.
                                We will continue to lead this world with                    So strong was the bipartisan support that only
                             confidence and moral clarity. We put to-                       12 Members of the United States Senate
                             gether a vast coalition of like-minded nations,                voted against this vital funding, 2 of whom
                             who are working to secure our people and                       are my opponent and his runningmate.
                             to spread the peace. We’ve got nearly 40 na-                      Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                             tions involved in Afghanistan, some 30 in-                        The President. So they said, ‘‘Why did
                             volved in Iraq, over 60 involved in a Pro-                     you make that vote?’’ He said, ‘‘I actually
                             liferation Security Initiative to interdict tech-              voted for the $87 billion, right before I voted
                             nology and supplies to potentially build                       against it.’’ I suspect you don’t find a lot of
                             weapons of mass destruction. We will con-                      people right here in the town square in Troy,
                             tinue to work and build our alliances over                     Ohio, who talk like that. They then pressed
                             the next 4 years. But I will never turn over                   him, and they said, ‘‘Don’t you have another
                             America’s national security decisions to lead-                 explanation?’’ He said, well, he’s proud of the
                             ers of other countries.                                        vote, and then he finally said, ‘‘It’s just a com-
                                We will keep our commitments to Afghan-                     plicated matter.’’ There is nothing com-
                             istan and Iraq so that they become peaceful,                   plicated about supporting our troops in com-
                             democratic societies. It’s in our interests that               bat.




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                                In our long run—in the long run, our secu-                  reforming schools so we can increase excel-
                             rity is not guaranteed by force alone. We                      lence in every classroom in America, we’re
                             must work to change the conditions that give                   getting the job done. When it comes to
                             rise to terror, poverty and hopelessness and                   health care for our seniors and for American
                             resentment. A free and peaceful Iraq and a                     families, we’re getting the job done. When
                             free and peaceful Afghanistan will serve as                    it comes to expanding our economy, defeat-
                             powerful examples in a neighborhood that is                    ing the recession, we’re getting the job done.
                             desperate for freedom. Free countries do not                   When it comes to defending this homeland
                             export terror. Free countries listen to the                    and spreading freedom and peace, we’re get-
                             hopes and aspirations of their people. Free                    ting the job done. When it comes to electing
                             countries make the world a more peaceful                       a President, reelect somebody who can get
                             place.                                                         the job done.
                                By serving the cause of liberty, we’re                          Audience members. Four more years!
                             bringing hope to others, and that makes                        Four more years! Four more years!
                             America more secure. By serving the cause                          The President. We’re living in a time of
                             of liberty, we’re making the world a more                      change. It’s a time of change, and change
                             peaceful place. By serving the cause of lib-                   can be unsettling. Government must recog-
                             erty, we’re serving the deepest ideals of our                  nize that and Government must stand side
                             own country. Freedom is not America’s gift                     by side with workers and families during this
                             to the world. Freedom is the Almighty God’s                    time of change. See, we have a difference
                             gift to each man and woman in this world.                      of philosophy in this race. I believe Govern-
                                We’ve got more work to do to protect this                   ment ought to help, not give orders. I believe
                             homeland. I see firefighters and police offi-                  ought to—Government ought to encourage
                             cers who are here with us today. I want to                     people to realize their dreams, not dictate
                             thank the first-responders for their hard                      to people how to achieve their dreams. And
                             work. You need to know that cooperation at                     there’s a difference in philosophy that I in-
                             the Federal level and State level and local                    tend to make and clarify across this country.
                             level has vastly improved since September                      And one of the ways that Government can
                             the 11th, and it needs to be. There’s an                       help people during times of change is to en-
                             enemy that lurks and still hates us. We have                   courage an ownership society, is to encour-
                             more work to do. Yesterday I announced fur-                    age people to own their own business.
                             ther reforms of intelligence-gathering sys-                    There’s nothing better than an America for
                             tems to make sure that we get the best infor-                  people to know that the entrepreneurial spir-
                             mation so we can respond to threat to our                      it is strong and alive and well.
                             country. It is essential that Congress renew                       In order to provide security during a time
                             the PATRIOT Act. The PATRIOT Act gives                         of change, we ought to encourage health care
                             our law enforcement vital tools to break and                   accounts that people own and call their own,
                             find terrorist cells before they can affect                    that they can take from job to job. I see we’ve
                             America. No, we’re working hard to secure                      got a lot of younger workers here, and I want
                             our ports and secure our borders. There’s a                    to thank you for coming. But you need to
                             lot of good people working on your behalf                      make sure you listen carefully to the debate
                             to make this homeland more secure.                             on Social Security. Baby boomers like me are
                                But I will warn you, reform is not easy                     just fine when it comes to the fiscal sanity
                             in Washington. There’s a lot of entrenched                     of Social Security. People just starting in the
                             interests there. There’s a lot of people who                   workplace better understand that we must
                             have spent a lifetime in Washington, and they                  think differently about how to strengthen So-
                             want to defend the status quo. It’s not                        cial Security. I believe the best way to do
                             enough to advocate reform. You have to be                      so is to make sure younger workers have the
                             able to get the job done.                                      option of taking some of their own money
                                And so when you’re out campaigning on                       and putting them in personal savings ac-
                             my behalf, when you’re out there registering                   counts that they can call their own.
                             people to vote and then encouraging them                           In a changing world, when the workplace
                             to vote, remind them that when it comes to                     has changed, we’ve got to make sure our




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                             work rules are family-friendly. That includes                  continue to rally the armies of compassion
                             flex-time and comp-time to allow moms and                      over the next 4 years, call upon those loving
                             dads to spend more quality time with their                     souls who have heard the call to love a neigh-
                             children.                                                      bor so that we can change America one heart,
                                In a changing world, there’s nothing like                   one conscience, and one soul at a time.
                             owning your own home to provide hope and                           For all Americans, these years in our his-
                             stability. Homeownership rates are at an all-                  tory will always stand apart. You know, there
                             time high in America. We will continue to                      are quiet times in the life of a nation when
                             promote policy that encourages that moment                     little is expected of its leaders. This isn’t one
                             when somebody opens the door of their                          of those times. This is a time where we need
                             dwelling and says, ‘‘Welcome to my house.’’                    firm resolve, clear vision, and a deep belief
                             That’s what we love to hear. We love to hear                   in the values that make America a great
                             that phrase, ‘‘Welcome to my piece of prop-                    place.
                             erty.’’ When you own something, you have                           None of us will ever forget that era
                             a vital stake in the future of the United States               when—that week when one era ended and
                             of America.                                                    another began. On September the 14th,
                                In a time of change, there are some things                  2001, I stood in the ruins of the Twin Towers.
                             that won’t change: the values we try to live                   It is a day that I will never forget. There
                             by, courage and compassion, reverence, and                     were workers in hardhats yelling at me,
                             integrity; our belief in liberty and opportunity               ‘‘Whatever it takes.’’ I remember walking the
                             and the nonnegotiable demands of human                         line, thanking the firefighters and rescuers
                             dignity. In a time of change, we will support                  who were there, and a guy with bloodshot
                             the institutions that give us direction and                    eyes grabbed me by the arm, stared square
                             purpose, our families, our schools, our reli-                  in my eyes, and said, ‘‘Do not let me down.’’
                             gious congregations.                                           Moments I will never forget. I wake up every
                                We believe—we stand for institutions like                   morning thinking about how to better protect
                             marriage and family, which are the founda-                     America. I will never relent in defending this
                             tions of society. We stand for a culture of                    country, whatever it takes.
                             life in which every person matters and every                       Audience members. Four more years!
                             person counts. We stand for judges who                         Four more years! Four more years!
                             faithfully interpret the law instead of legis-                     The President. We have come through
                             lating from the bench.                                         much together. We have been through a lot
                                We stand for a culture of responsibility in                 together. We have done a lot of hard work.
                             America. Listen, the culture is beginning to                   We’re moving this country forward by ex-
                             change from one that has said, ‘‘If it feels                   tending freedom around the world and op-
                             good, just go ahead and do it,’’ ‘‘If you’ve                   portunity here at home. During the next 4
                             got a problem, blame somebody else,’’ to a                     years, I’ll continue to work to spread oppor-
                             culture in which each of us understands                        tunity and ownership to every corner of the
                             we’re responsible for the decisions we make                    country. I want every citizen to realize the
                             in life. If you are fortunate enough to be a                   great promise of our blessed land. We will
                             mother or a father, you’re responsible for lov-                continue to work to pass the enduring values
                             ing your child with all your heart and all your                of our country on to another generation. We
                             soul. If you’re worried about the quality of                   will lead the cause of freedom and peace,
                             the education in Troy, Ohio, you’re respon-                    and we will prevail.
                             sible for doing something about it. If you’re                      When I traveled your State 4 years ago,
                             a CEO in corporate America, you are respon-                    I made a pledge to our citizens that if you
                             sible for telling the truth to your shareholders               honored me with this great responsibility, I
                             and your employees. And in a responsibility                    would uphold the dignity and the honor of
                             society, each of us is responsible for loving                  the office to which I had been elected. With
                             our neighbor just like we’d like to be loved                   your hard work, with your help, I will do so
                             ourselves.                                                     for the next 4 years.
                                The true strength of this country is the                        May God bless. Thank you for coming.
                             hearts and souls of the American citizens. I’ll                Thank you all very much.




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                             NOTE: The President spoke at 10:42 a.m. in the                 so that Laura is the First Lady for 4 more
                             Troy Public Square. In his remarks, he referred                years. She’s working on her convention
                             to Gov. Bob Taft of Ohio; Ohio Secretary of State              speech. I better get working on mine.
                             J. Kenneth Blackwell; Mayor Michael L. Beamish                 [Laughter]
                             of Troy, OH; Col. Muammar Abu Minyar al-Qa-
                             dhafi, leader of Libya; President Hamid Karzai
                                                                                               I’m proud to be running with Dick Che-
                             of Afghanistan; and Prime Minister Ayad al-Alawi               ney. He is a really solid man. He is a—I like
                             of the Iraqi Interim Government.                               to tease my Vice President by saying, you
                                                                                            know, he’s not the prettiest face in the race.
                                                                                            [Laughter] But I picked him because of his
                             Remarks in a Discussion in                                     sound judgment, his expertise, and the fact
                             Lima, Ohio                                                     that he can get the job done. That’s why I
                             August 28, 2004                                                picked Dick Cheney.
                                                                                               I appreciate my friend Mike Oxley. I call
                                The President. Thank you all. Please be                     him Ox. [Laughter] He’s the Congressman
                             seated. I’ve got a lot of work to do today.                    from this part of the world. He’s a really good
                             See, I’m here in Lima asking for the vote.                     man. He’s a great chairman of an important
                             I’m here to tell you I’ve got a reason to seek                 committee. He’s a decent American. I appre-
                             the Presidency again. There is a reason to                     ciate you coming, Mike. I’d have thought
                             want to serve, and that’s to keep the country                  you’d have gotten a better seat, but you
                             safer and stronger and better. That’s why I                    know—[laughter]. And standing with Mike
                             want to be your President.                                     is United States Senator Mike DeWine. He
                                And I believe you’ve got to get out                         is doing a fine job for Ohio. He’s got another
                             amongst the people and ask them for the                        fine Senator serving with him in George
                             vote. So that’s what we’re doing here in Ohio                  Voinovich. Put him back in there for 6 more
                             on this Saturday. And thanks for coming.                       years; he’s a good man to work with.
                             Thanks for giving me a chance to—we’ve got                        Governor Taft is traveling today. Thank
                             a—I’ve got a different way of talking about                    you for coming, Governor. Kenny Blackwell
                             what’s on my mind and talking about our                        is with us. I’m honored you both are here.
                             agenda. I’ve actually asked some of your fel-                  Appreciate you being here.
                             low citizens to join me today to talk about                       Karel Oxley—[applause]—yes—the super-
                             what it means to own a business or what it                     intendent of schools. Thank you for opening
                             means to own a health savings account, what                    up this beautiful school to this dialog we’re
                             it means to—what tax relief meant. It’s a way                  having. And more importantly, thanks for
                             of explaining why we have done the things                      serving your community. You know I like su-
                             we’ve done and what we intend to do to make                    perintendents of schools so much so that I
                             sure this country is a strong country.                         picked a superintendent of the Harris Coun-
                                I want to talk a little bit about foreign pol-              ty School System in Texas to be the Secretary
                             icy. I want to talk about how to spread peace.                 of Education, Rod Paige. The reason why is
                             And then I’m going to answer some of your                      I believe in local control of schools, and I
                             questions, if you’ve got some.                                 wanted somebody in Washington who under-
                                Before I do so, I want to tell you that I’m                 stood all wisdom about education is not in
                             really proud of Laura. She is a wonderful                      the bureaucracies of Washington; it’s actually
                             wife. I was a lucky fellow when she said yes.                  found in the local communities of our States
                             [Laughter] She was a public school librarian                   and cities.
                             when I asked her to marry me. She said, ‘‘I’ll                    I want to thank the Lima High marching
                             marry you, just so long as I don’t have to                     band for performing. I’m honored that you’re
                             give any speeches.’’ [Laughter] It’s the only                  here. I appreciate it.
                             political promise I’ve ever broken. [Laugh-                       I also want to thank the grassroots activists
                             ter] And thankfully I broke it. What a fabu-                   who are here. We have a duty in America
                             lous, articulate woman she is. She’s a great                   to vote. One of the amazing facts about what
                             mom, a wonderful wife. There’s a lot of rea-                   is taking place in the world is the fact that
                             sons why I think you ought to put me back                      there are over 10 million people who have
                             in, but perhaps the most important one is                      registered to vote in Afghanistan. Now think




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                             about that for a minute. Ten million citizens                  great. It really has. And I am grateful and
                             have said, ‘‘Let me participate in democ-                      thankful that I’ve got a wonderful wife and
                             racy,’’ after having lived under the clutches                  two fabulous daughters who are by my side
                             of a barbaric regime. It speaks to the power                   during these moments in our Nation’s his-
                             of liberty, doesn’t it?                                        tory. And it’s been really a fascinating experi-
                                 Now, we have a duty here to register to                    ence.
                             vote as well. That’s—one of my purposes in                        I have a deep desire to continue to rally
                             taking this bus trip throughout Ohio is to re-                 the armies of compassion. See, the strength
                             mind citizens from all political parties: Reg-                 of this country is the hearts and souls of our
                             ister. And do your duty and vote. Now, I’ve                    citizens. We have a strong military. We’ll
                             got an idea who I think you ought to vote                      keep it that way. We’re the greatest economic
                             for regardless of your political party. [Laugh-                engine in the world. And yet the true
                             ter] But you ought to be participating in the                  strength is the fact there are loving citizens
                             system. And there are people here in this                      in America who are willing to interface with
                             hall who are helping to register. And I want                   somebody who hurts and says, ‘‘I love you,
                             to thank you for it. I want to thank you for                   brother or sister. What can I do to help you?’’
                             convincing your fellow citizens to do their                       And this country of ours, it’s very impor-
                             duty.                                                          tant to recognize that Government is limited
                                 We’ve got Becky Brown on the bus today.                    in its capacity to heal and help. Government
                             Becky is the one millionth volunteer for the                   can hand out money, but Government cannot
                             Bush-Cheney campaign. Beck, congratula-                        put hope in a person’s heart or a sense of
                             tions for being the one millionth. She is from                 purpose in a person’s life. And so one of the
                             Miami County, Ohio. Our first stop was in                      callings for the next 4 years is to continue
                             Troy, Ohio. A little over 20,000 people came                   to call upon those soldiers in the armies of
                             out to say hello, I want you to know, which                    compassion to help heal those who hurt.
                             is pretty darn heartening. It’s a good way to                     The Faith-Based and Community Initia-
                             start your morning, if you’re looking for                      tive which we’ve started in Washington is a
                             votes. [Laughter]                                              vital part of helping change America one
                                 But I do want to thank you. You can get                    heart and one soul at a time. People often
                             on the Internet at georgewbush.com. It’s                       say, ‘‘Well, tell me about the Faith-Based Ini-
                             pretty easy to remember—not all that origi-                    tiative and why you’ve started it.’’ Well, I’ll
                             nal, I must admit. [Laughter] But it’s a way                   tell you one reason why. Take, for example,
                             where you can figure out how to help. And                      a person who’s hooked on drugs. Sometimes
                             we need your help, is what I’m telling you.                    that person can get off drugs by a counselor,
                             We need your help. We’re going to carry                        a kind of a psychological counseling. Some-
                             Ohio again in 2004. [Applause] Thank you                       times it works. Sometimes, in order to get
                             all.                                                           off drugs, it requires a change of heart. See
                                 Audience members. Four more years!                         if you change a heart, you change a person’s
                             Four more years! Four more years!                              habits. And so, therefore, if part of my job
                                 The President. Thank you all. Thanks.                      is to get the job done and solve problems
                             That’s what I’m here to tell you. I’m here                     and a problem in our country is the fact that
                             to tell you I’ve got the energy, the desire,                   some people are hooked on drugs and alco-
                             the vision to serve this great country for 4                   hol, it seems to make sense to me to call
                             more years. That’s what we’re here to talk                     in all aspects of American society to help save
                             about.                                                         lives, including those programs based upon
                                 You know it’s going to sound probably a                    faith which change a person’s heart. And so
                             little strange for me to tell you this but I                   we ought to be welcoming all faiths into the
                             wouldn’t be asking for the vote if I wasn’t                    compassionate healing of broken hearts in
                             comfortable in telling you that this has been                  America, so everybody can realize the great
                             a fabulous experience for my family. It prob-                  promise of America—everybody in this coun-
                             ably seems counterintuitive, doesn’t it? All                   try. So when I’m talking about a better Amer-
                             the spotlight and the fishbowl and the pres-                   ica, I’m talking about continuing to rally the
                             sure and the decisionmaking. But it’s been                     armies of compassion.




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                                I’m also talking about making sure every-                   the skills necessary to compete in a global
                             body gets an education. I’m glad we’re having                  economy. We’ve got a lot to do on education.
                             this meeting in a schoolhouse. I was just with                 But a better America is to have the right vi-
                             John Boehner. He’s the chairman of the edu-                    sion and the right focus on how to improve
                             cation committee. He’s from the district right                 public education for every single child. And
                             down south of here. We changed the whole                       that’s exactly what this administration has
                             attitude about schools in America. See, when                   done, and that’s what we’ll continue to do
                             I got into Washington, I was convinced that                    over the next 4 years.
                             too many children were just being shuffled                        A stronger America is an America in which
                             through the schools grade after grade, year                    people are able to find work. And listen, I
                             after year, without learning the basics. So in                 understand Ohio. I’ve been here a lot, and
                             working with the Mikes who are here and                        I will come back a lot. [Laughter] This econ-
                             Boehner and others I said, ‘‘Look, let’s in-                   omy of ours has recovered from recession,
                             crease funding to the extent we can afford                     corporate scandal, and attacks. And yet there
                             it, but for the first time why don’t we ask                    are parts of your State that are lagging behind
                             a simple yet profound question: Can the                        the national economy. I understand that—
                             child read? Why don’t we start with that.                      I understand that. Which means you better
                             Why don’t we make sure.’’                                      have somebody in office who has a plan to
                                I call it challenging the soft bigotry of low               continue economic growth, a plan that says
                             expectations. You know what that means? It                     here’s how we’re going to continue the mo-
                             means when you believe certain children                        mentum of the economy. And that’s what I
                             can’t read and write, guess what’s happens?                    want to talk to you about. A stronger America
                             It’s exactly what happens. Certain children                    is an America in which this economy con-
                             just get moved through the system. And                         tinues to grow.
                             guess who we’re talking about? We’re talking                      The role of Government is not to create
                             about inner-city kids. We’re talking about                     wealth. The role of Government is to create
                             children whose parents may not be able to                      an environment in which the entrepreneurial
                             speak English as a first language. It’s so easy                spirit can flourish, in which small businesses
                             to quit on them.                                               grow to be big businesses. That’s why, when
                                That’s not my vision or your vision of the                  we were in the recession that showed up at
                             future of this country. Our vison says every                   our doorstep after the Vice President and I
                             child can learn to read and we expect it.                      got sworn in, I said to Congress, ‘‘Let’s cut
                             Therefore, in return for extra Federal money,                  the taxes on the people. Let’s let them have
                             you measure. You show us. You tell us wheth-                   more of their own money to spend, to save,
                             er your curriculum is working. It’s your                       or invest.’’ And it’s working—it’s working.
                             choice to choose the curriculum, but I just                    The economy is strong and getting stronger.
                             want to know. As the man in charge of spend-                   The national unemployment rate is 5.5 per-
                             ing Federal money along with Congress, I                       cent. That’s lower than the average in the
                             want to know whether or not this money                         1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. The economy is get-
                             we’re spending is making sense. And if we’re                   ting stronger.
                             not teaching the kids early enough to read,                       A couple of things about the tax relief
                             let’s correct it early, before it’s too late. That’s           plan—it will fit into some of our discussions
                             what we’re talking about about a hopeful                       with some of the entrepreneurs here. First
                             America. And it’s working. This program is                     of all, when it came to providing tax relief,
                             working. By measuring, we know. And guess                      remember how we did it. We said, ‘‘If you
                             what’s happening? By having high standards,                    pay taxes, you ought to get relief.’’ It sounds
                             local control of schools, extra money to help,                 pretty simple, but that’s not always the way
                             the achievement gap in America is closing.                     Washington does things. So we said, ‘‘If
                             Because we measure—that’s how we know.                         you’re paying taxes’’—so therefore we re-
                                And there’s more to do. I want a high                       duced all rates, which was fair.
                             school diploma to mean something. I want                          We also did some other things inside the
                             to make sure we emphasize math and                             code. We increased the child credit. Why?
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                             their children. We reduced the marriage                        that’s an important issue. By the way, this
                             penalty. Think about the logic of a Tax Code                   is a national issue. It’s a national issue be-
                             that penalizes marriage. It’s backward. We                     cause junk lawsuits and the defensive prac-
                             ought to be encouraging marriage, not penal-                   tice of medicine as a result of junk lawsuits
                             izing marriage, in the Tax Code.                               run up our budgets. They run up our VA
                                We helped small businesses a lot in the                     budget. They run up our Medicare budget.
                             tax relief for two reasons: One, most small                    They run up our Medicaid budgets. It’s costly
                             businesses in America are what’s called an                     to the taxpayers, but more significantly, it’s
                             S corp or limited—sole proprietorship. And                     costly to the communities because docs are
                             they pay tax at the individual income tax                      being run out of business.
                             level. See, here—a small business is called                        Most people get their insurance through
                             an S corp, but their taxes are paid based upon                 their businesses. Most—and since most new
                             the individual rates. And by far most busi-                    jobs are created by small businesses, it seems
                             nesses in America are either of those two                      like to me that good health policy focuses
                             legal forms. And so when you reduce all                        on the small-business sector. Many small
                             rates, individual rates, you’ve got to make the                businesses are having trouble affording
                             connection. It’s important for the American                    health care. It’s a problem. It is an issue that
                             people to understand we’re really reducing                     we must deal with.
                             the rates on small-business owners. And                            One way to deal with that issue is through
                             that’s important because most jobs—most                        medical liability reform. Another way to deal
                             new jobs in America are created by small-                      with that issue is to use technologies in medi-
                             business owners. One reason our economy                        cine to wring out excessive cost and to cut
                             is coming back is because the small-business                   down on medical error. A third way to do
                             sector is vibrant and strong.                                  so is to allow small businesses to pool risk
                                The other thing we did is we provided in-                   across jurisdictional lines. That means a res-
                             centive for small businesses to invest. And                    taurant in Texas and a restaurant in Ohio can
                             we’ll talk to some small-business owners that                  buy policy and—with other restaurants
                             took advantage of the incentive program that                   around the country and spread risk across
                             said if you invest, you get a little tax break.                a greater number of employees so as to re-
                                There’s more to do to keep the economy                      duce the cost of health care to—those are
                             going, and let me tell you right quick what                    called association health plans. That’s what
                             I think we ought to be doing. First, one way                   that’s called. They’re being resisted in Wash-
                             to say this is that the best way to keep jobs                  ington, DC. But it’s a mistake not to allow
                             here in America is to make sure America is                     small businesses to be able to pool risk so
                             the best place in the world to do business.                    they can afford insurance at the same dis-
                             I mean, if you want jobs here, it’s got to be                  counts that big businesses are able to afford
                             the kind of environment in which people are                    insurance.
                             willing to risk capital. So what does that                         Another way to keep jobs here in America
                             mean? It means we’ve got to have tort re-                      is to make sure we’ve got an energy policy.
                             form. There’s too many junk lawsuits that are                  You see, if you want workers to be here, we
                             making it hard for businessowners to create                    better have a reliable and affordable supply
                             jobs. That’s one thing it means.                               of energy. Two years ago, I submitted a plan
                                It’s tough to get it done in Washington.                    to the United States Congress that said,
                             The plaintiffs bar is one of the special inter-                ‘‘Let’s encourage conservation. Let’s encour-
                             ests that are hard to move, to be frank about                  age research into how to make sure renew-
                             it. That’s why you need to put me back in                      able forms of energy are more cost-effec-
                             there. I’m not afraid of them. I want to con-                  tive’’—that means corn, for example, or soy-
                             tinue to push for legal reform that will help                  beans. It means—look, we ought to be ex-
                             our businesses.                                                ploring the technology and the know-how to
                                I’ll tell you another area where we need                    expand the use of ethanol.
                             legal reform, and that is in medicine. Too                         Can you imagine someday—and I believe
                             many junk lawsuits and frivolous lawsuits                      it’s going happen—someday a President is
                             hurt our docs and hurt our patients. And                       going to walk in and the ag-type adviser is




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                             going to say, ‘‘Hey, Mr. President, the corn                   world. We’ve opened up markets. We can
                             crop is up, and now we’re less dependent                       compete with anybody, anytime, anyplace, so
                             on foreign sources of energy.’’ That’s what                    long as the rules are fair.
                             I’m telling you. We also need to be using                         Let me talk about one other thing—aspect
                             Ohio coal. We need to be using Ohio natural                    about keeping jobs here in America. It’s a
                             gas. If we want to keep jobs here, we’ve got                   very important aspect, and that is I believe
                             to be less dependent on energy sources from                    we ought to have this concept of a lifetime
                             overseas.                                                      of learning for all citizens. And let me tell
                                 I’m winding down here.                                     you what that means. It means, first, get it
                                 Audience members. No-o-o!                                  right early. It means make sure the high
                                 The President. No, no, I’m just getting                    school diploma means something. We’re ex-
                             started, excuse me—[laughter]—getting                          panding Pell grants, by the way, to help low-
                             cranked up. When people start dropping out                     income families afford college. We’ve added
                             on the front row, I’ll quit. Anyway—[laugh-                    a million—a million students on Pell grants
                             ter].                                                          since I’ve been the President, so we can get
                                 Let me talk about trade. That’s a vital                    people going to college. But what I’m talking
                             issue, and if we get it wrong, it’s going to                   about, a lifetime of learning, is to help work-
                             hurt jobs in America. My position on trade                     ers gain the skills necessary to fill the jobs
                             is this: First, we have opened up our markets                  of the 21st century.
                             for goods from overseas for a reason. It’s not                    I’m a big believer of community colleges,
                             just me. Other Presidents have done so as                      and I’ll tell you why. Community colleges are
                             well. The way the economy works is that if                     available around the State of Ohio and Amer-
                             you have more products to choose from,                         ica; they’re accessible. In other words, if
                             you’re more likely to get a better quality                     you’ve got a desire to go, you can go. And
                             product at a better price. That’s the way the                  they’re affordable. Plus we’re spending your
                             economy works. And so therefore, when you                      Federal money to help make it even more
                             open up your markets to foreign goods, it’s                    affordable. I mean, there’s a lot of trade ad-
                             good for U.S. consumers.                                       justment money that helps workers that
                                 Now, all I’m telling you on trade is that                  might have lost a job as a result of trade pol-
                             the policy ought to be saying, ‘‘We’ve opened                  icy. There is displaced worker money. In
                             up our markets. You open up yours.’’ See,                      other words, we have made money at the
                             that’s the best trade policy. We treat you one                 Federal level—and I think it’s money well
                             way; you treat us the same way. And that’s—                    spent, by the way—to say to a worker, ‘‘If
                             and we’re making progress there.                               you’ve lost your job, here is some help to
                                 Now, I’ve got tools at my disposal to call                 go to a community college to gain new skills.’’
                             to account unfair trading practices, and I’m                      See, what’s happening in a lot of parts of
                             using them—I’m using them without cre-                         our country is that old jobs are leaving and
                             ating a climate of economic isolationism. See,                 there’s new jobs being created, new higher-
                             it’s so easy to say, ‘‘We’ll just isolate ourselves            paying, better jobs, but there’s a skills gap.
                             from the world. That’s how we’ll deal with                     And we’ve got to help people fill the skills
                             unfair trade.’’ That’s a mistake. That’s a big                 gap. Let me be specific, what I’m talking
                             mistake. A lot of capital comes into the State                 about.
                             of Ohio from overseas that employs people.                        The textile industry has lost jobs over the
                             But as importantly, a lot of people in Ohio                    last couple of decades, particularly in the
                             are selling goods overseas.                                    South. And yet, the health care industry is
                                 I’m going to tell you something. The farm                  vibrant and strong. And so one of the pro-
                             economy is good here in this State. You                        grams that we put in place is to take—is to
                             might remember what it was like before I                       help textile workers become nurses or textile
                             came in. Any farmers here? Yes, okay. You                      workers to become health care technologists.
                             remember, it wasn’t so good. Well, one rea-                       I remember going to Mesa Community
                             son the farm economy around this country                       College in Arizona. And a lady stood up, and
                             is strong is because we’re selling soybeans                    she said, ‘‘I was a graphic design artist for
                             to China; we’re selling corn around the                        12 years making X. And I went back to my




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                             Mesa Community College.’’ She got a little                     worked with our friends down in Bentonville
                             help—I think it was a Pell grant—she got                       to create a product that had better quality
                             a little help from the Government. She went                    and better pricing and bring those jobs back
                             back and got an associate’s degree. And she                    to the United States. And we brought six jobs
                             made more money in her new job in her first                    back to the United States.
                             year than she made in her old job in the 12th                     The President. Yes. How many did you
                             year. See, when you go back and gain new                       hire? I mean, how many people have you
                             skills, it makes you a more productive work-                   hired this year?
                             er. And when you increase your productivity                       Mr. O’Connor. We’ve hired 30 so far.
                             as a worker, not only does it help you meet                       The President. Thirty new workers. Look,
                             the jobs that require new skill sets but you                   part of the economic recovery is taking place
                             make more money.                                               right here in companies like this. It’s—again,
                                And so the challenge in this economy of                     70 percent of new jobs are created because
                             ours is to grow it, but to make sure the work-                 the entrepreneurial spirit is strong and peo-
                             ers have got the necessary skills. We can’t                    ple like Pat are hiring 30 here, 10 here, and
                             make somebody go back to school. We can’t                      that’s what’s happening. The small-business
                             say, ‘‘We’ll pass a law that says you’re ambi-                 sector of this economy, of this country, is
                             tious.’’ But we darn sure can help with Fed-                   leading the economic recovery.
                             eral funding, and we will—and we will. To                         Outlook? Surely it’s not going to be dismal.
                             keep jobs in America, we must provide work-                       Mr. O’Connor. I just sat down—actually,
                             ers with a lifetime of learning opportunity.                   funny you say that—yesterday with our CFO
                                We’ve got Pat O’Connor with us. Ready?                      looking at our pro forma for 2005. And we’ve
                             Give the man his mike. Pat O’Connor is the                     got an aggressive, double-digit projection for
                             president of a small business. Named?                          sales increases. So we’re looking at rein-
                                Pat O’Connor. Range Clean Manufac-                          vesting more money in plant, equipment,
                             turing. [Applause] I’ve got a couple of associ-                people.
                             ates up there.                                                    The President. Yes, good. Let me ask you
                                The President. Yes, you’ve got a couple                     a question. Investing—that’s a word that you
                             associates up there. Now is your chance to                     hear a lot of. What are you investing in? What
                             tell him you need a pay raise—[laughter]—                      are you buying? When you hear investing,
                             anyway.                                                        they’re investing in, generally, equipment—
                                First, let me start by telling you how he’s                 is that right?
                             organized. Or you can tell me how you’re                          Mr. O’Connor. A great example is we
                             organized. S corp?                                             bought a pretty substantial piece of equip-
                                Mr. O’Connor. We’re an S Corp. In fact,                     ment called a pick module.
                             talk about the tax break, it was actually 21⁄2                    The President. Pick module, yes. [Laugh-
                             years ago I actually bought my father out                      ter] It sounds like dental equipment. [Laugh-
                             from the company. He started the company                       ter]
                             33 years ago.
                                The President. I followed my father too—                    [Mr. O’Connor made further remarks.]
                             [laughter]—just cost me a little time. But                        The President. And so who—somebody
                             other than that—[laughter]. Go ahead.                          has to make the pick module. So the tax relief
                                Mr. O’Connor. An S corp, and any of the                     says to him, ‘‘You invest, you get a little extra
                             profits flow directly down to the owner.                       kicker on your tax relief.’’ Right?
                                The President. See, S corp means that                          Mr. O’Connor. You got it.
                             when he has profit, he pays at the individual                     The President. So, in other words, we’re
                             income tax rate. So when we’re cutting tax                     trying to make—we’re trying to help influ-
                             on individuals, guess what? He got tax relief.                 ence his decisionmaking through good tax
                             I think it’s important. You know why? How                      policy. So he says, ‘‘Okay, I’m going to buy
                             many people did you hire this year?                            a pick module.’’ He’s got to pick up the
                                Mr. O’Connor. We brought back six jobs                      phone and order a pick module. Somebody
                             from the Orient. We had a couple items that                    has got to make it. And so when he makes
                             we’re selling to Wal-Mart stores, and we                       the decision, ‘‘I’m going to increase demand




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                             for capital goods because of the Tax Code,’’                   something, you have a—you have this vital
                             it helps somebody else find work. So that’s                    stake on how this country grows and devel-
                             what I want people to understand.                              ops.
                                When we say tax relief makes a difference,                     We’ve got another owner with us, Rich Ru-
                             we’re affecting past decisionmaking. The Tax                   dolph. Welcome. Appreciate you coming,
                             Code says, ‘‘Do something wise, because                        buddy. Thanks for being here. You’re not
                             there’s incentive to do so. Buy something.’’                   going to believe what this guy makes.
                             And he decided to do a pick module. More                          Audience member. Pork rinds.
                             importantly, though, it makes his business                        The President. They know—they know
                             more productive, I guess.                                      you. [Laughter] So does my old man. He
                                Mr. O’Connor. You got it. Your tax breaks                   knows you. Pork rinds.
                             2 years ago—our CFO, Dave Link, and I                             Go ahead. Welcome.
                             looked at the numbers. Since you and Che-                         Rich Rudolph. Thank you. Welcome here
                             ney have taken the administration in office,                   as well.
                             we’ve made more money, more sales, paid                           The President. I’m proud you’re here.
                             more in wages, have paid more in taxes, and                    Tell us about your—everybody knows your
                             have pushed more dollars back into the com-                    business. What a great marketer you are.
                             pany under this administration versus pre-                        Mr. Rudolph. Well, we make the best-
                             vious.                                                         tasting pork rinds in the world, my mother’s
                                The President. I appreciate that.                           recipe.
                                One other thing that’s important to know,
                                                                                               The President. Fantastic. Are you listen-
                             and Pat may explain this as well, but if he
                                                                                            ing to your mother?
                             invests in new equipment, it makes his own
                                                                                               Mr. Rudolph. Well, most of the time.
                             workforce more productive. The newer the
                             equipment that he’s got in his plant, not only                    The President. Yes, see, you and I do the
                             the more efficient his company becomes but                     same way. [Laughter] My mother tells me;
                             the more productive his workforce is. And                      your mother tells you, and we listen most
                             I just told you that if you’re a more produc-                  of the time. [Laughter] How’s your business?
                             tive worker, you make more money. So you                          Mr. Rudolph. We’ve been booming. The
                             read about productivity increases in America,                  high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets are
                             a lot of it has to do with encouraging invest-                 helping. [Laughter] Your dad helped a lot
                             ment. A lot of it has to do with education,                    in ’87, ’88.
                             and a lot of it has to do with the moderniza-                     The President. He’s a pork rind man.
                             tion of plant floors, like Pat has done.                          Mr. Rudolph. Since your administration,
                                I appreciate you coming. I love the entre-                  we’ve added over 50 jobs.
                             preneurial spirit of America, don’t you? Good                     The President. Really? How about this
                             job. There’s nothing better. There is nothing                  year?
                             better, is it, to be in an ownership society.                     Mr. Rudolph. We’re right at above 30 this
                             Don’t you love the idea of somebody saying,                    year.
                             ‘‘This is my business.’’ How about the fact                       The President. You added 30 people. You
                             that homeownership rates in America are at                     heard one small-business guy add 30. He’s
                             an alltime high. More people—and it’s a fan-                   added 30. So when you hear these statistics,
                             tastic statistic. It is a fantastic statistic of our           a lot of times the small-business add-ons
                             society. It means more people are opening                      aren’t showing up. But what you’re seeing
                             up that front door, saying, ‘‘Welcome to my                    is the entrepreneurial spirit is strong. That’s
                             home. Come into my piece of property.’’                        what people ought to be looking at when it
                                See, I love an ownership society. It’s a                    comes to electing the President. How do you
                             hopeful society. It’s a society that provides                  make sure the small-business sector is grow-
                             stability in times of change. An ownership                     ing? Are you investing at all?
                             society is one where people have a vital stake                    Mr. Rudolph. Absolutely. We invested
                             in the future of this country. And that’s im-                  last year over 3 million; this year, again, over
                             portant. It’s important for people to buy into                 3 million——
                             the future of America. And when you own                           The President. That’s great.




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                                 Mr. Rudolph. ——and are putting that                        die. We did pretty good about getting rid of
                             in to equipment to become more efficient,                      the death tax. We got it on the way to extinc-
                             more competitive, and keep being the largest                   tion. Unfortunately, it pops back up to life
                             producer of pork rinds in the world.                           in the year 2011. Another reason to put me
                                 The President. Good. Yes, see, what he’s                   in the office is because I’m going to continue
                             telling you is—what did you buy, by the way?                   trying to get rid of the death tax forever, for
                             Pork scrapers. [Laughter]                                      the sake of our farmers, ranchers, and small-
                                 Mr. Rudolph. We bought cooking equip-                      business owners.
                             ment, packaging equipment, things that will                        Appreciate you coming. Good job.
                             make us more effective and look down in the                        One of the interesting opportunities we
                             future.                                                        have is through what I call health savings ac-
                                 The President. See, what he’s telling you                  counts. And we’ve actually got a health sav-
                             is, is that he wants to stay in business. If I’m               ings account owner here. One of the things
                             working for that company, I’m saying, ‘‘I                      I’ll tell the American people is that whatever
                             want the person making decisions for this                      happens on health care reform, I will make
                             company to be making decisions necessary                       sure that the patient and doctor are central
                             so I can keep my job.’’ And so what he just                    to the decisionmaking process in health care,
                             said is, he said he’s buying equipment so he                   not bureaucrats in Washington, DC. It’s an
                             can be more competitive. That’s the kind of                    important philosophical difference in this
                             environment we want in America, an Amer-                       campaign.
                             ica where there’s competition that—and a                           And one way to encourage that is to en-
                             Tax Code that encourages people to make                        courage new products. And we’ve got an in-
                             the right decisions like they have in this im-                 teresting product called a health savings ac-
                             portant company, so that people have job sta-                  count. These accounts will be very good for
                             bility.                                                        individuals and very good for small busi-
                                 And one of the reasons I’ve asked these                    nesses. Many of the working uninsured work
                             small-business owners to come is because                       for small businesses. I would strongly suggest
                             they are—it’s just important to realize there                  small businesses look at this product.
                             are millions of people making decisions that                       Scott Williams, with us right here today,
                             affect how this economy grows. It’s not the                    in Lima, Ohio, is an owner of a health savings
                             Government that makes decisions. It’s the in-                  account. You want to try to explain how it
                             dividuals in the society making the decisions.                 works?
                             And the Government’s job is to encourage                           Scott Williams. It’s pretty simple. It’s a
                             decisionmaking that leads to job creation,                     high-deductible health insurance program
                             and that’s what we’re here to talk about.                      that I’m able to put savings away, pretax, to
                                 You know, I’ll tell you, looking at these                  use for that deductible and keeps my pre-
                             two owners and knowing that they had pur-                      miums extremely low.
                             chased their businesses from family members                        The President. Okay, yes, let me see if
                             reminds me of another part of the Tax Code                     I can help him here. He buys an insurance
                             that we have got to change, in my judgment,                    policy for catastrophic health care. In other
                             to enhance the entrepreneurial spirit. And                     words, the first $2,000, say, he is responsible
                             that is, we’ve got to get rid of the death tax                 for. Any health care costs above the deduct-
                             in America. You for that?                                      ible, or this, maybe 2,000, whatever your de-
                                 Audience member. All these kids are for                    ductible is, the insurance company pays,
                             that.                                                          which means your premiums you pay are
                                 The President. The whole family is for                     really low compared to traditional health care
                             it. That’s good.                                               plan.
                                 You know, think about this. It’s an old tax                    Tell us what your premiums were before
                             system. More and more wealth is being                          you bought a health savings account.
                             spread throughout our society. And now the                         Mr. Williams. Right before I moved to
                             Government is saying they’re going to tax you                  Ohio, I was out in Kansas City. My wife had
                             twice, while you live and pay your taxes, and                  been a nurse. We’d just had a daughter. And
                             then they’re going to tax you after, when you                  she decided to go part-time as a nurse, and




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                             so we came off of her health program, and                         Secondly, as you make decisions, you’re
                             we—right before we came here, we got our                       making the decisions, not a bureaucrat some-
                             statement that said our insurance for the                      where else. It’s your decision to make. You
                             three of us was going to be about $1,100 a                     just heard him. He said, he’s going to go and
                             month.                                                         try to buy—he gets the price, all of a sudden.
                                The President. Yes, 1,100 a month. Now                      It matters. It starts to matter whether some-
                             what do you pay?                                               body is going to charge him more money.
                                Mr. Williams. I pay 270.                                    If you’ve got somebody who’s writing the
                                The President. So what he’s done is—                        check, like the old insurance system, who
                             we’re not quite sure—we’re not quite                           cares what the price is, right? Just as long
                             through filling up his health care plan. We’ve                 as your premiums seem to seem reasonable,
                             got—so far, we’ve got the insurance aspect.                    but they keep creeping up year after year.
                             The cost per month has gone from 1,100 to                         What I’m telling you is, here’s a product
                             279. But he’s obviously got to worry about                     that enables the doctor and the patient to
                             the zero to 2,000. If the insurance kicks in                   be central to the decisionmaking process, a
                             at 2,000 and above, something has got to hap-                  product he calls his own, see. He takes this
                             pen between zero and 2,000, which means                        with him wherever he goes. It’s his for life.
                             you, essentially, self-insure, or your employer                And it’s earning money tax-free, plus it covers
                             puts money tax-free into what they call a                      major medical expenses for him. Listen, I’m
                             health savings account that you then earn                      telling you to look into these things. And I
                             money tax-free inside, and you spend it tax-                   want our small-business owners who are out
                             free. But it’s your money, see.                                there to take a look, to take a look at this
                                And so—go ahead. Does your employer                         kind of system to help you provide your em-
                                                                                            ployees insurance. Plus, guess what hap-
                             put the money, or do you put it in?
                                                                                            pened when we had the tax cut? His family
                                Mr. Williams. I work for a church,
                                                                                            saved $1,100 in tax relief. Isn’t that right?
                             Church of the Nazarene in Defiance. I’m the
                                                                                               Mr. Williams. Yes. I didn’t mention it a
                             youth pastor. I’ve got a couple of my kids                     second ago, but my premium is that much
                             here.                                                          lower, and I’ve added a son. And so——
                                The President. Good. Thanks for coming,                        The President. Yes, congratulations.
                             guys. It’s pretty cool.                                           Mr. Williams. Well, yes. Thank you.
                                Mr. Williams. And it’s great because——                         The President. Child credit—raising that
                                The President. Right in front of national                   child credit helps. [Laughter] So look, he’s
                             TV. There he is. [Laughter]                                    got $1,100. You know what my theory on
                                Mr. Williams. ——they add an additional                      Government is? We meet priorities and then
                             $600 a quarter in there for me, which covers                   let the people spend their own money. They
                             everything if I want to get over-the-counter                   can spend it far wiser than the Federal Gov-
                             medications, to going to the dentist, to doc-                  ernment can.
                             tors’ visits. They will—I just send my re-                        What did you do with your tax relief?
                             ceipt—my bills into them, and they write                          Mr. Williams. Because my wife stays
                             them a check out of that savings account.                      home, it allowed us to keep her home more.
                             And it’s all pretax dollars.                                   It just, literally, let her stay home with our
                                The President. If he doesn’t spend the                      kids.
                             money in his savings account, it’s his. And                       The President. Made you—let’s you make
                             it rolls over the next year, tax-free. And so                  more choices. See, part of Government has
                             what this does is—think about what—think                       got to empower people to make more
                             about the different kind of system this is. It’s               choices, to give people—stand beside, side
                             an interesting system, isn’t it? It says, first                by side with people, not be so onerous with
                             of all, it’s up to you to make good choices                    people that it makes it difficult to realize
                             with your body, because if you do, if you                      dreams. The tax relief was a vital part of not
                             make good choices, if you live a healthy life,                 only helping this economy recover, but the
                             you save money. It’s your money. You see                       reason I asked Scott here, it’s a part of a
                             it grow.                                                       philosophy that says, ‘‘We trust people with




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                             their own money.’’ We think Scott can spend                       Now that you’ve got the floor, you need
                             that money better than the Federal Govern-                     to say anything? Guess what? She refinanced
                             ment can spend his money.                                      her home too. That was positive. Things are
                                Thanks for coming.                                          looking up for the American consumers. And
                                Mr. Williams. Thank you.                                    here’s the issue—want to say something?
                                The President. Jodie Arnold. Jodie Arnold                      Ms. Arnold. I just want to say that with
                             is a physical therapist. I said, ‘‘I kind of feel              refinancing our house, we were able to drop
                             a little stiff here, you know?’’ [Laughter]                    our payments $150 a month and also take
                             After all, I am 58. She works part-time. Her                   10 years off of our loan as well, and that’s
                             husband, Brian, is the varsity football coach.                 a big difference.
                                Jodie Arnold. Yes, in Bryant, Ohio, and                        The President. That’s great. Thanks, you
                             unfortunately, they had a rain-out last night,                 did great. Makes it affordable for her home.
                             and he had to play today.                                         And here’s the issue, is that if we don’t
                                The President. Thanks for coming.                           act, taxes are going to go up on the people,
                                Ms. Arnold. Thank you.                                      because much of the Tax Code we passed—
                                The President. Let’s hope he wins.                          much of the tax relief we passed was done
                                Ms. Arnold. Yes, me too.                                    on a temporary basis. The child credit goes
                                The President. The reason I asked Jodie                     down; the marriage penalty goes up; the 10-
                             to come is—in representing Brian, is that,                     percent bracket we created goes away. And
                             see, it’s important to put tax relief in the con-              so the fundamental question is, do we raise
                             text of individuals. She and her husband                       taxes on the American people, or do we keep
                             saved $1,700 in tax relief—because of the tax                  them low? I believe we ought to keep taxes
                             relief, in 2003 and 2004. That’s like 1,700                    low. Congress needs to hear from you, and
                             more dollars in their pocket on an annual                      the way you keep taxes low is you make all
                             basis. I know in Washington, that may not                      the tax relief we passed permanent. You don’t
                             sound like a lot. I’m not a lawyer, so you’ll                  let it go away. You’re not raising the money
                             probably accuse me of leading the witness,                     on the people.
                             but did it matter to you?                                         See, I’m going to go walking around the
                                Ms. Arnold. The money made a huge dif-                      country—riding around the country in a bus.
                             ference. We got that money back right after                    I’m going to remember Jodie, and I’m going
                             I had my second child, Addison. I was home                     to remind the people in—I don’t need to re-
                             a week on maternity leave, and we were able                    mind those Members of Congress; there are
                             to use that money to put a new roof on our                     some others we need to remind, ‘‘If we don’t
                             home.                                                          act, you’re running up her taxes.’’ You heard
                                The President. Yes. And I asked her, I                      what she said. She said, ‘‘We’re able to refi-
                             said, ‘‘Did you hire a roofer?’’ And she said,                 nance the home. I’m more comfortable own-
                             ‘‘Only after I figured out Brian couldn’t get                  ing my home. I made some home improve-
                             the job done.’’ [Laughter] But somebody had                    ments.’’ If her taxes go up, it’s less like she’s
                             to show up to do the work. That’s how the                      going to make those decisions. If we start
                             economy works. There’s an additional                           running up the taxes on these small-business
                             amount of demand in our economy in their                       owners, it’s less likely they’re going to be
                             household because they had a little extra                      making investment decisions. So when you
                             money in their pocket. And so she calls,                       hear me talking about keeping taxes low, I
                             ‘‘Send me a roofer.’’ The roofer is working.                   hope you’re getting a better feel for why I
                             The roofer has now got a better future. That’s                 am. And it’s a campaign issue.
                             how the economy works.                                            We’re out there—we’ve got 2 months to
                                People have got to understand that. When                    go, and my opponent has already put out
                             we’re talking—you hear all the rhetoric, you                   about $2 trillion worth of new promises. And
                             know, in the campaign. ‘‘Oh, they’re taxing                    we haven’t come down to the big promise
                             the rich’’—I mean, ‘‘They’re giving breaks to                  period in politics yet. That’s 2 trillion. So they
                             the rich.’’ Here’s who is getting the tax                      said, ‘‘How are you going to pay for it?’’ And
                             breaks, folks—$1,700 is making a big dif-                      he said, ‘‘Well, I’m going to tax the rich.’’
                             ference in her life.                                           And we’ve heard that before in politics. The




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                             rich dodge, and you get stuck with the bill.                   people that will behead somebody and get
                             But we’re not going to let him tax you, be-                    on TV and brag about it, hoping to shake
                             cause we’re going to win the election in No-                   our will, because we’re decent people. We’re
                             vember of ’04.                                                 loving people. We’ve got a conscience. They
                                Audience members. Four more years!                          don’t, and therefore, there must be a stead-
                             Four more years! Four more years!                              fast resolve.
                                The President. Thank you all. Okay, hold                       Secondly, any time America says some-
                             on.                                                            thing, we better mean it, for the sake of
                                I need to talk about peace. I need to talk                  peace. And when we speak—when this coun-
                             about how to make this world a peaceful                        try speaks, we better mean what we say, in
                             place. I never thought I was going to be a                     order to make sure that there is a firm re-
                             war President, when I campaigned in 2000                       solve.
                             in Ohio and around the country. I never—                          By the way, I forgot to mention one other
                             you know, it’s just something that I never                     aspect. Once you figure out the nature of
                             thought about. And then all of a sudden, I                     the enemy and know that they hide in caves
                             became one because of one day. And I want                      and dark resorts of the city, it requires a uni-
                             to share with you some lessons of September                    versal effort to find them. And we put to-
                             the 11th. And they are vital lessons, and                      gether a universal effort. I mean, we’ve got
                             they’re lessons that I believe this country                    intelligence sharing which is strong and good.
                             should never forget, because the most sol-                     We’ve got people trying to cut off their
                             emn duty of Government is to protect the                       money. We’ve got law enforcement looking
                             people.                                                        for them, and we’re using our military to find
                                First, we are in a war. It’s a different kind               them too. We’re going to use all assets to
                             of war. It’s a war that—it’s a war in which                    run these people down. There’s no need to
                             the enemy is an enemy that has a dark ide-                     hold back. We will chase them down.
                             ology that is in opposite of what we believe                      The second aspect of the war on terror
                             in America, is the best way to put it. If you                  is, because they can lurk and hide, it’s impor-
                             don’t agree with them, you get whipped in                      tant to say to those who might provide them
                             public squares. If you don’t agree with them,                  safe harbor, if you harbor them, if you pro-
                             you’ll be killed. They don’t believe in human                  vide them safe haven, you’re just as guilty
                             freedoms. They don’t believe you can wor-                      as they are. That was—I said that, and I
                             ship freely the way you see fit. They have                     meant that. I first said that when I was talking
                             a single point of view. I believe they’ve hi-                  about Afghanistan. You might remember that
                             jacked a great religion. I don’t believe they                  Afghanistan was the safe haven for these peo-
                             are religious people, because religious people                 ple. They went in there, and the Taliban was
                             don’t kill the innocent. Religious people                      running the country. This is a group of peo-
                             don’t behead people.                                           ple that didn’t even let young girls go to
                                The nature of this enemy—it’s important                     school. They’d take their mothers out in the
                             to understand the nature of the enemy—they                     public square and whip them if they thought
                             are coldblooded. You cannot negotiate with                     they were kind of out of line. They were bar-
                             these kind of people. It doesn’t do any good                   barians, as far as I was concerned. And Al
                             to try to hope for the best with them. They                    Qaida came in there and became a parasite.
                             are patient. They are determined, and they                     They kind of got inside their country, and
                             must be defeated by being resolute and                         they trained thousands of people.
                             strong and never wavering. Our strategy is                        And right after we got attacked, I said,
                             clear. We will stay on the offense. We will                    ‘‘Listen, you’re harboring them. Give them
                             defeat them elsewhere so we do not have                        up, or face serious consequences.’’ I meant
                             to face them here at home.                                     every word I said. And they didn’t, and we
                                Secondly, we will work to spread liberty                    have removed the Taliban from power.
                             around the world. And I’ll talk to you about                      America and the world are safer because
                             that in a minute. So the first lesson is, know                 Afghanistan is a rising democracy. I told you
                             your enemy. And once you fully understand                      there’s 10 million people have registered to
                             the enemy, it drives policy. And these are                     vote. That’s amazing. Do you remember 4




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                             months ago—I’m telling you about the power                     together and convince Saddam Hussein to
                             of liberty—4 months ago, they pulled those                     disarm.
                             poor ladies off the bus, the voter registrars,                    I saw a threat—let me tell you why I saw
                             the Taliban did, and killed them because they                  the threat. Let me just review the history
                             were working on the vote. A lot of people                      right quick. This guy had actually used weap-
                             said, ‘‘Gosh, this is going to be a dim day                    ons of mass destruction before. Secondly, he
                             for democracy. It’s going to intimidate peo-                   was a sworn enemy of America. You might
                             ple.’’ The power of liberty cannot be stopped.                 remember, during that period of time, he
                             It is a powerful, powerful part of the soul                    was shooting at American airplanes that were
                             of every citizen. Ten million people have reg-                 enforcing sanctions. Thirdly, he harbored
                             istered to vote for their Presidential elections               terrorists. Zarqawi was in and out of his coun-
                             coming this October. Think about the                           try. Remember Abu Nidal? He’s the guy that
                             change.                                                        killed Leon Klinghoffer because he was Jew-
                                 I was in Cleveland at the Children’s Inter-                ish? He found safe haven in Iraq. In other
                             national Games. I’m giving a speech to wel-                    words, terrorist groups were in this guy’s
                             come them there, the children from around                      country. He paid the families—he subsidized
                             the world, and there’s the Afghan girls soccer                 the families of suiciders who may go blow
                             team. Man, I nearly broke down in tears, tak-                  somebody up, generally, an American or a
                             ing a look at those young girls there.                         Jewish person, Israeli. He’d pay them. That’s
                                 Liberty is important. It’s important to be                 terror. He killed thousands of his own citi-
                             proud of the fact that we have freed them,                     zens. I mean, this guy was a threat.
                             but in so doing, we’ve made ourself more                          And so I went to the United Nations, and
                             secure. That’s what the American citizens                      I remember standing up there in New York
                             must understand. By securing ourself, we’re                    City, and I said, ‘‘This guy’s a threat. And
                             helping others realize the great freedoms of                   you’ve passed a lot of resolutions before. Why
                             the world, and freedom is peace. Free soci-                    don’t we pass one that means something to
                             eties aren’t going to harbor Al Qaida. Free                    make the world a safer place and to protect
                             societies aren’t going to breed resentment.                    us. In the post-9/11 environment, we have
                             Free societies are peaceful societies.                         to take the man seriously.’’
                                 The third lesson of September the 11th                        And so we went to the U.N. and I—we
                             is we must deal with threats before they fully                 also went to the Congress, by the way. Mem-
                             materialize. When we see a threat overseas—                    bers from both political parties looked at the
                             you know, prior to September the 11th an                       same intelligence I was looking at. They had
                             American President wouldn’t say that, nec-                     the same memory I had of Saddam Hussein.
                             essarily, because we thought oceans pro-                       They voted overwhelmingly to say that Sad-
                             tected us. We were—we’ve lived for a long                      dam Hussein was a threat and authorized the
                             time before there was an attack on America                     use of force—including the man I’m running
                             the likes of which we saw. Pearl Harbor, I                     against for President. He voted ‘‘aye’’ when
                             guess, was the last significant attack like that.              it came to say, ‘‘I see a threat. You can use
                             And we felt, gosh, we’re pretty well immune                    force.’’ He looked at that same intelligence,
                             from threats. And sure enough, we aren’t.                      and so did the U.N., and they voted 15 to
                             And it’s a vital lesson. It’s a tough lesson for               nothing in the U.N. Security Council. And
                             a country that felt protected for a long period                here’s what they said. They said, ‘‘Disclose,
                             of time, but it’s a lesson we cannot forget.                   disarm, or face serious consequences.’’ That’s
                             So when we see a threat, we must deal with                     what the—basically the resolution said. The
                             it.                                                            United States of America, under my instruc-
                                 The last option for the President must al-                 tion, voted ‘‘aye.’’ We said, ‘‘You bet. Dis-
                             ways be the military option. The last option                   close, disarm, or face serious consequences.’’
                             before a President makes the difficult deci-                      He refused to disclose. He basically ig-
                             sion to put somebody in harm’s way is the                      nored the demands of the free world. He
                             military. And so, therefore, I tried diplomacy.                had done this, by the way, for over a decade.
                             I wanted to solve this threat diplomatically.                  We had tried diplomacy long before I ar-
                             I felt like we could, maybe, pull the world                    rived. And he said, ‘‘I’m not interested.’’ He




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                             was hoping the world would turn a blind eye.                   freedom has got the capacity to take a group
                             He was hoping we would look the other di-                      of people with whom we have fought, vi-
                             rection.                                                       ciously fought, and transform an attitude into
                                And then when we sent inspectors in—                        one that was hostile to peaceful. It’s a part
                             I agreed; I thought the inspectors made                        of history we must never forget in this coun-
                             sense to go in there. I want to try to solve                   try. And so here I am, sitting with Prime
                             things peacefully before we ever commit                        Minister Koizumi, talking about how to deal
                             troops. He systematically deceived the in-                     with Kim Chong-il, the North Korean tyrant,
                             spectors. And that was clear, and that’s been                  how best to surround him with nations saying
                             documented. In other words, all we’re saying                   the same message, to get rid of his nuclear
                             is, ‘‘Show us what you’ve got.’’ And he said,                  weapons programs.
                             ‘‘No way.’’                                                        Now, I’m telling you something. I believe
                                So I had a choice to make, a choice that                    that liberty can transform lives, and I believe
                             only comes to the Oval Office. The choice                      people want to be free. And I believe, if given
                             was whether to trust a madman who hated                        a chance, people long for freedom. That’s
                             America and forget the lessons of September                    what I believe. It’s a core of my belief system.
                             the 11th, or take action necessary to do my                    I’ll tell you why I believe it. I believe that
                             duty and defend this country. Given that                       freedom is the Almighty God’s gift to each
                             choice, I will defend America every time.                      man and woman on this Earth.
                             [Applause] Thank you all.
                                                                                                So our policy in Afghanistan and Iraq is
                                A couple other points. We did not find
                                                                                            to provide enough security so the political
                             stockpiles of weapons we all thought we
                                                                                            process can get going, so they can have the
                             would. Saddam Hussein had the capability
                                                                                            10 million people vote in Afghanistan. It’s
                             of making weapons of mass destruction. He
                                                                                            been 3 years since they were run by the bar-
                             could have passed that capability on to an
                             enemy. It is a risk that we could not afforded                 baric people called the Taliban. Iraq is going
                             to have taken after 9/11. Knowing what I                       to have elections next January. Imagine the
                             know today, I would have made the same                         transformation of a society.
                             decision. The world is a safer place. The                          I’ll tell you another story real quick, now
                             world is a safer place with Saddam Hussein                     that I’ve got you here. [Laughter] I may just
                             sitting in a prison cell.                                      say this next week. It’s a powerful story. So
                                And now we’re doing the hard work of                        I’m in the Oval Office. The Oval Office is
                             helping Iraq and Afghanistan become de-                        the kind of place where people stand outside
                             mocracies. And that’s one of the interesting                   the door saying, ‘‘I can’t wait to get in and
                             parts of this debate, is can they become de-                   tell him what for.’’ And they walk in, open
                             mocracies. I believe they can. I believe that                  up, and they go, ‘‘Man, you’re looking pretty,
                             liberty and the desire for liberty has the                     Mr. President.’’ [Laughter] It’s a powerful
                             power of transforming societies.                               place. The only person not affected that way
                                Tell you one reason I believe that. I’ve—                   has been my mother. [Laughter]
                             I was sitting down with my friend Prime Min-                       The door opens up and in walks seven
                             ister Koizumi. He’s the Prime Minister of                      Iraqi men, all of whom had their right hands
                             Japan. You know, it wasn’t all that long ago                   cut off by Saddam Hussein and an X carved
                             in the big scheme of things, in the long lin-                  into their foreheads because the dinar, the
                             eage of—in the long timeframe of history,                      Saddam dinar, had devalued and he was look-
                             that my dad and your dads were fighting the                    ing for scapegoats. I asked the one guy, ‘‘Why
                             Japanese as a mortal enemy. It wasn’t all that                 you?’’ He said, ‘‘I was a small-business guy,
                             long ago. And here I am having dinner with                     small-business man.’’ He wasn’t making pork
                             this fellow, and we’re talking peace. We’re                    rinds. He was making jewelry. He needed
                             talking about how to work together to make                     to sell dinars in order to buy another cur-
                             the world a more peaceful place.                               rency to be able to buy the gold to make
                                See, what happened after World War II                       his jewelry. And he did so, unfortunately,
                             is my predecessor and others said that liberty                 when the dinar started to devalue, and this
                             can transform an enemy into a friend, that                     thug was looking for a scapegoat. And they




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                             pulled these seven guys out—in order to jus-                       I want to make two other points, and then
                             tify his currency devaluation, I guess, in his                 I’ll answer questions. Then I’ve got to get
                             own mind—they chopped these guys’ hands                        on the bus.
                             off.                                                               Audience member. God bless you, Mr.
                                And so they walk into the Oval Office. The                  President!
                             good news was, is that Marvin Zindler, a                           The President. Thank you. He has.
                             Houston newsman, and others provided                               Two other points. I want to emphasize
                             money for them to get new hands. And                           again, free societies are peaceful societies
                             they’re coming to see me. And it was unbe-                     and freedom in the heart of the Middle East
                             lievable, incredibly emotional moment, be-                     is going to serve a powerful example for Pal-
                             cause the contrast between a society in which                  estinians who are wondering whether or not
                             somebody can summarily cut off a hand and                      there’s a—a free state can emerge. And that’s
                             a society in which people are willing to re-                   important. That’s important, especially for
                             store hands was vivid and real. These guys                     our ally and friend Israel, that there be a
                             understand the stakes about what it means                      peaceful state grow up. A peaceful Iraq and
                             to live in a free society. They told me, they                  Afghanistan serve as powerful examples.
                             said, ‘‘We long for freedom.’’ And if given                    There’s a lot of people in that part of the
                             a chance, they will—our strategy is to help                    world who are watching us like hawks. They
                             Iraq move toward a free society. Our strategy                  want to know whether or not we’re willing
                             is to train Iraqis so that they can stand up                   to live out our beliefs. There are reformers—
                             and defend themselves against the few, the                     there are women in the Middle East who
                             tyrants, the terrorists, those with dark vision,               want to hear their—have their voices heard
                             so that they can stand up against them and                     and to realize their potential. No, it’s impor-
                             defend themselves, and that’s what you’re                      tant for America to lead and to lead with our
                             seeing.                                                        values.
                                What you’re seeing is a strategy that’s                         The second thing I want to tell you is I
                             working, a strategy that recognizes the power                  want to thank the military people who are
                             of liberty to transform societies, a strategy                  here. I want to thank the military families,
                             that says people do want to be free, and a                     and I want to thank our veterans who have
                             strategy that says people are willing to stand                 served as such a great example. Thank you
                             up and defend their freedom.                                   all. The loved ones need to hear from the
                                Prime Minister Alawi, who is now running                    Commander in Chief. We will continue to
                             Iraq, is a tough, strong guy who believes in                   work to make sure your loved one has all
                             the aspirations of the Iraqi people. He’s a                    the resources necessary to do his or her job.
                             guy who one night woke up in London and                            That’s an issue in this campaign. It’s an
                             saw a—people with an ax try to ax him to                       issue in this campaign. By the way, I have
                             death, and Saddam had sent them. And the                       fulfilled my pledge. We have the largest de-
                             ax hit his wife, and it really severely affected               fense increase since Ronald Reagan was the
                             her. But he’s a guy who saw firsthand what                     President. Military pay has gone up 21 per-
                             it means. And now he’s in the midst of that                    cent over the last 3 years. Military housing
                             country saying, ‘‘Follow me. We’re headed                      is improving. When we had our troops in
                             to democracy.’’                                                combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, I went to
                                A free and peaceful Iraq is going to be                     the Congress and said, ‘‘Look, we need 87
                             the kind of place where a tyrant can’t sum-                    billion additional dollars to support them in
                             marily cut somebody’s hand off. And some                       their mission.’’ This is important money. It
                             day an American President is going to sit                      was body armor and spare parts and fuel and
                             down and talk to a duly elected official from                  ammunition, that which you expect to main-
                             Iraq, talking about how to keep the peace                      tain a military operation. It was necessary,
                             in a volatile part of the world. And he or                     and we got great bipartisan support. I was
                             she as President is going to say, ‘‘Thank God                  very impressed by both Republicans and
                             my predecessor and the American people                         Democrats who strongly supported it. As a
                             had great belief in liberty to transform the                   matter of fact, the bipartisan support was so
                             world.’’                                                       strong that only 12 Members of the Senate




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                           voted against it, 2 of whom are my opponent                     served in the Guard during the highlight of
                           and his runningmate. It’s a difference in the                   the Vietnam war. And they—there is eight
                           campaign.                                                       of them that are changing parties because
                              When you’re out there rounding up the                        they’ve had it with the Democrats, and they
                           vote, I think it’s important to remind people                   said that they owe us an apology. And Mr.
                           of the facts. So they pressed him. They said,                   President, what military branch did Mr. Clin-
                           ‘‘Why did you do it?’’ He said, ‘‘Well, I actu-                 ton serve in? [Laughter] Exactly.
                           ally did vote for the $87 billion, before I                        The President. Okay, never mind. Okay.
                           voted against it.’’ [Laughter] That’s not the                   Look, thank you. I appreciate your strong de-
                           way they talk here in this part of Ohio, I                      fense. I’m proud of my service. The question
                           don’t think.                                                    is who best to be the Commander in Chief
                              I’ll support our troops. I met with a lot                    to lead us to peace. That’s the question. The
                           of moms and dads and wives and husbands                         question in this campaign is who understands
                           of people who have lost their life in Iraq.                     what it takes to defend America during these
                           And I told them this, I said, ‘‘I want you to                   troubling times. That’s the real issue. I’ve just
                           know that history will look back upon the                       explained to you my position. I hope every-
                           actions that your loved one has taken in a                      body is listening out there. They’ll be able
                           way that will be powerful for your family                       to make up their mind about who best.
                           members because we’re changing the world.                          Let me talk about guns right quick. I be-
                           The sacrifices that they made not only helped                   lieve law-abiding citizens should be allowed
                           make America more secure, but it helped                         to own weapons. And I believe the best way
                           spread the peace.’’ And the best way to honor                   to protect society is to find people who com-
                           the memory of those loved ones is to com-                       mit crimes with guns and bring them to jus-
                           plete the mission, is to not grow weary; it’s                   tice, and that’s exactly what we’re doing.
                           to not tire; it’s to be resolute and strong in                     Got a question? Sure. Thank you, sir.
                           our belief that we will succeed.
                              I’m here to tell you, I want to be your                      Health Care Reform
                           President. I know where I want to lead the
                           country. I have the energy to lead the coun-                       Q. Mr. President, I’m here representing
                           try. And I want to thank you for your help                      44,000 brethren who are praying for you——
                           in helping me win 4 more years. God bless.                         The President. Thank you.
                              Let me answer some questions. All right,                        Q. ——urgently. And we appreciate very
                           we’ve got a little more work to do. Then I’m                    much the stand that you’ve taken on many,
                           going to get on the bus. I’ll be glad to answer                 many moral issues. We appreciate it very
                           some questions. We’ve got 5 or 6 more min-                      much. And we just would love to ask you
                           utes.                                                           if you’re prepared to take on health care the
                              Yes, sir. Yell her out.                                      same way you’ve taken on Iraq? We really
                                                                                           appreciate the stand you’ve taken. You’ve
                           National Guard/Leadership/Gun                                   done marvelously in Iraq, and we feel that
                           Ownership                                                       there’s an urgent need in relation to health
                              Q. I would very much like to thank you                       care.
                           on behalf of all of the people from the Right                      The President. Okay, good. Good ques-
                           to Life.                                                        tion.
                              The President. Thank you, sir.                                  First, thank you for your prayers. It’s an
                              Q. I also want—that people would like to                     amazing country that prays for the President,
                           know I’m a lifetime member of the National                      and I am grateful. And I thank you for that.
                           Rifle Association. And Mr. Kerry and Ed-                           You bet I’m going to take on health care
                           wards have got F minuses, and they said,                        and have, starting with taking care of people
                           ‘‘You’re the only man.’’                                        who can’t help themselves. We’ve expanded
                              The President. Well, thank you.                              community health centers all across America,
                              Q. And also, too, that I’m really sorry, on                  and we will continue to do so over the next
                           your behalf, of the fact that they’re trying                    4 years. These are places where low-income
                           to bring this issue up about the National                       citizens can get primary care. And that’s im-
                           Guard. I have many, many good friends that                      portant. You know why? It takes the pressure




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                             off your emergency rooms. We want people                       additional feature in that it helps seniors se-
                             who cannot afford to get help to be able to                    lect a plan that fits their needs as opposed
                             find a place to do so, and the Federal Gov-                    to kind of a one-size-fits-all plan out of Wash-
                             ernment has stepped up and done that. And                      ington, DC.
                             we’ll expand—we’ll expand them.                                   Thirdly, I told you about HSAs—I didn’t
                                 Secondly, Medicare—it’s a huge part of                     tell you about it; one of our guests told you
                             the Federal budget. And campaign after                         about HSAs. I told you about AHPs. Those
                             campaign after campaign, people around the                     are ways to make sure that a system is more
                             country say, ‘‘Oh, we’re going to fix Medi-                    affordable and more available but keeping
                             care,’’ and never did anything get done. It                    the patient/doctor relationship central to the
                             used to be called ‘‘Mediscare.’’ You know,                     decisionmaking process.
                             you’d talk about it, and they would bash you
                                                                                               That, by the way, is a key component of
                             over the head with the issue.
                                                                                            this debate. You listen to my opponent talk
                                 I went to Washington for a reason, and
                             that was to strengthen systems that needed                     about it, and you can put it all together—
                             to be helped, was to transform parts of the                    basically what he’s advocating is a federaliza-
                             Government to recognize the realities of the                   tion of the health care system, which I think
                             modern era. And one of the key issues I fo-                    is wrong for the country, and I think it’s bad
                             cused on in my first term was Medicare. And                    for the country. And I don’t think it’s respon-
                             we brought Democrats and Republicans to-                       sive to consumers and to patients if the Fed-
                             gether, and we got the job done in Medicare.                   eral Government is making drug pricing de-
                             We’re strengthening Medicare. Let me tell                      cisions, if the Federal Government is making
                             you how. First, seniors get drug discount                      all these different decisions on behalf of the
                             cards for the year 2004, which will provide                    consumers.
                             savings. Secondly, there’s going to be pre-                       Thirdly—fourthly, I talked about medical
                             ventative care in Medicare for the first time.                 liability reform. It is a necessary part of mak-
                             Seniors will now get preventative screenings.                  ing sure health care is affordable. One of the
                             It’s basic logic, isn’t it? Let’s screen for dis-              reasons why there’s working uninsured is be-
                             ease before it’s too late. Let’s solve seniors’                cause of the cost of health care. And if we
                             problems in Medicare now.                                      can deal with the root causes of the cost of
                                 Thirdly, for the first time Medicare will                  increasing health care, more people will get
                             provide prescription drugs in the year 2006.                   insurance.
                             And that’s important. It’s really important.                      I think there needs to be tax credits for
                             I’ll tell you why. The old system would pay                    working uninsured. I think we need to help
                             for our heart operation, but it wouldn’t pay                   small businesses with HSAs. I’ll talk about
                             for the drugs that would prevent the heart                     that a little later on here during the course
                             operation from needing to be in the first                      of the campaign.
                             place. Now, what kind of system is that? It’s
                                                                                               I talked to you about—you got me going
                             a system that would pay the 100,000 for the
                                                                                            here. [Laughter] I talked to you about tech-
                             operation but not the $2,000 to prevent the
                             $100,000 operation from having to occur.                       nology. This is—health care is an industry
                             And so we said, ‘‘Why don’t we strengthen                      where somebody takes a file and puts it
                             the system and give seniors in Medicare pre-                   under his or her arm—I’m exaggerating a lit-
                             scription drug coverage.’’ So that starts in ’06.              tle bit, but I’m pretty accurate—and goes
                                 Fourthly, if you have a plan you like, noth-               from one office to the next. And the files
                             ing changes. This doesn’t force anybody, any-                  are handwritten, and doctors don’t write very
                             where. As a matter of fact, it provides addi-                  well. [Laughter] What I’m telling you is, is
                             tional choices. I happen to believe the more                   that unlike a lot of other industry, the tech-
                             choices people have, the more likely it is the                 nology hasn’t changed how health care is de-
                             system will be responsive to the people. If                    livered and how the administrative costs of
                             you can make choice in the marketplace, the                    health care are—they haven’t helped reduce
                             marketplace will respond. So this new Medi-                    the costs of health care like it has in a lot
                             care, strengthening of Medicare, has got an                    of other industry.




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                                And so this administration started a plan                   the future. Like I just told you something
                             to encourage the development of an elec-                       about the past that gives me confidence
                             tronic medical record for every citizen in the                 about the future, and that was when Japan
                             country, with privacy rights. That will help                   and the United States were at war, and then
                             streamline and reduce costs in medicine.                       we worked to encourage Japan to be a self-
                             They estimate 30 percent cost reduction in                     governing, free nation based upon demo-
                             medicine when we get technology intro-                         cratic institutions. And out of that came a
                             duced into the health care industry.                           country that is now a friend and an ally as
                                And you say, ‘‘Why can’t you do that to-                    opposed to an enemy.
                             morrow?’’ Well, there’s got to be common                          See, enemies—liberty can turn enemies
                             language. I mean, there’s a lot of issues that                 into friends because we have shared values.
                             have to be dealt with, and the Federal Gov-                    When we—when we’re free nations, we
                             ernment can help.                                              share values. Human rights is a shared value
                                Finally, let me talk about drug costs right                 of a free nation. Human dignity is a shared
                             quick. I think the best way to deal with drug                  value of a free nation—the right to worship
                             costs is to ensure—is to encourage generic                     the way you see fit.
                             drugs getting to the market faster. One of                        Let me say one thing about religion real
                             the things it seems like makes sense to me                     quick. It is very important that this Nation
                             is to make sure that we continue to have in-                   always hold—always maintain this vital tradi-
                             centives for research and development in the                   tion: You can worship any way you see fit.
                             pharmaceutical industry to keep looking at                     If you choose not to worship, and worship,
                             new horizons of how to save lives and how                      you’re equally American. It’s important for
                             to improve people’s lives with new medi-                       people to understand that. We must never
                             cines. But this business about stalling the ad-                lose that vital aspect of the freedom to wor-
                             vent of generic drugs, which are much cheap-                   ship the way you choose. Now, if you choose
                             er than brand-name drugs, has been stopped                     to worship an Almighty God, you’re equally
                             by administration—this administration,                         American if you’re Jewish, Christian, Mus-
                             which will encourage a much cheaper drug                       lim, Hindu. It’s the great tradition of Amer-
                             to be available for consumers on the market                    ica, and it’s a tradition that must be main-
                             but yet able to do the same thing the brand                    tained.
                             drugs do.                                                         It’s a part of, when I say ‘‘shared values,’’
                                That’s a long answer. As you can tell, we’re                that’s a shared value of a truly free society,
                             on it. [Laughter] But what I won’t allow hap-                  isn’t it—the freedom for—in somebody, that
                             pen so long as I’m the President is for the                    personal freedom to choose or not to choose
                             Federal Government to run your health care                     to worship an Almighty is a vital aspect of
                             system. I think that would be a mistake.                       the integrity and vibrancy of this great society
                                Okay, last question. There he is right                      of ours. And it’s important—that’s an impor-
                             there. Yes, sir, soon-to-be-voter.                             tant lesson, little guy, for you to remember
                                                                                            when you get to be the President. [Laughter]
                             President’s Reading Habits                                        At any rate, I want to—I hope you’ve en-
                                Q. Thanks for coming. I was just won-                       joyed this as much as I have. I’m excited
                             dering what your favorite book is, because                     about this election. There’s no doubt in my
                             I’d like to read it.                                           mind, with your help, we will be back in the
                                The President. Book—that’s a great ques-                    White House for 4 more years.
                             tion. Well, I—the Bible. [Applause] Hold on.                      God bless, and God bless our great coun-
                             Hold on. I read the Bible. I like history. I                   try. Thank you all.
                             read a lot of history. I’m not so sure this one
                                                                                            NOTE: The President spoke at 1:36 p.m. at Lima
                             will be appropriate for you, but I just read                   Senior High School. In his remarks, he referred
                             the—a very thick biography on Alexander                        to Gov. Bob Taft of Ohio; Ohio Secretary of State
                             Hamilton.                                                      J. Kenneth Blackwell; Karel Oxley, super-
                                But I would suggest reading history, be-                    intendent, Lima City Schools; former President
                             cause history is a—I think it’s important to                   Saddam Hussein of Iraq; senior Al Qaida associate
                             understand the past so you can better see                      Abu Musab Al Zarqawi; Prime Minister Junichiro




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                             Koizumi of Japan; Chairman Kim Chong-il of                     your hard work. See, I believe we have a duty
                             North Korea; and Prime Minister Ayad al-Alawi                  in this country to vote. And therefore, I’m
                             of the Iraqi Interim Government.                               asking you to help register people to vote.
                                                                                            See your friends and neighbors and say, ‘‘In
                             Remarks in Perrysburg, Ohio                                    a democracy, we’ve got to participate.’’ And
                                                                                            ask them to register, and reach out. And
                             August 28, 2004                                                when you get them headed toward the polls
                                The President. Thank you all. Thank you                     come November, tell them if they want a
                             all for coming. Thanks for inviting me here                    safer country, a stronger country, a better
                             to Perrysburg. It is an honor to be here. I                    country, to put me and Dick Cheney back
                             appreciate you taking time out of your Satur-                  in office.
                             day afternoon to come and say hello. I’m                          In the past few years, Americans have
                             sorry we were running a little late; there was                 been through a lot together—been through
                             a slight weather condition. I’m here to ask                    a lot. We have accomplished a lot. But there’s
                             for your vote. I’m traveling your State asking                 only one reason to look back at the record,
                             for the vote and asking for your help. I’ll tell               and that is to determine who best to lead
                             you what I think. From the crowds we’ve                        us forward. I’m here to tell you, there is more
                             seen, there’s no doubt in my mind, with your                   to do to make this country a safer place.
                             help, we’ll carry Ohio and win a great victory                 There is more to do to make this country
                             in November.                                                   a hopeful place. I’m here to tell you, I’ve
                                I’m sorry Laura is not here. She’s a fabu-                  got the energy, the vision, and the willingness
                             lous mom, a great wife. She’s a terrific First                 to lead this Nation for 4 more years.
                             Lady. I’m going to give you some reasons                          We have more to do to make sure our
                             why I think you ought to put me back in,                       schools are the centers of excellence we know
                             but perhaps the most important one of all                      they can be. You might remember, when we
                             is so that Laura will be First Lady for 4 more                 first got up there to Washington, the school
                             years.                                                         system was shuffling too many children
                                I’m proud of my runningmate. I’m running                    through our schools, grade after grade, year
                             with a good man in Dick Cheney. I picked                       after year, without learning the basics. So we
                             him because he’s got sound judgment, he’s                      challenged the soft bigotry of low expecta-
                             got great experience. I picked him because                     tions. We raised the standards because we
                             he can get the job done.                                       believe every child can learn to read and
                                I’ve been traveling all across your impor-                  write and add and subtract. We increased
                             tant State today with a really fine United                     Federal help for States and local districts.
                             States Senator in Mike DeWine. I’m proud                       But we started to ask a simple question: Are
                             to be calling Mike friend. And I hope you                      you achieving results? Can our children read
                             put old George Voinovich back in office. He’s                  and write? And, if so, we’ll praise the teach-
                             a great United States Senator. He’s doing a                    ers. But if not, we have the courage and will-
                             fine job. I appreciate Congressman Mike                        ingness to challenge the status quo. No child
                             Oxley joining us today. Larry Kaczala is run-                  should be left behind in America.
                             ning for the United States Congress next to                       There’s more work to be done. We’ve got
                             this district. He’s a fine guy.                                to insist upon science and math programs in
                                I want to thank the members of the state-                   our high schools to prepare our kids for the
                             house who are here, Ken Blackwell and Betty                    jobs of the 21st century. We’ve got to make
                             Montgomery and Randy Gardner and Bob                           sure the Internet is available in classrooms.
                             Latta. I want to thank all the State and local                 We want a high school diploma to mean
                             officials who are here.                                        something. After 4 more years, a rising gen-
                                I want to thank my friend Lee Ann                           eration will have the skills and confidence
                             Womack. I hope she did a good job for you.                     necessary to compete in our global world.
                             I can’t tell you how much I appreciate her                        I’m running because I understand we’ve
                             coming.                                                        got to work to make health care more afford-
                                I want to thank all the grassroots activists                able and more available. You might remem-
                             who are here. I appreciate you. I appreciate                   ber the old debates on Medicare. They used




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                             to call it ‘‘Mediscare.’’ People were afraid to                tor is alive and well. We’ve overcome it be-
                             touch the issue, but the system needed to                      cause we’ve got great farmers and ranchers.
                             be strengthened for our seniors. I went to                     We’ve overcome it because we’ve got the
                             Washington for a reason. I wanted to fix                       best workers in the world. And I think we’ve
                             problems. We had a problem in Medicare.                        overcome those obstacles because of well-
                             But working with Republicans and Demo-                         timed tax cuts.
                             crats, we got the job done. Now our Medi-                          You might remember the tax relief plan.
                             care system will provide preventative care for                 We said, ‘‘If you’re paying taxes, you ought
                             our seniors and provide prescription drugs                     to get relief.’’ We did it the fair way. We
                             for our seniors.                                               also raised the child credit to help families.
                                There is more work to be done when it                       We reduced the marriage penalty. Our Tax
                             comes to health care. We want to make sure                     Code has got it backwards. We ought to be
                             that we continue to expand community                           encouraging marriage, not penalizing mar-
                             health centers for our low-income citizens.                    riage in the Tax Code.
                             We want to keep people out of the emer-                            We’re helping our small businesses, and
                             gency rooms when it comes to primary care.                     it’s paying off. Because we acted, our econ-
                             We want to make sure we continue to work                       omy has been growing at rates as fast as any
                             with our small businesses. Most people get                     in nearly 20 years. We’ve added 1.5 million
                             their insurance small—through their em-                        new jobs over the past 12 months. The na-
                             ployer, and most new jobs are created by                       tional unemployment rate is 5.5 percent.
                             small businesses. Yet, small businesses are                    That’s well below the national average in the
                             having trouble with health care. We must                       1970s, the 1980s, and the 1990s. Our econ-
                             allow small businesses to pool risk so they                    omy is strong and is getting stronger. I fully
                             can buy insurance at the same discounts that                   understand there are places here in Ohio
                             big businesses do.                                             where people are still looking for work. And
                                In order to make sure your health care sys-                 so long as anybody is looking for work, this
                             tem is viable and in order to make sure                        administration will create the conditions for
                             there’s docs available, we’ve got to stop these                job growth.
                             frivolous lawsuits that are running up the cost                    We have more to do to make sure this
                             of your medicine. You cannot be pro-doctor,                    economy remains strong. Congress needs to
                             pro-patient, and pro-plaintiff-attorney at the                 pass my energy plan. In order to keep jobs
                             same time. I think you have to choose. My                      here in America, we need to become less de-
                             opponent made his choice, and he put him                       pendent on foreign sources of energy.
                             on the ticket. I made my choice. I’m standing                      In order to keep jobs in America, we need
                             with the docs, and I’m standing with the hos-                  tort reform, tort reform so our small-business
                             pitals, and more importantly, I’m standing                     owners are not threatened by these junk law-
                             with the patients. I’m for medical liability re-               suits. In order to keep jobs in America, I will
                             form—now. In all we do to improve health                       insist that countries treat us the way we treat
                             care in America, we’ll make sure the health                    them when it comes to trade. You see, our
                             decisions are made by doctors and patients,                    markets are open. They ought to open their
                             not by Washington, DC, bureaucrats.                            markets. We can compete with anybody, any-
                                We’ve got to do more to keep this econ-                     time, anywhere, so long as the rules are fair.
                             omy growing. Listen, we have been through                          In order to make sure we keep jobs here
                             a lot. We’ve been through a recession. We’ve                   in America, we need to make sure there’s
                             been through a stock market decline. We’ve                     a lifetime of learning available for our work-
                             been through corporate scandals, and of                        ers. It’s a changing economy. There are new
                             course, we’ve been through a horrible attack                   jobs available. But a lot of times, our workers
                             on our country, all of which affected ability                  don’t have the skills necessary to meet those
                             for people to find work.                                       jobs. And that’s why I’m such a strong backer
                                But we’ve overcome those obstacles.                         in the community college system. We’ve got
                             We’ve overcome them because the entrepre-                      Federal monies available to help people get
                             neurial spirit in this country is strong. We’ve                the skills necessary to realize their dreams.
                             overcome it because the small-business sec-                    We will continue to work to make sure the




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                             American worker has the skills necessary to                    were enforcing the world’s sanctions. He had
                             fill the jobs of the 21st century.                             used weapons of mass destruction. He har-
                                 In order to keep jobs here in America, in                  bored terrorists. He invaded his neighbors.
                             order to make sure this economy grows, in                      He subsidized the families of suicide bomb-
                             order to make sure people are able to realize                  ers. He murdered tens of thousands of his
                             their dreams, we need to be wise about how                     own citizens. He was a source of great insta-
                             we spend your money, and we need to keep                       bility in the world’s most volatile region. And
                             your taxes low.                                                I saw a threat. I looked at his history, and
                                 This is an issue in this campaign. I’m run-                I saw a threat. I looked at intelligence and
                             ning against a fellow who has promised over                    saw a threat. I also remembered one of the
                             $2 trillion in new programs.                                   most important lessons of September the
                                 Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                 11th. It’s a lesson this country must never
                                 The President. We’ve still got 60 days to                  forget. We must take threats seriously before
                             go. [Laughter] So they said, ‘‘How are you                     they fully materialize, before they come to
                             going to pay for it?’’ He said, ‘‘Oh, I’ll just                hurt us.
                             tax the rich.’’ Now, you’ve heard that before,                    So I went to the United States Congress
                             haven’t you? ‘‘All we’re going to do is tax                    and said, ‘‘I see a threat. What about you?’’
                             the rich.’’ Well, the rich dodge, and you get                  Members of both political parties looked at
                             stuck with the bill. But guess what? We’re                     the intelligence, remembered his history, and
                             not going to let him get there. We’re going                    voted overwhelmingly for the use of force
                             to win in November.                                            if need be, including my opponent.
                                 We’ve got more to do to wage and win                          Because military action is the last option
                             this war on terror. America’s future depends                   of the Commander in Chief, because the very
                             on our willingness to lead in the world. If                    last option ought to be the commitment of
                             America shows uncertainty and weakness in                      our youngsters into harm’s way, I went to
                             this decade, the world will drift toward trag-                 the United Nations and tried the diplomatic
                             edy. This isn’t going to happen on my watch.                   route. I said, ‘‘We see a threat. How about
                                 The world changed on a terrible Sep-                       you?’’ They looked at the intelligence, and
                             tember morning, and since that day, we have                    they voted overwhelmingly in the United Na-
                             changed the world. Before September the                        tions Security Council to say—to pass this
                             11th, Afghanistan served as the home base                      resolution, ‘‘Disarm—disclose, disarm, or
                             of Al Qaida, which trained and deployed                        face serious consequences.’’ That’s what the
                             thousands of killers around the world and in                   free world said.
                             the United States. Because we acted, Af-                          As he had for over a decade, Saddam Hus-
                             ghanistan is a rising democracy. Because we                    sein defied the demands of the free world.
                             acted, over 10 million citizens in Afghanistan                 They sent inspectors in there. He systemati-
                             have registered to vote in the upcoming Pres-                  cally deceived the inspectors. I had a choice
                             idential election. Because we acted, many                      to make, a choice that only comes to the Oval
                             young girls go to school for the first time                    Office, whether I ignore the lessons of Sep-
                             in Afghanistan. Because we acted, we now                       tember the 11th and trust the word of a mad-
                             have an ally in the war on terror. Because                     man, or take action to defend America. Given
                             we acted, America and the world are safer.                     that choice, I will defend America every
                                 Before September the 11th, Libya was                       time.
                             spending millions to acquire weapons of mass                      Audience members. Four more years!
                             destruction. Today, because America and our                    Four more years! Four more years!
                             allies sent a strong and easy-to-understand                       The President. Thank you very much.
                             message, the leader of Libya has abandoned                     Even though we did not find the stockpiles
                             his pursuit of weapons of mass destruction,                    we thought we would find, Saddam Hussein
                             and America and the world are safer.                           had the capability of making weapons and
                                 Before September the 11th, the ruler of                    could have passed that capability on to our
                             Iraq was a sworn enemy of America. He was                      enemies. After September the 11th, that was
                             defying the world. You might remember, he                      a risk we could not afford to take. Knowing
                             was firing weapons at American pilots who                      what I know today, I would have made the




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                             same decision. America and the world are                       America gives its word, America must keep
                             safer with Saddam Hussein sitting in a prison                  its word.
                             cell.                                                              There are strong leaders now in those
                                Now, almost 2 years after he voted for the                  countries, strong leaders who believe in free-
                             war in Iraq and 7 months after switching po-                   dom and believe in the aspirations of their
                             sitions to declare himself the antiwar can-                    people. Our troops are there to help the po-
                             didate, my opponent has found a new nu-                        litical process move forward. And we’re there
                             ance. He now agrees it was the right decision                  to help train the Afghans and the Iraqis so
                             to go in Iraq. After months of questioning                     they can defend their own freedom, so they
                             my motives and even my credibility, my op-                     can do the hard work that’s needed for de-
                             ponent now agrees with me that even though                     mocracy. Our troops will complete this mis-
                             we haven’t found the stockpiles we thought                     sion as quickly as possible so they do not have
                             we would find, knowing everything we know                      to stay a day longer than necessary.
                             today, he would have voted to go into Iraq                         We have got a fantastic United States mili-
                             and remove Saddam Hussein from power. I                        tary. I want to thank the veterans who are
                             appreciate him for clearing that up. [Laugh-                   here for having set such a good example for
                             ter] However, I want to warn you, there’s                      those who wear the uniform. I have made
                             still a little over 60 days for him to change
                                                                                            a commitment to our troops and the commit-
                             his mind.
                                                                                            ment to the loved ones of our troops that
                                I’m asking for your vote because I know
                                                                                            they will have the resources they need to
                             there is more to do, more to do to continue
                                                                                            fight and win the war against the terrorists.
                             to work with our friends and allies around
                                                                                            It’s a solemn commitment by our Govern-
                             the world to aggressively pursue the terrorists
                             in Afghanistan and Iraq and elsewhere. See,                    ment. We are meeting that commitment.
                             you cannot talk sense to these people. You                         We’ve had the largest defense increases
                             cannot negotiate with them. In this post-9/                    since Ronald Reagan was the President.
                             11 world, you cannot hope for the best with                    We’ve increased military pay by 21 percent
                             these killers. We must aggressively pursue                     since I’ve been the President. We got better
                             them elsewhere so we do not have to face                       housing, since I’ve been the President, for
                             them here at home.                                             our troops. And last September, while our
                                America will continue to lead the world                     troops were in combat in Afghanistan and
                             with confidence and moral clarity. We put                      Iraq, I proposed supplemental funding to
                             together a strong coalition to help us defeat                  support them in their missions. This legisla-
                             these terrorists, nearly 40 countries in Af-                   tion provided money for body armor, vital
                             ghanistan, some 30 in Iraq, about 60 coun-                     equipment, hazard pay, health benefits, am-
                             tries involved in the Proliferation Security                   munition, fuel, and spare parts. It was nec-
                             Initiative. That’s an initiative that we put to-               essary legislation. And the Congress re-
                             gether to hunt down people who might be                        sponded in a very strong bipartisan fashion.
                             transporting weapons of mass destruction                       As a matter of fact, only 12 United States
                             materials and technology. No, the world is                     Senators voted against the funding for our
                             working together, and I’ll continue to build                   troops, 2 of whom are my opponent and his
                             our alliances. But I will never turn over                      runningmate.
                             America’s national security decisions to lead-                     Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                             ers of other countries.                                            The President. So they asked him. They
                                We’ll keep our commitments in Afghani-                      said, ‘‘How can you not support our troops
                             stan and Iraq. We’ll keep our commitments                      in combat?’’ He said, ‘‘I actually did vote for
                             to help them become peaceful and demo-                         the $87 billion, before I voted against it.’’
                             cratic societies. It’s in our interests that they              I don’t think many people talk that way here
                             become peaceful societies. It’s in our short-                  in Ohio. [Laughter] And so they pressed him.
                             term interests and it’s in our long-term inter-
                                                                                            And he said, well, he was proud of the vote.
                             ests that peace and freedom prevail in those
                                                                                            And then they pressed him even further, and
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                             he said, ‘‘Well, the whole thing is just a com-                going to war with the terrorists is actually
                             plicated matter.’’ There’s nothing com-                        improving their recruiting efforts. I think the
                             plicated about supporting our troops in com-                   logic is upside down. I think it shows the
                             bat.                                                           misunderstanding of the nature of these peo-
                                In the long run, our security is not guaran-                ple. During the 1990s, the terrorists were re-
                             teed by force alone. We must work to change                    cruiting and training for war with us, long
                             the conditions that give rise to terror, poverty               before we went to war with them. They don’t
                             and hopelessness and resentment. See, a free                   need an excuse for their hatred. See, you
                             and peaceful Iraq and a free and peaceful                      don’t create terrorists by fighting back. You
                             Afghanistan will be powerful examples in a                     defeat the terrorists by fighting back.
                             neighborhood which is desperate for free-                         We’ve got work to do to continue to de-
                             dom. Free societies do not export terror.                      fend our homeland. I’ve been working hard
                             Free societies listen to the hopes and aspira-                 to make sure our intelligence services gather
                             tions of their people. By serving the cause                    the best intelligence so those of us in Govern-
                             of liberty, we are bringing hope to others,                    ment can make the best decisions to defend
                             and that makes America more secure. By                         you. There’s good cooperation between the
                             serving the cause of liberty, we’re bringing                   Federal, State, and local levels now, good
                             peace to the world. By serving the cause of                    conversation going on. We’ve created the
                             liberty, we’re serving the deepest ideals of                   Department of Homeland Security, and it
                             the American soul and the American spirit.                     was tough reforms in Washington to get it
                             See, we know that freedom is not America’s                     done. We need to renew the PATRIOT Act
                             gift to the world. Freedom is the Almighty                     so our law enforcement officials have the
                             God’s gift to each man and woman in this                       tools necessary to disrupt terror cells. We’re
                             world.                                                         working hard to better protect our borders
                                I’m running because I want to help spread                   and our ports. You just got to know there’s
                             the peace. I’m running so these youngsters                     a lot of really decent people working long
                             can grow up in a more secure America, in                       hours on your behalf to do everything we can
                             a more hopeful and peaceful world. I strongly                  to protect our country.
                             believe in the power of liberty to transform                      I’ll continue to push for reform in Wash-
                             lives.                                                         ington, but it’s hard. There’s a lot of en-
                                You know, I was recently meeting with                       trenched interests in Washington, DC.
                             Prime Minister Koizumi of Japan. We were                       There’s a lot of special interests in Wash-
                             having a discussion about the peace. It’s an                   ington, DC. There’s a lot of people willing
                             amazing conversation, when you think about                     to defend the status quo in Washington, DC.
                             it. You know, it wasn’t all that long ago in                   See, it’s not enough to advocate reform; you
                             the course of history that my dad and your                     have to show the people you can get it done.
                             dads were fighting an enemy called the Japa-                      So when you’re out there lining up the
                             nese in a tough and brutal war. Yet because                    vote, remind them that when it comes to re-
                             we believed in liberty, because we believed                    forming our schools and raising the standards
                             in the transforming power of liberty to                        and expecting the best, we’re getting the job
                             change an enemy into an ally, because we                       done. Tell them, when it comes to improving
                             didn’t waver in our belief in liberty, after                   this farm economy, we’re getting the job
                             World War II, we helped our enemy become                       done. When it comes to improving the over-
                             a self-governing, democratic nation. And                       all economy and creating jobs, we’re getting
                             here I was talking to the leader of a former                   the job done. When it comes to health care
                             enemy about peace in the Korean Peninsula.                     reforms for our seniors and our families,
                             Some day, an American President will be sit-                   we’re getting the job done. When it comes
                             ting down with a duly elected leader from                      to better securing the homeland and fighting
                             Iraq talking about keeping the peace.                          the terrorists and spreading freedom and
                                We have more to do to protect our coun-                     peace, we’re getting the job done. And re-
                             try. There are enemies out there that hate                     mind them, when it comes to choosing the
                             us. You know, we have a difference of opin-                    President, put somebody in there who can
                             ion on this subject. My opponent says that                     get the job done.




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                                Audience members. Four more years!                          ues we try to live by, courage and compas-
                             Four more years! Four more years!                              sion, reverence and integrity; our beliefs in
                                The President. You know, we live in inter-                  liberty and opportunity and the nonnego-
                             esting times here in America. These are                        tiable demands of human dignity. In chang-
                             times of change. And change can be unset-                      ing times, we will honor our families, our
                             tling; I understand that. See, I think the role                schools, and our religious congregations.
                             of Government is to help people during                            We stand for institutions like marriage and
                             times of change, to provide people with the                    family, which are the foundations of our soci-
                             tools necessary to adapt to times of change.                   ety. We stand for a culture of life in which
                             That’s why I’m a strong supporter of flex-                     every person matters and every person
                             time and comp-time. I know a lot of moms                       counts. We stand for judges who faithfully
                             are now working, and I think we need to have                   interpret the law instead of legislating from
                             work rules that enable people to be flexible                   the bench.
                             with their schedule so that they can spend                        We stand for a culture of responsibility in
                             time with their families. I know people are                    America. You know, the culture is shifting
                             changing jobs and, therefore, that’s why I                     from one that has said, ‘‘If it feels good, just
                             support health savings accounts, so people                     go ahead and do it,’’ and ‘‘If you’ve got a
                             can take their insurance with them from job                    problem, blame somebody else,’’ to a culture
                             to job and know they’ve got coverage for their                 in which each of us understands we’re re-
                             families.                                                      sponsible for the decisions we make in life.
                                I see a lot of younger workers here today.                  If you’re fortunate enough to be a mother
                             Baby boomers like me are in good shape                         or a father, you’re responsible for loving your
                             when it comes to Social Security. But you                      child with all your heart and all your soul.
                             better be asking which candidate under-                        If you’re worried about the quality of the
                             stands the fiscal dangers for young workers                    education in this wonderful community,
                             in Social Security. In order to make sure So-                  you’re responsible for doing something about
                             cial Security exists for future generations, I                 it. If you’re a CEO in corporate America,
                             believe younger workers ought to have the                      you’re responsible for telling the truth to
                             option of taking some of their own money                       your shareholders and your employees. And
                             out of Social Security and setting up personal                 in a responsibility society, each of us is re-
                             savings accounts. Those accounts will be                       sponsible for loving our neighbor just like
                             yours that you can pass on from one genera-                    we’d like to be loved ourself.
                             tion to the next.                                                 I’m running for 4 more years to continue
                                See, what I’m telling you is, in a changing                 to rally the armies of compassion, those lov-
                             world, it’s important to promote ownership                     ing souls who have heard a call to help some-
                             in America. Ownership will help. Ownership                     body who hurts. See, I know Government
                             means Government is standing side by side                      can hand out money, but it cannot put hope
                             with people, not dictating to people. That’s                   in a person’s heart, a sense of purpose in a
                             why I want to create the conditions so more                    person’s life. We need to rally the strength
                             people can own their own small business.                       of the country, which is the hearts and souls
                             And that’s why one of the greatest statistics,                 of our citizens. We can change America one
                             I think, in the American scene today is that                   heart, one soul, one conscience at a time,
                             the homeownership rate is at an alltime high.                  by encouraging loving souls to love their
                                We’ll continue to press for homeowner-                      neighbor.
                             ship in America. I think the idea of somebody                     For all Americans, these years in our his-
                             opening up that door, saying, ‘‘Welcome to                     tory will always stand apart. There are quiet
                             my home,’’ is an important part of the Amer-                   times in the life of a nation when little is
                             ican experience and the American future.                       expected of its leaders. This is not one of
                             This administration understands if you own                     those times. This is a time when we need
                             something, you have a vital stake in the fu-                   firm resolve, clear vision, an unshakable be-
                             ture of the United States of America.                          lief in the values that make us a great nation.
                                In this changing times, there are some                         None of us will ever forget that era—that
                             things that won’t change: the individual val-                  week when one era ended and another




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                             began. On September the 14th, 2001, I stood                    some quality time here. You know why? Be-
                             in the ruins of the Twin Towers. It’s a day                    cause we’re going to carry West Virginia
                             I will never forget. There were workers in                     again.
                             hardhats shouting at me, ‘‘Whatever it takes.’’                    I’m here to thank you for your help. I’m
                             I remember working the line and a fellow                       here to ask for your vote. I’m here to encour-
                             looked at me with his bloodshot eyes, and                      age you to go the extra mile to get people
                             he grabbed me by the arm and he said, ‘‘You                    to show up at the polls. Most of all, I want
                             don’t let me down.’’                                           to thank you for coming out on a Sunday
                                He took that day personally. Everybody                      afternoon. I appreciate you all coming out
                             there took it personally. You took it person-                  and taking time away—or bringing your fami-
                             ally, and so do I. I have a duty that goes                     lies here. It means a lot to me. I really appre-
                             on. I wake up every morning trying to figure                   ciate it.
                             out how best to defend America. I will never                       You know, I was in your neighborhood a
                             relent in defending this great country, what-                  while ago. I was at the new Cabela’s. The
                             ever it takes.                                                 place has hired over a couple thousand jobs,
                                We’ve come through much together.                           creating a couple thousand jobs there. I’m
                             We’ve come through much together, and                          there because I’m a hunter and I like to fish.
                             we’ve done a lot of hard work. We’re moving                    I understand a lot of people in these parts
                             forward by extending freedom around the                        like to fish. A couple of you like to hunt.
                             world and expanding opportunity in this                        I just don’t get to do enough of it. I’m hunt-
                             country. And there’s more to do. During the                    ing for votes.
                             next 4 years, we will spread ownership and                         There’s a lot of differences in this cam-
                             opportunity to every corner. We will pass the                  paign. You know, one of the most notable
                             enduring values of our country to another                      differences came up the other day when my
                             generation. We will continue to lead the                       opponent said, ‘‘Well, you can find the heart
                             cause of freedom and peace, and we will pre-                   and soul of America in Hollywood.’’
                             vail.                                                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                                Four years ago, I traveled your great State.                    The President. Yes. I think you find the
                             When I was asking for the vote, I said if you                  heart and soul of America right here in
                             gave me the high honor of being your Presi-                    Wheeling, West Virginia.
                             dent, I would uphold the dignity and the                           I gave Laura a kiss goodbye today and said,
                             honor of that office. With your help, with                     ‘‘I’m heading to Wheeling.’’ She said, ‘‘Well,
                             your support, I will do so for the next 4 years.               I’m working on my speech.’’ [Laughter] I
                                May God bless you. Thank you for coming.                    said, ‘‘Well, make it a good one, will you?’’
                             Thank you all for coming. Thank you very                       [Laughter] I didn’t need to say that. Of
                             much.                                                          course it’s going to be a good one. Laura is
                                                                                            a great First Lady, a wonderful mom, and
                             NOTE: The President spoke at 6:17 p.m. at Fort                 a great wife. I’m really proud of her—I’m
                             Meigs State Memorial Park. In his remarks, he                  really proud of her. Today I’m going to give
                             referred to country music entertainer Lee Ann                  you some reasons why I think you ought to
                             Womack; Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth                     put me back into office. Perhaps the most
                             Blackwell; Ohio Auditor of State Betty Mont-
                             gomery; Ohio State Senator Randy Gardner; Ohio
                                                                                            important one of all is for Laura to be the
                             State Representative Bob Latta; and Prime Min-                 First Lady for 4 more years.
                             ister Junichiro Koizumi of Japan.                                  Rick mentioned my runningmate. I’m real
                                                                                            proud of Dick Cheney. He’s a great, solid
                                                                                            man. I admit he’s not the prettiest face in
                             Remarks in Wheeling, West Virginia                             the race. [Laughter] I picked him because
                             August 29, 2004                                                of his judgment, his experience, and his abil-
                                                                                            ity to get the job done.
                                The President. Thank you all. Thank you                         I thank Rick, Rick Casini, for being here.
                             all for coming. And thanks for having me.                      I’m proud of his leadership. As he told you,
                             I am thrilled to be back here in the Mountain                  he’s a union shop steward, he’s a leader of
                             State. You may have noticed I’m spending                       men and women. He’s—he represents the




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                             hard-working people of the steel industry                      a lot. We have done a lot. But there’s only
                             here in this part of the country. It means                     one reason to look back at the record, and
                             a lot to me that he stands up and endorses                     that is to determine who best to lead us for-
                             my candidacy. See, I believe our message is                    ward. I’m traveling your important State to
                             good for Republicans. I believe our message                    let you know that even though we have done
                             is good for Democrats, and I believe our                       a lot, there’s more work to do, that I’ve got
                             message is good for independents.                              more to accomplish with your help, that I
                                I appreciate the steelworkers who are                       want to make sure our schools realize their
                             standing behind me, standing with me. When                     full potential so every child—every child—
                             I make up my mind on issues, I don’t say,                      has a chance to realize the great promise of
                             ‘‘Well, you know, oh, so-and-so might ben-                     America.
                             efit, but they didn’t vote for me.’’ That’s not                   We’re working with our local folks to make
                             how I do things. I make up my mind based                       sure that excellence is in every classroom.
                             upon what I think is right.                                    See, I believe in local control of schools.
                                And I appreciate—I want to thank my                         We’re spending more money at the Federal
                             friend Congresswoman Shelley Moore                             level to help you out here. But we’re chang-
                             Capito for joining us today, a fine Member                     ing things, because now we’re beginning to
                             of the United States Congress. I want to                       ask the question, can a child read and write
                             thank the Wheeling Park High School                            and add and subtract, see. That’s what we’re
                             Marching Band for being here today. I’ll try                   beginning to ask, because we believe every
                             to keep my speech short, so you can get back                   child can learn to read, and we expect every
                             home and do your homework for tomorrow.                        child to read. And when we find the schools
                             [Laughter] No? Okay.
                                                                                            that are teaching, we’ll praise their teachers.
                                I want to thank all the grassroots activists
                                                                                            But this administration will challenge the sta-
                             who are here. Kathy Fortunato is with us
                                                                                            tus quo. We will make sure that schools that
                             today. And I want to thank all of—here’s
                                                                                            do not teach and will not change get the mes-
                             what a grassroots activist does: You put up
                                                                                            sage that every child should learn to read in
                             signs; you make the phone calls; you register
                             people to vote. See, we have a duty in our                     America.
                             country to register people to vote and to vote.                   There’s more work to be done. I believe
                             And therefore, I’m asking you, as a sup-                       in intervention programs to make sure chil-
                             porter, to go out amongst your friends and                     dren have the skills necessary to learn. I
                             neighbors and remind your friends and                          know we’ve got to raise the standards in our
                             neighbors to register. Tell them that in                       high schools by working on math and science
                             America our system functions because peo-                      curricula. We want more Internet in our
                             ple participate. You might remind them of                      classrooms. We want a high school diploma
                             this amazing statistic, that in Afghanistan,                   to mean something. What I’m telling you is,
                             after 3 short years of their liberation, over                  after 4 more years, a rising generation will
                             10 million people have registered to vote.                     have the skills and confidence necessary to
                             They’re getting a whiff of liberty in Afghani-                 realize the American Dream.
                             stan, that sweet smell of freedom. And here                       We’ve got more work to do on health care.
                             in America, we must remind people to par-                      We’re making good progress on health care.
                             ticipate. See, that liberty functions because                  We’ve created community health centers all
                             people show up. And when you get them reg-                     around the country, so low-income people
                             istered, don’t ignore Democrats. You heard                     can get primary care. It seems like a legiti-
                             Rick—[laughter]—don’t worry about—don’t                        mate function of your Government is to help
                             overlook discerning independents. And then,                    people with their health care needs, if they
                             when you get them registered and you get                       can’t afford it. You might remember the old
                             them headed to the poll, remind them, if                       Medicare debate. That’s a program, of
                             they want a safer country, a stronger country,                 course, that our seniors count on. Many sen-
                             a better country, put us back into office.                     iors will tell you the program needed to be
                                We have been through a lot together in                      modernized and strengthened. See, you
                             the last few years, and we have accomplished                   couldn’t get prescription drugs through




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                             Medicare, not until old George W. came                         sector is alive and well in America. We’ve
                             along.                                                         overcome these obstacles because of two
                                We worked with Republicans and Demo-                        well-timed tax cuts.
                             crats to say, ‘‘Let’s keep our commitment to                       We didn’t try to pick winners or losers
                             our seniors.’’ Beginning in the year 2006, sen-                when it came to tax relief. We did it the fair
                             iors are going to have choices in Medicare.                    way. We said, ‘‘If you’re paying taxes, you
                             Seniors will be able to design a program that                  ought to get relief.’’ We increased the child
                             meets their needs. Plus, Medicare will in-                     credit. We reduced the effects of the mar-
                             clude prescription drugs.                                      riage penalty. I believe the Tax Code ought
                                We created health savings accounts for                      to encourage marriage, not penalize mar-
                             American families, so you can save tax-free                    riage. We helped our small businesses, and
                             for your own health care needs. I fully recog-                 the plan is working. Our economy has been
                             nize most people get their health care                         growing at rates as fast as any in nearly 20
                             through their businesses. Most small—most                      years. Over the last 12 months, we’ve added
                             new jobs are created by small businesses. A                    about 1.5 million new jobs. The unemploy-
                             lot of small businesses are having trouble af-                 ment rate, the national unemployment rate
                             fording health care these days. One way to                     is down to 5.5 percent, which is well below
                             address that problem is to allow small em-                     the national average of the 1970s, 1980s, and
                             ployers to join together to pool risk, so they                 1990s. The unemployment rate in West Vir-
                             can buy insurance at the same discount big                     ginia is 5.2 percent.
                             businesses get to do.                                              The economic plan we put in place to
                                We will continue to spend dollars on re-                    overcome the obstacles this country faced is
                             search, so we can help find cures for terrible                 working, and there’s more to do. That’s why
                             diseases. We’ll work to modernize the health                   I’ve come here to Wheeling, West Virginia,
                             care industry. But I’ll tell you one thing we                  to let you know there is more work to be
                             need to do to make sure you’ve got health                      done to make sure this economy continues
                             care that’s available and affordable: We need                  to grow, to make sure anybody who’s looking
                             to stop these junk lawsuits that are threat-                   for work is able to find a job. To keep jobs
                             ening our docs. This is an issue in this cam-                  here in America, we must have reasonable
                             paign. You see, I don’t think you can be pro-                  and fair regulations. You see, you ask your
                             plaintiff-attorney and pro-doctor and patient                  small-business owner here what it’s like to
                             at the same time. See, I don’t think you can                   fill out paperwork, and a lot of them will tell
                             be pro-small-business and pro-plaintiff-attor-                 you it’s too much. My problem is I can’t guar-
                             ney at the same time. I think you have to                      antee you whether anybody in Washington
                             make a choice. My opponent made his                            has ever read the paperwork you fill out. We
                             choice, and he put him on the ticket. I made                   need tort reform in America to keep jobs
                             my choice. I am for medical liability re-                      here in America.
                             form—now.                                                          Listen, to keep these folks working, to
                                In all we do to improve health care, we                     keep people working around the country, we
                             will make sure the health care decisions are                   need a sound energy policy in America. I
                             made by doctors and patients, not by bureau-                   submitted a plan to the Congress, and a vital
                             crats in Washington, DC.                                       part of that plan is a strategy based upon
                                I’m running again because I want to con-                    clean coal technology. As a matter of fact,
                             tinue the economic growth we’re seeing now.                    my budgets for clean technology have in-
                             We’ve been through a lot in this economy.                      creased 160 percent since I came to office.
                             We’ve been through a recession. We’ve been                     The budget next year for clean coal tech-
                             through corporate scandals, and we’ve been                     nology is $447 million. The reason why I’m
                             through those—a terror attack. And yet                         telling you this is, an integral part of making
                             we’ve overcome these obstacles. We’ve over-                    sure we’re less dependent on foreign sources
                             come them because we’ve got great workers                      of energy is coal.
                             in America. We’ve overcome them because                            And I remember campaigning in this State
                             we’ve got great farmers in America. We’ve                      in 2000 and telling you that was my position
                             overcome them because the small-business                       then. And I’m running against a fellow who




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                             is kind of shifting. [Laughter] A while ago,                   spending promises. That’s $2 trillion. That’s
                             he said coal is a dirty source of energy. Then                 a lot—with a T. [Laughter] And we’ve got
                             he decided he wanted to come to your State                     60 days left. No telling what’s going to hap-
                             and knock on your door. And then he said,                      pen coming down the stretch. [Laughter] So
                             ‘‘Now, well, I am for legislation that is sup-                 they said, ‘‘Well, how are you going to pay
                             porting clean coal technology.’’ In other                      for it?’’ He said, ‘‘Well,’’ he said, ‘‘we’re just
                             words, he shifted. He’s out there mining for                   going to tax the rich.’’ You’ve heard that be-
                             votes. [Laughter] All I’m asking you to do                     fore, haven’t you?
                             is tell your friends and neighbors, be careful                    Audience members. Yes!
                             of somebody whose position shifts in the                          The President. Yes. Oh, you’re just going
                             wind.                                                          to tax the rich. You know how it works: The
                                Trade policy is important to make sure that                 rich dodge, and you pay. But we’re not going
                             jobs stay here. See, our markets are open for                  to let him. We’re going to beat him in No-
                             other folks. It’s good for you that they’re                    vember of 2004.
                             open. When you have more choices, you’re                          Audience members. Four more years!
                             liable to get a better product at a better price.              Four more years! Four more years!
                             That’s how the economy works. So what I’m
                                                                                               The President. I am running again be-
                             telling other countries is, ‘‘We’re treating you
                                                                                            cause I know we have more to do to wage
                             this way. You treat us the same way.’’
                                                                                            and win the war against terror. America’s fu-
                                And we’ll enforce law in this administra-
                                                                                            ture depends on our willingness to lead in
                             tion. We think an industry is being treated
                                                                                            the world. If America shows uncertainty and
                             unfairly, we’ll enforce the law, and that’s ex-
                                                                                            weakness in this decade, the world will drift
                             actly what I did when it came to the U.S.
                             steel industry. See, I thought there was a—                    toward tragedy. This isn’t going to happen
                             I thought I needed to stand up for steel, and                  on my watch.
                             I did stand up for steel. I put in place safe-                    The world changed on a terrible Sep-
                             guards to restore fairness to the market to                    tember morning, and since that day, we have
                             help our steel folks adjust, and it worked.                    changed the world. Before September the
                             The plan worked. These folks back here are                     11th, Afghanistan served as the home base
                             working in good jobs, good, high-paying jobs.                  of Al Qaida, which trained and deployed
                             See, if the rules are fair, if the playing field               thousands of killers to set up cells around
                             is level, our workers, our small-business own-                 the world, including our own country. Be-
                             ers, our farmers, can compete with anybody,                    cause we acted, today, Afghanistan is a rising
                             anyplace, anytime, anywhere.                                   democracy. They’re going to have Presi-
                                We need to provide our workers with a                       dential elections in October of this year. Be-
                             lifetime of learning to keep jobs here in                      cause we acted, many young girls go to school
                             America. The economy is changing. New                          for the first time in Afghanistan. Because we
                             high-paying jobs are being created. But                        acted, Afghanistan is an ally in the war on
                             sometimes, there’s a skills gap. Sometimes                     terror. Because we acted, America and the
                             somebody needs a little help going back to                     world are safer.
                             the community college to be able to gain the                      Before September the 11th, Libya was
                             skills necessary to fill the jobs of the 21st                  spending millions to acquire weapons of mass
                             century. I’m committed to making sure our                      destruction. Today, because America and our
                             workers have got an opportunity to go back                     allies have sent a strong and easy-to-under-
                             to get an associate degree, so they have the                   stand message, the leader of Libya has aban-
                             skills necessary to fill the jobs of the 21st                  doned his pursuit of weapons of mass de-
                             century.                                                       struction, and America and the world are
                                And finally, in order to keep jobs here in                  safer.
                             America, we’ve got to be wise about how we                        Before September the 11th, the ruler of
                             spend your money, and we’ve got to keep                        Iraq was a sworn enemy of America. He was
                             your taxes low. It’s an issue in this campaign.                defying the world. You might remember, he
                             I’m running against a fellow who has already                   was firing weapons at American pilots who
                             put out there about $2 trillion worth of new                   were enforcing the world’s sanctions. He had




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                             used weapons of mass destruction. He har-                         Now, almost 2 years after he voted for the
                             bored terrorists. He invaded his neighbors.                    war in Iraq and 7 months after switching po-
                             He subsidized the families of suicide bomb-                    sitions to declare himself the antiwar can-
                             ers. He and his henchmen murdered tens                         didate, my opponent has found a new nu-
                             of thousands of his own people. He was a                       ance. He now agrees it was the right decision
                             great source of instability in the world’s most                to go into Iraq. After months of questioning
                             volatile region. He was a threat.                              my motives and even my credibility, he now
                                After September the 11th, this country                      agrees with me that even though we haven’t
                             must remember the new lessons. And a new                       found the weapons we thought would be
                             lesson is, is that we must take threats seri-                  there, knowing everything we know today, he
                             ously before they fully materialize. That is                   would have voted to go into Iraq and remove
                             the new reality of the world in which we live.                 Saddam Hussein from power. I appreciate
                             And it’s really important we never forget that                 him for clearing that up. [Laughter] How-
                             reality. So I saw a threat, and I went to the                  ever, there’s still a little over 60 days for him
                             United States Congress. They looked at the                     to change his mind again. [Laughter]
                             intelligence I looked at. They remembered                         I’m running for 4 more years because I
                             the history of Saddam Hussein, and they said                   know we have more to do. We will continue
                             he was a threat and authorized the use of                      to work with our friends and allies around
                             force—they being Republicans; they being                       the world to aggressively pursue the terrorists
                             Democrats; they being my opponent and his                      in Afghanistan and Iraq and elsewhere. See,
                             runningmate.                                                   you cannot talk sense to these people. You
                                                                                            cannot negotiate with them. In the post-9/
                                Because the use of force should be the
                                                                                            11 era we live in, you just simply cannot hope
                             last option of the Commander in Chief, the
                                                                                            for the best. We must aggressively pursue
                             very last option, I went to the United Nations
                                                                                            them around the world so we do not have
                             in the hopes that diplomacy would solve the                    to face them here at home.
                             threat. You might remember, the debate                            We will continue to lead the world with
                             went on, and after consideration, the U.N.                     confidence and moral clarity. We put to-
                             Security Council voted 15 to nothing to say                    gether a strong coalition. We’re working with
                             to Saddam Hussein, ‘‘Disclose, disarm, or                      some great allies. There’s over 40 nations in-
                             face serious consequences.’’ So the world                      volved in—nearly 40 nations involved in Af-
                             spoke.                                                         ghanistan and some 30 in Iraq. Over the next
                                As he had for over a decade, he defied                      4 years, I will continue to work with friends
                             the demands of the free world. This wasn’t                     to help secure our country, their country, and
                             the only U.N. resolution he ignored. We then                   spread the peace. But I will never turn over
                             sent inspectors in—or the world sent inspec-                   America’s national security decisions to lead-
                             tors in, and he systematically deceived the                    ers of other countries.
                             inspectors. And so I had a choice to make:                        We’re going to keep our commitments to
                             Whether or not to trust the word of a mad-                     the people of Afghanistan and Iraq. It’s in
                             man and forget the lessons of September the                    our interest we keep our commitment. It’s
                             11th, or take action to defend our country.                    in our interest they become peaceful and
                             Given that choice, I will defend our country.                  democratic societies. The two nations are
                                You know, we did not find the stockpiles                    now governed by strong leaders who believe
                             that we thought would be there. I want to                      in the hopes and aspirations of their people.
                             remind you that Saddam Hussein had the ca-                     These nations are now headed for elections.
                             pability of making weapons of mass destruc-                    Our strategy is clear, and our goal is clear.
                             tion, and he could have passed that capability                 The goal is to have peaceful, democratic
                             on to others. And after September the 11th,                    countries in the heart of the Middle East who
                             that is not a risk this country could afford                   are allies in the war on terror. That’s our goal.
                             to take. Knowing what I know today, I would                    It’s in our interest we achieve that goal.
                             have made the same decision. America and                          We are meeting that goal by providing se-
                             the world are safer because Saddam Hussein                     curity so that the political process develops.
                             sits in a prison cell.                                         We will meet that goal by training Afghan




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                             and Iraqi forces so they can defend their                      perate for freedom. Free societies do not ex-
                             country against these terrorists, so they get                  port terror. Free societies do not stifle the
                             to take—do the necessary hard work for de-                     dreams of their citizens.
                             mocracy to survive. Our military will com-                        We’ve done this kind of work before. One
                             plete this mission as quickly as possible, so                  of my closest collaborators in peace is the
                             our troops do not stay a day longer than nec-                  Prime Minister of Japan. It wasn’t all that
                             essary.                                                        long ago in the march of history that my dad
                                In these crucial times, the men and women                   and your dads were fighting the Japanese.
                             of our military keep our commitments. We’ve                    And yet here we are, because we insisted
                             got a great military. The people who wear                      upon the transforming qualities of liberty, we
                             our uniform—I’ve seen their great decency                      insisted that Japan be given a chance to self-
                             and unselfish courage. The cause of freedom                    govern and be a democratic nation. We be-
                             is in really good hands. And I want to thank                   lieve that even an enemy could accept liberty
                             the veterans who are here today for setting                    as a way of life. Fortunately, my predecessor,
                             such a great example to the modern military.                   Harry Truman, stuck with that point of view.
                                I made a commitment to our troops, and                      Fortunately, America stuck with that point
                             I made a commitment to their families as                       of view, and now Japan is an ally and a friend.
                             well that this Government will support them                       We believe in liberty in America. We be-
                             in their missions. That’s why, last September,                 lieve that liberty can transform nations from
                             I went to the Congress and said, ‘‘We need                     tyranny to hope. We have seen it in our past.
                             supplemental funding—support the people                        We not only believe that liberty will bring
                             over there in Afghanistan and Iraq.’’ This                     peace; we know that liberty answers to the
                             funding was for body armor, vital equipment,                   deepest needs of the American soul. See,
                             fuel, ammunition, spare parts, hazard pay,                     freedom is not America’s gift to the world.
                             health benefits. This is important legislation.                Freedom is the Almighty God’s gift to each
                             And I was really pleased that we got great                     man and woman in this world.
                             bipartisan support. As a matter of fact, the                      We have more to do to protect this coun-
                             support was so strong that only 12 Members                     try. I’m running because I understand that
                             of the United States Senate voted against it,                  we’ve got to work hard to protect America.
                             2 of whom are my runningmate and his—                          See, there’s an enemy out there that still
                             my opponent and his runningmate. See, they                     hates us. It’s the reality of the world in which
                             voted against it.                                              we live, and we’ll deal with that. It’s very
                                Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                  important that we view these people as who
                                The President. So they asked him, they                      they are. There’s a difference of opinion in
                             said, ‘‘Why did you vote against the funding?’’                this race. I want to address a subject that
                             He said, ‘‘Well, I actually did vote for the                   I’m sure you’re going to be asked about. See,
                             $87 billion, before I voted against it.’’ That                 my opponent said that going to war with the
                             was his explanation. I don’t think a lot of peo-               terrorists is actually improving their recruit-
                             ple in Wheeling talk like that. [Laughter] So                  ing efforts. I think the logic is upside-down.
                             they pressed him even further. He said, well,                  You see, during the nineties—remind some-
                             he was proud of his vote. And then they said,                  body who asks you that, that during the nine-
                             ‘‘Well, you know, what else?’’ And he finally                  ties the terrorists were recruiting and training
                             said, ‘‘Well, it’s just a complicated matter.’’                and plotting for war with us, long before we
                             [Laughter] His words. There is nothing com-                    went to war with them. I think it’s wrong
                             plicated about supporting our troops in com-                   to provide excuses for their hatred. You don’t
                             bat.                                                           create terrorists by fighting back. You defeat
                                In the long run, our security is not going                  the terrorists by fighting back.
                             to be guaranteed by force alone. We must                          A lot of good folks working hard to protect
                             work to change the conditions that give rise                   the homeland, good folks at the Federal
                             to terror, poverty and hopelessness and re-                    level, State level, and right here in Wheeling,
                             sentment. A free and peaceful Iraq and a free                  West Virginia. You’ve got a great—a lot of
                             and peaceful Afghanistan will be powerful                      really great first-responders who are re-
                             examples in a part of the world that is des-                   sponding. There’s more to do. We’ve got a




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                             lot to do. We’re beginning to implement                        not to dictate to people but to help people,
                             some of the intelligence reforms that are nec-                 to stand side by side with people.
                             essary to make sure we’ve got the best intel-                      And one way to do that is to promote an
                             ligence. I’ve got to have the best intelligence                ownership society in America. One way to
                             to make decisions; our planners and every-                     help people through times of change is to
                             body involved with the Government needs                        encourage ownership. That’s why I support
                             to have the best intelligence. That’s why                      health care policies that people can call their
                             we’re implementing a lot of the 9/11 Com-                      own, manage their own, so they can take
                             mission reforms. We want to make sure                          them from job to job. That’s why I believe
                             there’s still good, close cooperation between                  it’s very important in the Social Security sys-
                             the different agencies in Washington. We’re                    tem to say to boomers like me, nothing’s
                             working on doing that. We need to renew                        going to change. We’re in good shape. But
                             the PATRIOT Act, so our law enforcement                        if you’re a younger worker, you better listen
                             have the tools necessary to protect you                        very carefully to the Presidential debates on
                             against terrorist attack. We’ll continue to                    Social Security. The fiscal solvency of Social
                             work to make sure the Homeland Security                        Security is in doubt for the young workers
                             Department does its job.                                       coming up. Therefore, I think young workers
                                 I’ll push for reforms. I’ve got to warn you,               ought to be able to own a personal retirement
                             it’s hard to get reform in Washington. See,                    account, a personal savings account, in order
                             there’s a lot of entrenched interest there, a                  for Social Security to work.
                             lot of people willing to defend the status quo.
                                                                                                In times of change, it’s really helpful for
                             When you’re out there campaigning, remind
                                                                                            people to own their own home. There’s noth-
                             them it’s not enough to advocate reform. You
                                                                                            ing better than people opening that door up
                             need somebody in Washington who can get
                                                                                            and say, ‘‘Welcome to my home. Welcome
                             the job done.
                                 When it comes to reforming our schools,                    to my piece of property.’’ Today, the home-
                             to raise standards, and close the achievement                  ownership rate in America is at an alltime
                             gap, we’re getting the job done. When it                       high. We want more people owning their
                             comes to improving health care for our sen-                    own home. We want more people owning
                             iors and giving Americans more opportuni-                      their own business. If you own something,
                             ties and more choices in health care, we’re                    you have a vital stake in the future of the
                             getting the job done. When it comes to a                       United States of America.
                             strong and vibrant steel industry, we’re get-                      Changing times—there are some things
                             ting the job done. When it comes to improv-                    that won’t change: the values we try to live
                             ing our overall economy, we’re getting the                     by, courage, compassion, reverence, and in-
                             job done. When it comes to finding the ter-                    tegrity; our beliefs in liberty and opportunity
                             rorists, securing the homeland, and spread-                    and the nonnegotiable demands of human
                             ing freedom and peace, we’re getting the job                   dignity. During changing times, we will sup-
                             done. When it comes—and tell your friends                      port the institutions that give us direction and
                             and neighbors, when it comes time to choose                    purpose, our families, our schools, our reli-
                             a President, put somebody back in there who                    gious congregations.
                             can get the job done.                                              We believe—and we stand for institutions
                                 We live in a time of change, and change                    like marriage and family, which are the foun-
                             can be very unsettling. It’s really a different                dations of society. We stand for a culture of
                             time, when you think about it. Not all that                    life in which every person matters and every
                             long ago, moms stayed at home. Now, moms                       person counts. We stand for judges who
                             are working. Not all that long ago, a person                   faithfully interpret the law instead of legis-
                             would work for one company and retire with                     lating from the bench.
                             that company, and that company provided                            We stand for a culture of responsibility in
                             the health care and retirement. That’s chang-                  America. See, the culture is changing from
                             ing. These are changing times, and I fully                     one that has said, ‘‘If it feels good, do it,’’
                             understand that. And they can be unsettling                    and ‘‘If you’ve got a problem, blame some-
                             times. And therefore, Government has a role                    body else,’’ to a culture in which each of us




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                             understands we’re responsible for the deci-                        We’ve come through a lot together. We’ve
                             sions we make in life. If you’re a mother or                   done a lot of hard work. But there’s more
                             a father, if you’re fortunate enough to be a                   work to be done. That’s why I’ve come to
                             mother or a father, you are responsible for                    Wheeling, West Virginia. During the next 4
                             loving your child with all your heart and all                  years, we’ll spread ownership and oppor-
                             your soul. That’s your responsibility. If you’re               tunity to every corner of this country. During
                             worried about the quality of the education                     the next 4 years, we will pass the enduring
                             in the community in which you live, you are                    values of this Nation on to another genera-
                             responsible for doing something about it. If                   tion. During the next 4 years, we’ll continue
                             you’re a CEO in corporate America, you’re                      to spread freedom and peace, and we will
                             responsible for telling the truth to your                      prevail. You know, with your support and
                             shareholders and your employees. And in a                      your prayers, I will be a leader that America
                             responsibility society, each of us is respon-                  can count on during a time of change.
                             sible for loving our neighbor just like we’d                       Four years ago, I came to your State a lot.
                             like to be loved ourself.                                      I’ll do so again now. I said if you gave me
                                Today when I landed, I met Nancy Weeks.                     a chance, if you voted for me and if I was
                             Nancy works with the 4–H National Youth                        fortunate enough to hold this office, I would
                             Development Program. She takes time out                        uphold the honor and the dignity of the office
                             of her life to teach values to kids. I’m sure                  to which I had been elected. With your help
                             there’s Scout leaders here, Boy Scout and                      and your hard work, I will do so for the next
                             Girl Scout leaders here. I know there’s Little                 4 years.
                             League scouts here—I mean, Little League                           God bless. Thank you for coming. Thank
                             coaches here. I know there’s people working                    you all.
                             with kids. I know there’s people here feeding
                             the hungry, providing shelter for the home-                    NOTE: The President spoke at 2:20 p.m. at the
                             less, loving those whose souls need love. See,                 WesBanco Arena. In his remarks, he referred to
                             the strength of this country is the hearts and                 Richard Casini, steelworker, ISG Weirton Inc.;
                             souls of the American citizens. That’s our                     Katherine Fortunato, West Virginia State chair,
                                                                                            W Stands for Women Steering Committee; and
                             strength. I’m running again to rally the ar-                   Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi of Japan. He
                             mies of compassion, which are changing this                    also referred to the National Commission on Ter-
                             country one heart and one soul at a time.                      rorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Com-
                                For all Americans, these years in our his-                  mission).
                             tory will stand apart. There are quiet times
                             in the life of a nation when little is expected
                             of its leaders. This is not one of those times.                Remarks in a Discussion in
                             This is a time that requires firm resolve, clear               Nashua, New Hampshire
                             vision, and an unshakeable belief in the val-                  August 30, 2004
                             ues that makes us a great nation.
                                You know—and you’ll never forget, either,                     The President. Thank you all. Thanks for
                             the week when one era ended and another                        coming. Thank you all. Go ahead and be seat-
                             began. I stood in the ruins of those Twin                      ed. Thanks for coming. Go ahead and take
                             Towers on September the 14, 2001. It’s a                       a seat. I’ve got some work to do. So I see
                             day that I will never forget. There were work-                 your senior Senator—that would be Judd
                             ers in hardhats yelling at me, ‘‘Whatever it                   Gregg. He says, ‘‘When you get up to New
                             takes.’’ I was coming down through there and                   Hampshire, come up there and tell them
                             shaking hands, a fellow looked me right in                     what’s on your mind and answer some of
                             the eye, and he said, ‘‘You don’t let me                       their questions.’’ So I’m here to tell you
                             down.’’ See, he took the day personally. Ev-                   what’s on my mind, and I’m here to answer
                             erybody there—you took it personally. I took                   some of your questions. I’ll tell you what’s
                             it personally. I have a duty that goes on. I                   on my mind, first and foremost. With your
                             wake up every day trying to figure out how                     help, we will carry New Hampshire again and
                             best to defend this country. I will never re-                  we’re going to win a great victory in Novem-
                             lent in defending America, whatever it takes.                  ber. [Applause] Thank you.




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                              So I’m here asking for the vote, see. That’s                    I want to thank your Governor. I appre-
                           what you’ve got to do. I think you’ve got to                    ciate your Governor, Craig Benson. See, he’s
                           get out amongst the people and say, ‘‘I want                    like the Governor of Massachusetts. These
                           your vote. And I’m going to talk about how                      are people that did not have to run. They’re
                           to make this a safer world and a more hopeful                   not full-time politicians. They were success-
                           America. I’m asking for your vote because                       ful entrepreneurs. Craig decided to leave a
                           there’s more work to be done to make Amer-                      comfortable life and serve. I think it’s a great
                           ica a safer place and America a more hopeful                    and noble example. I hope you put him back
                           country for every citizen who lives here. I’m                   into office as the Governor. And like me, he
                           also here to ask for your help. See, I don’t                    married well. The first lady, Denise, is doing
                           think you can win elections alone. I think                      a great job in this State as well. Thank you,
                           it requires citizens who are willing to register                Denise.
                           people to vote, to put up the signs, to turn                       I appreciate old Governor Romney sliding
                           out the vote. And that’s what I’m here to                       across the border. I’m proud of his leader-
                           ask you to do. I’d like your help as we’re                      ship. Here is an example of strong, steady
                           coming down the stretch. There’s no doubt                       leadership. He stands for what he believes.
                           in my mind that with your help, we’re going                     And I want to thank his sweet wife, Ann,
                           to win.                                                         for joining us. Ann, thank you for being here.
                              I’m going to give you some reasons why                       The mom of four—the mom of five—now,
                           I think you ought to put me back in. Perhaps                    that’s one first family, isn’t it?
                           the most important one of all is so that Laura                     I’ve already mentioned old Judd. He’s a
                           is the First Lady for 4 more years. [Applause]                  great United States Senator, I’m telling you.
                           All right. I love her dearly. She is a great                    He is steady. He’s strong. He’s making a big,
                           mom. She is a really good First Lady. She’s                     big difference in the Senate. He’s fun to work
                           been a calm in the midst of storm. She has                      with—most of the time. [Laughter] He’s
                           got a clear vision about a better America. I’ll                 plenty capable, and he knows what he’s
                           never forget the day she took on the Presi-                     doing, and he married well. We love Kathy
                           dential radio address—for that morning, it                      a lot.
                           became the First Lady’s radio address—and                          It turns out when the President comes, a
                           she spoke to the women of Afghanistan. And                      lot of people show up that you have to recog-
                           because of her gentle and her strong words                      nize. I’m working my way through. I can’t
                           of support, she lifted the spirits of thousands                 wait to tell you why I’m running again.
                           of women in a country that had been brutal-                     [Laughter] Before I do, I’ve got to talk about
                           ized by tyranny. And Laura has got that abil-                   two Members of the United States Congress,
                           ity to do so, and I—thanks for coming—she                       as a matter of fact, the only Members of the
                           is a—I can’t wait for the country to hear her                   United States Congress from New Hamp-
                           speech. She’s giving a speech tomorrow                          shire but really fine people. First, Charlie
                           night.                                                          Bass is with us today. Where are you, Bass?
                              Tonight, by the way, at our convention,                      There he is, yes. I don’t know what you did,
                           we’ve got America’s mayor, Rudy Giuliani,                       but you deserve a better seat than that.
                           speaking. And a true American hero, John                        [Laughter] Yes, okay, well—and Jeb Bradley.
                           McCain, is speaking tonight too. They’re                        Thanks for coming, Congressman. I appre-
                           kicking off the convention with positive                        ciate it.
                           speeches. This is going to be a positive expe-                     We’ve got the mayor, my friend Bernie
                           rience for the people of this country to see                    Streeter, who is here. I appreciate you com-
                           what we believe.                                                ing, Bernie. You know, people don’t like ad-
                              I talked to the Vice President this morning.                 vice from one politician to another, but here’s
                           He’s getting ready to crank it up. I admit                      my advice: Fill the potholes. [Laughter] You
                           it, he’s not the prettiest face on the ticket.                  don’t have to take it if you don’t want to.
                           [Laughter] I didn’t pick him for his looks.                        Where’s Cheryl? Cheryl McGuinness,
                           I picked him because of his experience, his                     sweet Cheryl McGuinness, the widow of
                           judgment, and because he can get the job                        American Airline Flight 11 pilot Tom
                           done.                                                           McGuinness, one of the strongest characters




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                           of our country. I’m proud of you. Thanks for                    this education system raises expectations and
                           coming. God bless you. Thank you. You’re                        meets expectations across the country. I be-
                           a sweet girl. Thank you all for coming—a                        lieve strongly in local control of schools. I
                           woman of enormous strength.                                     believe strongly in empowering parents. I be-
                               You know, I talk about a more hopeful                       lieve strongly in challenging the status quo
                           America. Part of a more hopeful America is                      when schools will not teach.
                           a better America. That’s why we’ve got to                          A better tomorrow is one where Govern-
                           make sure our education system is right. We                     ment recognizes its limitations. See, I don’t
                           worked hard in Washington, DC, to change                        think Government can love. I think Govern-
                           an attitude of the Federal Government, an                       ment should dispense justice, but Govern-
                           attitude that used to be, ‘‘Here, we’ll just give               ment is not a loving organization. The
                           you some money and hope everything turns                        strength of this country lies in the hearts and
                           out right.’’ And it hasn’t worked. So when
                                                                                           souls of our citizens. And a President and
                           I went to Washington, I said, ‘‘Why don’t we
                                                                                           a Governors ought to rally that great compas-
                           challenge what I’ve called the soft bigotry of
                           low expectations, raise the bar, expect re-                     sion found in the hearts and souls of our citi-
                           sults.’’                                                        zens. That’s why the Faith-Based and Com-
                               We’ve increased Federal funding, but in                     munity-Based Initiative is so vital for an opti-
                           return for increase of Federal funding, we’re                   mistic future.
                           finally asking the question, ‘‘Can a child                         I’ll give you example of what I’m talking
                           read?’’ See, that’s what we’re asking. And we                   about. Sometimes a Government program
                           want to know. We want to know whether or                        can help heal an addict, and we ought to her-
                           not we’re accomplishing the mission. And if                     ald those programs. But sometimes an addict
                           a child can’t read early, there’s money in the                  needs a change of heart before he or she
                           budget to correct the problem before it is                      changes behavior. And therefore, we ought
                           too late. We’re challenging this notion that                    to welcome those programs which have the
                           simply said, ‘‘There’s some kids you just can’t                 capacity to change a person’s heart into the
                           educate, so move them through.’’ That’s not                     social fabric of the American system. Govern-
                           good enough for a better America. That’s not                    ment ought not to fear programs based on
                           good enough for a hopeful America.                              faith. We ought not to discriminate against
                               And it’s working. The system is working.                    faith—programs based on faith. We ought to
                           There’s an achievement gap in America, and                      welcome faith-based programs to help heal
                           it’s beginning to close. You know how we                        broken hearts in society.
                           know? Because we measure. It’s working be-                         Today—where’s Alison? Okay, hold on.
                           cause school districts have found that certain                  We got too much work to do. We got too
                           curriculum can’t work, and they’re changing.                    much work to do—too many interruptions
                           You see, accountability is necessary to diag-                   here. [Laughter] Thank you.
                           nose and solve a problem. You’ll hear the                          Audience member. We love you!
                           critics say, ‘‘Oh, measurement, all that does
                                                                                              The President. Well, I appreciate that. I
                           is punish.’’ No, measurement saves lives.
                                                                                           love New Hampshire.
                           How can you correct a problem unless you
                           measure?                                                           Okay, one of the interesting ways that I
                               And there’s more work to be done. We                        try to make points is to have others make
                           got to make sure there’s math and science                       them for me. And Alison Brackett is with us
                           in our high school classrooms so our kids                       today. She runs a program called Bridges of
                           have the skills necessary to compete in this                    Learning. And where are you based?
                           global economy. We need serious interven-                          Alison Brackett. Out of Greenland, New
                           tion programs for eighth and ninth graders                      Hampshire.
                           who have been shuffled through the system                          The President. Well, she’s clearly from
                           so they’ve got at least the foundation nec-                     New Hampshire. [Laughter] So you probably
                           essary to learn and think. We need to make                      never heard of Bridges of Learning nor Ali-
                           sure a high school diploma means something.                     son. She’s here because she is a social entre-
                           There’s more work to be done to make sure                       preneur. Tell us what you did.




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                              Ms. Brackett. We are a organization that                     President is to call upon and herald and
                           collects and then distributes school materials,                 thank the soldiers in the armies of compas-
                           supplies, and needs throughout the world.                       sion that will change this country one heart
                              The President. Right, okay. Isn’t that                       at a time.
                           amazing? Think about this. And so when did                         Thanks for coming.
                           you start? Who told you to start this?                             Ms. Brackett. Thank you.
                              Ms. Brackett. My children. [Laughter]                           The President. A more hopeful America
                              The President. You’ve got some good                          is one in which people can work. It’s hard
                           kids. So it wasn’t a Government program.                        to be a hopeful society if you’re not working
                           The President didn’t say, ‘‘Start this.’’ The                   and you want to work. So one of the most
                           Governor didn’t say, ‘‘We’re going to pass a                    important parts of my job during the next
                           resolution in the New Hampshire House for                       4 years will be to continue to create an envi-
                           you to do it.’’ She heard a call.                               ronment that is conducive to job growth. See,
                              And so what do you do? I know you dis-                       I don’t think the role of Government is to
                           tribute school supplies. Give us a little—                      create wealth. The role of Government is to
                           some details.                                                   create an environment in which the entre-
                              Ms. Brackett. Well, my children and an                       preneurial spirit is strong, in which small
                           army of volunteers go around to various                         businesses can thrive and flourish.
                           schools and supply houses and families and
                                                                                              And as Mitt mentioned, our economy has
                           churches and organizations, like the Seacoast
                                                                                           been through a lot. When you’re out there
                           Republican Women, and they collect the
                                                                                           garnering the vote, remind your friends and
                           supplies we need. We box them up, and we
                                                                                           neighbors what we have been through. We’ve
                           ship them around the world. And currently,
                           we ship them to our Army that is stationed                      been through a recession. That means we’re
                           in Afghanistan.                                                 going backwards. It’s hard to be a small busi-
                              The President. Yes, okay, wait a minute—                     ness in a recession, by the way. We’ve been
                           yes. I think you’re beginning to get the pic-                   through corporate scandals. That’s when cer-
                           ture of what I’m talking about when I say,                      tain citizens forgot what it meant to be a re-
                           ‘‘We’re going to call upon the army of com-                     sponsible American and did not tell the truth.
                           passion in America to respond.’’ See, this isn’t                By the way, we’ve changed that attitude in
                           a Government program. This is a program                         America too. It’s clear now we’re not going
                           based upon the hearts of a family who said,                     to tolerate dishonesty in the boardrooms of
                           ‘‘What can we do to make a contribution in                      America. And we’ve been through a terror
                           our society? How can we make America and                        attack, all of which affected our economy.
                           the world a better place?’’                                        But the economy is growing, and it’s get-
                              So think about this. They’ve collected                       ting better, and it’s strengthening. Why? Be-
                           school supplies. They’re shipping them to Af-                   cause the entrepreneurial spirit is strong in
                           ghanistan. Some soldier is going to hand a                      America, because we’ve got the greatest
                           school supply to a young girl who, by the                       workers in the world, because our farmers
                           way, now goes to school for the first time                      and ranchers are the best in the world. I hap-
                           thanks to the United States of America.                         pen to think as well it’s because of two well-
                              One other question. It says here that you                    timed tax cuts.
                           ship 45 boxes every 2 weeks.                                       Benson tells me the unemployment rate
                              Ms. Brackett. Yes. Yes, sir.                                 here is 3.9 percent—3.8 percent. It’s drop-
                              The President. Yes, fantastic. Listen,                       ping every second. [Laughter] The tax relief
                           thanks for coming.                                              plan, the economic stimulus plan we passed
                              Ms. Brackett. Thank you.                                     is working here in the Granite State—3.8
                              The President. Here’s why I’ve asked her                     percent. That’s what we want in America,
                           to come. I know many of you here and people                     isn’t it? We want people working.
                           around New Hampshire also hear a call to                           And so the question is how do we keep
                           help. But see, societies can change because                     jobs here and how do we keep the economy
                           the Alisons of the world take it upon them-                     growing. Well, I believe the most important
                           selves to change society. And the role of a                     thing is to make sure this is the best country




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                           in the world to do business. If you want busi-                  can wring out the inefficiencies in the health
                           nesses to expand, America has got to be the                     care system to reduce the costs. People say,
                           best place in the world to do business, which                   ‘‘What does that mean?’’ Well, I’ll you what
                           means—let me tell you what that means. It                       it means. I heard the story of a guy who had
                           means we’ve got to have an energy policy.                       to carry a file full of paperwork from one
                           We’ve got to be less dependent on foreign                       specialist to the next, see. That’s not the way
                           sources of energy in order to make this a                       most—most industries are able to use the
                           good place.                                                     Internet in order to wring out those kind of
                              We’ve got to have trade policy. We’ve                        inefficiencies, to reduce cost. He not only has
                           opened up a good trade policy. We have                          to carry the file from one specialist to the
                           trade policy. And here’s what good trade pol-                   next; he could barely read the writing in the
                           icy means. We’ve opened up our markets.                         files. Why? Because doctors wrote them.
                           See, it’s good for you that our markets are                     They can’t write very well. And it leads to
                           open, because the more products you have                        medical error. My point to you is, is that by
                           to choose from, the more likely it is you’re                    the proper use of technology, we will reduce
                           going to get better quality at a better price.                  the cost of medicine all across this land.
                           That’s how the market works. So good trade                         Thirdly, small businesses ought to be al-
                           policy says, ‘‘We’ll open up our markets. You                   lowed to pool risk across jurisdictional
                           open up yours. You treat us the way we treat                    boundaries so they can get the same dis-
                           you.’’ And that’s the policy of this administra-                counts on health insurance that big busi-
                           tion. We’re knocking down trade barriers.                       nesses are able to get.
                           We’re opening up doors. I believe the Amer-
                                                                                              Fourthly, people ought to look into health
                           ican worker and the American farmer can
                                                                                           savings accounts. They are a way to reduce
                           compete with anybody, anytime, anywhere so
                                                                                           the costs of health care and at the same time
                           long as the rules are fair. So when you see
                           us talking about unfair trade practices from                    make sure that the patient is in charge of
                           China, that’s what we’re doing. We’re making                    the decisionmaking process. I was talking to
                           sure the rules are fair. That’s all we want                     a guy in Ohio the other day. He said, ‘‘I have
                           to be, is treated fairly.                                       a health savings account,’’ which basically
                              In order to make sure that this economy                      says that he buys a high-deductible insurance
                           continues to grow, we’ve got to do something                    policy for catastrophic care and contributes
                           about the cost of health care. Most people                      tax-free for the balance. So it’s an incentive
                           get their health care through their jobs. Most                  for him to make good choices. It’s incentive
                           new jobs are created by small businesses, and                   for him to say, ‘‘I’m going’’—and if he does
                           many small businesses are having trouble                        go into the marketplace, to shop wisely. His
                           with the cost of health care. It’s an issue.                    premium was $1,100 a month. His premium
                           The way to deal with it is to put a strategy                    now with the health savings account is $259
                           out that makes sure that patients and doctors                   a month, and the company contributes tax-
                           are the decisionmakers for health care, not                     free into a savings account that is his own.
                           Government bureaucrats in Washington,                           Listen, this is an important opportunity for
                           DC.                                                             individuals and small businesses.
                              So we’ve done that. We have done that,                          Finally—I may go on for a long time on
                           and there’s more work to be done. We have                       health care. What I’m telling you is we’re
                           put in place community health centers for                       not going to nationalize health care under
                           low-income Americans to get premium                             George W. And my opponent is, see. That’s
                           care—primary care, and that’s important. We                     the difference. My opponent will. We won’t.
                           want to help. I think it’s a legitimate use of                     Finally, I’ll tell you one way to hold down
                           taxpayers’ money to help those who can’t af-                    costs—this is a—I’m telling you, I’m about
                           ford health care to have a place where they                     to explain to you a national problem. You
                           can go get primary care.                                        know how I know? I hear it everywhere I
                              Secondly, we will use the new technologies                   go—everywhere I go. I hear it from ob-gyns.
                           available for other industries. We’ll promote                   I hear it from specialists. These frivolous law-
                           them into health care industries so that we                     suits that are being filed against docs




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                             are running up your health care costs and                      encourage economic growth and vitality. And
                             are running good docs out of business.                         there’s two other things we need to do. One
                                 This is a national problem that requires                   is we got to be wise about how we spend
                             a national solution. I do not think you can                    your money. Be real careful about people
                             be pro-doctor and pro-patient and pro-hos-                     who are running for office and say, ‘‘Well,
                             pital, and pro-plaintiff-attorney at the same                  here’s what we’re going to do with Govern-
                             time. I think you have to choose—I think                       ment money.’’ See, if you have that mentality
                             you have to choose. My opponent made his                       that we’re spending the Government’s
                             choice, and he put him on the ticket. I made                   money, they don’t understand what they’re
                             my choice. I am for medical liability re-                      talking about, because it’s not the Govern-
                             form—now.                                                      ment’s money we’re talking about. It’s your
                                 Let me make three other quick points;                      money. It’s the people’s money.
                             then I want to talk about how to make this
                                                                                               And secondly, in order to make sure this
                             country more secure. And then, if I don’t
                                                                                            economy grows, we’ve got to keep your taxes
                             filibuster, I’ll answer some questions.
                             [Laughter] I can see Laura beginning to                        low. And there are some folks in Washington
                             grimace a little bit. She says, ‘‘He’s getting                 who do not want to keep your taxes low.
                             awfully windy’’—[laughter]—Texas term.                         Here’s what I believe. I believe we can set
                             Anyway—[laughter]—look, in order to keep                       priorities, meet those priorities, and then you
                             jobs here, we’ve got to use our community                      can spend your money far better than the
                             college systems wisely. We have a changing                     Federal Government can.
                             economy, and in a changing economy, there                         And it’s an issue in this campaign. We got
                             are new jobs available, higher paying jobs                     ample money to meet our priorities, unless
                             than the old jobs—jobs of the past. But peo-                   of course, you believe that the Federal Gov-
                             ple need skills in order to fill those jobs. So                ernment ought to be the—ought to be giving
                             I support what I call a lifetime of learning,                  the orders. [Laughter] And I’m running
                             to help these workers go back to our commu-                    against a fellow who has already promised
                             nity colleges so they can gain the skills nec-                 over $2 trillion of spending—new spending.
                             essary to fill the jobs of the 21st century.                   And we’re just—we haven’t even gotten to
                                 I’ll tell you a classic example of what I’m                the stretch run yet. [Laughter] Awfully
                             talking about. We were at Mesa Community                       tempting to get out there and tell people
                             College in Arizona, and a lady stood up and                    what they want to hear. And so they said,
                             she said, ‘‘I’m a graphic design artist for 12                 ‘‘How are you going to pay for it?’’ He said,
                             years, and then I heard of a program’’—to                      ‘‘Oh, I’m just going to tax the rich.’’ We’ve
                             help somebody in her status go back to the                     heard that kind of talk before, ‘‘tax the rich.’’
                             community college, Federal program. That                       The rich dodge; you pay. But the good news
                             where we provide money to help people go                       is we’re not going to let him tax you because
                             back to school if they want to go back to                      we’re going to win in November. [Applause]
                             school. She went back to school, received an                   Okay, hold on.
                             associate degree, I think it was after 18
                                                                                               September the 11th changed America. I’m
                             months, and after 18 months of a community
                                                                                            running for 4 more years because I want to
                             college experience, she made more money
                             in her first year of working for her new com-                  make this country a safer place, change your
                             pany than she did in the 12th year of her                      sweet life. That day taught us that oceans
                             previous job. You know why? Education en-                      no longer protect us from harm’s way, that
                             hances the productivity of the workforce. It                   suddenly and unexpectedly, an enemy can
                             makes people more likely to fill the jobs of                   strike us, and therefore, we’ve got to do a
                             the 21st century, and a more productive                        lot to protect the homeland, and we are.
                             worker is a worker who will make more                          We’ve created the Department of Homeland
                             money.                                                         Security to better coordinate between the
                                 Finally, we got a plan to continue to grow                 Federal, State, and local jurisdictions how to
                             this economy. I’m running because I under-                     respond to threats and how to deal with
                             stand how to put the conditions in place to                    emergency.




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                                We’re going to talk here in a minute to                     1 percent on the budget I submitted to the
                             the district chief of the Manchester Fire De-                  Congress. In other words, we’re being wise
                             partment, Nick Campasano. Right—yes,                           with your money. But one of the places
                             there he is. Let me just say a couple of things.               where we have increased the budget is with
                             You can stay standing. I’ll give you a chance                  our first-responders—for a reason, and that
                             to warm up. [Laughter] Got to loosen up.                       is to best secure our homeland.
                                A couple of things I want to say about pro-                    What has it meant, Nick? Tell me—it’s
                             tecting the homeland. We’ve got to make                        your mike. You run with it like you want to
                             sure we’ve got the best intelligence-sharing                   run with it. Here’s your chance. Cameras ev-
                             possible. We are working hard to make sure                     erywhere. [Laughter]
                             the intelligence agencies are well coordi-
                             nated and information makes it to my desk                      [Nick Campasano made brief remarks.]
                             and to the other planners’ desks. There’s                         The President. Yes, let me stop him there.
                             strategists’ desks in Washington, DC. I’ve got                 First of all, I want to thank the Governor
                             great confidence in the Central Intelligence                   and thank Nick for working on this. This is
                             Agency. I just know we can make sure that                      a very important statement he just made, be-
                             we’ve got to do a better job of collecting in-                 cause in order to better secure the homeland,
                             formation and analyzing information so that                    there has to be the willingness of people to
                             we can better protect you.                                     share assets across city boundaries or county
                                It’s very important that we enable the FBI                  boundaries, State lines as well. If something
                             and the CIA to share information. You’re not                   were to happen in Massachusetts, I can as-
                             going to believe this, but prior to September                  sure you, Craig Benson would say, ‘‘Let’s
                             the 11th, the operators in the FBI could not                   move some assets down there to protect.’’
                             share information with the intelligence gath-                  And this is a vital part of making sure the
                             erers of the FBI. That’s just the way it was.                  taxpayers’ money is spent wisely, and I want
                             So you might have an entity find out that                      to thank you for doing that.
                             something that looked like a terrorist activity                   It’s not a given, by the way. What he just
                             was going on, but they couldn’t tell the peo-                  said is not a given. It sounds simple, but
                             ple who were responsible for busting the cell.                 we’re talking Government. [Laughter] Seri-
                             That’s why we passed the PATRIOT Act. The                      ously.
                             PATRIOT Act is a vital tool for our first-
                             responders. They know it. And I want to as-                    [Mr. Campasano made further remarks.]
                             sure you that anytime that we use the tools
                             of the PATRIOT Act, we get court order.                           The President. That’s great. Yes. I appre-
                             In other words, we go to a judge.                              ciate it. Okay, I want you to do me a favor.
                                What I’m telling you is, is that we’ve given                I want to take—I want you to thank the peo-
                             law enforcement the same tools with the                        ple who work with you for their sacrifice to
                             same constitutional guarantees for our citi-                   this community. Please.
                             zens that we’ve given them to track down                          Mr. Campasano. I will. On behalf of the
                             drug dealers and white-collar criminals. The                   emergency responders in the State of New
                             terrorist act is important. You need me in                     Hampshire, we would like to thank you, Mr.
                             there for 4 more years to make sure it’s re-                   President, for your support.
                             newed so the people on the frontlines of                          The President. All right, thanks.
                             busting these cells are able to do so.                            My most solemn duty and our most solemn
                                And so we’re going to have a little talk with               duty in Washington is to protect the Amer-
                             Nick here. One of the budgetary increases                      ican people. And I’m going to share with you
                             that we worked with Judd and the Congress-                     some lessons I learned. And then we’ll talk
                             men on was to increase money for first-re-                     to a couple of more folks, and I’ll answer
                             sponders. Just—let me take a step back. Out-                   some questions.
                             side of funding for the war, and I believe—                       Lesson one is that the enemy is ruthless
                             you’ll hear me talk about funding for the                      and coldblooded, and you cannot negotiate
                             war—and homeland security, non-discre-                         with them and hope for the best. They are—
                             tionary spending will increase by less than                    they don’t have a conscience. We do. These




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                             are radical ideologues who have a hateful vi-                  when four women were pulled off a bus and
                             sion of the world and are willing to use terror                killed because they were registering to vote
                             to try to shake our will. That’s the facts. And                or had registered to vote. And a lot of people
                             we’ve got to deal with it. And the best way                    said, ‘‘Well, gosh, this is going to stop the
                             to deal with them is to bring them to justice                  movement of liberty in that country.’’ It was
                             in foreign lands before they hurt us again.                    going to intimidate. Those people did not un-
                             And that requires—[applause]—thank you                         derstand how powerful freedom is to people
                             all. Okay, thanks. Stay seated. Thank you.                     who have been suppressed. Do you realize
                             Thanks. Thank you all.                                         that in Afghanistan over 10 million citizens
                                That requires a couple of things. It re-                    have registered to vote? It is a phenomenal—
                             quires full utilization of all our assets. It                  10 million.
                             means we’ve got to work with friends and                          The Taliban can’t stop this movement to-
                             allies to cut off money, to share intelligence.                ward liberty because freedom is universal.
                             It means we’ve got to deploy brave troops.                     Freedom is inherent in people’s souls. They
                             It means we’ve got to work with law enforce-                   want to be free. Our job in Afghanistan is
                             ment. It means a full-scale offensive cam-                     to provide enough security so they can have
                             paign and an unrelenting campaign. It’s nec-                   Presidential elections on October the 8th of
                             essary to be clear-visioned and never yielding                 this year. Think how far we have come from
                             to these people.                                               the days of Al Qaida being able to train and
                                The second lesson is that this is a different               plot against the United States of America.
                             kind of war, and in order to make America                      And 3 short years later, they will have Presi-
                             more secure, we have to send a message to                      dential elections. Freedom is powerful in this
                             those who would provide safe haven for these
                                                                                            world.
                             killers. These are—they don’t represent a
                                                                                               Another lesson—and this is a vital lesson,
                             country. These people represent an ideology.
                             And what they look for are weak countries.                     and it’s an important lesson that we must
                             They want to become the parasite, and they                     never forget—is that when we see a threat,
                             want the host nation to become infected with                   we must take it seriously before it comes to
                             their dim vision. It’s just the reality of the                 be, before it fully materializes. That’s one of
                             21st century. And therefore, I thought it was                  the important lessons of September the 11th.
                             very important to send a clear message that                    This country must never forget it.
                             said, ‘‘If you harbor a terrorist, if you provide                 So I saw a threat in Saddam Hussein. And
                             safe haven for these people, you’re just as                    let me tell you why I did. He was an enemy
                             guilty as they are.’’                                          of the country. Step one in determining
                                Now, when the American President                            threats is whether or not they like us or hate
                             speaks, he must do so clearly and he must                      us. He was an enemy. He was actually shoot-
                             mean what he says in order to make the                         ing missiles, weapons at our pilots who were
                             world a more peaceful place. So I meant                        enforcing the world’s sanctions. In other
                             what I said—I meant what I said. And the                       words, he not only—we knew he was an
                             Taliban didn’t believe us. So we put together                  enemy; he was taking hostile action against
                             a coalition and removed them from power.                       U.S. pilots. He harbored terrorists in his
                             And it’s not easy work to do that, by the way.                 country. Remember Abu Nidal? Leon
                             It was hard work, and I want to—if there’s                     Klinghoffer? He was the guy that was mur-
                             some troops here or families of troops here                    dered because he happened to be Jewish.
                             that have done this work, I want to thank                      The Abu Nidal organization was housed and
                             them.                                                          based out of Baghdad. That is a terrorist or-
                                But I want you—let me get on—let me                         ganization. Zarqawi, the coldblooded person
                             talk to this point real quick. Afghanistan is                  who beheads people just like that, was in and
                             a better place because the Taliban has been                    out of Baghdad. He’s a terrorist. Saddam
                             routed, and America is safer because Al                        Hussein had used weapons of mass destruc-
                             Qaida can no longer train there.                               tion. He was the kind of mentality where he
                                Now, let me talk about Afghanistan right                    not only had them; he used them against his
                             quick. You might remember the incident                         own people. If he would use them against




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                             his own people, wouldn’t he have used them                     litical process can get started and to train
                             against his enemy?                                             Iraqis and Afghans so they can do the hard
                                And so I saw him as a threat and went                       work of defending their freedom. That’s our
                             to the Congress and said, ‘‘9/11 has changed                   goal. It’s in our interest to achieve that goal.
                             the world.’’ We must take threats seriously—                       Liberty has—liberty is powerful. Liberty
                             and went up the Congress. And the Congress                     can transform societies. Free societies are
                             debated the issue of whether or not we ought                   peaceful societies. Free societies are societies
                             to deal with threats seriously and in a strong                 that don’t export terror. Free societies are
                             resolution said, ‘‘We will deal with Saddam                    societies that listen to the hopes and aspira-
                             Hussein, and if need be, Mr. President,                        tions of their people. Liberty is a strong,
                             you’ve got the authorization to use force.’’                   strong, powerful force in this world. I believe
                             They looked at the intelligence I looked at.                   it’s transforming.
                             My opponent looked at the same intelligence
                                                                                                I spent time with Prime Minister Koizumi.
                             and came to the same conclusion. He voted
                             for the resolution.                                            And Laura and I were having Kobe beef with
                                The last choice of any President ought to                   him there in Tokyo. He’s the Prime Minister
                             be to commit troops into combat. We ought                      of a country that my dad fought against. And
                             to try everything possible before we commit                    your dads or grandfathers fought against
                             one soul into combat, and that’s why I went                    them too. They were an enemy. I mean it
                             to the United Nations. I said, ‘‘We see a                      was a rough war, and here we were sitting
                             threat. How about you?’’ You’ve passed reso-                   down talking about peace. See, we were talk-
                             lutions before—resolution after resolution                     ing about the North Korean Peninsula, how
                             after resolution. And I said—so I said,                        best to achieve peace. It dawned on me then
                             ‘‘There’s a new world here.’’ After September                  that, thankfully, my predecessor and others
                             the 11th, we must take threats seriously. And                  believed in the power of liberty to change
                             they looked at the intelligence, and they re-                  an enemy into a friend. And that’s what hap-
                             membered the evidence of Saddam Hussein.                       pened after World War II. There was great
                             And with a 15-to-nothing vote in the United                    vision and depth of feeling about what we
                             Nations Security Council, they said, ‘‘Dis-                    believe. There was the courage not to waver
                             close, disarm, or face serious consequences.’’                 in the face of serious criticism. And as a re-
                             That is what the free world said.                              sult, by sticking to what we believe, Japan
                                Saddam Hussein listened to the free world                   became a self-governing, democratic nation.
                             again and totally ignored it. You know, I don’t                And here Koizumi and I are talking about
                             want to put words in his mouth, but I guess                    peace. It’s amazing, isn’t it, what liberty can
                             it was something along these lines: ‘‘Who                      do. [Applause]
                             cares what they say?’’ And so there were                           Let me finish right quick. That’s what is
                             some discussions about, ‘‘Well, why don’t we                   happening. That’s why I say this is an historic
                             send inspectors into the country?’’ I thought                  moment. Someday an elected President will
                             that made sense. Before we commit troops,
                                                                                            sit down with an elected Iraqi official talking
                             we ought to try everything, everything pos-
                                                                                            about how to keep the peace. Liberties can
                             sible. And so we sent inspectors in, and as
                                                                                            transform societies. Liberty is a powerful,
                             history has shown, he systematically deceived
                             the inspectors. So I have a choice to make                     powerful agent of change. Freedom is not
                             at this point in history, whether to forget the                America’s gift to the world. Freedom is the
                             lessons of September the 11th, take the word                   Almighty God’s gift to each man and woman
                             of a madman, or defend our country. Given                      in this world.
                             that choice, I will defend America every                           Today we’ve got—[applause]—thank you
                             time. [Applause] Thank you all.                                all. Today—let me—okay, thanks. A couple
                                Is that your dad? Okay, thanks.                             of more points and we’re going to talk to a
                                Let me—a couple more points I want to                       mom whose son is there in Iraq. Just a couple
                             make to you, and then I’ll be glad to answer                   of more points.
                             some questions. The goal in Afghanistan and                        The Iraqi citizens are watching us real
                             Iraq is to provide enough security so the po-                  carefully. They want to know whether or not




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                           we’re going to stick to our word. Prime Min-                       The President. I’m looking you in the eye
                           ister Alawi is a good guy. He believes in de-                   and telling you, your son is going to have
                           mocracy. He wants us to help. We’re there                       what he needs. And that’s important that—
                           to help them help themselves. That’s what                       when you’re out gathering the vote, you
                           we’re going to do. And we’ll get the job done                   might remind them what the explanation
                           as quickly as possible, and then we’ll bring                    was. He said, ‘‘I actually did vote for the $87
                           our troops home, not one day longer than                        billion, right before I voted against it.’’
                           necessary.                                                      [Laughter] I don’t remember a lot of people
                              Speaking about troops, Christine Burritt is                  talking like that in New Hampshire when I
                           with us. I’ll call her Mom, because that’s what                 was campaigning up here in 2000. The peo-
                           2d Lieutenant Adam Burritt calls her. Where                     ple up here are straightforward. Then they
                           is Adam and what does he do?                                    pushed him hard, and he said he was proud
                              Christine Burritt. Adam is a platoon                         of the vote and finally said, ‘‘It was a com-
                           leader. He’s a 2d lieutenant with the Charlie                   plicated matter.’’ There’s nothing com-
                           Company mountain infantry unit from Man-                        plicated about supporting her son in harm’s
                           chester, New Hampshire.                                         way.
                              The President. Very good.                                       Got anything else you want to say? Okay,
                              Ms. Burritt. He’s stationed 40 miles north                   go ahead.
                           of Baghdad in a place called LSA Anaconda.                         Ms. Burritt. The family support group
                              The President. Right.                                        from Mountain Company would like to thank
                              Ms. Burritt. And they do convoy missions,                    you for your love, your support, and your care
                           security, and other missions as defined—                        for our troops overseas, all the troops over-
                           which he doesn’t tell his mom about.                            seas. And just to add something to that, that
                                                                                           yellow ribbon magnet that I gave to you ear-
                              The President. That’s good—[laughter]—
                                                                                           lier, we feel like those magnets are planting
                           particularly with all these cameras looking at
                                                                                           seeds of patriotism around the State and
                           you.
                                                                                           around the country.
                              Ms. Burritt. That’s right.                                      The President. Well, thank you very
                              The President. So, have you heard from                       much. What Christine—she’s involved—one
                           Adam?                                                           of the things I find out where I travel is
                              Ms. Burritt. We got an instant message                       there’s all kinds of support groups, which is
                           from him a week ago——                                           so strong and so American, isn’t it? They’ve
                              The President. Oh, good.                                     got the Mountain Family Support Group.
                              Ms. Burritt. ——saying he was going out                       And for those of you who are involved with
                           on the road.                                                    supporting the families of our troops, I want
                              The President. Right. One of the things                      to thank you for that. It means a lot. It really
                           that’s really important is for me to be able                    means a lot for people to know that our fel-
                           to look at the moms and say, ‘‘Our Govern-                      low citizens care about a lonely soul who may
                           ment is supporting your son so that he can                      be waiting for a loved one to return.
                           complete his mission.’’ That’s why I went to                       Speaking about loved ones to return, Jack-
                           the Congress and proposed an $87 billion                        ie Ceurvels is with us today. Jackie is—
                           supplemental, so that Adam would have what                      [laughter].
                           was needed to be able to complete his mis-                         Jackie Ceurvels. Going to have a baby.
                           sion. That’s for body armor and fuel and                           The President. She’s going to be a mother
                           spare parts and health benefits and hazard                      again. [Laughter] All right, Jackie. We’re
                           pay. It’s well-received on the floor of the Sen-                talking about Jim.
                           ate and the House—the request. As a matter,                        Ms. Ceurvels. Yes.
                           it received huge bipartisan support. That                          The President. And?
                           means Republicans and Democrats voted for                          Ms. Ceurvels. Jim, my husband, he is with
                           it—so strong that only 12 Senators voted                        the 172d out of Nashua. He is a squad leader
                           against it, 2 of whom are my opponent and                       with the 3d Platoon. From the beginning, we
                           his runningmate.                                                don’t want him to be there—just for our rea-
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   sons, selfish reasons, and he misses home.




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                             But he feels the need—he says if we could                      couples here that their sons are in Iraq, and
                             see what he sees in Iraq, everyone would                       they love you too.
                             know why he’s there. And he looks into the                        The President. I thank you. Thank you,
                             children’s eyes, and he says the kids are so                   sir. Thank you all.
                             happy to see them come. And they help the                         I’ll get you in a minute. What do you got
                             kids out. Our family support group is in the                   there? You’re going to give me that banner?
                             process of sending clothes over to the Iraqi                   Okay. I’m going to come over and give you
                             children, and our support group is also doing                  a kiss on the way out. [Laughter] Thank you
                             a rally—a Support Our Troops rally on Octo-                    for your service.
                             ber 16th, here in Nashua, at Greeley Park.                        It’s interesting, isn’t it—he survived Pearl
                             And that is how we are all getting through                     Harbor. There are people today who, 30
                             it, together as a family. And we just thank                    years from now, are going to say, ‘‘I survived
                             everyone, and just—support our troops be-                      the attack on September the 11th.’’ And the
                             cause they’re there as their duty, and they                    fundamental question is that, will we have
                             truly believe in what they’re doing over there.                the same determination, the same desire to
                                The President. I appreciate you saying                      defend ourselves and to spread freedom and
                             that. Thank you—thank you. Very good job.
                                                                                            liberty like those who survived the attacks
                                Ms. Ceurvels. Thank you.
                                                                                            during that era? That’s the fundamental
                                The President. I want to thank Jackie,
                                                                                            question facing this country. You know where
                             thank Mom. We’ll complete the mission. I
                                                                                            I stand. I believe that we must never yield.
                             think it’s very important for the loved ones
                                                                                            I believe we must have the absolute deter-
                             to hear from the Commander in Chief that
                                                                                            mination and resolve to not only defend our-
                             we’ll complete the mission. See, that’s the
                             best way we can honor their service, is to                     self but to believe in the great transforming
                             complete the mission, because the mission                      power of liberty to make this world a better
                             will make this world a more peaceful place.                    place for all of us.
                             That’s what we want. We long for peace. The                       The fundamental—you see, right after
                             enemy changed the dynamics, didn’t they?                       World War II, people said, ‘‘Well, we’re not
                             They attacked us, and it calls us to a new                     so sure the Japanese can self-govern.’’ They
                             duty. And the duty is to protect the country.                  were our enemy. They weren’t like us. But
                             And our duty—I believe it’s our duty—is to                     liberty is bigger than religion. Liberty is big-
                             lead the world toward peace, and that’s ex-                    ger than race. You heard where I think lib-
                             actly what I intend to do over the next 4                      erty comes from. It is a powerful part of the
                             years.                                                         human soul. And I believe that the people
                                So that’s why I’m running. And that’s why                   in Iraq not only want to but can self-govern.
                             I’m asking for the vote. And now in the great                  That’s what Jackie said her husband has seen.
                             New Hampshire tradition, I’ll be glad to take                  He said he looks in the eyes of kids who are
                             some questions. Who’s got a question?                          thrilled their liberators are there.
                                Yes, sir. We got a mike for you right there.                   Let me tell you an interesting story. It’s
                             Okay, hold on. We need to hear this one.                       so good, I may use it next Thursday night.
                             Now crank it up.                                               [Laughter] Ignore I said that. [Laughter] The
                                                                                            Oval Office, first of all, is a powerful shrine
                             Defending Freedom/Tyranny                                      to democracy. It’s an intimidating place.
                                Q. Can you hear me?                                         There’s only two people I’ve ever had in
                                The President. Yes, sir.                                    there that weren’t intimated—or three: Bar-
                                Q. I happen to be a Pearl Harbor survivor,                  ney—[laughter]—Judd—[laughter]—and
                             and God was good to me over there.                             Mother. [Laughter]
                                The President. Thank you.                                      The door opens up, and in walks seven
                                Q. I spent 41 months overseas. I enlisted                   guys who have got Xs carved in their fore-
                             for 2 years’ foreign service, and I love my                    heads and their right hands had been cut off
                             country to the bitter end. And I think you’re                  by Saddam Hussein’s henchmen. And they
                             doing a wonderful job. But just a minute—                      came in to see me. They had been in Hous-
                             [applause]—just a minute. I got two young                      ton, Texas, where they had new hands put




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                             on because of the generosity and the compas-                   Decisionmaking
                             sion of people who live in the free world.                        Q. I’m a State rep from Nashua, New
                             It was a—I’m telling you, it was a powerful                    Hampshire, Mr. President. I want to thank
                             moment. It was a—such a stark contrast. I                      you for being a man of action and a President
                             said to the guy, ‘‘Why your hand—why did                       of principle.
                             your hand get cut off?’’ He said, ‘‘Because                       The President. Thank you. I appreciate
                             I was a small-business owner, and the Sad-                     that. How is the Governor? Has he vetoed
                             dam dinar had devalued, and he needed a                        any of your bills? [Laughter] No, that’s good.
                             scapegoat.’’ See, this guy went and sold Iraqi                    Q. No, I’m a great supporter of Governor
                             currency to buy another currency so he could                   Benson. I’d love to see 2 more years with
                             buy gold so he could make jewelry. And he                      the Governor.
                             just happened to have a transaction the day                       The President. Okay, good, thank you.
                             the dictator decided to take action and teach                     Q. It’s nice to have an entrepreneur in
                             people a lesson, in order to cover up his own                  there. My question is about decisionmaking.
                             deficiencies as a tyrant and a leader.                         Sir, I had a radio show in Lowell, and I had
                                                                                            Mr. Kerry on frequently, and I never saw
                                So these guys walk in the Oval Office. You
                                                                                            a man before who actually changed his mind
                             can imagine. I mean, it is—first of all, I told
                                                                                            mid-sentence, but this man does it. [Laugh-
                             you, it’s overwhelming. But it was over-                       ter] How do you make decisions, sir? And
                             whelming for me. I’m kind of a crier some-                     what do you think about the importance in
                             times. [Laughter] And the contrast was so                      this era of making a strong and swift deci-
                             unbelievably powerful, the difference be-                      sion?
                             tween a society where a tyrant can whim-                          The President. Yes, I appreciate it. That’s
                             sically cut off a poor guy’s hand and a society                a great question. It ought to be ‘‘the’’ ques-
                             that is compassionate enough to help heal                      tion to people running for President. Because
                             that hurt. This guy takes his pen, and he                      you know why? This is a job in which—re-
                             writes a prayer to America on it. I’m telling                  quires a lot of decisionmaking. I make a lot
                             you, it is—we are saving lives and, in so                      of decisions. A lot of them you’ll never know
                             doing, making the world a better place and,                    about. Obviously, some you do.
                             in so doing, making this country a more se-                       Step one is, a good decisionmaker is some-
                             cure place.                                                    body who knows what he believes and knows
                                Tyranny—you know, the fact that people                      the principles by which he’ll make decisions.
                             starve in this globe bothers me. Do you know                   You just heard something I believe. I believe
                             your country has more food for starvation                      that liberty can transform. I believe that. It
                             around the world, by far, than any country                     is a core part of my soul and being. So part
                             in the world? There is a pandemic of HIV/                      of my decisionmaking is to adhere to prin-
                             AIDS on the continent of Africa that we are                    ciple.
                             leading the charge against. The United States                     Secondly, a good decisionmaker is some-
                                                                                            body who listens well and listens to capable,
                             of America has put up, by far, more money
                                                                                            smart people. One of the things that can hap-
                             than any nation or collection of nations to
                                                                                            pen in Washington, DC, is that people walk
                             help save lives. This country is leading. We’re                in that Oval Office, and they like to look at
                             not only leading in the cause of freedom and                   you and say, ‘‘Man, you’re looking pretty.’’
                             security; we’re leading in the cause of free-                  [Laughter] And you may not be so pretty.
                             dom by helping to defeat disease and hunger                    [Laughter] So you got to have people who
                             as well.                                                       walk in and tell you the truth. It’s really im-
                                We are a compassionate nation. To whom                      portant in Washington, DC, particularly in
                             much is given, much is required, is what I                     the complex world in which we live, is to
                             believe of the United States of America. And                   surround yourself with capable, smart peo-
                             we are leading this world.                                     ple. I have got capable, smart people. As a
                                Let’s see. Yes, ma’am. Crank her up. Start                  matter of fact, no administration has empow-
                             talking. They’ll figure it out, yes.                           ered more women in positions of power than




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                             the Bush administration has done. I like peo-                  I appreciate it. One of the false charges from
                             ple—I don’t want everybody sitting around                      your opponents is that you’ve been neglect-
                             the table to feel the same way. I want them                    ing veterans. I was wondering if you could
                             to—I want people to feel comfortable saying,                   address that criticism.
                             ‘‘You’re wrong,’’ or ‘‘You’re right,’’ ‘‘Yes,’’                   The President. Yes, thanks, I appreciate
                             ‘‘No.’’ I mean, it’s important to have good,                   you saying that. I made a commitment to our
                             constructive debate in decisionmaking.                         veterans that we would support them, and
                                Thirdly, you’ve got to be able to decide.                   we met that commitment. And let me tell
                             When you get all the facts, you have to actu-                  you, let me just give you the facts—that our
                             ally be able to make the decision. And when                    spending for veterans during the last 4 years,
                             you make the decision, you’ve got to stand                     when they approved this budget, during the
                             by your decision.                                              4 years I’ve been President, will be bigger
                                That’s a great question. I thank you for                    than the spending for veterans under my
                             that very much. And in Washington, DC,                         predecessor during 8 years. It’s a fact. The
                             when you make the decision, you best have                      waiting time for our veterans has been re-
                             people around you who say, ‘‘Yes, sir, Mr.                     duced substantially. Concurrent receipts for
                             President,’’ and go execute. And that’s what                   our veterans is now law, and I signed it. We
                             I’ve got. I’ve got a great team and a wonder-                  are making sure that the facilities for our vet-
                             ful group of people who have served our                        erans have been updated and modernized.
                             country.                                                          No, my record on the veterans is a strong
                                Yes, ma’am, in the blue shirt. Crank it out                 record. And one of the reasons why is I’ve
                             there. They’re charging up there. They got                     had good support from the Members of Con-
                             mikes—mikes to the left of you, mikes to the                   gress, and also I put a Secretary of Veterans
                             right of you.                                                  Affair named Tony Principi in as the Sec-
                                                                                            retary, who has done a fabulous job.
                             Invitation to New England College
                                                                                               And I want to thank you for giving me a
                                Q. My name is Sarah, and I’m actually on                    chance to talk about that. See, in Wash-
                             the e-board for the New England College                        ington, one of the problems you got is, you
                             chapter of College Republicans in Henniker.                    got some good talkers. The question is, are
                             And we’ve been doing everything we can to                      they doers. And I’m looking forward to laying
                             support our candidates, and what we have                       out my record on what we’ve accomplished,
                             is a question—well, actually, we had a lot of                  based upon the facts during the course of
                             the other candidates come and speak, and                       this campaign. We got a great record when
                             we were hoping that maybe you and your                         it comes to veterans. And we’ll have a great
                             campaign—and this is for any other can-                        record over the next 4 years when it comes
                             didates, our Governors, our Senators—if you                    to veterans as well.
                             would come and speak to our school and let                        Yes, sir, what have you got?
                             them hear your point of view, personally.
                                The President. Okay. Well, I appreciate
                             that. One option, in case I can’t make it—                     Nancy Reagan
                             [laughter]—is to, like—would you loan her                         Q. Mr. President, thank you for your lead-
                             a videotape of this, so she can show it, you                   ership, Mr. President. God bless you. It’s a
                             know? [Laughter] We’ll be back in New                          difficult job, and you’ve done a great job for
                             Hampshire. Thank you for the invitation.                       us. You brought us back after 9/11. It was
                             We’ll be back a lot.                                           a tremendous blow that day, and we were
                                Yes, sir. One reason they were here is you                  emotionally crushed as a country. But you
                             had a primary. You might remember 2000;                        brought us back all the way. And thank you,
                             we were here a lot. [Laughter]                                 and God bless you.
                                Yes, sir.                                                      I watched the Reagan funeral, Mr. Presi-
                                                                                            dent, and a lot of what President Reagan had
                             Support for Veterans                                           to deal with in bringing our country back,
                               Q. Before my question I’d like to say thank                  you have basically the same challenges, and
                             you for your leadership and your strength.                     you have the same challenges. And I was—




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                             just wanted to know, since this is Nashua,                     in addition, we have Ellen Goodchild, whose
                             where he was famous in saying——                                daughter was on the second plane into the
                                The President. Yes, I remember that one                     World Trade Center, that is a huge supporter
                             well. [Laughter] Something about a micro-                      of yours. And we want to thank you for all
                             phone. [Laughter]                                              of that support.
                                Q. Mr. President, how is Mrs. Reagan                           The President. Well, thanks. God bless.
                             doing? I know you met with her.                                Yes, thank you very much. I appreciate it.
                                The President. Thanks for asking, yes.                         Yes, ma’am. Go ahead and yell it out. The
                             She’s doing great. Laura and I dropped by                      U.S.S. George H.W. Bush. That’s pretty pow-
                             to see her. Thanks for the question. She is                    erful. It fits well.
                             a very strong woman, and we admire her a
                             lot. We went by to see her in her beautiful                    Progress in Afghanistan
                             home in Los Angeles. She was—her spirits                          Q. [Inaudible]
                             were up, after what had been a very difficult                     The President. Career sailor, right.
                             period in her life. Although I will tell you,                     Q. [Inaudible]
                             the outpouring of support and love for Presi-                     The President. Yes. She wants to know
                             dent Reagan really lifted her spirits. I mean,                 whether or not we’re making progress. That’s
                             it was a tremendous show of support for the                    what she wants to know. You bet we are. Ten
                             guy she loved.                                                 million people have registered to vote; young
                                Yes, ma’am. No question about her; she                      girls are going to school. I’ll tell you an inter-
                             loved him. She loved Ronald Reagan a lot,                      esting story. My barber in Washington, DC,
                             and the country obviously loved him too. And                   Zyra, she goes out and she raises $300,000
                             it helped her a lot. We loved him. She had                     to build schools in Afghanistan. New schools
                             some beautiful trees she was showing us. It                    are opening up. I think she told me yester-
                             was an unbelievable yard, by the way. It was                   day—I hope it looks like I got a good hair-
                             spectacular. [Laughter]                                        cut—[laughter]—that the schools will have
                                                                                            7,000 kids.
                             Veterans/Supporters of the President                              So a major accomplishment is—you’ve got
                                Q. Mr. President, thank you. I actually—                    to know—and it’s hard to envision or believe
                             I wanted to give you a little bit of what you                  this is the truth—many young girls were not
                             said you want. I appreciate so much what                       allowed to go to school. That’s the way the
                             you’ve done for the veterans. We still have                    Taliban viewed the world. That’s the kind of
                             a ways to go on the concurrent receipt. What                   vision of these people we’re defeating. That’s
                             you’ve done, we are most grateful for. You’ve                  what they believe. They believe that girls
                             made a great start on America keeping her                      shouldn’t go to school. They believe that if
                             promise to her veterans. I just want you to                    you have a difference of opinion on religion,
                             know that there is—a group drove today                         you’re taken out into the public square and
                             from as far away as they could in New Hamp-                    flogged. That’s what they believe.
                             shire, troops’ families. And this little girl,                    I’m in—so I’m in Cleveland, Ohio, to kick
                             when you asked her if that was her dad, that                   off the International Children’s Games. And
                             was her granddad that is in Afghanistan. Her                   a bunch of kids there, and I’m standing up
                             uncle is in Iraq. Her mother is on the U.S.S.                  there ready to talk, and right to my right,
                             Harry Truman. Her other uncle has already                      right on the front row, was the Afghanistan
                             been to Iraq and is being deployed. And this                   girls soccer team. You know, there is an ac-
                             is their grandma who is watching them so                       complishment there. These kids would no
                             their mother can serve.                                        more have been in the United States of
                                The President. Fantastic.                                   America to play soccer had we not made the
                                Q. And I was just—we also brought—we                        decision we made.
                             brought a lot of special supporters today. Do                     I’ll tell you a couple of other examples.
                             we have a—Blue Stars over there? We                            Prior to September the 11th and prior to our
                             brought a lot of families that wanted to come                  actions, the leader of Libya had a weapons-
                             to show you their support today for what                       of-mass-destruction program. And he heard
                             you’re doing for their families in Iraq. And                   a clear message and voluntarily got rid of his




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                             weapons-of-mass-destruction           program.                    The President. Yes, good. No, that’s a
                             There is an action that took place as a result                 great question. First of all, Ariel Sharon is
                             of the actions we have taken to uphold doc-                    defending his country against terrorist at-
                             trine and to secure ourself.                                   tacks, just like we will. He has made the con-
                                Prior to September the 11th, Pakistan was                   scious decision that a Palestinian state is in
                             friendly with the Taliban. And that could                      his nation’s best interests. He’s made that de-
                             have been a very dangerous circumstance.                       cision. Now, how do you—the right question
                             Because of our action and because of our                       is, how do you carry out the two-state solu-
                             leadership, President Musharraf is an ally in                  tion. That’s what we have the roadmap for.
                             the war on terror now. He’s helping to chase                   The roadmap says, here are the steps nec-
                             down Al Qaida in remote regions of his coun-                   essary in order for a Palestinian state to
                             try. He’s helping to secure his borders as best                emerge.
                             as he can against the Taliban from infiltrating                   I also believe there’s a leadership question
                             to kill people who are getting involved in the                 involved with whether or not a Palestinian
                             election. In other words, the world is chang-                  state will emerge. See, I think in order for
                             ing, and it’s going to change more as we con-                  a Palestinian state to emerge, there must be
                             tinue to spread freedom.                                       leadership that believes in the hopes and as-
                                A trouble spot in the Middle East is, obvi-                 pirations of the people and are willing to put
                             ously, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. We’re                 institutions in place that are larger than man-
                             strong supporters of Israel. Israel is our ally.               kind—in other words, willing to have a sys-
                             And I believe the best way to bring peace                      tem based upon law and institutions that sur-
                             to that part of the world is for a Palestinian                 vive the people, as opposed to a system in
                             State, based upon democracy, to emerge.                        which one person pretty well dictates the fate
                             And so our vision is two states living side                    of the Palestinian people.
                             by side in peace. A free Iraq will serve as                       And so the real challenge is to not only
                             a powerful example to the Palestinian people                   stay on the roadmap, which is institution-
                             that there’s a better hope for them. See, free-                building—and, by the way, there’s also a
                             dom and the example of freedom will em-                        commitment to fight off terror—but it’s for
                             power women and reformers and exiles and                       leadership to emerge that is committed to
                             people who have been put in prison. It will                    the aspirations of the people.
                             show that—what’s possible.                                        Ariel Sharon is a duly elected official in
                                And I think it’s a vital part of making sure                a democracy. In other words, Israel is a de-
                             this world is more peaceful over the long run.                 mocracy. We would hope that the Palestin-
                             There are some success stories, and we’re                      ians would have that same kind of democ-
                             just getting started. There’s more work—                       racy, which would lead to a more peaceful
                             that’s what I’m here to tell you. We’ve done                   world.
                             a lot, but there’s more to do. There’s more                       Yes, ma’am.
                             to do to make this world a better place.
                                Yes, ma’am.
                                                                                            Small Business and Health Care
                             Situation in the Middle East                                       Q. Okay, I’m going to appear to be sophis-
                                Q. [Inaudible]                                              ticated, but I’m a wreck.
                                The President. You did? She went to                             The President. That’s what I try to do too.
                             Libya, she said. Were you on the shores of                     I try to be sophisticated and—[laughter]—
                             Tripoli?                                                       I have trouble pulling it off, though, you
                                Q. [Inaudible]—and I share their curi-                      know? [Laughter]
                             osity—oh, thank you. How can Ariel Sharon,                         Q. I do want to say it’s an honor to be
                             as you’ve said, be a man of peace if he causes                 here today to meet you, Mr. President.
                             death and torture among innocent Palestin-                     Okay—and New Hampshire chicks love you.
                             ians every day? How can Ariel Sharon be a                      I got to say that.
                             man of peace if he fits your definition of a                       The President. Okay. [Laughter] So far
                             terrorist? I’d be curious to hear how you plan                 you haven’t acted very sophisticated, I admit
                             to carry out the two-state solution.                           it, you know? [Laughter]




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                                Q. And if I knew nothing about politics,                    whether they be in New Hampshire or in
                             I would vote for you because of your moral                     Maryland or in Texas or in California, so
                             values.                                                        you’ve got more economies of risk. In other
                                The President. Thank you.                                   words, you’ve got—if you’ve got two employ-
                                Q. I’m bringing it back to the health care.                 ees you’re trying to insure, your premium is
                                The President. Okay.                                        going to be much higher than if you had a
                                Q. My husband and I are small-business                      thousand employees you were spreading risk
                             owners in New Hampshire. My daughter is                        across. That’s how it works. Insurance pre-
                             here with me today, and her husband also                       miums are based upon risk and the spreading
                             is. I’m a breast cancer survivor of 10 years.                  of risk. And so that’s what—when I’m talking
                             That’s the good news. The bad news is, we                      about what they call association health plans,
                             don’t have health insurance. For me to have                    admittedly it’s kind of long Washington
                             it would be $1,200 a year. Now, I did hear—                    words—what that really means is, is that
                             and you touched on that a little bit.                          heating and air-conditioning companies of
                                The President. Health savings accounts—                     like size or small businesses can pool risk.
                             yes.                                                           And it’s necessary, and it’s an important part
                                Q. I have made phone calls for 3 years                      of you being able to find affordable insur-
                             and have gotten nowhere at all. And I wanted                   ance.
                             to know, as a small-business owner, what can                      You know, it’s a very interesting point. You
                             we do as small-business owners to make a                       say, ‘‘We’re having trouble finding affordable
                             difference so that we can also be insured?                     insurance.’’ The issue is cost. That’s the issue.
                                The President. Sure. I appreciate that.                     It’s how do we control the cost of insurance.
                             Well, first of all, let me explain health savings
                                                                                            One way to do so is to spread risk, is how
                             accounts to you. And the reason why you’ve
                                                                                            you control cost. If you’ve got two people
                             called for the last 3 years and nothing has
                                                                                            to insure, you’re going to pay more than if
                             happened is because they haven’t been avail-
                                                                                            you have 1,000.
                             able until I signed the Medicare reform law.
                             And that’s part of the new law. There was                         A second way to control cost is what I told
                             something called medical savings accounts,                     you about medical liability reform. I’m telling
                             but these health savings accounts replaced                     you, your premiums are high because of junk
                             them. And I really think you ought to look                     lawsuits. And I’ll tell you why they’re high
                             into them. And I don’t know if it will solve                   because of junk lawsuits. A doctor says, ‘‘I’m
                             your particular issue, but it is a big difference              getting ready to practice medicine on you,
                             in terms of cost of premium. And it also                       and because the lawsuits are around, I’m
                             makes sure that, as I say, you’re a part of                    likely to get hauled into court. Therefore, I’m
                             the decisionmaking process, you’re directly                    going to practice more medicine than I
                             involved with what you spend and what you                      should practice.’’ It’s called the defensive
                             spend it on.                                                   practice of medicine. In other words, he kind
                                Secondly, association health plans are a                    of shields himself or herself from a lawsuit.
                             very important way to enable small busi-                       And therefore, the defensive practice of
                             nesses to pool risk. Now, what is your small—                  medicine, plus the fact that they’re getting
                             what do you do?                                                sued, runs your premiums up.
                                Q. Heating and air-conditioning.                               Now look, I believe people ought to have
                                The President. Heating and air-condi-                       their day in court. If you get harmed, you
                             tioning.                                                       ought to have your day in court. But we need
                                Q. Heating and air-conditioning.                            a system that’s fair and balanced. And so—
                                The President. Well, see, here’s the prob-                  you know, when I first went to Washington,
                             lem and—is that you’re not able to spread                      these Governors—one ex-Governor, three—
                             your risk across enough employees to be able                   two are sitting Governors—would say, you
                             to get insurance at a—yes, two, that’s not a                   know, maybe it’s none of your business in
                             lot. So I think you ought to be able to take                   Washington, DC, on medical liability reform.
                             your business and pool together with other                     Maybe this is a State prerogative. And I
                             heating and air-conditioning businesses,                       thought maybe they were right until I looked




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                             at what the cost of rising premiums and de-                    York City; Gov. Craig R. Benson of New Hamp-
                             fensive medicine costs the Federal taxpayer.                   shire and his wife, Denise; Gov. Mitt Romney of
                             Remember, we pay a lot of money on Medi-                       Massachusetts and his wife, Ann; Kathleen
                             care. We pay a lot of money for the veterans.                  MacLellan Gregg, wife of Senator Judd Gregg;
                                                                                            Mayor Bernard A. Streeter of Nashua, NH; senior
                             We pay a lot of money on Medicaid. And                         Al Qaida associate Abu Musab Al Zarqawi; Prime
                             therefore, these lawsuits are running up the                   Minister Junichiro Koizumi of Japan; Prime Min-
                             cost to the Federal taxpayer.                                  ister Ayad al-Alawi of the Iraqi Interim Govern-
                                So I said, ‘‘This is a Federal issue,’’ and                 ment; Col. Muammar Abu Minyar al-Qadhafi,
                             went to the Congress. Of course, we get it                     leader of Libya; President Pervez Musharraf of
                             passed out of House, and it gets stuck in the                  Pakistan; and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of
                             Senate. I’ll tell you why it’s stuck in the Sen-               Israel. A portion of these remarks could not be
                             ate. The plaintiff’s bar are one of the most                   verified because the tape was incomplete.
                             powerful—is one of the most powerful spe-
                             cial interests in Washington, DC. Make no
                             mistake about it. You try to get tort reform                   Remarks in Taylor, Michigan
                             out of the United States Senate, it gets shut                  August 30, 2004
                             down just like that because of the special in-
                                                                                               The President. Thank you all. Thanks for
                             terests in Washington.
                                                                                            coming. You know something—Bo knows
                                So there are two ways to help you be able
                                                                                            Michigan, and he just told me we’re going
                             to afford a better plan—three ways, excuse
                                                                                            to carry this State, and I agree. I want to
                             me—HSAs, association health plans, medical
                                                                                            thank you all for coming. It is great to be
                             liability reform. Those are three ways that
                                                                                            here in Taylor, Michigan.
                             will help reduce the cost of medicine and
                                                                                               Laura and I are thrilled to be here, home
                             give you a chance to get a product that you
                                                                                            of the WNBA champs; it’s the home of the
                             can afford. [Applause] Thank you.
                                                                                            NBA champs. More importantly, it’s the
                                Yes, sir. Final question. This has got to be
                                                                                            home of really decent people, good, hard-
                             the last question because Laura and I are
                                                                                            working American citizens, and I’m proud to
                             headed to Motown. That would be Detroit.                       be in your midst. I’m here to ask for your
                             Prayers for the President                                      vote.
                                Q. God bless you, Mr. President.                               That’s what we’re doing. We’re traveling
                                The President. He has, thank you.                           your important State asking for the vote. I’m
                                Q. Youngest of 11, 7 boys, all served in                    here to tell you I’ve got some—more to do
                             the military.                                                  to make this country a safer place and a more
                                The President. Fantastic.                                   hopeful place for every American. But per-
                                Q. The only thing I wanted to say—I don’t                   haps the most important reason to put me
                             have a question for you because you and I                      back in is so that Laura will have 4 more
                             are on the same page, but I want you to go                     years. I’m proud of her. I love her dearly.
                             out throughout the country, and every time                     She’s a great mom, a wonderful wife, and
                             you ask for a vote, you ask for our prayers.                   a terrific First Lady.
                                The President. Thank you, sir. I appre-                        And I’m proud to be standing by Bo. What
                             ciate that very much. I appreciate you saying                  a great man Bo Schembechler is. He is a
                             that. Let me conclude on this note. I appre-                   strong, honorable citizen of this great State.
                             ciate that very much. That is a—you know                       You know, a few weeks ago, when my oppo-
                                                                                            nent was campaigning in Ohio, he said,
                             something about this country—amazing
                                                                                            ‘‘There’s nothing better than Buckeye foot-
                             thing is I don’t have to ask for the prayers.
                                                                                            ball, period.’’
                             You know why? The people are praying any-
                                                                                               Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                             way. And I want to thank you for your pray-
                                                                                               The President. Then he came over here
                             ers. I appreciate that very much.
                                                                                            to Michigan, and he said, ‘‘I just go for Buck-
                                God bless you all. Thanks for coming.
                                                                                            eye football.’’
                             NOTE: The President spoke at 1:17 p.m. at Nashua                  Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                             High School North. In his remarks, he referred                    The President. It’s a good thing Bo wasn’t
                             to Rudolph W. Giuliani, former mayor of New                    there. Then he remembered where he was,




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                             and he called an audible. [Laughter] He said                   change. We want no child left behind in
                             that the University of Michigan was a power-                   America.
                             house team. You see, I’m running against a                        There is more work to be done to maintain
                             fellow who is a Washington politician, who                     this path to excellence. We’ll make sure
                             has taken both sides of just about every issue,                there’s more math and science in our high
                             and now we can add Big Ten football to that                    school classrooms so our kids will be pre-
                             list.                                                          pared for the jobs of the 21st century. We’ll
                                I’m running with a good man in Dick Che-                    make sure technology is in our classrooms.
                             ney, a fine man. He—I admit it, he’s not the                   We want a high school diploma to mean
                             prettiest face in the race. [Laughter] But I                   something. What I’m telling you, after 4
                             didn’t pick him for his looks. I picked him                    more years, a rising generation of Americans
                             for his judgment, his experience. I picked                     will have the skills and confidence necessary
                             him because he can get the job done.                           to realize the great dreams of the American
                                I want to thank all the grassroots activists                system.
                             who are here, the people that are out putting                     We got more to do to make sure health
                             up the signs and making the phone calls. Not                   care is available and affordable. You might
                             only are we here to ask for the vote, we’re                    remember the old Medicare debate. Cam-
                             here to ask for your help. I believe we have                   paign after campaign, politicians came
                             a duty in this country to vote. I believe all                  around and said, ‘‘Oh, we’re going to fix
                             of us have an obligation to go to the polls.                   Medicare.’’ But it was called ‘‘Mediscare.’’
                             I’m asking you to register your friends and                    People didn’t want to deal with it, but the
                             neighbors. Give them a chance to vote. And                     system was failing our seniors. In order to
                             then when you get them headed to the                           make sure our seniors have got prescription
                             polls—[laughter]—remind them that if they                      drug coverage, which they will in 2006, I led
                             want a safer country, a stronger country, and                  the United States Congress to strengthen
                             a better country, to put Dick Cheney and                       Medicare, and our health care is better for
                             me back in office.                                             the seniors of this country.
                                Audience members. Four more years!                             We’ve expanded community health cen-
                             Four more years! Four more years!
                                                                                            ters for low-income Americans. We’ve cre-
                                The President. In the past few years, we                    ated health savings accounts so families can
                             have been through a lot together, and we’ve                    save tax-free for their own health care needs.
                             accomplished a great deal. But there’s only
                                                                                            There’s more work to be done. We’ll intro-
                             one reason to look backward at the record,
                                                                                            duce technologies into the health care to hold
                             and that is to determine who best to lead
                                                                                            down costs.
                             this Nation forward. I am here to let you
                             know that we have a plan to make this a safer                     Most Americans get their health care
                             world and a more hopeful America. I’m here                     through their jobs. Most new jobs are created
                             to ask for your vote and your help. You see,                   by small businesses, and many small busi-
                             there is more to do. There is more work to                     nesses are having trouble affording health
                             be done.                                                       care. The best way to enable American fami-
                                We’ve got more to do to make our public                     lies to get health care is to allow small busi-
                             schools the centers of excellence we all know                  nesses to pool resources together so they can
                             they can be. When we came to office 3 years                    buy insurance at the same discount big busi-
                             ago, too many of our children were being                       nesses can.
                             shuffled through school, grade by grade, year                     In order to make sure you’ve got good
                             after year, without learning the basics. I went                health care here in Michigan, we need to
                             to Washington to challenge the soft bigotry                    stop these frivolous lawsuits that are running
                             of low expectations. We’re reforming our                       docs out of businesses and raising your costs.
                             public schools by demanding high standards,                    See, I don’t think you can be pro-doctor, pro-
                             accountability, and local control of schools.                  hospital, pro-patient, and pro-plaintiff-attor-
                             My administration will challenge those                         ney at the same time. I think you have to
                             schools that will not teach and will not                       make a choice. My opponent made his




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                             choice, and he put him on the ticket. [Laugh-                  in environmentally friendly ways, exploring
                             ter] I made my choice. I am for medical li-                    for natural gas. But in all we do, we better
                             ability reform now. In all we do to improve                    make sure that we no longer have to beg for
                             health care here in this country, we will make                 energy from other parts of the world. This
                             sure the health decisions are made by pa-                      country can do a better job.
                             tients and doctors, not by bureaucrats in                         We’ve got to make sure regulations are fair
                             Washington, DC.                                                and reasonable on the employers of America.
                                I’m running because I know we’ve got                        To keep jobs here in this country, we need
                             more work to do to keep this economy grow-                     reasonable automobile policies. American
                             ing. You might remember what our economy                       automobile makers are making the cleanest
                             has been through during the last 31⁄2 years.                   cars and trucks in history. We can do more.
                             We’ve been through a recession. We’ve been                     My administration has worked with manufac-
                             through corporate scandals. By the way, it’s                   turers to set wise fuel efficiency standards.
                             now clear that we will not tolerate dishonesty                 We will cut air pollution from diesel vehicles
                             in the boardrooms of America. We’ve been                       by more than 90 percent. My opponent has
                             through the terror attack, all of which af-                    taken a different approach. He’s consistently
                             fected job creation here in America.                           supported arbitrary, unfair fuel standards
                                But we’re overcoming those obstacles.                       that could cost Michigan thousands of jobs
                             We’re overcoming it because we’ve got great                    and makes our cars less safe.
                             workers in America. We’re overcoming them                         Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                             because our farmers and ranchers are good                         The President. Now it’s campaign time
                             at what they do. We’re overcoming them be-                     here in this great State, and he’s shifted into
                             cause the entrepreneurial spirit in this coun-                 reverse. [Laughter] Says he’s not committed
                             try is strong. We’re also overcame them be-                    to drastically increasing efficiency standards.
                             cause of well-timed tax cuts.                                  You know, he hasn’t sounded this confused
                                When it came time to reduce taxes, we                       since he tried to decide if he owns an SUV.
                             did it the fair way. We said, ‘‘If you’re paying                  In order to make sure jobs are here, we
                             taxes, you ought to get relief.’’ We raised the                want to make sure that we’re treated fairly
                             child credit to help our families. We reduced                  around the world. Listen, our markets are
                             the marriage penalty. The Tax Code sends                       open, and that’s good for Michigan con-
                             the wrong message. We ought to be encour-                      sumers. You’ve got more choices to choose
                             aging marriage in America, not discouraging                    from. You’re going to get better price and
                             marriage. We helped our small businesses.                      better quality. What I’m saying is, is that
                             This time, the check actually was in the mail.                 we’re treating you one way; you treat us the
                                Because we acted, our economy has been                      same way. We can compete with anybody,
                             growing at rates as fast as any in nearly 20                   anytime, anywhere, so long as the playing
                             years. We’ve added over 1.5 million jobs                       field is level.
                             since last August. The national unemploy-                         In order to make sure jobs stay here in
                             ment rate is down to 5.5 percent, well below                   America, we will expand our access to our
                             the national average of the 1970s, 1980s, and                  community colleges so workers are able to
                             1990s.                                                         gain the skills necessary to fill the jobs of
                                There is still more work to be done here                    the 21st century. In order to keep jobs here
                             in Michigan. The recovery has lagged here.                     in America, we’ll be wise about how we
                             And so as long as anybody is looking for a                     spend your money. See, I think the Federal
                             job, I’ll work to make sure the environment                    Government ought to set priorities and let
                             for job creation is strong.                                    you keep your own money. You can spend
                                See, in order to make sure jobs are here                    your money far better than the Federal Gov-
                             in America, we need an energy policy. We                       ernment can.
                             need to become less dependent on foreign                          In order to keep jobs here in America,
                             sources of energy. I submitted a plan to the                   we’ve got to keep your taxes low. Running
                             United States Congress that encourages con-                    up taxes on the American people will hurt
                             servation, encourages research on alternative                  this economic recovery. We have a difference
                             sources of energy, encourages the use of coal                  of opinion in this race. My opponent went




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                             out there, and he’s already promised about                     thousands of his own citizens. He was a
                             $2 trillion in new spending.                                   source of great instability in the world’s most
                                Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                  volatile region. I saw a threat.
                                The President. We’ve still got September                       After September the 11th—one of the les-
                             and October to go. [Laughter] So they said,                    sons of September the 11th, an important
                             ‘‘How are you going to pay for it?’’ He said,                  lesson that this country must never forget,
                             ‘‘Tax the rich.’’ You’ve heard that before,                    is that we must take threats seriously before
                             haven’t you? You know what that means. The                     they fully materialize.
                             rich dodge, and you pay. But we’re not going                      Audience members. U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
                             to let him. We’re going to carry Michigan                      U.S.A.!
                             and this country in November.                                     The President. And so I went to the
                                We have more to do——                                        United States Congress. I said, ‘‘We see a
                                Audience members. Four more years!                          threat.’’ The Congress looked at the same in-
                             Four more years! Four more years!                              telligence, remembered the same history of
                                The President. We have more to do.                          Saddam, and concluded that Saddam Hus-
                             We’ve got more to do to wage and win the                       sein was a threat and authorized the use of
                             war on terror. Our future depends on our                       force. My opponent came to the same con-
                             willingness to lead in this world. If America                  clusion that Saddam Hussein was a threat
                             shows uncertainty or weakness in this dec-                     and authorized the use of force.
                             ade, the world will drift toward tragedy. This                    The last option of a President is the use
                             is not going to happen on my watch.                            of military. And so, therefore, I went to the
                                The world changed on that terrible Sep-                     United Nations in the hopes that we could
                             tember morning, and since that day, we have                    solve this problem diplomatically, that we
                             changed the world. Before September the                        could deal with this threat through diplo-
                             11th, Afghanistan served as the home base                      matic means. There was a debate in the
                             of Al Qaida, which trained and deployed                        United Nations, and the Security Council of
                             thousands of killers to set up terror cells                    the United Nations voted unanimously to say
                             around the world, including our own country.                   to Saddam Hussein, ‘‘Disclose, disarm, or
                             Because we acted, Afghanistan is a rising de-                  face serious consequences.’’ The world spoke
                             mocracy. I don’t know if you know this or                      with united voice about the threat of Saddam
                             not, but over 10 million people have reg-                      Hussein.
                             istered to vote in the upcoming Afghan Presi-                     But as he had over a decade, he chose to
                             dential elections. Because we acted, many                      defy the demands of the free world. He ig-
                             young girls now go to school for the first time                nored the demands of the free world. As a
                             in Afghanistan. Because we acted, Afghani-                     matter of fact, when the U.N. sent inspectors
                             stan is an ally in the war on terror, and Amer-                into Iraq, he systematically deceived them.
                             ica and the world are safer.                                   So I had a choice to make: either forget the
                                Before September the 11th, Libya was                        lessons of September the 11th and trust the
                             spending millions to acquire weapons of mass                   word of a madman, or take action to defend
                             destruction. Today, because America and our                    this country. Given that choice, I will defend
                             allies sent a clear and easy-to-understand                     America.
                             message, the leader of Libya has abandoned                        Audience members. U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
                             his pursuit of weapons of mass destruction,                    U.S.A.!
                             and America and the world are safer.                              The President. Even though we did not
                                Before September the 11th, the ruler of                     find the stockpiles we expected to find, Sad-
                             Iraq was a sworn enemy of America. He was                      dam had the capability of making weapons
                             defying the world. He was firing weapons at                    and could have passed that capability on to
                             American pilots who were enforcing the                         the enemy. That was a risk we could not af-
                             world’s sanctions. He had pursued and he                       ford to take after September the 11th. Given
                             had used weapons of mass destruction. He                       what I know today, I would have made the
                             harbored terrorists. He attacked his neigh-                    same decision. America and the world are
                             bors. He subsidized the families of suicide                    safer with Saddam Hussein sitting in a prison
                             bombers. He and his henchmen murdered                          cell.




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                                Now, almost 2 years after he voted for the                     Our troops are helping to stabilize those
                             war in Iraq and 7 months after switching po-                   countries. More importantly, they’re helping
                             sitions to declare himself the antiwar can-                    to train Afghan citizens and Iraq citizens so
                             didate, my opponent has now found a new                        they can do the hard work, so they can fight
                             nuance. He now agrees it was the right deci-                   off the terrorists, so they can realize their
                             sion to go into Iraq. After months of ques-                    dreams of a free society. Our military will
                             tioning my motives and even my credibility,                    complete this mission as quickly as possible
                             my opponent now agrees with me that even                       so our troops do not stay a day longer than
                             though we haven’t found the stockpiles we                      necessary.
                             all thought were there, knowing everything                        And we will prevail. One of the reasons
                             we know today, he would have voted to go                       we’ll prevail is because we’ve got a fantastic
                             into Iraq and remove Saddam Hussein from                       United States military. I’ve seen—I’ve had
                             power. I appreciate the fact that he cleared                   the privilege of meeting with them around
                             that up. [Laughter] But I do want to remind                    our country and all around the world. I’ve
                             you, there are still 64 days for him to change                 seen their decency and their unselfish cour-
                             his mind again.                                                age. I want to thank the veterans who are
                                I’m running because I know we’ve got                        here for setting such a fine example for those
                             more to do to defend this country. We must                     who wear our uniform.
                             continue to work with friends and allies                          I made a commitment to those who wear
                             around the world to aggressively pursue the                    our uniform and to the loved ones of those
                             terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq and else-                   who wear the uniform, that they will have
                             where. You cannot talk sense to these people.                  the resources they need to fight and win this
                                                                                            war against the terrorists. I went to the
                             You cannot negotiate with them. After Sep-
                                                                                            United States Congress last September and
                             tember the 11th, you just can’t hope for the
                                                                                            proposed supplemental funding to support
                             best. We must aggressively pursue them
                                                                                            our troops in their missions in Afghanistan
                             around the world so we do not have to face
                                                                                            and in Iraq. This legislation provided funding
                             them here at home.
                                                                                            for body armor and vital equipment, hazard
                                Audience members. U.S.A.! U.S.A.!                           pay, health benefits, ammunition, fuel, and
                             U.S.A.!                                                        spare parts. It was necessary funding. We re-
                                The President. America will continue to                     ceived great bipartisan support for the fund-
                             lead the world with confidence and moral                       ing request. As a matter of fact, the support
                             clarity. We have put together a strong coali-                  was so strong that only 12 Members of the
                             tion to help us defeat the enemy. There are                    United States Senate voted against it——
                             nearly 40 nations involved in Afghanistan;                        Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                             some 30 nations are involved in Iraq. During                      The President. ——two of whom are my
                             the next 4 years, we will continue to build                    opponent and his runningmate.
                             on these alliances, call upon our friends to                      Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                             work in concert to make us more secure. But                       The President. And so they say—asked
                             I will never turn over America’s national se-                  him why. He said, ‘‘Well, I actually did vote
                             curity decisions to leaders of other countries.                for the $87 billion, before I voted against it.’’
                                Audience members. U.S.A.! U.S.A.!                           Then they pressed him further, and he said,
                             U.S.A.!                                                        well, he was proud of his vote. Then they
                                The President. We will keep our commit-                     pressed him even further, and he said, ‘‘Well,
                             ments to the people of Afghanistan and Iraq.                   the whole thing is a complicated matter.’’
                             We will help them become democratic and                        [Laughter] There’s nothing complicated
                             peaceful societies. It’s in our national interest              about supporting our troops in combat.
                             that they do so. These nations are now gov-                       In the long run, our security is not guaran-
                             erned by two strong leaders who believe in                     teed by force alone. We must work to change
                             the aspirations of their people. We’ve got a                   the conditions that give rise to terror, poverty
                             clear goal in those countries, countries that                  and hopelessness and resentment. A free and
                             will be allies in the war on terror, countries                 peaceful Iraq, a free and peaceful Afghani-
                             that are headed down the road to democracy.                    stan will be powerful examples in a part of




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                             the world that is desperate for freedom. Free                  We’re making needed reforms in our intel-
                             nations do not export terror. Free nations lis-                ligence-gathering. It is essential that we
                             ten to the hopes and aspirations of their peo-                 renew the PATRIOT Act so our law enforce-
                             ple. By serving the cause of liberty, we’re                    ment officials have the tools necessary to dis-
                             helping others, but we’re making America                       rupt the terrorist cells. We’re doing more to
                             more secure. By serving the cause of liberty,                  protect our borders and our ports.
                             we are spreading the peace.                                       We’re working hard, but reform in Wash-
                                Laura and I were having dinner one                          ington isn’t easy. There’s a lot of entrenched
                             evening with the Prime Minister of Japan in                    interests there, a lot of people who say, ‘‘I
                             Tokyo. He’s a fellow who’s running a country                   love the status quo.’’ It’s not enough to advo-
                             that my dad was at war with. So was your                       cate reform; you’ve got to be able to get the
                             dads and granddads. They were the enemy.                       job done. So when you’re out gathering the
                             But after World War II, my predecessors and                    vote, remind people that when it comes to
                             others had this great, deep faith that liberty                 reforming the schools and raising the stand-
                             could transform societies, that liberty could                  ards and closing the achievement gap, we’re
                             convert an enemy into a friend. And they                       getting the job done. When it comes to
                             stood strong on those values.                                  health care reforms to give our families and
                                The Prime Minister and I were talking                       seniors more access and more choices, we’re
                             about the peace. We were talking about how                     getting the job done. When it comes to im-
                             to work together to make the world a more                      proving this economy so people can find
                             peaceful place. By standing the line for what                  work, we’re getting the job done. When it
                             we believe in, by holding true to our values,                  comes to better securing the homeland and
                             someday an American President will be sit-                     defeating the terrorists and spreading free-
                             ting down with a duly elected leader of Iraq,                  dom and peace, we’re getting the job done.
                             talking about how to make the world a more                     When you’re out there campaigning, remind
                             peaceful place.                                                people, when it comes time to choose a Presi-
                                By serving the ideal of liberty, we’re serv-                dent, put somebody back in there who can
                             ing the deepest ideals of the American soul.                   get the job done.
                             Freedom is not America’s gift to the world.                       You know, we’re living in exciting times.
                             Freedom is the Almighty God’s gift to each                     We really are. But they’re times of change,
                             man and woman in this world.                                   and change can be unsettling for American
                                We’ve got more to do to protect this coun-                  families and workers. That’s why I believe
                             try. I’m running because I understand there’s                  so strongly in promoting an ownership soci-
                             an enemy out there that still lurks. They hate                 ety in America. We want people owning their
                             what we stand for. You know, we have a dif-                    own health care accounts that they can take
                             ference of opinion on these terrorists. My op-                 from job to job. We want people owning their
                             ponent said that going to war with them is                     own retirement accounts. Listen, baby
                             actually improving their recruiting efforts.                   boomers like me are just fine when it comes
                             I’m sure you’ve heard that before. I believe                   to Social Security. But for you younger work-
                             the logic is upside-down. I think it shows that                ers out there, look carefully at the rhetoric
                             people don’t understand the nature of these                    during this campaign. Look carefully at the
                             folks. See, during the 1990s, the terrorists                   fiscal solvency of the Social Security system.
                             were recruiting and training for war with us,                  I believe younger workers ought to have the
                             long before America went to war with them.                     option of taking some of their own money
                             They don’t need an excuse for their hatred.                    and putting it in personal savings accounts
                             You don’t create terrorists by fighting back.                  that they can call their own.
                             You defeat the terrorists by fighting back.                       We want more people owning their own
                                There’s a lot of really good people at the                  business in America. You know, one of the
                             Federal level and the State level and local                    most hopeful statistics at the beginning of
                             level who are working hard to protect you.                     the 21st century is the homeownership rate
                             We reorganized the homeland defenses into                      is at an alltime high in America. We’ll con-
                             the Department of Homeland Security to                         tinue to promote homeownership in Amer-
                             better communicate, to better respond.                         ica. I love the fact that somebody opens up




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                             their door to their house and says, ‘‘Welcome                  sion so this country can be a great, hopeful
                             to my home. This is my piece of property.’’                    place.
                             I believe strongly in ownership, because I                        For all Americans, these years in our his-
                             know if you own something, you have a vital                    tory will stand apart. There are quiet times
                             stake in the future of the United States of                    in the life of a nation when little is expected
                             America.                                                       of its leaders. This isn’t one of those times.
                                In these changing times of ours, however,                   This is a time when we need firm resolve,
                             there are some things that won’t change, the                   clear vision, and a great belief in the values
                             individual values we try to live by, courage                   that make us a great country.
                             and compassion, reverence and integrity.                          None of us will ever forget that day when
                             Our beliefs won’t change, in liberty and op-                   one era ended and another began. On Sep-
                             portunity and the nonnegotiable demands of                     tember the 14th, 2001, I stood in the ruins
                             human dignity. During changing times, we                       of the Twin Towers. It’s a day I’ll never for-
                             must support the institutions that give us di-                 get. There were workers in hardhats yelling
                             rection and purpose, our families, our                         at me, ‘‘Whatever it takes.’’ A fellow grabbed
                             schools, and our religious congregations.                      me by the arm as I was trying to thank peo-
                                We stand for institutions like marriage and                 ple, and he looked me right in the eye, and
                             family, which are the foundations of society.                  he said, ‘‘Do not let me down.’’
                             We stand for a culture of life in America,                        I have a duty that goes on for this country.
                             where every person counts and every person                     I wake up every morning trying to—how best
                             matters. We stand for judges who faithfully                    to secure this country. I will never relent in
                             interpret the law instead of legislating from                  defending America, whatever it takes.
                             the bench.                                                        Audience members. Four more years!
                                We stand for a culture of responsibility in                 Four more years! Four more years!
                             this country. You know, the culture is chang-                     The President. We have come through
                             ing from one that had said, ‘‘If it feels good,                much together. We’ve done a lot of hard
                             just go ahead and do it,’’ and ‘‘If you’ve got                 work, but there’s more to do. Over the next
                             a problem, blame somebody else,’’ to a cul-                    4 years, we’ll spread ownership and oppor-
                             ture in which each of us understands we’re                     tunity and hopes throughout every corner of
                             responsible for the decisions we make in life.                 this country. We’ll pass the enduring values
                             If you’re fortunate enough to be a mom or                      of our country on to a young generation. We
                             a dad, you are responsible for loving your                     will continue to spread freedom and peace.
                             child with all your heart and all your soul.                      When I traveled your State 4 years ago,
                             If you’re worried about the quality of the                     I said if I had the great honor of serving the
                             education in the community in which you                        American people as your President, I would
                             live, you are responsible for supporting your                  uphold the honor and the dignity of the of-
                             teachers and doing something about it. If                      fice. With your help, with your hard work
                             you’re a CEO in corporate America, you’re                      and help, I will do so for the next 4 years.
                             responsible for telling the truth to your
                                                                                               May God bless you all. Thank you for com-
                             shareholders and your employees. And in a
                                                                                            ing. Thank you all. Thank you all very much.
                             responsibility society, each of us is respon-
                             sible for loving our neighbor just like we’d
                             like to be loved ourself.                                      NOTE: The President spoke at 6:53 p.m. at Herit-
                                Today I got off Air Force One and met                       age Park. In his remarks, he referred to Bo
                             Annie Kaigler. She is—she works for the fos-                   Schembechler, former head coach, University of
                                                                                            Michigan football team; Col. Muammar Abu
                             ter grandparent program. She is a volunteer.
                                                                                            Minyar al-Qadhafi, leader of Libya; President
                             She takes time out of her life to mentor chil-                 Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan; Prime Minister
                             dren. She takes time out of her life to change                 Ayad al-Alawi of the Iraqi Interim Government;
                             America one heart at a time. The strength                      and Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi of Japan.
                             of this country is the hearts and souls of the                 The transcript released by the Office of the Press
                             American people. During the next 4 years,                      Secretary also included the remarks of the First
                             I will continue to rally the armies of compas-                 Lady, who introduced the President.




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                             Remarks to the American Legion                                    I appreciate the mayor of this great city
                             Convention in Nashville, Tennessee                             of Nashville joining us. Mr. Mayor, thank you
                                                                                            for coming.
                             August 31, 2004                                                   I appreciate Congressman Cooper from
                                                                                            the State of Tennessee for joining us.
                                Thank you all. Thanks for having me. And
                                                                                               Most of all, I want to thank the Legion
                             thank you for the warm welcome. Thank you                      members who have been so gracious in your
                             all. I’m honored to be here at your 86th na-                   hospitality. Thank you and the Auxiliary
                             tional convention.                                             members for welcoming me.
                                I—there’s another convention going on in                       Since your founding, the American Legion
                             New York you might have heard about.                           has always been faithful to God and to coun-
                             [Laughter] Tomorrow they’re going to                           try. You served our Nation in uniform, and
                             choose a Presidential nominee. I think I got                   you still serve today. When Hurricane Char-
                             the inside track. [Laughter] I’m taking noth-                  ley hit Florida a few weeks ago, American
                             ing for granted, however. I’m taking nothing                   Legion posts gathered food and helped
                             for granted, so Laura headed to New York                       neighbors in need. In moments of crisis,
                             this morning to make my case, but I do want                    Americans know Legionnaires always come
                             you to know she sends her very best regards.                   through.
                                I also want to let you know that Americans’                    Members of the American Legion and the
                             veterans are the heart and soul of this Nation.                Auxiliary are also serving your neighbors
                             When freedom was under threat, you risked                      every day, volunteering in veterans hospitals,
                             your lives in places like Omaha Beach and                      sponsoring scout troops and youth baseball,
                             Okinawa, Keshan, Kandahar, and Baghdad.                        and collecting scholarship money for deserv-
                             Because you served, Americans live in free-                    ing students. You’ve started a scholarship
                             dom. I’m proud to stand before you as your                     fund for the children of troops killed since
                             Commander in Chief and look in the eye and                     September the 11th, 2001, in the war on ter-
                             say, America is grateful for your service.                     ror. Our country owes these families so
                                And America is grateful for the service of                  much, and I thank you for showing the grati-
                             Senator John McCain. He gave a great                           tude and the good heart of the United States
                             speech last night in New York. He’s a great                    of America.
                             American. He’s a great American who gave                          The most important gift you give our coun-
                             his Nation some of the most difficult and dis-                 try is the example you set for the men and
                             tinguished service in the history of our mili-                 women of our Armed Forces. In Afghanistan
                             tary. He fought for America. He suffered for                   and Iraq and other fronts in the war on ter-
                             America. He returned for honor, and his                        ror, today’s service men and women are car-
                             service continues today. I’m proud to have                     rying on your legacy of selfless service and
                             John McCain with us and standing by my                         courage under fire. I know you share Amer-
                             side.                                                          ica’s pride in them. They are serving our
                                I have enjoyed working with the national                    country with pride, and they are bringing
                             commander, John Brieden. Maybe we got                          honor to the uniform.
                             along so well because we both speak the                           Our fighting men and women are serving
                             same language—[laughter]—Texan. [Laugh-                        America under a proud flag, and that flag
                             ter] But he served this august body with class                 should be cherished and protected. When
                             and dignity, and I’m proud of your service,                    John and your national adjutant general, Bob,
                             John. Thank you, sir. And I was pleased to                     have come by the Oval Office, they always
                             be introduced by Katherine Morris as well.                     remind me about the Citizens Flag Alliance.
                             She too speaks Texan. [Laughter] I want to                     I appreciate your leadership in that impor-
                             thank her for her leadership as the American                   tant alliance. Like you, I support a constitu-
                             Legion Auxiliary national president.                           tional amendment to protect the flag from
                                I’m pleased to be here with my friend                       desecration. I think John McCain put it best
                             Tony Principi, the Secretary of Veterans Af-                   when he said, ‘‘American blood has been
                             fairs. I want to thank Les Brownlee who is                     shed all over the world for the American flag,
                             with us, the Acting Secretary of the Army.                     and I believe it deserves respect.’’




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                                Our Nation’s veterans have made serving                     elements, in the very country whose freedom
                             America the highest priority of your lives.                    they fought for.
                             And that is why I have made serving our Na-                       We are modernizing VA health centers
                             tion’s veterans one of the highest priorities                  and building new ones, especially in the
                             of my administration. To make sure my ad-                      South and West where increasing numbers
                             ministration fulfills the commitment I have                    of our veterans live. Since 2001, we have
                             made to America’s veterans, I selected one                     opened 194 new community-based clinics
                             really fine man in Tony Principi. I am proud                   nationwide. Through the CARES Initiative
                             of the job that our Secretary is doing.                        we’re providing $1 billion and have re-
                                Thanks in large part to Tony’s leadership,                  quested another half-billion for next year to
                             my administration has a solid record of ac-                    modernize VA facilities and to provide better
                             complishment for our veterans. When my                         care for veterans in areas where the need
                             2005 budget request is approved by Con-                        is growing. When it comes to providing first-
                             gress, we will have increased overall funding                  class care for our veterans, we are getting
                             for our Nation’s veterans by almost $20 bil-                   the job done.
                             lion or 40 percent since 2001. We have in-                        Our Nation’s debt extends not just to the
                             creased funding for our veterans more in 4                     veterans who served but to the families who
                             years than the previous administration did in                  supported them in war and depend on them
                             8 years. We have increased VA medical care                     today. So last December, I signed the Vet-
                             funding by 41 percent over the last 4 years.                   erans Benefits Act, authorizing $1 billion in
                             We’re bringing care to more veterans more                      new and expanded benefits for disabled vet-
                             quickly. Since 2001, we have enrolled 2.5                      erans, surviving spouses, and their children.
                                                                                               We meet today at a time of war for our
                             million more veterans in health care services.
                                                                                            country, a war we did not start, yet one that
                             We have increased outpatient visits from 44
                                                                                            we will win. If America shows weakness or
                             million to 54 million. We’ve increased the
                                                                                            uncertainty in this decade, the world will
                             number of prescriptions filled from 98 mil-
                                                                                            drift toward tragedy. This will not happen
                             lion to 116 million. We’ve reduced the back-
                                                                                            on my watch.
                             log of disability claims by about a third. We                     The world changed on that terrible Sep-
                             will reduce it even further. We have cut the                   tember morning, and since that day, we have
                             average time it takes to process disability                    changed the world. Before September the
                             claims by 70 days. We’re getting the job done                  11th, 2001, Afghanistan served as the home
                             for our veterans.                                              base of Al Qaida, which trained and deployed
                                We have focused resources on veterans                       thousands of killers to set up terror cells
                             who need it most, those with service-related                   around the world, including our own country.
                             disabilities and low incomes and special                       Because we acted, Afghanistan is a rising de-
                             needs. We’ve established a new scheduling                      mocracy. I don’t know whether you know this
                             system to make certain that veterans seeking                   or not, but over 10 million Afghan citizens
                             care for a service-connected condition are                     have registered to vote in the coming Octo-
                             the first in line.                                             ber Presidential elections. Because we acted,
                                For more than a century, Federal law pro-                   many young girls now go to school for the
                             hibited disabled veterans from receiving both                  first time. Because we acted, Afghanistan is
                             their military retired pay and their VA dis-                   an ally in the war on terror. Because we
                             ability compensation. Combat-injured and                       acted, America and the world are safer.
                             severely disabled veterans deserve better. I                      Before September the 11th, Libya was
                             was the first President in over 100 years to                   spending millions to acquire weapons of mass
                             sign concurrent receipt legislation.                           destruction. Today, because America and our
                                My administration has launched a $35 mil-                   allies sent a clear and easy-to-understand
                             lion program to provide housing and health                     message, the leader of Libya has abandoned
                             care and other support services to homeless                    his pursuit of weapons of mass destruction,
                             veterans. No veteran who served in the blaz-                   and America and the world are safer.
                             ing heat or bitter cold of foreign lands should                   Before September the 11th, the ruler of
                             have to live without shelter, exposed to the                   Iraq was a sworn enemy of America. He was




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                             defying the world. He was firing weapons at                       We will continue to work with friends and
                             American pilots who were enforcing the                         allies around the world to aggressively pursue
                             world’s sanctions. He had pursued and he                       the terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan and
                             had used weapons of mass destruction. He                       elsewhere. You cannot talk sense to these
                             had harbored terrorists. He invaded his                        people. You cannot negotiate with them. You
                             neighbors. He subsidized the families of sui-                  cannot hope for the best. We must aggres-
                             cide bombers. He and his henchmen mur-                         sively pursue them around the world so we
                             dered tens of thousands of his own citizens.                   do not have to face them here at home. In
                             He was a source of instability in the world’s                  this different kind of war, we may never sit
                             most volatile region. Saddam Hussein was a                     down at a peace table. But make no mistake
                             threat.                                                        about it, we are winning, and we will win.
                                After September the 11th, one of the les-                   We will win by staying on the offensive. We
                             sons this country must always remember is                      will win by spreading liberty. We believe that
                             that we must take threats seriously before                     liberty can transform nations from tyranny
                             they fully materialize. So I went to the                       into peaceful nations.
                             United States Congress, and members of                            And so we’ll keep our commitments in Af-
                             both political parties, including my opponent,                 ghanistan and Iraq. We will help them be-
                             looked at the intelligence and looked at the                   come peaceful and democratic countries that
                             background and came to the same conclu-                        are allies in the war on terror. Those coun-
                             sion: Saddam Hussein was a threat.                             tries are now governed by strong leaders who
                                                                                            believe in the aspirations of their people.
                                Before a President ever commits troops,
                                                                                            We’ll help them in the political process.
                             we must try all other alternatives to deal with
                                                                                            More importantly, we will train Afghan citi-
                             threats. And so I went to the United Nations.
                                                                                            zens and Iraqi citizens so they can defend
                             I said to the free world, ‘‘Saddam Hussein
                                                                                            their own country against a few who would
                             is a threat.’’ They looked at the same intel-                  stop the wishes of the many. Our military
                             ligence and came to the same conclusion                        will complete this mission as quickly as pos-
                             with a 15-to-nothing vote in U.N. Security                     sible so our troops do not stay a day longer
                             Council. They said, ‘‘Disclose, disarm, or face                than necessary.
                             serious consequences.’’ The world had spo-                        We’re doing the hard work of securing our
                             ken.                                                           country and spreading the peace, and those
                                But as he had for over a decade. Saddam                     commitments are made by the men and
                             Hussein defied the demands of the free                         women of our military. I’ve had the privilege
                             world. He ignored the demands of the                           of traveling to bases around our country and
                             United Nations. As a matter of fact, when                      around the world. I’ve met with those who
                             we sent inspectors—or when the U.N. sent                       defend our security. I’ve seen their great de-
                             inspectors into Iraq, he systematically de-                    cency and their unselfish courage. I can as-
                             ceived the inspectors. So I had a choice to                    sure you, ladies and gentlemen, the cause of
                             make: Do I forget the lessons of September                     freedom is in really good hands.
                             the 11th and take the word of a madman,                           And those who wear our uniform deserve
                             or do I take action to defend our country?                     the full support of the Government. For the
                             Given that choice, I will defend America                       past years my administration has strength-
                             every time.                                                    ened our military. We enacted the largest in-
                                Even though we did not find the stockpiles                  creases in defense spending since Ronald
                             that we thought we would find, Saddam Hus-                     Reagan served as the Commander in Chief.
                             sein had the capability of making weapons                      We’ve increased military pay by nearly 21
                             of mass destruction, and he could have                         percent. We provided for better housing, for
                             passed that capability on to the enemy, and                    better training, for better maintenance.
                             that was a risk we could not afford to take                       Last September, when our troops were in
                             after September the 11th. Knowing what I                       combat in Afghanistan and in Iraq, I pro-
                             know today, I would have taken the same                        posed supplemental funding to support them
                             action. America and the world are safer with                   in their missions. The legislation provided
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                             hazard pay, health benefits, ammunition,                          This plan was carefully crafted over more
                             fuel, and spare parts. It was important fund-                  than 3 years in close consultation with friends
                             ing. We received great bipartisan support for                  and allies around the world. We will have
                             that funding. All but 12 United States Sen-                    a presence, but we’ll have a smarter presence
                             ators voted to support our troops in combat.                   to promote the peace.
                             My opponent chose to vote no on that vital                        Within hours after I announced this plan,
                             legislation. When asked, he said, ‘‘Well, I ac-                my opponent came out against it, and that’s
                             tually did vote for the $87 billion, right be-                 his right to do so. After all, it’s a campaign.
                             fore I voted against it.’’ [Laughter] When fur-                He’s allowed to say what he believes. The
                             ther pressed, he said he was proud of his                      only problem is that he endorsed the idea
                             vote, and then he said it was a complicated                    just 17 days earlier. [Laughter] On August
                             matter. There’s nothing complicated about                      the 1st, he said, ‘‘I think we can significantly
                             supporting our troops in combat.                               change the deployment of troops, not just
                                In the long run, our security is not guaran-                in Iraq but elsewhere in the world, the Ko-
                             teed by force alone. We must work to change                    rean Peninsula, perhaps, Europe, perhaps.
                             the conditions that give rise to terror, poverty               There are great possibilities open to us, but
                             and hopelessness and resentment. A free and                    this administration has very little imagina-
                             peaceful Iraq and a free and peaceful Af-                      tion.’’ Well, it takes a lot of imagination to
                             ghanistan will be powerful examples in part                    come out against a position you took just 17
                             of the world that is desperate for freedom.                    days earlier. [Laughter]
                             By serving the ideal of liberty, we’re bringing                   This world has changed a great deal since
                             hope to others, and we’re making our country                   many of you have worn the Nation’s uniform.
                             more secure. By serving the ideal of liberty,                  Today, our troops have the most advanced
                             we are making the world more peaceful, and                     technologies at their disposal. Weapons are
                                                                                            more lethal and precise than any that were
                             by serving the ideal of liberty, we’re serving
                                                                                            available for you. Yet, their success in the
                             the deepest ideals of the American soul.
                                                                                            war on terror is made possible by the same
                             Freedom is not America’s gift to the world.
                                                                                            things that made your success possible, per-
                             Freedom is the Almighty God’s gift to each
                                                                                            sonal courage, dedication to duty, and love
                             man and woman in this world.
                                                                                            of our great country.
                                We have more work to do to defend our                          As our troops serve today in Baghdad and
                             freedom and to protect our country. For dec-                   Mosul and the Hindu Kush Mountains and
                             ades, America’s Armed Forces abroad have                       around the world, I know American veterans
                             essentially remained where the wars of the                     feel a special pride in them. They’re carrying
                             last century ended, in Europe and Asia.                        on your legacy of sacrifice and service.
                             Much of America’s current force posture was                    They’re determined to see the mission
                             designed to protect us and our allies from                     through. America is proud of them. America
                             Soviet aggression, a threat that no longer ex-                 will stand with them.
                             ists. And that’s why I announced a plan to                        I want to thank you for standing by our
                             transform our global force posture, the num-                   men and women in uniform. Thank you for
                             bers, types, locations, and capabilities of U.S.               your idealism. Thank you for your example.
                             forces around the world.                                       Thank you for your dedication to God and
                                This new plan will help us fight and win                    country, and thank you for having me here.
                             the war on terror. This new plan will help                     May God bless you, and may God continue
                             us deal with the threats of the 21st century.                  to bless the United States of America. Thank
                             It will strengthen our alliances while we build                you all.
                             new partnerships to better preserve the
                             peace. It will reduce the stress on our troops
                                                                                            NOTE: The President spoke at 10 a.m. at the Gay-
                             and on our military families. It will save the                 lord Opryland Hotel. In his remarks, he referred
                             taxpayers money, as we consolidate and close                   to Robert W. Spanogle, national adjutant, Amer-
                             bases and facilities overseas no longer need-                  ican Legion; Mayor William Purcell of Nashville,
                             ed to face the threats of our time and defend                  TN; and Col. Muammar Abu Minyar al-Qadhafi,
                             the peace and freedom of the world.                            leader of Libya.




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                             Remarks at the Farm Progress Show                              and I appreciate working with Chuck. I re-
                             in Alleman, Iowa                                               member campaigning in your State a lot.
                             August 31, 2004                                                Every time I’d go with him he’d say, ‘‘Oh,
                                                                                            Farmer Jones lives here,’’ and then you’d go
                                The President. Thank you all for coming.                    down the road about another mile, and he’d
                             It’s great to be back in the great State of                    know the name of that farmer; then he’d
                             Iowa. As you can see, I’m traveling in pretty                  know the name of that farmer’s wife. He
                             good company. Speaking about people who                        probably knows everyone here names too.
                             gave a great speech last night, John McCain                    [Laughter] That’s because he loves his State.
                             did exactly what I hoped he would do, which                    He’s doing a fine job.
                             is set the message straight about our record                      I    appreciate     the    mayor,     Mayor
                             in fighting this war on terror. I’m proud to                   Bodenstiner, for being here. Mayor, I appre-
                             call John a friend. He is, in fact, a hero, as                 ciate you coming. I think the only thing I’d
                             Glen said, and he’s a great United States Sen-                 suggest is you make sure you fill the potholes.
                             ator from the State of Arizona. Thanks for                     [Laughter] I appreciate you, though, Mr.
                             coming, John. I’m proud to be with you.                        Mayor. Thanks for your service.
                                It’s good to be here at the Farm Show.                         I know my friend Stew Iverson is here,
                             You know, some people think you can find                       of the State senate. I know we’ve got a lot
                             the heart and soul of America in Hollywood.                    of local officials and State officials here.
                             I think you find it right here in Iowa, and                    Thank you for serving, and thank you for
                             I appreciate you coming out to say hello.                      coming.
                                I wish Laura were here. She’s getting                          There’s members of the ex-Governors club
                             ready. She’s warming up for her speech to-                     here. I’m one of those members. Terry
                             night. [Laughter] She’s getting ready to talk                  Branstad and Bob Ray are with us, and I’m
                             to the Nation, and I’m glad she is. She’s a                    honored they are here—fine friends and
                             great mom, a wonderful wife, and she’s a                       great people.
                             great First Lady for this country. I’m really                     My friend Stan Thompson is running for
                             proud of her—really proud of her. I’m going                    the United States Congress, and I hope you
                             to be talking to you today about why I think                   give him a good look. He’s a good fellow.
                             you ought to put me in there for 4 more                           Jan Lyons, president of the National
                             years. But perhaps the most important reason                   Cattlemen’s Beef Association, is with us.
                             of all is so that Laura is the First Lady for                  They have given me their endorsement. I am
                             4 more years.                                                  honored to be endorsed by the Cattlemen
                                I want to thank my friend Glen Keppy.                       of the United States of America. Got the corn
                             He’s the chairman of the Farmers for Bush                      growers represented here by Len Corzine.
                             campaign here in this great State. It’s a vital                I appreciate Len coming. I appreciate all the
                             position because you got a lot of farmers                      corn growers being here too, by the way. Ron
                             here. [Laughter] He’s a good man. He’s been                    Heck, the chairman of the American Soybean
                             a friend for a long time. I said, ‘‘Would you                  Association, is with us. I appreciate Ron com-
                             help me get out and get my message out in                      ing. I want to thank Keith Berry, whose pork
                             the ag community?’’ He said, ‘‘You bet.’’ He                   people are here, pork grower—hog raisers—
                             said, ‘‘Why don’t you come over here to the                    [laughter]—Pork Producers Council. I want
                             Farm Show. Maybe a couple of people will                       to thank Craig Lang, who is the President
                             show up and say hello.’’ I’m glad you’re here,                 of the Iowa Farm Bureau.
                             Glen, and thank you for putting this on. I                        Most of all, I want to thank you for coming.
                             want to thank all the people who have orga-                    I’m here to let you know I’m asking for your
                             nized this great event.                                        vote. I believe you got to get out—[ap-
                                I appreciate Karen Nussle is here. She’s                    plause].
                             the wife of my friend Congressman Jim                             I got more work to do on behalf of the
                             Nussle.                                                        American people. You know, we’ve got a real-
                                I’m sorry Senator Grassley is not here.                     ly good record. We’ve done a lot in office,
                             He’s a good one. I enjoy working with him.                     and we’ve come through a lot together. But
                             We’re getting a lot done together for Iowa,                    there’s only one reason to look back, and that




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                             is to determine who best to lead us forward.                   but they wouldn’t pay for the prescription
                             I’m here to let you know I’ve got more to                      drugs that would prevent the heart operation
                             do to make this country safer and America                      from needing to be in the first place.
                             a more hopeful place, and I’d like your help.                     So I said to Congress, ‘‘Why don’t we come
                             I’d like you to go to your friends and neigh-                  together and make sure our seniors have got
                             bors and remind them, in a democracy we                        a modern health care system.’’ We got the
                             have a duty to vote. In this great country,                    job done when it came to strengthening
                             we have an obligation, in my judgment, as                      Medicare for our seniors. And working with
                             citizens to go to the polls. And the first step                Chuck Grassley, we’ve also taken care of our
                             is to register people.                                         rural hospitals. You know what I’m talking
                                So if you don’t mind, as we’re coming
                                                                                            about if you live in rural Iowa. You know
                             down the stretch, why don’t you find friends
                             and neighbors and say, ‘‘As an—you got an                      how the system wasn’t good for the Iowa hos-
                             obligation as an American to vote, and so,                     pitals and docs. We corrected the problem.
                             register to vote.’’ And then when you’re                       We’re getting the job done.
                             heading them to the polls and you get them                        We will continue to expand community
                             going our way—[laughter]—tell them if they                     health centers for low-income Americans.
                             want a stronger America, a safer America,                      We will expand health savings accounts so
                             and a better America, to put Dick Cheney                       families can save tax-free for their own health
                             and me back in office.                                         care needs. I understand most people get
                                Audience members. Four more years!                          their health insurance through the busi-
                             Four more years! Four more years!                              nesses, and most new jobs are created by
                                The President. I’m running with a good                      small businesses. Yet, small businesses are
                             man in Vice President Cheney. I admit it,                      having trouble affording health care. We
                             he’s not the prettiest face on the ticket.                     must allow small businesses to join together
                             [Laughter] I did not pick him for his looks.                   so they can buy insurance at the same dis-
                             I picked him because of his sound advice,                      counts that big businesses are able to do.
                             his great experience, and because he can get                      In order to make sure health care is avail-
                             the job done.                                                  able and affordable here in Iowa, we need
                                I’m running because we—I know we’ve                         to stop these frivolous lawsuits that are run-
                             got more to do to make our public schools
                                                                                            ning good docs out of business and running
                             the centers of excellence they can be. You
                                                                                            up the cost of your health care. See, I don’t
                             know, 3 years ago, when we got into office,
                             there was too many of our kids getting shuf-                   think you can be pro-doctor and pro-patient
                             fled through the school, grade after grade,                    and pro-plaintiff-attorney at the same time.
                             year after year, without learning the basics.                  I think you have to choose. My opponent
                             So we challenged what I call the soft bigotry                  made his choice, and he put him on the tick-
                             of low expectations. We’ve raised the bar. We                  et. [Laughter] I made my choice. I am for
                             believe in accountability. We believe in local                 medical liability reform now.
                             control of schools. We’re willing to challenge                    In all we do to improve health care in
                             schools that will not teach and will not                       America, we’ll make sure that the health de-
                             change. Every child in America deserves an                     cisions are made by doctors and patients, not
                             excellent education.                                           by bureaucrats in Washington, DC.
                                I’m running again because I know we’ve                         I’m running because I know there’s more
                             got to do more to make health care available                   to do to keep this economy strong. We’ve
                             and affordable. You might remember that old                    been through a lot together when it came
                             Medicare        debate.   They     called     it               to this economy. We’ve been through a re-
                             ‘‘Mediscare.’’ People would talk about it, but                 cession. We’ve been through corporate scan-
                             nobody would touch it. I was worried that                      dals. The terrorist attack hurt our economy.
                             the Medicare system was not fulfilling the                        And yet, we’ve got an economy that’s
                             promise to our seniors. You know, a senior
                                                                                            growing. We’ve overcome the obstacles.
                             would go in and get a heart operation for
                                                                                            We’ve overcome them because we’ve got
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                             great workers. We’ve overcome them be-                         countries, and that’s good for you. You see,
                             cause we’ve got great farmers. We’ve over-                     when you have more product to choose from,
                             come those obstacles because the entrepre-                     you’re going to get a—what you’re demand-
                             neurial spirit is strong and the small-business                ing at a better price and better quality. That’s
                             sector of this economy is alive and well. And                  the way the market works. So instead of shut-
                             I believe we’ve overcome those obstacles be-                   ting down our markets, we’ll continue to
                             cause of well-timed tax cuts.                                  open up other people’s markets. If people
                                Our view was, ‘‘If you pay taxes, you ought                 treat us the way we treat them, we can com-
                             to get relief.’’ We also helped our families                   pete with anybody, anyplace, anywhere in the
                             by raising the child credit. We reduced the                    world.
                             marriage penalty. I think the Tax Code ought                      That’s why we’ve been—I’ve been out
                             to encourage marriage, not discourage mar-                     there working to have free trade agreements
                             riage. We helped our small businesses. We                      with countries all around the world. It’s good
                             helped them purchase equipment. This time,                     for Iowa farmers that we’re opening up mar-
                             the check was actually in the mail, too.                       kets. See, I think you can compete with any
                             [Laughter]                                                     farmer, anyplace, anytime, and all you need
                                Because we acted, our economy has been                      is a chance, a level playing field. This admin-
                             growing at rates as fast as any in nearly 20                   istration is committed to making sure Iowa
                             years. The national unemployment rate is at                    farm products are sold all over the world.
                             5.5 percent, which is well below the national                     Every day is Earth Day when you own
                             average of the 1970s, the 1980s, and the                       your own land. The best conservation policy
                             1990s. The unemployment rate in your great                     starts with encouraging our farmers and
                             State is at 4.4 percent. Our economic recov-                   ranchers to conserve. That’s why I’m such
                             ery plan is working.                                           a strong believer in the CRP program. It’s
                                A strong farm economy is good for our Na-                   a good program. It’s good for wildlife. It’s
                             tion’s economy, and we have a strong farm                      good for land. It’s good for the families who
                             economy today. We’re seeing record exports                     make a living off the farm. Right now we
                             for farm products. Farm income is up. And                      have about 35 million acres of farm land in
                             that means people are making a living here                     the program, and I know you know that con-
                             in rural Iowa. And that is good for the United                 tracts covering roughly two-thirds of the ex-
                             States of America, and I intend to keep it                     isting land in that program are scheduled to
                             that way.                                                      expire in 2007 and 2008. To make sure the
                                There’s more work to be done to make                        farmlands stay protected, I’ve directed the
                             sure this economy grows. I submitted an en-                    Secretary of Agriculture to offer early re-
                             ergy plan to the United States Congress. It                    enrollments and extensions on existing
                             needs to get the energy plan to my desk. The                   projects, existing contracts.
                             energy plan says, ‘‘We’ll work on conserva-                       There’s more work to do to make sure this
                             tion. We’ll have clean coal technology. We’ll                  economy continues to grow. One thing we
                             explore for natural gas in environmentally                     got to do, be smart about how we spend your
                             friendly ways.’’ But it’s an energy plan that                  money in Washington, DC. And the other
                             also recognizes the vast potential of corn and                 thing is to keep your taxes low. The worst
                             soybeans. I believe in ethanol, and I believe                  thing that could happen to our economy right
                             in biodiesel. See, I think, one of these days,                 now is to let them run up your taxes on you.
                             with good research, a President is going to                    I’m running against a fellow who’s promised
                             be sitting at the desk there in the Oval Office;               over $2 trillion of new spending, and we still
                             somebody is going to walk in and say, ‘‘Guess                  got September and October to go. [Laugh-
                             what, Mr. President. The corn crop is up,                      ter]
                             and we’re less dependent on foreign sources                       So they said, ‘‘How you going to pay for
                             of energy.’’                                                   it?’’ He said, ‘‘Oh, we’re just going to tax the
                                I believe we ought to have wise trade pol-                  rich.’’ Now, you’ve heard that before, haven’t
                             icy in order to make sure this economy grows                   you? Yes. When you hear them in Wash-
                             and people can find work here in America.                      ington say ‘‘tax the rich,’’ hang on to your
                             We open up our markets for other—to other                      wallet. [Laughter] But the good news is,




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                             we’re not going to let him tax anybody be-                        So I went to the United States Congress.
                             cause we’re going to win Iowa and win the                      The Congress looked at the same intelligence
                             country in ’04.                                                I had looked at. They remembered the same
                                We have more to do to wage and win the                      history of Saddam Hussein. They concluded
                             war on terror. America’s future depends on                     that Saddam Hussein was a threat and au-
                             our willingness to lead in this world. If Amer-                thorized the use of force. Members of both
                             ica shows weakness or uncertainty in this                      political parties came to that conclusion, in-
                             decade, the world will drift toward tragedy.                   cluding my opponent.
                             This isn’t going to happen on my watch.                           The last choice of the Commander in
                                The world changed on a terrible Sep-                        Chief is to commit troops into combat. We
                             tember morning, and since that day, we have                    must try all means necessary to deal with
                             changed the world. Before September the                        threats before they fully materialize. So I
                             11th, Afghanistan served as the home base                      went to the United Nations. I said, ‘‘Saddam
                             of Al Qaida, which trained and deployed                        Hussein is a threat.’’ They looked at the same
                             thousands of killers and set up cells around                   intelligence, and they came to the same con-
                             the world, including the United States. Be-                    clusion we had come to that Saddam Hussein
                             cause we acted, Afghanistan is a rising de-                    was a threat, and by a 15-to-nothing vote in
                             mocracy. Because we acted, over 10 million                     the U.N. Security Council said Saddam Hus-
                             Afghan citizens have registered to vote in the                 sein must disclose, disarm, or face serious
                                                                                            consequence. The world spoke, and the
                             October Presidential elections. Because we
                                                                                            world spoke with one voice.
                             acted, many young girls go to school for the
                                                                                               But as he had for over a decade, Saddam
                             first time in Afghanistan. Because we acted,
                                                                                            Hussein defied the demands of the free
                             Afghanistan is an ally in the war on terror.
                                                                                            world. He wasn’t about to listen to what the
                             Because we acted, America and the world
                                                                                            world had said. As a matter of fact, when
                             are safer.                                                     inspectors were sent into Iraq, he systemati-
                                Before September the 11th, Libya was                        cally deceived the inspectors. So I had a
                             spending millions to acquire weapons of mass                   choice to make: Do I forget the lessons of
                             destruction. Today, because America and our                    September the 11th and trust a madman, or
                             allies have sent a strong and easy-to-under-                   take action to defend this country. Given that
                             stand message, the leader of Libya has aban-                   choice, I will defend America every time.
                             doned his pursuit of weapons of mass de-                          Audience members. U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
                             struction, and America and the world are                       U.S.A.!
                             safer.                                                            The President. Even though we did not
                                Before September the 11th, the ruler of                     find the stockpiles that we all thought were
                             Iraq was a sworn enemy of America. He was                      there, Saddam Hussein had the capability to
                             defying the world. He was firing weapons at                    make weapons of mass destruction, and he
                             American pilots who were enforcing the                         could have passed that capability on to his
                             world’s sanctions. He had used weapons of                      enemies. And that was a risk this country
                             mass destruction. He harbored terrorists. He                   could not afford to have taken after Sep-
                             invaded his neighbors. He funded—he sub-                       tember the 11th. Knowing what I know
                             sidized the families of suicide bombers. Sad-                  today, I would have made the same decision.
                             dam Hussein and his henchmen killed thou-                      America and the world are safer with Saddam
                             sands of his own citizens. He was a source                     Hussein sitting in a prison cell.
                             of great instability in the world’s most volatile                 Now, almost 2 years after he voted for the
                             region. I saw a threat.                                        war in Iraq and 7 months after switching po-
                                After September the 11th, this country                      sitions to declare himself the antiwar can-
                             must deal with threats before they fully mate-                 didate, my opponent has found another nu-
                             rialize. One of the lessons of that day is that                ance. He now agrees it was the right decision
                             when we see a threat, we can no longer hope                    to go into Iraq. See, after months of ques-
                             for the best. We must deal with those threats.                 tioning my motives and even my credibility,
                             We must never forget that lesson, for the se-                  my opponent now agrees with me that even
                             curity of our people.                                          though we didn’t find the stockpiles we




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                             thought were there, knowing everything we                          Our troops are keeping our commitments
                             know today, he would have voted to go into                     around the world. We have got a fantastic
                             Iraq and remove Saddam Hussein from                            United States military. I’ve seen their great
                             power. And I thank him for clearing that up.                   decency and their unselfish courage. And I
                             [Laughter] But I want to caution you, there’s                  have made a pledge to them and their loved
                             still a little over 60 days left for him to change             ones that our Government will support them
                             his mind again.                                                in their missions. And that’s why, last Sep-
                                We have more to do. I’m running because                     tember, I went to the United States Con-
                             I know we have more to do to make this                         gress, while our troops were in combat in
                             country secure. We’ll continue to work with                    Afghanistan and in Iraq, and proposed sup-
                             our friends and allies around the world to                     plemental funding to support them in their
                             aggressively pursue the terrorists and foreign                 mission. The legislation provided funding for
                             fighters in Iraq and Afghanistan and else-                     body armor and vital equipment, hazard pay,
                             where. See, you cannot talk sense to these                     health benefits, ammunition, fuel, and spare
                             people. You cannot negotiate with them. You                    parts. It was a very important piece of legisla-
                             cannot hope for the best. We must pursue                       tion and funding. It was necessary. We had
                             them around the world so we do not have                        great bipartisan support. As a matter of fact,
                             to face them here at home.                                     the support was so strong that only 12 Mem-
                                We are winning this war against these ter-                  bers of the United States Senate voted
                             rorists, and we will win this war against these                against it, 2 of whom are my opponent and
                             terrorists. In order to do so, America must                    his runningmate.
                             continue to lead the world with confidence                         So they said, ‘‘Why did you vote against
                             and moral clarity. We put together a strong                    this vital legislation?’’ He said, ‘‘I actually did
                             coalition to help us defeat these people.                      vote for the $87 billion, before I voted against
                             There’s nearly 40 nations involved in Afghan-                  it.’’ I spend a lot of time here in this State.
                             istan, some 30 nations involved in Iraq. Over                  I’ve never heard anybody talk like that in
                             the next 4 years, I will continue to build coali-              Iowa. [Laughter] They pressed him further,
                             tions so we can work together. It’s in our                     and he said, well, he’s proud of the vote. And
                             interest. We have good, strong coalitions. It’s                finally, he said it’s just a complicated matter.
                             in the interest of others that we work to-                     There’s nothing complicated about sup-
                             gether. But I will never turn over America’s                   porting our troops in combat.
                             national security decision to leaders of other                     In the long run, our security is not guaran-
                             countries.                                                     teed by force alone. We will work to change
                                We’ll keep our commitment to help the                       the conditions that give rise to terror, poverty
                             people of Afghanistan and Iraq. We set a                       and hopelessness and resentment. See, a free
                             clear goal. Those countries will be peaceful.                  and democratic Iraq and a free and demo-
                             They’ll be democratic, and they’ll be allies                   cratic Afghanistan will serve as powerful ex-
                             in the war on terror. We’ll keep our commit-                   amples in a part of the world that is desperate
                             ment because when America gives its word,                      for freedom. Free countries do not export
                             America must keep its word. We’ll keep our                     terror. Free countries provide hope for their
                             commitment because it’s in our interest that                   people. The best way to defeat terror in the
                             free societies emerge in those countries. Our                  long run is to spread liberty around the
                             strategy is clear. We’ll provide enough secu-                  world.
                             rity so they can head for elections. And at                        I believe in the transformational power of
                             the same time, we’ll help Afghans and Iraqis                   liberty. I’ve spent time sitting at a table with
                             assume the duties necessary for a free society                 Prime Minister Koizumi of Japan. My dad
                             to emerge. We’re training their troops. We’re                  fought against the Japanese; your dads fought
                             training their police, so they can do the hard                 against the Japanese. But because we be-
                             work of defeating the few who want to deny                     lieved in—liberty could transform people,
                             the hopes and ambitions of the many. Our                       after World War II, my predecessor and
                             military will complete this mission as quickly                 many in this country worked with Japan to
                             as possible so our troops do not stay a day                    become a self-governing, democratic nation.
                             longer than necessary.                                         And so when you hear me talk about the




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                             transformational power of liberty, think                       comes to better securing this homeland, de-
                             about the fact that I’m talking to the head                    feating the terrorists, and spreading freedom
                             of a former enemy that’s now an ally in peace.                 and peace, we’re getting the job done. And
                             When we sit around the table, we’re talking                    remind them, when it comes time to choose
                             about how to make the world more peaceful.                     a President, put somebody back in there who
                             Someday, an elected official from the United                   can get the job done.
                             States and a duly elected leader of Iraq will                     Audience members. Four more years!
                             be talking about how to make the world a                       Four more years! Four more years!
                             more peaceful place.                                              The President. At my convention speech
                                By serving the ideal of liberty, we’re mak-                 Thursday—I guess I better get home and
                             ing America more secure. And by serving the                    write it here pretty soon—[laughter]—I’m
                             ideal of liberty, we’re serving the deepest                    going to talk about the fact we’re in a chang-
                             ideals of the American spirit. Freedom is not                  ing world, and the role of Government is to
                             America’s gift to the world. Freedom is the                    help people during a changing world, not to
                             Almighty God’s gift to every man and woman                     give them orders but to stand side by side
                             in this world.                                                 so people can realize their dreams.
                                We’ll continue to work hard to protect you                     And one of the ways to do that is to pro-
                             here at home. We’ve created the Depart-                        mote an ownership society in America. In
                             ment of Homeland Security to better orga-                      changing times, if you own something, it pro-
                             nize our Government to deal with the threats                   vides stability. For example, in changing
                             of the 21st century. No, there’s great commu-                  times, if you own and control your own
                             nication now between the Federal, State, and                   health care account, you can take it from job
                             local levels. I want to thank the first-respond-               to job. In changing times, it’s helpful for
                             ers here in the great State of Iowa for serving                younger workers to be able to take some of
                             your communities. The FBI and the CIA are                      their own money and have a personal savings
                             talking better. We’re reorganizing the intel-                  account in Social Security that they can call
                             ligence-gathering to make sure we get the                      their own. In changing times—by the way,
                             very best information possible to protect the                  for baby boomers and older, we’re in good
                             American people.                                               shape in Social Security. Nothing is going to
                                We must renew the PATRIOT Act so our                        change because it’s solvent for us. It’s the
                             law enforcement has the tools necessary to                     younger workers we need to worry about.
                             defend you against terrorist threat. We must                      In changing times, we want more people
                             do a better job of securing our borders and                    owning their own business, owning their own
                             our ports.                                                     farm, owning a piece of the future of Amer-
                                We’re working hard. We’re working hard                      ica. In changing times, we want more people
                             to make this country more secure, and we’ll                    owning their own home. Do you realize the
                             continue to press for needed reforms in                        homeownership rate in America is at an all-
                             Washington. But it’s hard in that city for re-                 time high? More and more people are own-
                             form. There’s a lot of entrenched interests                    ing their own home. I think there’s nothing
                             there, a lot of people who like the status quo.                better in America than somebody who says,
                             It’s not enough to advocate reform; you have                   ‘‘Welcome to my home. Welcome to my
                             to be able to get the job done.                                piece of property.’’ See, when you own some-
                                So when you’re out there gathering up the                   thing, you have a vital stake in the future
                             vote, remind people in this great State that                   of our country.
                             when it comes to reforming schools and im-                        In changing times, there’s some things that
                             proving education for every child in America,                  won’t change, the individual values we try
                             we’re getting the job done; that when it                       to live by, courage, integrity, and reverence,
                             comes to health care reforms to help rural                     and compassion. Our beliefs in liberty and
                             hospitals in Iowa and to help families and                     opportunity and the nonnegotiable demands
                             seniors, we’re getting the job done; and when                  of human dignity won’t change. In changing
                             it comes to improving our economy and                          times, we’ll protect the institutions that give
                             keeping this ag economy strong in America,                     us direction and purpose, our families and
                             we’re getting the job done; that when it                       our schools and our religious congregations.




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                                 We stand for institutions like marriage and                done to make sure our schools reach their
                             family, which are the foundations of society.                  full potential. There’s more to be done to
                             We stand for a culture of life in which every                  spread opportunity to every single corner of
                             person matters and every person counts. We                     this country. There’s more to be done to pass
                             stand for judges who faithfully interpret the                  the values of this land on to another genera-
                             law instead of legislating from the bench.                     tion. There’s more to be done to spread free-
                                 We stand for a culture of responsibility in                dom and peace so our children can grow up
                             America. You know, the culture of our coun-                    in a peaceful world.
                             try is changing from one that has said, ‘‘If                      You know, when I campaigned across your
                             it feels good, just go ahead and do it,’’ and                  State, I said if you gave me the honor of hold-
                             ‘‘If you’ve got a problem, blame somebody                      ing this office, I would uphold the honor and
                             else,’’ to a culture in which each of us under-                dignity of the office to which I had been
                             stands we’re responsible for the decisions we                  elected. With your help, with your hard work,
                             make in life. If you’re a mom or a dad, if                     I will do so for the next 4 years.
                             you’re fortunate enough to be a mother or                         Thanks for coming, and may God bless.
                             a father, you’re responsible for loving your                   Thank you all very much. God bless you all.
                             child with all your heart and all your soul.                   Thank you all.
                             If you’re worried about the quality of the
                             education in the community in which you                        NOTE: The President spoke at 3 p.m. at the
                             live, you’re responsible for supporting your                   Alleman Farm. In his remarks, he referred to
                             teachers and doing something about it. If                      Glen Keppy, chairman, Iowa Farm Team, Bush-
                             you’re a CEO in corporate America, you are                     Cheney ’04, Inc.; Mayor Bill Bodenstiner of
                             responsible for telling the truth to your                      Alleman, IA; Iowa State Senator Stewart Iverson;
                             shareholders and your employees. And in a                      former Governors Terry Branstad and Robert D.
                                                                                            Ray of Iowa; Stan Thompson, candidate for Con-
                             responsibility society, each of us is respon-                  gress in Iowa’s 3d Congressional District; Jan
                             sible for loving our neighbor just like we’d                   Lyons, president, National Cattlemen’s Beef Asso-
                             like to be loved ourselves.                                    ciation; Leon ‘‘Len’’ Corzine, first vice president,
                                 For all Americans, these years in our his-                 2004 Corn Board, National Corn Growers Asso-
                             tory will always stand apart. You know,                        ciation; Ron Heck, chairman, American Soybean
                             there’s quiet times in the life of this Nation                 Association; Keith Berry, president, board of di-
                             when little is expected of its leaders. This                   rectors, National Pork Producers Council; Craig
                             isn’t one of those times. This is a time that                  Lang, president, board of directors, Iowa Farm
                             requires firm resolve, steadfast purpose, and                  Bureau; Col. Muammar Abu Minyar al-Qadhafi,
                             a deep belief in the values that make us a                     leader of Libya; and Prime Minister Junichiro
                                                                                            Koizumi of Japan. He also referred to the Con-
                             great nation.                                                  servation Reserve Program (CRP), administered
                                 None of us will ever forget that week when                 by the Farm Service Agency, United States De-
                             one era ended and another began. I stood                       partment of Agriculture.
                             in the ruins of the Twin Towers on Sep-
                             tember the 14th, 2001. It’s a day I’ll never
                             forget. There were workers in hardhats                         Remarks in Columbus, Ohio
                             yelling at me at the top of their lungs, ‘‘What-               September 1, 2004
                             ever it takes.’’ I remember thanking people
                             for their hard work, and a guy grabbed me                         The President. Thanks for coming. Thank
                             by the arm, and he looked me in the eye                        you all very much. What a warm welcome.
                             with his bloodshot eyes, and he said, ‘‘Do                     It doesn’t get any better than being intro-
                             not let me down.’’                                             duced by Jack Nicklaus in Columbus, Ohio.
                                 I have a duty that has gone on since that                  While you were cheering, I asked him if he
                             day. I wake up every morning trying to best                    had any advice for my golf game. He said,
                             determine how to protect our country. I will                   ‘‘Quit.’’ [Laughter] I’m so honored to be here
                             never relent in defending America, whatever                    with Jack and Barbara Nicklaus. He is a—
                             it takes.                                                      what a class act. And I’m proud to have him
                                 We’ve come through a lot together. We’ve                   endorse my candidacy for the Presidency of
                             done a lot of hard work. There’s more to be                    the United States.




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                                Jack said he and Barbara are from Colum-                    Blue Jackets. He said, ‘‘Do you have any ad-
                             bus—so am I. My grandfather was raised                         vice?’’ I said, ‘‘I cannot skate.’’ [Laughter]
                             right here in Columbus, Ohio. So I’m here                      But I appreciate the hospitality.
                             to ask that you send a home-boy back to                           I want to thank Chris Spielman for being
                             Washington, DC.                                                here as well. I’m honored he’s here. I appre-
                                I’m thrilled to be traveling today with                     ciate the Pickering Central High marching
                             Laura. She raised the bar last night. What                     band for joining us today. I’ll try to keep my
                             a fantastic speech she gave. I’m going to give                 speech short so you can get home and do
                             you some reasons why I think you ought to                      your homework.
                             put me back in, but perhaps the most impor-                       Audience members. No-o-o!
                             tant one is to put her back in for 4 more                         The President. I want to thank the folks
                             years.                                                         who put this on, this fantastic rally on. I know
                                I appreciate you all coming. I’m here to                    it takes hard work to get this many people
                             ask for the vote. See, I believe you’ve got                    here. But thanks for all you’re doing. I’m
                             to come to the people and ask for their vote.                  here to let you know that I’ve got a clear
                             I’m here to let you know I’m going to lay                      vision and strong determination to make this
                             out a vision tomorrow night for a safer world
                                                                                            country a safer place, a stronger place, and
                             and a more hopeful America, that we have
                                                                                            a better place for every American.
                             done a lot—[applause].
                                I’m here to ask for your help as well. You                     In the past few years, we’ve been through
                             can’t win an election alone. I need you to                     a lot together, and we’ve accomplished a lot.
                             help register your friends and neighbors. Get                  But the only reason to look back in a cam-
                             on the Internet at georgewbush.com and find                    paign is to determine who best to lead us
                             out how you can volunteer for this campaign.                   forward. Even though we’ve done a lot, I’m
                             For those of you who are volunteering, I                       here to tell you there’s more to do. There’s
                             want to thank you very much for the work                       more to do to make this country a hopeful
                             you’ve done and the work you’re going to                       country for every citizen.
                             do. There is no question in my mind, with                         We’ve got more to do to make sure the
                             your hard work, we will carry Ohio again and                   public schools in America are centers of ex-
                             win this country.                                              cellence we know they can be. When I went
                                I’m looking forward to hearing my superb                    to office—got into office a couple of years
                             runningmate’s speech tonight. Dick Cheney                      ago, too many of our schools were shuffling
                             is a solid citizen. He’s got good judgment and                 children through, grade after grade, year
                             sound advice. He’s a man who can get the                       after year, without them learning the basics.
                             job done.                                                      We challenged the soft bigotry of low expec-
                                I’m thankful that Barbara Nicklaus and son                  tations in the public schools in America.
                             Gary Nicklaus are traveling with Jack today.                   We’ve raised the standards. We believe in
                             I want to thank both of them for joining us.                   local control of schools. And we believe in
                                I appreciate my friend Senator Mike                         return for Federal money, people must show
                             DeWine joining us today. He’s a fine United                    us whether or not the children can read and
                             States Senator. You know, we’ve been trav-                     write and add and subtract, because we ex-
                             eling your State by bus, and old Mike showed                   pect every child to learn in America. Because
                             up every time. He’s out there shaking those                    we’re measuring and correcting problems
                             hands and waving to the crowds. I appreciate                   early, before it’s too late, the achievement
                             his friendship. I also want to urge you to put                 gap in America is closing.
                             George Voinovich back into office as your                         But there’s more work to be done. We’ve
                             United States Senator. I’m proud that my                       got to make sure the Internet is in our high
                             friend Congresswoman Deborah Pryce is                          school classrooms. We need to have early
                             with us. She is a fine Member of the House                     intervention programs for junior high and
                             of Representatives.                                            high school students, so they’re not left be-
                                I want to thank John McConnell for open-                    hind. We got to make sure AP courses are
                             ing up this beautiful hall. He’s a great citizen               expanded. We got to make sure we teach
                             of this community who owns the Columbus                        more math and science in the high schools




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                             so that kids can compete in this global econ-                  not by Government officials in Washington,
                             omy. We want to make sure the high school                      DC.
                             diploma means something. We’ll increase                           I’m running because I know there’s more
                             Pell grants and loans so when a high school                    to do to make sure this economy continues
                             kid gets out of high school, he’s got a chance                 to grow. Our economy has been through a
                             to go to college. What I’m telling you is, after               lot. We’ve been through a recession. We’ve
                             4 more years, a rising generation will have                    been through the terrorist attacks. We had
                             the confidence and the skills necessary to be                  the corporate scandals. These were obstacles
                             able to find a job in America.                                 in the way for good economic growth, but
                                We’ve got more to do to make such health                    we’ve overcome the obstacles because Amer-
                             care is available and affordable. When I came                  ica’s workers are the finest in the world.
                             to office, too many older Americans could                      We’ve overcome these obstacles because
                             not afford prescription drugs, and Medicare
                                                                                            we’ve got great farmers and ranchers in
                             didn’t pay for them. You might remember
                                                                                            America. We’ve overcome these obstacles
                             those old Medicare debates. Matter of fact,
                             they used to call it ‘‘Mediscare,’’ and the sys-               because the entrepreneurial spirit is strong.
                             tem was getting old. See, we’d pay $100,000                    The small-business sector of our economy is
                             for a heart operation in Medicare but                          thriving in this country. We’ve overcome
                             wouldn’t pay for the medicine to prevent the                   these obstacles because of well-timed tax
                             heart operation from happening in the first                    cuts.
                             place. I went to Washington with the desire                       We didn’t pick winners or losers when it
                             to improve Medicare for our seniors, and we                    came time for tax cuts. We said, ‘‘If you’re
                             got the job done.                                              paying taxes, you ought to get relief.’’ That’s
                                We’re expanding community health cen-                       the fair way to do it. We also increased the
                             ters for low-income Americans. We’ve cre-                      child credit to help moms and dads. We re-
                             ated health savings accounts so families can                   duced the marriage penalty. I believe the Tax
                             save tax-free for their own health care needs.                 Code ought to encourage marriage, not pe-
                             Most people get their insurance through                        nalize marriage. We helped our small busi-
                             their places of work. Most new jobs are cre-                   nesses; this time the check actually was in
                             ated by small businesses. Many small busi-                     the mail.
                             nesses are having trouble affording health                        Because we acted, our economy has been
                             care. To make sure American families get                       growing at rates as fast as any in nearly 20
                             health care, small businesses must be allowed                  years. Because we acted, over the past 12
                             to join together to purchase insurance at the                  months we’ve added 1.5 million new jobs.
                             discounts that big companies are able to get.                  Because we acted, the national unemploy-
                                There’s more work to be done to make                        ment rate is 5.5 percent, well below the na-
                             sure health care is accessible and affordable.                 tional average of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.
                             We’ll harness technology to reduce costs and
                                                                                               I fully understand we still face challenges
                             prevent costly mistakes. We’ll expand re-
                                                                                            in manufacturing communities and places
                             search to find new cures. In order to make
                                                                                            like Youngstown and some other parts of
                             sure your health care system here is a viable
                             health care, we must get rid of the frivolous                  your great State—Canton. I’ve been to those
                             lawsuits that are running your docs out of                     communities. I know there are workers wor-
                             business. See, I don’t think you can be pro-                   ried about their future. I’ve got a plan to con-
                             doctor and pro-patient and pro-plaintiff-at-                   tinue the economic vitality of this State and
                             torney at the same time. I think you have                      this country. I will not rest so long as anybody
                             to make a choice. My opponent made his                         in your State who wants to work cannot find
                             choice, and he put him on the ticket. I made                   a job. I’m running because I know there’s
                             my choice. I am for medical liability re-                      more to do to create economic vitality.
                             form—now.                                                         And to keep jobs here in America, this
                                In all we do to improve health care in this                 country must have an energy strategy that
                             country, we will make sure that health deci-                   makes us less dependent on foreign sources
                             sions are made by patients and doctors and                     of energy. I submitted a plan to the United




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                             States Congress that encourages conserva-                      ‘‘tax the rich.’’ It means the rich dodge, and
                             tion, encourages alternative sources of en-                    you get stuck with the bill. But we’re not
                             ergy, encourages clean coal technology, en-                    going to let him do it. We’re going to carry
                             courages environmentally sensitive explo-                      Ohio and this country in November.
                             ration for natural gas. It’s a reasonable plan.                    We have more to do to wage and win the
                             It’s stuck in the Congress. They need to get                   war against terror. America’s future depends
                             it to my desk so we can keep jobs here in                      on our willingness to lead in this world. If
                             this country.                                                  America shows weakness or uncertainty in
                                In order to keep jobs here in America, we                   this decade, the world will drift toward trag-
                             need tort reform and regulatory relief. In                     edy. This will not happen on my watch.
                             order to keep jobs here in America, we must                        The world changed on a terrible Sep-
                             make sure our trade policies are fair. We’ve                   tember morning, and since that day, we have
                             opened up our markets, and it’s good for you                   changed the world. Before September the
                             that we’ve done so. See, if you’ve got more                    11th, Afghanistan served as the home base
                             to choose from, you’re more likely to get a                    of Al Qaida, which trained and deployed
                             better product at a better price. But it’s only                thousands of killers to set up terror cells in
                             fair if other countries treat us the way they                  dozens of countries, including our own. Be-
                             treat them. The best trade policy is to open                   cause we acted, Afghanistan is a rising de-
                             up their markets. The best trade policy is to                  mocracy. Because we acted, over 10 million
                             enforce trade laws. The best trade policy is                   Afghan citizens have registered to vote in the
                             to say, ‘‘Treat us the way we treat you.’’ We                  upcoming Presidential elections. Because we
                             can compete with anybody, anywhere, any-                       acted, many young girls go to school for the
                             time, if the rules are fair.                                   first time in Afghanistan. Because we acted,
                                In order to keep jobs in America, we must                   Afghanistan is an ally in the war on terror,
                             have a lifetime of learning opportunity for                    and America and the world are safer.
                             American workers. I’m a big believer in the                        Before September the 11th, Libya was
                             community college system. I believe they                       spending millions to acquire weapons of mass
                             make a lot of sense. It’s a good use of tax-                   destruction. Today, because America and our
                             payers’ money to encourage and help work-                      allies have sent a strong and clear message,
                             ers retrain for the jobs which will be created                 Libya has abandoned its pursuit of weapons
                             in the 21st century. If we help our workers                    of mass destruction, and America and the
                             find the skills necessary to fill the jobs, this               world are safer.
                             economy will continue to grow and people                           Before September the 11th, the ruler of
                             will be able to realize their hopes and aspira-                Iraq was a sworn enemy of America. He was
                             tions.                                                         defying the world. He was firing weapons at
                                In order for this economy to continue to                    American pilots enforcing the world’s sanc-
                             grow and for jobs to stay in America, we must                  tions. He had pursued and he had used
                             be wise about how we spend your money,                         weapons of mass destruction. He harbored
                             and we must keep your taxes low. Running                       terrorists. He invaded his neighbors. He sub-
                             up the taxes on the working people and the                     sidized the families of suicide bombers. Sad-
                             small-business owners and the farmers and                      dam Hussein and his henchmen murdered
                             ranchers of America would hurt this eco-                       tens of thousands of his own citizens. He was
                             nomic recovery. I’m running against a fellow                   a source of great instability in the world’s
                             who has already promised over $2 trillion of                   most volatile region. Saddam Hussein was a
                             new Federal spending.                                          threat. And one of the important lessons of
                                Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                  September the 11th, a lesson this country
                                The President. And we’ve still got 60 days                  must never forget, is that we must take
                             to go in the campaign. [Laughter] No telling                   threats seriously, before they fully mate-
                             what’s going to happen coming down the                         rialize.
                             stretch. So they said, ‘‘How are you going                         So I went to the United States Congress.
                             to pay for it?’’ He said, ‘‘Oh, I’ll just tax the              I said, ‘‘I see a threat.’’ They looked at the
                             rich.’’ Yes, we have heard that before in                      same intelligence, remembered the same his-
                             American politics. You know what it means,                     tory of Saddam Hussein, and came to the




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                             same conclusion—Saddam Hussein was a                           foreign fighters in Iraq and Afghanistan and
                             threat—and authorized the use of force. My                     elsewhere. You cannot talk sense to these
                             opponent looked at the same intelligence and                   people. You cannot negotiate with them. You
                             came to the same conclusion.                                   cannot hope for the best with them. We must
                                The President must try all options to re-                   aggressively pursue them around the world
                             solve a threat before he commits troops into                   so we do not have to face them here at home.
                             combat, and so I went to the United Nations.                      America will continue to lead the world
                             I said, ‘‘I see a threat.’’ They looked at the                 with confidence and moral clarity. We put
                             intelligence, the same intelligence. They re-                  together a strong coalition to help us defeat
                             membered the same history, and with a 15-                      terror. There’s nearly 40 nations involved in
                             to-nothing vote in the United Nations Secu-                    Afghanistan, some 30 nations involved in
                             rity Council, said to Saddam Hussein, ‘‘Dis-                   Iraq. Over the next 4 years, we’ll continue
                             close, disarm, or face serious consequences.’’                 to build on the alliances and work with our
                             The world spoke.                                               friends for the cause of security and peace.
                                But as he had for over a decade, Saddam                     But I will never turn over America’s national
                             Hussein defied the demands of the free                         security decisions to leaders of other coun-
                             world. When we sent inspectors, or when the                    tries.
                             U.N. sent inspectors into Iraq, he systemati-                     We’ll keep our commitments in Afghani-
                             cally deceived them. So I have a choice to                     stan and Iraq. We’ve set clear goals, peaceful
                             make at this point in our history: Do I forget                 and democratic countries that are allies in
                             the lessons of September the 11th and take                     the war on terror. It’s our interest that those
                             the word of a madman, or take action to de-                    countries become peaceful and democratic
                             fend our country? Given that choice, I will                    countries. It’s in our interest that they be-
                             defend America.                                                come allies in the war on terror.
                                Even though we did not find the stockpiles                     They’re run by strong leaders now. Our
                             that we expected to find, Saddam had the                       military will help them on their way to the
                             capability of making weapons of mass de-                       political process that the people demand.
                             struction, and he could have passed that ca-                   We’ll help train Iraqis and Afghan citizens
                             pability on to the enemy. That is not a risk                   so they can do the hard work of defending
                             we could afford to take after September the                    their democracy. Our troops will complete
                             11th. Knowing what I know today, I would                       this mission as quickly as possible so they do
                             have made the same decision. America and                       not have to stay a day longer than necessary.
                             the world are safer with Saddam Hussein sit-                      In these crucial times, our commitments
                             ting in a prison cell.                                         are kept by the fine men and women of the
                                And now, almost 2 years after he voted                      United States military. At bases across our
                             for the war in Iraq and 7 months after switch-                 country and around the world, I’ve had the
                             ing positions to declare himself the antiwar                   privilege of meeting with them. I’ve seen
                             candidate, my opponent has found a new nu-                     their unselfish courage and their great de-
                             ance. He now agrees it was the right decision                  cency. I appreciate the veterans who are here
                             to go into Iraq. After months of questioning                   today for having set such a great example for
                             my motives and even my credibility, my op-                     those who wear our uniform.
                             ponent now agrees with me that even though                        I made a commitment to our troops and
                             we didn’t find the stockpiles we thought we                    to the loved ones of our troops that they will
                             would find, knowing everything we know                         have the resources they need to fight and
                             today, he would have voted to go into Iraq                     win this war against the terrorists. Last Sep-
                             and remove Saddam Hussein from power. I                        tember, while our troops were in combat in
                             appreciate him clearing all this up. But I cau-                Afghanistan and Iraq, I proposed supple-
                             tion you, there’s still 62 days left for him to                mental funding to support them in their mis-
                             change his mind.                                               sion. This legislation provided funding for
                                I’m running because I understand we have                    body armor, vital equipment, hazard pay,
                             more to do to make this country secure. We                     health benefits, ammunition, fuel, and spare
                             will continue to work with friends and allies                  parts. It was an important funding request,
                             around the world to pursue the terrorists and                  and it received significant bipartisan support.




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                             As a matter of fact, so strong that only 12                    hard to protect us. I want to thank the first-
                             Members of the United States Senate voted                      responders who are here today. I want to
                             against it, 2 of whom are my opponent and                      thank you for your dedication.
                             his runningmate.                                                  The cooperation has never been better be-
                                Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                  tween the Federal, State, and the local gov-
                                The President. So they asked him to ex-                     ernment. We’re working hard to make sure
                             plain his vote. And here’s actually what he                    we get the best intelligence-gathering capa-
                             said: ‘‘I actually did vote for the $87 billion,               bility. It’s important that we know the move-
                             before I voted against it.’’ [Laughter] Yes.                   ments of the enemy. And so we’re pushing
                             Now he’s offering different explanations.                      for reforms for intelligence-gathering. It’s es-
                             They said—he said he’s proud of his vote.                      sential that we renew the PATRIOT Act so
                             And they kept pressing him, and he said,                       law enforcement has the tools necessary to
                             ‘‘Well, the whole thing was a complicated                      find and disrupt terrorist activity in the
                             matter.’’ There’s nothing complicated about                    United States. We’ve been pushing hard for
                             supporting our troops in combat.                               reforms to make sure we better guard our
                                In the long run, our security is not guaran-                borders and safeguard our ports. We created
                             teed by force alone. We must work to change                    the Department of Homeland Security.
                             the conditions that give rise to terror, poverty                  These reforms are hard in Washington.
                             and hopelessness and resentment. A free and                    See, there’s a lot of entrenched interests
                             peaceful Iraq and a free and peaceful Af-
                                                                                            there, a lot of people who like the status quo.
                             ghanistan will serve as powerful examples of
                                                                                            It’s not enough to advocate reform; you have
                             liberty in a neighborhood that is desperate
                                                                                            to be able to get the job done. So when
                             for freedom. Free countries do not export
                                                                                            you’re out campaigning, remind people that
                             terror. Free countries listen to the dreams
                                                                                            when it comes to reforming schools, raising
                             of their people.
                                By serving the cause of liberty, we’re help-                the bar, and closing that achievement gap,
                             ing others, and we’re making our country                       we’re getting the job done. When it comes
                             more secure. By serving the cause of liberty,                  to health care reforms and helping our sen-
                             we’re helping to spread the peace that we                      iors with modern health, we’re getting the
                             all want. By serving the cause of liberty, we’re               job done. When it comes to improving our
                             serving the deepest ideals of our country.                     economy and growing jobs so people can find
                             Freedom is not America’s gift to the world.                    work, we’re getting the job done. When it
                             Freedom is the Almighty God’s gift to every                    comes to better securing the homeland and
                             man and woman in this world.                                   defeating the terrorists and spreading free-
                                We have more to do to protect our coun-                     dom and peace, we’re getting the job done.
                             try. Enemies who hate us are still plotting                    And when you’re out there working hard to
                             to harm us. We have a difference of opinion                    garner the vote and gather the vote, tell
                             on these terrorists. My opponent said that                     them, when it comes time to choose a Presi-
                             going to war with the terrorists is actually                   dent, put somebody in there who can get the
                             improving their recruiting efforts. I think the                job done.
                             logic is upside-down. If you ever hear that,                      Tomorrow night I’m going to talk about
                             tell your friends and neighbors that during                    how this world of ours is changing, and Gov-
                             the 1990s, the terrorists were recruiting and                  ernment must change with the changing
                             training for war with us, long before we went                  world to make people’s lives easier, to give
                             to war with them. These people don’t need                      people a chance to be able to realize the full
                             an excuse for their hatred. I think it’s wrong                 promise of tomorrow. Changing times are
                             to blame America for the anger and the evil                    difficult times. And one way to help add se-
                             of the killers. We don’t create terrorists by                  curity to people’s lives during changing times
                             fighting back. We will defeat the terrorists                   is to promote an ownership society. See, if
                             by fighting back.                                              you own your own health care account and
                                There are a lot of really fine people at the                you change jobs, you’ll have the security of
                             Federal level, the State level, and first-re-                  being able to take it with you from job to
                             sponders at the local level who are working                    job.




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                                We’ve got a lot of younger folks here today.                about it. If you’re a CEO in corporate Amer-
                             And I appreciate you coming. Baby boomers                      ica, you are responsible for telling the truth
                             like me are in good shape when it comes                        to your shareholders and your employees.
                             to Social Security. The system is sound for                    And in a responsibility society, each of us
                             people like me and older. But if you’re a                      is responsible for loving our neighbor just like
                             younger worker, you better listen carefully                    we’d like to be loved ourselves.
                             to the debate about the retirement systems                         For all Americans, these years in our his-
                             here in America. I believe younger workers                     tory will stand apart. You know, there are
                             ought to be able to take some of their own                     quiet times in the life of a nation when little
                             tax money and create a personal savings ac-                    is expected of its leaders. This isn’t one of
                             count as a part of Social Security.                            those times. This is a time that requires firm
                                We’ll continue to create an environment                     resolve, clear vision, and an unyielding belief
                             so that people are willing to take risk and                    in the values that make this country a won-
                             create their own small business. We want                       derful land.
                             more small-business owners in America. One                         None of us will ever forget that week when
                             of the most hopeful statistics is the fact that                one era ended and another began. On Sep-
                             today the homeownership rate is at an alltime                  tember the 14th, 2001, I stood in the ruins
                             high in America. During changing times,                        of the Twin Towers. It’s a day I will never
                             owning your own home brings stability in                       forget. There were workers in hardhats
                             your life. See, we’re going to continue to pro-                yelling at me at the top of their lungs, ‘‘What-
                             mote an ownership society in America be-                       ever it takes.’’ I was thanking people for their
                             cause it brings stability during changing                      work, and a fellow looked me right in the
                             times, but also because I understand when                      eye, and he said, ‘‘Do not let me down.’’
                             a person owns something, they have a vital                         Since that day, I have a duty that has gone
                             stake in the future of our country.                            on. I wake up every morning trying to figure
                                In a time of change, there’s some things                    out how best to protect our country. I will
                             that won’t change: the individual values we                    never relent in defending America, whatever
                             try to live by, courage and compassion, rev-                   it takes.
                             erence and integrity; our belief in liberty and                    Audience members. Four more years!
                             opportunity, and the nonnegotiable demands                     Four more years! Four more years!
                             of human dignity. In changing times, we                            The President. We have come through
                             must value the institutions that give us direc-                much together. We have done a lot of hard
                             tion and purposes, our families, our schools,                  work. We’re moving this country forward,
                             our religious congregations.                                   but there’s more work to be done. During
                                We believe and stand for institutions like                  the next 4 years, we will spread ownership
                             marriage and family, which are the founda-                     and hope and opportunity to every corner
                             tions of our society. We stand for a culture                   of this country—I mean every corner. We
                             of life in which every person matters and                      will pass the enduring values of this country
                             every person counts. We stand for judges                       on to a younger generation. We will continue
                             who faithfully interpret the law instead of                    to spread freedom and peace.
                             legislating from the bench.                                        You know, when I campaigned across your
                                We stand for a culture of responsibility.                   State 4 years ago, I said if you gave me the
                             You know, the culture is changing from one                     great honor of serving as President, I would
                             that says, ‘‘If it feels good, do it,’’ and ‘‘If               uphold the honor and the dignity of the of-
                             you’ve got a problem, blame somebody else,’’                   fice. And with your hard work and with your
                             to a culture in which of us understands we’re                  help, I will do so for 4 more years.
                             responsible for the decisions we make in life.                     God bless. Thank you all for coming.
                             If you are fortunate enough to be a mother                     Thank you all.
                             or a father, you’re responsible for loving your
                             child with all your heart and all your soul.                   NOTE: The President spoke at 5:18 p.m. at the
                             If you’re worried about the quality of the                     Nationwide Arena. In his remarks, he referred to
                             education in the community in which you                        professional golfer Jack Nicklaus and his wife,
                             live, you’re responsible for doing something                   Barbara, and their son, professional golfer Gary




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                             Nicklaus; and former professional football player                 My father served 8 years at the side of
                             Chris Spielman.                                                another great American, Ronald Reagan. His
                                                                                            spirit of optimism and good will and decency
                             Remarks Accepting the                                          are in this hall and are in our hearts and will
                                                                                            always define our party.
                             Presidential Nomination at the
                                                                                               Two months from today, voters will make
                             Republican National Convention
                                                                                            a choice based on the records we have built,
                             in New York City                                               the convictions we hold, and the vision that
                             September 2, 2004                                              guides us forward. A Presidential election is
                                                                                            a contest for the future. Tonight I will tell
                                The President. Thank you all. Mr. Chair-                    you where I stand, what I believe, and where
                             man, delegates, fellow citizens: I am honored                  I will lead this country in the next 4 years.
                             by your support, and I accept your nomina-                        I believe every child can learn and every
                             tion for President of the United States.                       school must teach, so we passed the most
                                When I said those words 4 years ago, none                   important Federal education reform in his-
                             of us could have envisioned what these years                   tory. Because we acted, children are making
                             would bring. In the heart of this great city,                  sustained progress in reading and math;
                             we saw tragedy arrive on a quiet morning.                      America’s schools are getting better; and
                             We saw the bravery of rescuers grow with
                                                                                            nothing will hold us back.
                             danger. We learned of passengers on a
                             doomed plane who died with a courage that                         I believe we have a moral responsibility
                             frightened their killers. We have seen a shak-                 to honor America’s seniors, so I brought Re-
                             en economy rise to its feet. And we have seen                  publicans and Democrats together to
                             Americans in uniform storming mountain                         strengthen Medicare. Now seniors are get-
                             strongholds and charging through sand-                         ting immediate help buying medicine; soon
                             storms and liberating millions with acts of                    every senior will be able to get prescription
                             valor that would make the men of Normandy                      drug coverage; and nothing will hold us back.
                             proud.                                                            I believe in the energy and innovative spir-
                                Since 2001, Americans have been given                       it of America’s workers, entrepreneurs, farm-
                             hills to climb and found the strength to climb                 ers, and ranchers, so we unleashed that en-
                             them. Now, because we have made the hard                       ergy with the largest tax relief in a genera-
                             journey, we can see the valley below. Now,                     tion. Because we acted, our economy is grow-
                             because we have faced challenges with re-                      ing again and creating jobs, and nothing will
                             solve, we have historic goals within our reach                 hold us back.
                             and greatness in our future. We will build                        I believe the most solemn duty of the
                             a safer world and a more hopeful America,                      American President is to protect the Amer-
                             and nothing will hold us back.                                 ican people. If America shows uncertainty or
                                In the work we have done and the work                       weakness in this decade, the world will drift
                             we will do, I am fortunate to have a superb                    toward tragedy. This will not happen on my
                             Vice President. I have counted on Dick Che-                    watch.
                             ney’s calm and steady judgment in difficult                       I’m running for President with a clear and
                             days, and I am honored to have him at my                       positive plan to build a safer world and a
                             side.                                                          more hopeful America. I’m running with a
                                I am grateful to share my walk in life with                 compassionate conservative philosophy, that
                             Laura Bush. Americans have come to see the                     government should help people improve
                             goodness and kindness and strength I first                     their lives, not try to run their lives. I believe
                             saw 26 years ago, and we love our First Lady.                  this Nation wants steady, consistent, prin-
                                I’m a fortunate father of two spirited, intel-              cipled leadership, and that is why, with your
                             ligent, and lovely young women. I’m blessed                    help, we will win this election.
                             with a sister and brothers who are my closest
                                                                                               Audience members. Four more years!
                             friends. And I will always be the proud and
                                                                                            Four more years! Four more years!
                             grateful son of George and Barbara Bush.




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                                 The President. The story of America is                     American people deserve—and our eco-
                             the story of expanding liberty, an ever-wid-                   nomic future demands—a simpler, fairer,
                             ening circle, constantly growing to reach fur-                 progrowth system. In a new term, I will lead
                             ther and include more. Our Nation’s found-                     a bipartisan effort to reform and simplify the
                             ing commitment is still our deepest commit-                    Federal Tax Code.
                             ment: In our world and here at home, we                           Another priority in a new term will be to
                             will extend the frontiers of freedom.                          help workers take advantage of the expand-
                                 The times in which we work and live are                    ing economy to find better and higher paying
                             changing dramatically. The workers of our                      jobs. In this time of change, many workers
                             parents’ generation typically had one job, one                 want to go back to school to learn different
                             skill, one career, often with one company that                 or higher level skills. So we will double the
                             provided health care and a pension. And                        number of people served by our principal job
                             most of those workers were men. Today,                         training program and increase funding for
                             workers change jobs, even careers, many                        our community colleges. I know that with the
                             times during their lives. And in one of the                    right skills, American workers can compete
                             most dramatic shifts our society has seen,                     with anyone, anywhere in the world.
                             two-thirds of all moms also work outside the                      In this time of change, opportunity in
                             home.                                                          some communities is more distant than in
                                 This changed world can be a time of great                  others. To stand with workers in poor com-
                             opportunity for all Americans to earn a better                 munities and those that have lost manufac-
                             living, support your family, and have a re-                    turing, textile, and other jobs, we will create
                             warding career. And Government must take                       American opportunity zones. In these areas,
                             your side. Many of our most fundamental sys-                   we will provide tax relief and other incentives
                             tems, the Tax Code, health coverage, pension                   to attract new business and improve housing
                             plans, worker training, were created for the                   and job training to bring hope and work
                             world of yesterday, not tomorrow. We will                      throughout all of America.
                             transform these systems so that all citizens                      As I’ve traveled the country, I’ve met many
                             are equipped, prepared—and thus truly                          workers and small-business owners who have
                             free—to make your own choices and pursue                       told me that they are worried they cannot
                             your own dreams.                                               afford health care. More than half of the un-
                                 My plan begins with providing the security                 insured are small-business employees and
                             and opportunity of a growing economy. We                       their families. In a new term, we must allow
                             now compete in a global market that provides                   small firms to join together to purchase insur-
                             new buyers for our goods but new competi-                      ance at the discounts available to big compa-
                             tion for our workers. To create more jobs                      nies.
                             in America, America must be the best place                        We will offer a tax credit to encourage
                             in the world to do business. To create jobs,                   small businesses and their employees to set
                             my plan will encourage investment and ex-                      up health savings accounts and provide direct
                             pansion by restraining Federal spending, re-                   help for low-income Americans to purchase
                             ducing regulation, and making the tax relief                   them. These accounts give workers the secu-
                             permanent. To create jobs, we will make our                    rity of insurance against major illness, the op-
                             country less dependent on foreign sources of                   portunity to save tax-free for routine health
                             energy. To create jobs, we will expand trade                   expenses, and the freedom of knowing you
                             and level the playing field to sell American                   can take your account with you whenever you
                             goods and services across the globe. And we                    change jobs. We will provide low-income
                             must protect small-business owners and                         Americans with better access to health care.
                             workers from the explosion of frivolous law-                   In a new term, I will ensure every poor coun-
                             suits that threaten jobs across our country.                   ty in America has a community or rural
                                 Another drag on our economy is the cur-                    health center.
                             rent Tax Code, which is a complicated mess,                       As I have traveled our country, I have met
                             filled with special interest loopholes, saddling               too many good doctors, especially ob-gyns,
                             our people with more than 6 billion hours                      who are being forced out of practice because
                             of paperwork and headache every year. The                      of the high cost of lawsuits. To make health




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                             care more affordable and accessible, we must                   people are in charge of their schools. By test-
                             pass medical liability reform now. And in all                  ing every child, we are identifying those who
                             we do to improve health care in America,                       need help, and we are providing a record
                             we will make sure that health decisions are                    level of funding to get them that help. In
                             made by doctors and patients, not by bureau-                   northeast Georgia, Gainesville Elementary
                             crats in Washington, DC.                                       School is mostly Hispanic and 90 percent
                                 In this time of change, Government must                    poor, and this year 90 percent of the students
                             take the side of working families. In a new                    passed State tests in reading and math. The
                             term, we will change outdated labor laws to                    principal expresses the philosophy of his
                             offer comp-time and flex-time. Our laws                        school this way: ‘‘We don’t focus on what we
                             should never stand in the way of a more fam-                   can’t do at this school. We focus on what
                             ily-friendly workplace.                                        we can do, and we do whatever it takes to
                                 Another priority for a new term is to build                get kids across the finish line.’’ See, this prin-
                             an ownership society, because ownership                        cipal is challenging the soft bigotry of low
                             brings security and dignity and independ-                      expectations. And that is the spirit of our
                             ence.                                                          education reform and the commitment of our
                                 Thanks to our policies, homeownership in                   country: No dejaremos a ningun nino atras.
                             America is at an alltime high. Tonight we                      We will leave no child behind.
                             set a new goal: 7 million more affordable                         Audience members. Viva Bush! Viva
                             homes in the next 10 years so more American                    Bush! Viva Bush!
                             families will be able to open the door and                        We are making progress—we are making
                             say, ‘‘Welcome to my home.’’                                   progress, and there is more to do. In this
                                 In an ownership society, more people will                  time of change, most new jobs are filled by
                             own their health care plans and have the con-                  people with at least 2 years of college, yet
                             fidence of owning a piece of their retirement.                 only about one in four students gets there.
                             We’ll always keep the promise of Social Secu-                  In our high schools, we will fund early inter-
                             rity for our older workers. With the huge                      vention programs to help students at risk. We
                             baby boom generation approaching retire-                       will place a new focus on math and science.
                             ment, many of our children and grand-                          As we make progress, we will require a rig-
                             children understandably worry whether So-                      orous exam before graduation. By raising
                             cial Security will be there when they need                     performance in our high schools and expand-
                             it. We must strengthen Social Security by al-                  ing Pell grants for low- and middle-income
                             lowing younger workers to save some of their                   families, we will help more Americans start
                             taxes in a personal account, a nest egg you                    their career with a college diploma.
                             can call your own and Government can never                        America’s children must also have a
                             take away.                                                     healthy start in life. In a new term, we will
                                 In all these proposals, we seek to provide                 lead an aggressive effort to enroll millions
                             not just a Government program but a path,                      of poor children who are eligible but not
                             a path to greater opportunity, more freedom,                   signed up for the Government’s health insur-
                             and more control over your own life.                           ance programs. We will not allow a lack of
                                 And the path begins with our youngest                      attention or information to stand between
                             Americans. To build a more hopeful Amer-                       these children and the health care they need.
                             ica, we must help our children reach as far                       Anyone who wants more details on my
                             as their vision and character can take them.                   agenda can find them online. The web ad-
                             Tonight I remind every parent and every                        dress is not very imaginative, but it’s easy to
                             teacher, I say to every child: No matter what                  remember: georgewbush.com.
                             your circumstance, no matter where you live,                      These changing times can be exciting
                             your school will be the path to promise of                     times of expanded opportunity. And here,
                             America.                                                       you face a choice. My opponent’s policies are
                                 We are transforming our schools by raising                 dramatically different from ours. Senator
                             standards and focusing on results. We are in-                  Kerry opposed Medicare reform and health
                             sisting on accountability, empowering par-                     savings accounts. After supporting my edu-
                             ents and teachers, and making sure that local                  cation reforms, he now wants to dilute them.




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                             He opposes legal and medical liability re-                     not the candidate of conservative values. If
                             form. He opposed reducing the marriage                         you gave a speech, as my opponent did, call-
                             penalty, opposed doubling the child credit,                    ing the Reagan Presidency 8 years of ‘‘moral
                             opposed lowering income taxes for all who                      darkness,’’ then you may be a lot of things,
                             pay them.                                                      but the candidate of conservative values is
                                Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                  not one of them.
                                The President. Wait a minute—wait a                            This election will also determine how
                             minute. To be fair, there are some things my                   America responds to the continuing danger
                             opponent is for. [Laughter] He’s proposed                      of terrorism, and you know where I stand.
                             more than $2 trillion in Federal spending so                   Three days after September the 11th, I stood
                             far, and that’s a lot, even for a Senator from                 where Americans died, in the ruins of the
                             Massachusetts. And to pay for that spending,                   Twin Towers. Workers in hardhats were
                             he’s running on a platform of increasing                       shouting to me, ‘‘Whatever it takes.’’ A fellow
                             taxes, and that’s the kind of promise a politi-                grabbed me by the arm, and he said, ‘‘Do
                             cian usually keeps. [Laughter]                                 not let me down.’’ Since that day, I wake
                                His tax—his policies of tax and spend, of                   up every morning thinking about how to bet-
                             expanding Government rather than expand-                       ter protect our country. I will never relent
                             ing opportunity, are the politics of the past.                 in defending America, whatever it takes.
                             We are on the path to the future, and we’re                       Audience members. U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
                             not turning back.
                                                                                            U.S.A.!
                                Audience members. Four more years!
                                                                                               The President. So we have fought the ter-
                             Four more years! Four more years!
                                                                                            rorists across the Earth—not for pride, not
                                The President. In this world of change,
                             some things do not change, the values we                       for power, but because the lives of our citi-
                             try to live by, the institutions that give our                 zens are at stake. Our strategy is clear. We
                             lives meaning and purpose. Our society rests                   have tripled funding for homeland security
                             on a foundation of responsibility and char-                    and trained a half a million first-responders,
                             acter and family commitment.                                   because we are determined to protect our
                                Because family and work are sources of                      homeland. We are transforming our military
                             stability and dignity, I support welfare reform                and reforming and strengthening our intel-
                             that strengthens family and requires work.                     ligence services. We are staying on the offen-
                             Because a caring society will value its weakest                sive, striking terrorists abroad so we do not
                             members, we must make a place for the un-                      have to face them here at home. And we
                             born child. Because religious charities pro-                   are working to advance liberty in the broader
                             vide a safety net of mercy and compassion,                     Middle East, because freedom will bring a
                             our Government must never discriminate                         future of hope and the peace we all want.
                             against them. Because the union of a man                       And we will prevail.
                             and woman deserves an honored place in our                        Our strategy is succeeding.
                             society, I support the protection of marriage                     Audience members. Four more years!
                             against activist judges, and I will continue to                Four more years! Four more years!
                             appoint Federal judges who know the dif-                          The President. Four years ago, Afghani-
                             ference between personal opinion and the                       stan was the home base of Al Qaida; Pakistan
                             strict interpretation of the law.                              was a transit point for terrorist groups; Saudi
                                My opponent recently announced that he                      Arabia was fertile ground for terrorist fund-
                             is the conservative—the candidate of ‘‘con-                    raising; Libya was secretly pursuing nuclear
                             servative values’’—must have come as a sur-                    weapons; Iraq was a gathering threat; and Al
                             prise to a lot of his supporters. [Laughter]                   Qaida was largely unchallenged as it planned
                             There’s some problems with this claim. If you                  attacks. Today, the Government of a free Af-
                             say the heart and soul of America is found                     ghanistan is fighting terror; Pakistan is cap-
                             in Hollywood, I’m afraid you are not the can-                  turing terrorist leaders; Saudi Arabia is mak-
                             didate of conservative values. If you voted                    ing raids and arrests; Libya is dismantling its
                             against the bipartisan Defense of Marriage                     weapons programs; the army of a free Iraq
                             Act, which President Clinton signed, you are                   is fighting for freedom; and more than three-




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                             quarters of Al Qaida’s key members and asso-                   a national council, and national elections are
                             ciates have been detained or killed. We have                   scheduled for January. Our Nation is stand-
                             led; many have joined; and America and the                     ing with the people of Afghanistan and Iraq,
                             world are safer.                                               because when America gives its word, Amer-
                                This progress involved careful diplomacy,                   ica must keep its word.
                             clear moral purpose, and some tough deci-                         As importantly, we are serving a vital and
                             sions. And the toughest came on Iraq. We                       historic cause that will make our country
                             knew Saddam Hussein’s record of aggression                     safer. Free societies in the Middle East will
                             and support for terror. We knew his long his-                  be hopeful societies which no longer feed
                             tory of pursuing, even using weapons of mass                   resentments and breed violence for export.
                             destruction. And we know that September                        Free governments in the Middle East will
                             the 11th requires our country to think dif-                    fight terrorists instead of harboring them,
                             ferently. We must and we will confront                         and that helps us keep the peace. So our mis-
                             threats to America before it is too late.                      sion in Afghanistan and Iraq is clear: We will
                                In Saddam Hussein, we saw a threat.                         help new leaders to train their armies and
                             Members of both political parties, includ-                     move toward elections and get on the path
                             ing——                                                          of stability and democracy as quickly as pos-
                                Audience members. U.S.A.! U.S.A.!                           sible. And then our troops will return home
                             U.S.A.!                                                        with the honor they have earned.
                                The President. Members of both political                       Our troops know the historic importance
                             parties, including my opponent and his                         of our work. One Army specialist wrote
                             runningmate, saw the threat and voted to au-                   home: ‘‘We are transforming a once sick soci-
                             thorize the use of force. We went to the                       ety into a hopeful place.’’ ‘‘The various ter-
                             United Nations Security Council, which                         rorist enemies we are facing in Iraq,’’ he con-
                             passed a unanimous resolution demanding                        tinued, ‘‘are really aiming at you back in the
                             the dictator disarm or face serious con-                       United States. This is a test of will for our
                             sequences. Leaders in the Middle East urged                    country. We soldiers of yours are doing great
                             him to comply. After more than a decade                        and scoring victories and confronting the evil
                             of diplomacy, we gave Saddam Hussein an-                       terrorists.’’
                             other chance, a final chance, to meet his re-                     That young man is right. Our men and
                             sponsibilities to the civilized world. He again                women in uniform are doing a superb job
                             refused, and I faced the kind of decision that                 for America. Tonight I want to speak to all
                             comes only to the Oval Office, a decision no                   of them and to their families: You are in-
                             President would ask for but must be pre-                       volved in a struggle of historic proportion.
                             pared to make: Do I forget the lessons of                      Because of your service and sacrifice, we are
                             September the 11th and take the word of                        defeating the terrorists where they live and
                             a madman, or do I take action to defend our                    plan, and you’re making America safer. Be-
                             country? Faced with that choice, I will de-                    cause of you, women in Afghanistan are no
                             fend America every time.                                       longer shot in a sports stadium. Because of
                                Audience members. U.S.A.! U.S.A.!                           you, the people of Iraq no longer fear being
                             U.S.A.!                                                        executed and left in mass graves. Because of
                                The President. Because we acted to de-                      you, the world is more just and will be more
                             fend our country, the murderous regimes of                     peaceful. We owe you our thanks, and we
                             Saddam Hussein and the Taliban are history,                    owe you something more. We will give you
                             more than 50 million people have been liber-                   all the resources, all the tools, and all the
                             ated, and democracy is coming to the broad-                    support you need for victory.
                             er Middle East. In Afghanistan, terrorists                        Again, my opponent and I have different
                             have done everything they can to intimidate                    approaches. I proposed and the Congress
                             people, yet more than 10 million citizens                      overwhelmingly passed $87 billion in funding
                             have registered to vote in the October Presi-                  needed by our troops doing battle in Afghani-
                             dential election, a resounding endorsement                     stan and Iraq. My opponent and his
                             for democracy. Despite ongoing acts of vio-                    runningmate voted against this money for
                             lence, Iraq now has a strong Prime Minister,                   bullets and fuel and vehicles and body armor.




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                                Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                  because freedom is their greatest fear. And
                                The President. When asked to explain his                    they should be afraid, because freedom is on
                             vote, the Senator said, ‘‘I actually did vote                  the march.
                             for the $87 billion, before I voted against it.’’                 I believe in the transformational power of
                                Audience members. Flip-flop! Flip-flop!                     liberty. The wisest use of American strength
                             Flip-flop!                                                     is to advance freedom. As the citizens of Af-
                                The President. Then he said he was proud                    ghanistan and Iraq seize the moment, their
                             of that vote. Then, when pressed, he said it                   example will send a message of hope
                             was a complicated matter. There’s nothing                      throughout a vital region. Palestinians will
                             complicated about supporting our troops in                     hear the message that democracy and reform
                             combat.                                                        are within their reach, and so is peace with
                                Our allies also know the historic impor-                    our good friend Israel. Young women across
                             tance of our work. About 40 nations stand                      the Middle East will hear the message that
                             beside us in Afghanistan and some 30 in Iraq.                  their day of equality and justice is coming.
                             I deeply appreciate the courage and wise                       Young men will hear the message that na-
                             counsel of leaders like Prime Minister How-                    tional progress and dignity are found in lib-
                             ard, President Kwasniewski, Prime Minister                     erty, not tyranny and terror. Reformers and
                             Berlusconi, and, of course, Prime Minister                     political prisoners and exiles will hear the
                             Tony Blair.                                                    message that their dream of freedom cannot
                                Again, my opponent takes a different ap-                    be denied forever. And as freedom advances,
                             proach. In the midst of war, he has called                     heart by heart and nation by nation, America
                             American allies, quote, ‘‘a coalition of the co-               will be more secure and the world more
                             erced and the bribed.’’ That would be nations                  peaceful.
                             like Great Britain, Poland, Italy, Japan, the                     America has done this kind of work before,
                             Netherlands, Denmark, El Salvador, Aus-                        and there have always been doubters. In
                             tralia, and others, allies that deserve the re-                1946, 18 months after the fall of Berlin to
                             spect of all Americans, not the scorn of a                     Allied forces, a journalist in the New York
                             politician. I respect every soldier from every                 Times wrote this: ‘‘Germany is a land in an
                             country who serves beside us in the hard                       acute stage of economic, political, and moral
                             work of history. America is grateful, and                      crisis. European capitals are frightened. In
                             America will not forget.                                       every military headquarters, one meets
                                The people we have freed won’t forget ei-                   alarmed officials doing their utmost to deal
                             ther. Not long ago, seven Iraqi men came                       with the consequences of the occupation pol-
                             to see me in the Oval Office. They had X’s                     icy that they admit has failed.’’ End quote.
                             branded into their foreheads, and their right                  Maybe that same person is still around, writ-
                             hands had been cut off by Saddam Hussein’s                     ing editorials. Fortunately, we had a resolute
                             secret police, the sadistic punishment for                     President named Truman who, with the
                             imaginary crimes. During our emotional visit,                  American people, persevered, knowing that
                             one of the Iraqi men used his new prosthetic                   a new democracy at the center of Europe
                             hand to slowly write out, in Arabic, a prayer                  would lead to stability and peace. And be-
                             for God to bless America. I am proud that                      cause that generation of Americans held firm
                             our country remains the hope of the op-                        in the cause of liberty, we live in a better
                             pressed and the greatest force for good on                     and safer world today.
                             this Earth.                                                       The progress we and our friends and allies
                                Others understand the historic importance                   seek in the broader Middle East will not
                             of our work. The terrorists know. They know                    come easily or all at once. Yet Americans,
                             that a vibrant, successful democracy at the                    of all people, should never be surprised by
                             heart of the Middle East will discredit their                  the power of liberty to transform lives and
                             radical ideology of hate. They know that men                   nations. That power brought settlers on per-
                             and women with hope and purpose and dig-                       ilous journeys, inspired colonies to rebellion,
                             nity do not strap bombs on their bodies and                    ended the sin of slavery, and set our Nation
                             kill the innocent. The terrorists are fighting                 against the tyrannies of the 20th century. We
                             freedom with all their cunning and cruelty                     were honored to aid the rise of democracy




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                           in Germany and Japan and Nicaragua and                          held the children of the fallen, who are told
                           Central Europe and the Baltics, and that                        their dad or mom is a hero but would rather
                           noble story goes on. I believe that America                     just have their mom or dad. I’ve met with
                           is called to lead the cause of freedom in a                     the parents and wives and husbands who
                           new century. I believe that millions in the                     have received a folded flag and said a final
                           Middle East plead in silence for their liberty.                 goodbye to a soldier they loved.
                           I believe that given the chance, they will em-                     I am awed that so many have used those
                           brace the most honorable form of govern-                        meetings to say that I’m in their prayers and
                           ment ever devised by man. I believe all these                   to offer encouragement to me. Where does
                           things because freedom is not America’s gift                    that—strength like that come from? How can
                           to the world; it is the Almighty God’s gift                     people so burdened with sorrow also feel
                           to every man and woman in this world.                           such pride? It is because they know their
                              This moment in the life of our country will                  loved one was last seen doing good, because
                           be remembered. Generations will know if we                      they know that liberty was precious to the
                           kept our faith and kept our word. Genera-                       one they lost. And in those military families,
                           tions will know if we seized this moment and                    I have seen the character of a great nation,
                           used it to build a future of safety and peace.                  decent, idealistic, and strong.
                           The freedom of many and the future security                        The world saw that spirit 3 miles from here
                           of our Nation now depend on us. And to-                         when the people of this city faced peril to-
                           night, my fellow Americans, I ask you to                        gether and lifted a flag over the ruins and
                           stand with me.                                                  defied the enemy with their courage. My fel-
                              Audience members. Four more years!                           low Americans, for as long as our country
                           Four more years! Four more years!                               stands, people will look to the resurrection
                              The President. In the last 4 years, you                      of New York City and they will say, ‘‘Here
                           and I have come to know each other. Even                        buildings fell. Here a nation rose.’’
                           when we don’t agree, at least you know what                        We see America’s character in our military,
                           I believe and where I stand. You may have                       which finds a way or makes one. We see it
                           noticed I have a few flaws too. People some-                    in our veterans, who are supporting military
                           times have to correct my English. [Laughter]                    families in their days of worry. We see it in
                           I knew I had a problem when Arnold                              our young people, who have found heroes
                           Schwarzenegger started doing it. [Laughter]                     once again. We see that character in workers
                           Some folks look at me and see a certain swag-                   and entrepreneurs, who are renewing our
                           ger, which in Texas is called walking. [Laugh-                  economy with their effort and optimism. And
                           ter] Now and then I come across as a little                     all of this has confirmed one belief beyond
                           too blunt, and for that we can all thank the                    doubt: Having come this far, our tested and
                           white-haired lady sitting right up there.                       confident Nation can achieve anything.
                           [Laughter]                                                         To everything we know there is a season,
                              One thing I have learned about the Presi-                    a time for sadness, a time for struggle, a time
                           dency is that whatever shortcomings you                         for rebuilding. And now we have reached a
                           have, people are going to notice them—                          time for hope. This young century will be
                           [laughter]—and whatever strengths you                           liberty’s century. By promoting liberty
                           have, you’re going to need them. These 4                        abroad, we will build a safer world. By en-
                           years have brought moments I could not                          couraging liberty at home, we will build a
                           foresee and will not forget. I’ve tried to com-                 more hopeful America. Like generations be-
                           fort Americans who lost the most on Sep-                        fore us, we have a calling from beyond the
                           tember the 11th, people who showed me a                         stars to stand for freedom. This is the ever-
                           picture or told me a story so I would know                      lasting dream of America, and tonight, in this
                           how much was taken from them. I’ve learned                      place, that dream is renewed. Now we go
                           firsthand that ordering Americans into battle                   forward, grateful for our freedom, faithful to
                           is the hardest decision, even when it is right.                 our cause, and confident in the future of the
                           I have returned the salute of wounded sol-                      greatest nation on Earth.
                           diers, some with a very tough road ahead,                          May God bless you, and may God continue
                           who say they were just doing their job. I’ve                    to bless our great country. Thank you all.




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                           NOTE: The President spoke at 10:08 p.m. at Madi-                   I’m proud of my runningmate, Dick Che-
                           son Square Garden. In his remarks, he referred                  ney. He doesn’t have the longest and
                           to Prime Minister Ayad al-Alawi of the Iraqi In-                prettiest hair in the race. [Laughter] I didn’t
                           terim Government; Prime Minister John Howard                    pick him for his hair. I picked him for his
                           of Australia; President Aleksander Kwasniewski of
                           Poland; Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy;
                                                                                           judgment, experience, and because he can
                           Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United King-                   get the job done.
                           dom; and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of Cali-                       I appreciate the fact that Senator Arlen
                           fornia.                                                         Specter is with us today. Put him back in
                                                                                           for 6 more years in the Senate. Look who
                                                                                           is next to him, Rick Santorum, United States
                           Remarks in Moosic, Pennsylvania                                 Senator. Congressman Don Sherwood is
                           September 3, 2004                                               here as well. I appreciate you being here,
                                                                                           Congressman—good man.
                              The President. Thank you all. Thank you                         Mayor Lou Barletta is with us from
                           all very much. Thank you for coming. I ap-                      Hazelton, Pennsylvania. Hey, Lou, fill the
                           preciate so many people getting up so early.                    potholes. [Laughter] I appreciate David
                           Laura and I are here to ask for the vote.                       Wenzel, the former mayor of Scranton, who
                           We’re here to let you know that I understand                    is with us here today. David, thank you for
                           there’s more to do to make this country a                       coming. My friend Bill Scranton is with us
                           safer place, a stronger place, and a better                     here. I appreciate him coming. I want to
                           place for every American. So we’re here;                        thank all the candidates who are here.
                           we’re pleased to be in Lackawanna County                           I want to thank my friend Mark Chesnutt.
                           in this beautiful setting. Thanks for having                    He’s great, isn’t he? Bubba Shot the Jukebox.
                           us.                                                             He’s from Beaumont, Texas, and I appreciate
                              Before I begin, I do—I do know you’ll join                   him lending his talent to come. I hope you
                           me in offering our prayers and best wishes                      enjoy him as much as I—I love his music.
                           to those in the path of the Hurricane                              Most of all, I want to thank the grassroots
                           Frances. There’s been some devastation in                       activists who are here, the people who put
                           the State of Florida. There’s likely to be more                 up the signs and make the phone calls and
                           devastation. And so I’ve ordered Federal                        encourage people to register to vote. See, I
                           teams to be in position to help the good peo-                   think we have a duty in this country to vote.
                           ple of that State, but the best thing we can                    In a free land, we have a duty to vote. And
                           do here is to offer our prayers.                                I’m asking you to register your friends and
                              Audience member. I can’t hear you!                           neighbors to vote. Register Republicans, reg-
                           [Laughter]                                                      ister independents, register discerning
                              The President. Maybe it’s because I                          Democrats—like Zell Miller of Georgia, he’s
                           gave—maybe it’s because I talked too much                       a discerning Democrat—and then kind of
                           last night, you know. [Laughter] I enjoyed                      head them to the poll. And when you get
                           giving that speech last night, and I am so                      them there, remind them that George Bush
                           proud that your State made my nomination                        and Dick Cheney are ready to lead this coun-
                           official. And with your help, your State of                     try for 4 more years.
                           Pennsylvania will be a significant reason we                       Audience members. Four more years!
                           are reelected for 4 more years.                                 Four more years! Four more years!
                              Audience members. Four more years!                              The President. Now, we’re coming down
                           Four more years! Four more years!                               the stretch in this race. We got less than 2
                              The President. Laura set the bar pretty                      months to go. And this is a historic national
                           high when she gave her speech at the con-                       election. It’s a time for choosing. It’s going
                           vention. She is—what a great First Lady, a                      to come down to the records we’ve built, the
                           wonderful mom, a terrific wife. Listen, I’m                     convictions we hold, and the vision that
                           going to give you some reasons why I think                      guides us forward. Over the next 2 months,
                           you ought to put me back in, but perhaps                        I’m looking forward to traveling our country,
                           the most important one of all is so that Laura                  telling people where I intend to lead our
                           is First Lady for 4 more years.                                 country, and telling people what I believe.




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                                I believe every child can learn in America,                 the American people. If America shows un-
                             and then I believe every school must teach.                    certainty and weakness in this decade, the
                             That’s why we passed important education                       world will drift toward tragedy. This will not
                             reform that challenges the soft bigotry of low                 happen on my watch.
                             expectations, that says we must measure to                        Audience members. Four more years!
                             determine whether a child can read, and if                     Four more years! Four more years!
                             not, correct problems early before they’re too                    The President. I am running for President
                             late; that says that local folks ought to be in                with a clear and positive plan to build a safer
                             charge of the schools. It’s a plan—we’re mak-                  world and a more hopeful America. I’m run-
                             ing good progress across this country, and                     ning with a compassionate conservative phi-
                             we’re not turning back.                                        losophy that says Government should help
                                I believe we have a moral responsibility                    people improve their lives, not try to run
                             to our seniors. That’s why I’ve worked with                    their lives. As I travel this country, I know
                             Republicans and Democrats to strengthen                        that this Nation wants steady, consistent,
                             Medicare. Our seniors now get help buying                      principled leadership, and that is why, with
                             medicine, and soon every senior will be able                   your help, we’re going to win 4 more years.
                             to have coverage for prescription drugs. It
                                                                                               Last night I spent time talking about how
                             doesn’t make any sense to pay $100,000 for
                                                                                            the world in which we live is changing.
                             heart surgery and not pay for the medicine
                                                                                            Women now work outside the home as well
                             to prevent the heart surgery from happening
                                                                                            as work inside the home. Many people
                             in the first place. We’re making progress in
                                                                                            change jobs. It’s a changing world, and the
                             honoring our commitment to our seniors,
                             and we’re not turning back.                                    role of Government is to take the side of our
                                I believe the role of Government is not                     workers and families in a time of change.
                             to try to create wealth but an environment                     Most of the fundamental systems of today,
                             in which the entrepreneur, the small busi-                     the Tax Code and health coverage and pen-
                             ness, the farmer, and the rancher can survive.                 sion plans and worker training, were created
                             I believe in the spirit and innovative power                   for the world of yesterday, not tomorrow. I’m
                             of the American worker, and that is why we                     running for 4 more years to change those
                             unleashed the energy of our economy with                       fundamental systems so more Americans can
                             the largest tax relief in decades.                             realize the great promise of our country.
                                Because we acted, our economy is growing                       My plan begins—any good plan begins
                             again. Because we acted, we’ve overcome re-                    with making sure our economy continues to
                             cession, scandal, stock market decline, and                    grow. The global market is expanding and
                             a terrorist attack. This morning, we received                  creating new markets and new competition.
                             jobs report for August, and it shows that our                  My view is, to create more jobs here in Amer-
                             economy is strong and getting stronger. We                     ica, this has got to be the best place in the
                             added 144,000 new jobs, plus revisions of                      world to do business. That’s why we will ex-
                             about 60,000 for the previous month, which                     pand trade in a fair way. Look, we open up
                             means we’ve increased jobs over the last 2                     our markets, and it’s good for you that we
                             months by over 200,000 jobs. Overall, we’ve                    do. See, if you have more choices, you’re like-
                             added about 1.7 million new jobs since Au-                     ly to get a product you want at a better price
                             gust of ’03. The unemployment rate is now                      and higher quality. What I’m saying when
                             down to 5.4 percent. That’s nearly a full point                it comes to trade to other countries is you
                             below the rate last summer and below the                       treat us the way we treat you. We can com-
                             average of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. The                    pete with anybody, anywhere, anytime, so
                             unemployment rate in Pennsylvania is 5.3                       long as the playing field is level.
                             percent. Our growing economy is spreading                         But we’ve got to get rid of these junk law-
                             prosperity and opportunity, and nothing will                   suits that threaten our small-business owners.
                             hold us back.                                                  We’ve got to trim back needless regulations
                                I will continue to travel our country telling               that make it hard for people to employ peo-
                             people what I believe, and I believe the most                  ple. In order to make sure that the economy
                             solemn duty of the President is to protect                     expands, we’ve got to be wise about how we




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                             spend your money, and we’ve got to keep                        formance in the high schools and by expand-
                             your taxes low.                                                ing Pell grants for low- and middle-income
                                We have a difference in this campaign on                    families, we will help more Americans start
                             low taxes. I’m running against a fellow who                    their career with a college diploma.
                             has promised over $2 trillion of new spending                      There’s more to do to make sure quality
                             so far.                                                        health care is available and affordable. More
                                Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                  than one half of the uninsured in America
                                The President. Yes. And we’re just com-                     are small-business employees and their fami-
                             ing down the stretch. By the way, 2 trillion                   lies. In order to make sure small businesses
                             is a lot of money to promise, even for a Sen-                  can afford health care, we must allow small
                             ator from Massachusetts. And now they                          firms to join together to purchase insurance
                             said—so they asked him, ‘‘How are you going                    at the discounts available to big companies.
                             to pay for it?’’ And he said, ‘‘Well, I’ll pay                     We will help small businesses and low-in-
                             for it all by taxing the rich.’’ Two things                    come Americans set up and purchase health
                             wrong with that: One is you can’t raise                        savings accounts. In a new term, I will ensure
                             enough money by so-called taxing the rich                      that every poor county in America has got
                             to pay for his promises, which means some-                     community health centers to make sure that
                             body else is going to get stuck with the bill.                 people get preventative and primary care, not
                             But the other thing is, you’ve heard that rhet-                in the emergency rooms of America but in
                             oric before, haven’t you?                                      these clinics for low-income Americans. In
                                Audience members. Yes!                                      all we do, we’ll make sure that the health
                                The President. Yes, tax the rich. You                       decisions are made by doctors and patient,
                             know what that means. They dodge; you pay.                     not by bureaucrats in Washington, DC.
                             But we’re not going to let him, because we’re                      I want to talk about a national issue that
                             going to win in November.                                      is of concern to millions here in Pennsyl-
                                A drag in our economy is the Federal Tax                    vania. Too many good doctors, too many real-
                             Code, which is a complicated mess. You                         ly fine healers are being forced out of prac-
                             know, it is filled with special interest loop-                 tice because of the high cost of junk lawsuits.
                             holes. Our people spend 6 billion hours of                     You cannot be pro-doctor and pro-patient
                             paperwork and headache every year. The                         and pro-plaintiff-attorney at the same time.
                             American people deserve and our economic                       You have to choose. My opponent made his
                             future depends on a simpler, fairer,                           choice, and he put him on the ticket.
                             progrowth Tax Code. In a second term, I will                       Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                             lead a bipartisan effort to reform and simplify                    The President. I made my choice. I’m
                             the Federal taxes.                                             standing with the docs and patients. We want
                                I’ll tell you what else we need to do. We                   medical liability reform—now.
                             need to help our workers train for the new                         Let me give you a quick story about what
                             jobs of the 21st century. In a changing world,                 I’m talking about. I’m telling you, this is a
                             the jobs change, and oftentimes, there’s a                     national problem that requires a national so-
                             skills gap. And so we’re going to make sure                    lution. And there is a clear difference in this
                             our community college system works better                      campaign on this issue. Today I met with Dr.
                             for our workers. We’re going to provide more                   Neal Davis from Carbondale. [Applause] He
                             money to help workers gain the skills nec-                     told all his patients to come—[laughter]—
                             essary to fill the jobs of the 21st century.                   and Mary Coar, one of his patients. I want
                                Most new jobs are filled by people with                     you to hear this story because it’s happening
                             at least 2 years of college, and yet only about                all across America.
                             one in four of our students gets there. And                        Last November, after 15 years of practice
                             so in our high schools, we’ll fund early inter-                in Pennsylvania, Dr. Davis learned that his
                             vention programs to help students at risk. We                  insurance company would no longer insure
                             will place a new focus on math and science.                    physicians in this State because of the junk
                             Over time, we will require exit exams from                     lawsuits, because the law system here in
                             high school because we want the high school                    terms of medicine is like a lottery, is what
                             diploma to mean something. By raising per-                     it’s like. It’s unfair to patients, and it’s unfair




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                           to doctors. It’s unfair to taxpayers. He found                  know the difference between personal opin-
                           a new policy, but it said he had to give up                     ion and the strict interpretation of the law.
                           delivering babies as part of the coverage.                         When he was campaigning out—I think it
                           That’s what’s happening to ob-gyns all across                   was in the Midwest, my opponent announced
                           the country.                                                    he was the candidate of ‘‘conservative val-
                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                   ues.’’
                              The President. That forced Mary, 4                              Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                           months pregnant, to start driving 50 miles                         The President. Which must have con-
                           each way to see different doctors—a dif-                        fused a lot of his supporters. [Laughter] See,
                           ferent doctor. When Mary’s daughter arrived                     if you say you’re—if you say that the heart
                           this summer, she was delivered by a doctor                      and soul of America is found in Hollywood,
                           Mary had never met. She said, ‘‘I started to                    I’m not—I’m afraid you’re not the candidate
                           cry when he told me he was going to have                        of conservative values. If you voted against
                           to stop delivering.’’ This is happening be-                     a bipartisan Defense of Marriage Act, which
                           cause the legal system is gone awry. We need                    my predecessor signed, you are not the can-
                           medical liability reform now.
                                                                                           didate of conservative values. If you consist-
                              Another priority for my administration in
                                                                                           ently vote against the rights guaranteed by
                           a new term will be an ownership society. See,
                                                                                           the Second Amendment as my opponent has,
                           I believe when you own something, your life
                           is more secure; you have more dignity; and                      you are not the candidate of conservative val-
                           you have independence. And so we’ll help                        ues. There is a clear difference of philosophy
                           more people own their own homes, own their                      in this race. He is for expanding Govern-
                           own health plan, and gain the confidence of                     ment. I am for expanding opportunity.
                           owning a piece of their retirement. There’s                        This election will also determine how
                           nothing better in America than somebody                         America responds to the continuing danger
                           opening their door saying, ‘‘Welcome to my                      of terrorism. Since the terrible morning of
                           home.’’ Today, the homeownership rate in                        September the 11th, we have fought the ter-
                           America is at an alltime high. We will expand                   rorists across the globe, not for pride, not
                           more homeownership over the next 4 years.                       for power—because the security of our coun-
                              Listen, we will keep the promise of Social                   try depends on it. Our strategy is clear. We’re
                           Security for baby boomers and older—I hap-                      defending the homeland. I want to thank you
                           pen to be a baby boomer. But younger work-                      for helping raise Tom Ridge. He’s doing a
                           ers need to worry about the fiscal solvency                     fine job in the Department of Homeland Se-
                           of Social Security. We will strengthen Social                   curity. We’re transforming our military.
                           Security by allowing younger workers to save                    We’re reforming our intelligence services.
                           some of their taxes in a personal account,                      We will stay on the offensive. We will strike
                           an account they can call their own, and an                      the terrorists abroad so we do not have to
                           account that Government can never take                          face them here at home. And we will con-
                           away.                                                           tinue to work to advance liberty—liberty in
                              In a world of change, there are some                         the broader Middle East—because freedom
                           things that won’t change, the values we try                     will bring a future of hope and the peace
                           to live by, the institutions that give our lives                we all want. If America stays strong and reso-
                           meaning and purpose. Because family and                         lute and determined, we will prevail.
                           work are sources of stability and dignity, I                       And our strategy is succeeding. We’re
                           support welfare reform that strengthen fam-                     making progress. Four years ago, Afghanistan
                           ily and require work.                                           was the home base of Al Qaida. Pakistan was
                              I support a culture of life in which every                   a transit point for the terrorist groups. Saudi
                           person matters and every person counts. Be-                     was fertile ground for terrorist fundraising.
                           cause religious charities provide a safety net                  Libya was secretly pursuing nuclear weapons.
                           of mercy and compassion, our Government                         Iraq was a gathering threat, and Al Qaida
                           must never discriminate against those pro-                      was largely unchallenged as it planned at-
                           grams. I support marriage and family, which                     tacks. Now, after we acted, now after the
                           are the foundations of our society. And I will                  United States led—and many have joined—
                           continue to appoint Federal judges who                          the Government of a free Afghanistan is




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                             fighting terror. Pakistan is capturing terror-                 the word of a madman and forget the lessons
                             ists. Saudi Arabia is making raids and arrests.                of September the 11th, or take action to de-
                             Libya is dismantling its weapons programs.                     fend America? Given that choice, I will de-
                             The army of a free Iraq is fighting for free-                  fend America every time.
                             dom, and more than three-quarters of Al                           Audience members. Four more years!
                             Qaida’s members and associates have been                       Four more years! Four more years!
                             detained or killed.                                               The President. America and the world are
                                Audience members. U.S.A.! U.S.A.!                           safer with Saddam Hussein sitting in a prison
                             U.S.A.!                                                        cell. Because we acted to defend our country,
                                                                                            the murderous regimes of Saddam and the
                             [At this point, an audience member fainted.]
                                                                                            Taliban are history. More than 50 million
                                The President. Get another doc. Get a                       people now live in freedom.
                             doctor.                                                           Democracy is on the march in a part of
                                This progress involves careful diplomacy,                   the world that is desperate for freedom. You
                             clear moral purpose, and some tough deci-                      realize that over 10 million citizens have reg-
                             sions. The toughest came on Iraq. We knew                      istered to vote in the upcoming Afghan Presi-
                             Saddam Hussein’s record of aggression and                      dential elections. It’s amazing, isn’t it? Think
                             support for terror. We knew his long history                   about what life was like 3 years ago for the
                             of pursuing, even using weapons of mass de-                    people of that country. They were run by
                             struction. And we know that September the                      a group of barbarians, and today, they’re
                             11th requires our country to think dif-                        showing up in the thousands to exercise their
                             ferently. We must confront threats before                      right as free men and women.
                             they fully materialize. In Saddam Hussein,                        In Iraq, there’s a strong leader; there’s a
                             we saw a threat. Members of both political                     national council; and elections in that country
                             parties looked at the same intelligence, re-                   are scheduled in January. See, our Nation
                             membered the same history, and came to the                     is standing with the people of Afghanistan
                             same conclusion. Saddam Hussein was a                          and Iraq because when America gives its
                             threat. My opponent, in 2002, looked at the                    word, America must keep its word.
                             very same intelligence I looked at, and he                        But as importantly, we’re serving a vital
                             came the same conclusion. See, he was one                      and historic cause that will make our country
                             of the Members of Congress that voted to                       safer. See, free societies do not export terror.
                             authorize the use of force because Saddam                      Free societies do not feed the resentment
                             Hussein was a threat.                                          of their people. Free governments will fight
                                The last option for the Commander in                        terrorists, instead of harboring them, and
                             Chief is to commit troops, and so I went to                    that helps keep America more secure and the
                             the United Nations. See, I believe we ought                    world more peaceful. Our mission and goals
                             to try diplomacy before we commit troops.                      in Afghanistan and Iraq are clear: We will
                             The United Nations passed a unanimous res-                     help new leaders train their armies so the
                             olution demanding that Saddam Hussein dis-                     Iraq and the Afghan people can defend the
                             close, disarm, or face serious consequences.                   freedom within their borders. We will get
                             The free world spoke loud and clear. Yet Sad-                  them on the path of stability and democracy
                             dam Hussein, as he had for over a decade                       as quickly as possible, and then our troops
                             of diplomacy, ignored the demands of the                       will return home with the honor they have
                             free world. As a matter of fact, when we sent                  earned.
                             inspectors—or when the U.N. sent inspec-                          At bases across the country, I’ve had the
                             tors in, he systematically deceived the inspec-                privilege of meeting with those who defend
                             tors.                                                          our country. I’ve seen their decency and un-
                                We gave Saddam Hussein a final chance                       selfish courage. I assure you, the cause of
                             to meet his responsibility to the civilized                    freedom is in really good hands. I am proud
                             world. And when he refused, I faced the kind                   of our military. They deserve—and I want
                             of decision that comes only to the Oval Of-                    to thank the vets who are here today for hav-
                             fice, a decision no President would ask for                    ing set such a great example for those who
                             but must be prepared to make. Do I trust                       wear our uniform.




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                                I made a commitment to our troops and                       the Japanese. But because my predecessor
                             their loved ones, they’ll have all the resources               Harry Truman and others believed in the
                             they need to do their jobs. That’s why I sub-                  power of liberty to transform lives and na-
                             mitted a supplemental funding request to the                   tions, after World War II, we worked with
                             Congress last September for $87 billion,                       Japan to develop a democracy, and today I
                             money needed for fuel and spare parts and                      sit down at the same table with Prime Min-
                             body armor and equipment, ammunition,                          ister Koizumi to discuss the peace.
                             hazard pay, health benefits, to support our                       Liberty can change nations from enemies
                             troops in combat in both Iraq and Afghani-                     to friends. Liberty will change—liberty will
                             stan, see. And that proposal received bipar-                   help transform Iraq from tyranny to a free
                             tisan support, strong bipartisan support, ex-                  and just society. Some day an American lead-
                             cept for 12 Members from the United States                     er will be sitting down at the table with an
                             Senate who voted against the funding.                          elected Iraqi leader, saying thank goodness
                                Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                  this generation of Americans had great faith
                                The President. As a matter of fact, only                    in the value of liberty, and they will be dis-
                             four United States Senators voted to author-                   cussing the peace. I believe this because I
                             ize the use of force and then voted against                    know that freedom is not America’s gift to
                             the funding for our troops.                                    the world; freedom is the Almighty God’s gift
                                Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                  to each man and woman in this world.
                                The President. Two of those four are my
                                                                                               With the right leadership, this young cen-
                             runningmate and his opponent.
                                                                                            tury will be liberty’s century. It will be a cen-
                                Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                                                                                            tury of freedom. By promoting freedom at
                                The President. So they asked him how
                                                                                            home and abroad, we will build a safer world
                             could he have done that. He said, ‘‘I actually
                                                                                            and a more hopeful America.
                             did vote for the $87 billion, before I voted
                             against it.’’ Now, we’ve got some motorcycle                      For all Americans, these years in our his-
                             drivers here? [Applause] Yes. I suspect you                    tory will stand apart. See, there are quiet
                             guys don’t talk that way. They pressed him                     times in the life of nation when little is ex-
                             further, he said he was proud of his vote,                     pected of its leader. This is not one of those
                             and then he just said, ‘‘The whole thing was                   times. This is times where we need firm re-
                             a complicated matter’’—his words. Here are                     solve and great faith in the values that make
                             my words: There’s nothing complicated                          us a wonderful country.
                             about supporting our troops in combat.                            None of us will ever forget that week when
                                We’ll continue to work with nations                         one era ended and another began. As I men-
                             around the world. We have some 40 nations                      tioned last night, I stood in the ruins of the
                             in Afghanistan, nearly 30 in Iraq. These are                   Twin Towers on September the 14th, 2001.
                             strong, fine allies, who are making the same                   It’s a day I will never forget. There were
                             sacrifices we are to send their troops to se-                  workers in hardhats there, yelling at the top
                             cure the world and make the world more                         of their lungs, ‘‘Whatever it takes.’’ I was
                             free. During the next 4 years, I’ll continue                   thanking—I was trying to thank people as
                             to build alliances and work with our friends.                  best as I possibly could. I guy grabbed me
                             But I will never turn over America’s national                  by the arm. He looked me in the eye, and
                             security decisions to leaders of other coun-                   he said, ‘‘Do not let me down.’’ Every day
                             tries.                                                         I wake up thinking about how better to pro-
                                I believe in the transformational power of                  tect America. I will never relent in defending
                             liberty. The wisest use of American strength                   our country, whatever it takes.
                             is to advance freedom. I believe that America                     I am so proud so many came out today.
                             is called to lead the cause of freedom. You                    Laura and I thank you for coming. When I
                             know, I spend time with Prime Minister                         traveled your State 4 years ago, I made this
                             Koizumi of Japan. He’s a friend. Not all that                  pledge, that if you honored me with the great
                             long ago, though, his country was at war with                  responsibility of serving the American peo-
                             us. Matter of fact, my dad, I’m sure your                      ple, I would uphold the dignity and the honor
                             dad or granddad fought a bloody war against                    of the office to which I had been elected.




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                             With your help, with your hard work, we will                      We love coming to Wisconsin. It’s the
                             do so for the next 4 years.                                    home of some really fine people. It’s a beau-
                               God bless. Thank you all for coming.                         tiful State, and you play great football. You
                             Thank you all.                                                 know, it’s traditional when politicians come
                                                                                            to your State that they talk about the Packers.
                             NOTE: The President spoke at 9:35 a.m. at Lacka-               And I understand my opponent did it the
                             wanna County Stadium. In his remarks, he re-                   other day, and he even mentioned the leg-
                             ferred to former Lt. Gov. Bill Scranton of Pennsyl-            endary stadium in Green Bay. [Laughter]
                             vania; country music entertainer Mark Chesnutt;
                                                                                            Listen, I’ve got some advice for him: If some-
                             and Prime Minister Ayad al-Alawi of the Iraqi In-
                             terim Government. The transcript released by the               one offers you a cheesehead, don’t say you
                             Office of the Press Secretary also included the                want some wine. [Laughter] Just put it on
                             remarks of the First Lady, who introduced the                  your head and take a seat at Lambeau Field.
                             President.                                                        I’m going to give you some reasons to put
                                                                                            me in, but perhaps the most important one
                                                                                            of all is so that Laura will be First Lady for
                             Remarks in West Allis, Wisconsin                               4 more years. Man, she gave a great speech.
                             September 3, 2004                                              You know, when I asked her to marry me,
                                                                                            it was in Midland, Texas. She said, ‘‘I’ll marry
                                The President. Thank you all. Thank you                     you so long as I don’t ever have to give a
                             all for coming. Thank you all. That’s what                     speech.’’ [Laughter] I said, ‘‘Okay,’’ but for-
                             I’m here to tell you. I’ve got the vision, the                 tunately, she didn’t hold me to the promise.
                             desire to lead this country for 4 more years.                  The country got to see that she is calm,
                             I want to thank you all for coming. Before
                                                                                            steady, compassionate, and a great First
                             I thank you for the work you’re going to do
                                                                                            Lady.
                             and before I talk to you about why I want
                             to be your President for 4 more years, I do                       I want to thank—the other night I had a
                             want to address several situations in the news                 chance to thank publicly my runningmate,
                             that call for our concern and prayers.                         Dick Cheney. He’s a fine man. You know,
                                En route here we just received news that                    I admit it, he’s not the prettiest face in the
                             President Clinton has been hospitalized in                     race. I didn’t pick him for his looks. I picked
                             New York. He is in our thoughts and prayers.                   him because of his judgment, his experience,
                             We send him our best wishes for a swift and                    and his ability to get the job done.
                             speedy recovery.                                                  I want to thank three Members of the
                                In Florida, our citizens are bracing for yet                United States Congress from Wisconsin who
                             another hurricane. Many people there are                       are here today. Jim Sensenbrenner, the
                             being displaced from their homes. The Fed-                     chairman, is with us today—appreciate you.
                             eral Government stands ready to help the                       Tom Petri is with us today. Congressman,
                             people of Florida in any way we can, and                       thank you for coming. And Congressman
                             the people there need to know all America                      Mark Green is with us today. I appreciate
                             is praying for their safety.                                   you coming, Mark.
                                And finally, in Russia, hundreds of ago-                       I want to thank my friend Scott Walker,
                             nized parents are worried about the fate of                    who is here today. If he plays his cards right,
                             their children. This is yet another grim re-                   they may just start calling him ‘‘W.’’ I appre-
                             minder of the lengths to which terrorists will                 ciate Mary Panzer and John Gard. I want
                             go to threaten the civilized world. We mourn                   to thank all the State and local officials who
                             the innocent lives that have been lost. We                     are here.
                             stand with the people of Russia. We send                          I want to thank the Democrats for Bush
                             them our prayers in this terrible situation.                   national cochairman, who is with us, Brian
                                And finally, I’m here to thank you for your                 Lunde. You know, Brian and Zell Miller—
                             help, thank you for registering people to vote,                they’re leading—they’re on to something.
                             thank you for working hard. There is no                        [Laughter] There’s a lot of discerning Demo-
                             doubt in my mind, we will carry Wisconsin                      crats who understand that 4 more years will
                             and carry this country.                                        make this country safer, stronger, and better.




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                                Audience members. Four more years!                             We have overcome a recession, corporate
                             Four more years! Four more years!                              scandals, a terrorist attack. Our economy is
                                The President. And this campaign wel-                       growing, and it is getting stronger. This
                             comes all Democrats and independents. Our                      morning, we received the jobs report for Au-
                             vision includes everybody. Our message is for                  gust, and it shows that our economy has
                             every single citizen in this country.                          added 144,000 new jobs, plus revisions of up-
                                I appreciate my friend Jim Klauser and all                  wards of 60,000 for the two previous months.
                             the grassroots activists who are here. Thanks                  We gained 22,000 manufacturing jobs last
                             for putting up the signs. Thanks for making                    month. The national unemployment rate is
                             the phone calls. Thanks for registering the                    down to 5.4 percent. That is nearly a full
                             voters, and thank you for turning out our vot-                 point below the rate last summer and well
                             ers, come November, to the polls.                              below the average of the 1970s, 1980s, and
                                I am honored that Greg Gracz is with us                     1990s. The unemployment rate in your great
                             today. He is the president of the Milwaukee                    State is 4.7 percent.
                             Professional Firefighters Association, Local                      By supporting our small-business owners,
                             215. I received the endorsement from 215                       our entrepreneurs, and our workers, the
                             and the firefighters. I proudly accept your                    economy of Wisconsin is strong, and it is get-
                             support. Bradley DeBraska is with us. He is                    ting stronger.
                             the president of the Milwaukee Police Asso-                       The most solemn duty of the American
                             ciation. I thank them for their endorsement                    President is to protect the American people.
                             as well. I am proud to stand with the police                   If America shows uncertainty and weakness
                             and firefighters of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.                      in this decade, the world will drift toward
                                I want to, finally, thank West Allis Central                tragedy. This is not going to happen on my
                             High School band. Thank you all for coming.                    watch.
                                Listen, we’re approaching an historic na-                      Audience members. U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
                             tional election. The time for choosing is com-                 U.S.A.!
                             ing close. This election will come down to                        The President. I am running for President
                             the records we have built, the convictions we                  with a clear and positive plan to build a safer
                             hold, and the vision that guides us forward.                   world and a more hopeful America. I’m run-
                             I’m looking forward to this campaign. I’m                      ning with a compassionate conservative agen-
                             looking forward because I understand a Pres-                   da that says Government should help people
                             idential contest is a contest for the future.                  improve their lives, not give people orders
                             Over the next 2 months, I will tell you where                  on how to run their lives. I believe this Na-
                             I stand. I’m going to tell you where I’m going                 tion wants steady, consistent, principled lead-
                             to lead this country. I’ll tell you what I be-                 ership, and that is why, with your help, we’re
                             lieve.                                                         going to retain the White House in Novem-
                                I believe every child can learn and every                   ber of ’04.
                             school must teach. I believe we have a moral                      This world of ours is changing. I want you
                             responsibility to honor our seniors. That is                   to know I understand that. We’re changing
                             why we strengthened Medicare. And one of                       jobs. Many people have many careers and
                             the most important partners I had in accom-                    jobs during their lifetime. That’s not the way
                             plishing this political promise I made to the                  it used to be. Women are now working inside
                             American people was Tommy Thompson,                            the house and outside the house. The work-
                             the great former Governor of Wisconsin.                        force is changing. And it’s a time of great
                             He’s a good one. He’s a great member of                        opportunity here in America, but Govern-
                             my Cabinet and a very close friend. Thanks                     ment must stand side by side with the Amer-
                             for training him. [Laughter]                                   ican people during times of change.
                                I believe now, and I will believe forever,                     I want you to hear this. Many of the funda-
                             in the energy and innovative spirit of the                     mental systems of our society, the Tax Code,
                             American worker, the American small-busi-                      health coverage, pension plans, and worker
                             ness owner, the American farmer and ranch-                     training, were created for the world of yester-
                             er. And that is why we unleashed that energy                   day, not tomorrow. In order to make sure
                             with the largest tax relief in a generation.                   that the American people have a chance to




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                             realize their dreams, we must change these                     new jobs being created, but oftentimes,
                             fundamental systems to enable people to bet-                   workers don’t have the skills to meet those
                             ter realize their own hopes and aspirations.                   jobs. There’s a skills gap. We will close that
                             Any plan begins with making sure this econ-                    gap by making sure the worker training pro-
                             omy stays strong, and my plan does that. See,                  grams work, by expanding access to commu-
                             to create more jobs in America, we must have                   nity colleges, by giving our workers a chance
                             an atmosphere in which America is the best                     to be able to fill the jobs of the 21st century.
                             place in the world to do business.                                In order to make sure that people realize
                                That means we must have an energy policy                    their dreams here in America, we got to
                             in this country. I submitted a plan to the                     make sure our education system works well.
                             Congress 2 years ago that encouraged con-                      Listen, most new jobs are filled by people
                             servation, encouraged the development of re-                   with at least 2 years of college. Yet, in this
                             newable sources of energy, encouraged clean                    country, only one in four students gets there.
                             coal technology, encouraged using our re-                      We can do a better job than that. We’ll fund
                             sources at home more wisely. In order to                       early intervention programs in high schools
                             keep jobs in America, we must become less                      to make sure children don’t get discouraged
                             dependent on foreign sources of energy.                        and fall behind. We’ll place a new focus on
                                We open up our markets from goods and                       math and science. We’ll require a rigorous
                             services from overseas. They need to open                      exam before graduation. What I’m telling you
                             up their markets. The best trade policy is to                  is, by raising performance in our high schools
                             create a level playing field, because we can                   and by expanding Pell grants for low-and
                             compete with anybody, anytime, anywhere,                       middle-income families, we will help more
                             as long as the rules are fair.
                                                                                            Americans start their careers with a college
                                To keep jobs here, we must reduce the
                                                                                            diploma.
                             regulations on our small businesses. We must
                             get rid of these frivolous and junk lawsuits                      In a time of change, we must do more to
                             that are making it hard on employers. We                       make sure quality health care is available and
                             must be wise about how we spend your                           affordable. More than one-half of the unin-
                             money, and we must keep your taxes low.                        sured in America are small-business employ-
                             We have a difference in this campaign. My                      ees. Many small businesses are having trou-
                             opponent already has promised $2 trillion of                   ble affording health care. In a new term, we
                             new spending.                                                  must allow small firms to join together to
                                Audience members. Boo-o-o!                                  purchase insurance at the discounts big com-
                                The President. Yes. And we’ve still got                     panies get.
                             the rest of September and October to go.                          Last night I proposed new steps to encour-
                             [Laughter] So they said, ‘‘How are you going                   age small businesses and employees and low-
                             to pay for it? How are you going to pay for                    income Americans to set up health savings
                             all these promises?’’ He said, ‘‘Oh, don’t                     accounts. These accounts give workers the
                             worry, I’ll just tax the rich.’’ You’ve heard                  security of insurance against major illness,
                             that before, haven’t you? You know how that                    the opportunity to save tax-free for routine
                             works. The rich dodge, and you get stuck                       health expenses, and the freedom of knowing
                             with the bill. But we’re not going to let him                  you can take your account with you whenever
                             tax you because we’re going to win in No-                      you change jobs. Under my plan, small busi-
                             vember.                                                        nesses will receive a rebate when they con-
                                One of the systems that needs to be                         tribute to their employees’ health savings ac-
                             changed is our Tax Code. It is a complicated                   counts.
                             mess. It is full of special interest loopholes.                   I met with Judy Geiger today. She is a
                             We spend about 6 billion hours to try to fill                  small-business owner. She is from Cudahy.
                             out forms. In a second term, I will call to-                   She used to provide her employees a PPO.
                             gether Republicans and Democrats to reform                     The rising cost of premiums made her
                             and simplify the Federal Tax Code.                             change. Last month she signed up for a
                                Our worker training programs need to be                     health savings account. She’s saving about
                             updated and modernized. Listen, there are                      $300 a month on her personal premiums and




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                           $2,000 a month on the premiums for her em-                      lions. Government should never discriminate
                           ployees. Here’s what she said. She said, ‘‘It’s                 against faith-based programs. We support
                           wonderful to have this opportunity for our                      family and marriage, which are the founda-
                           people.’’ What I’m telling you is, there are                    tions of our society. I will continue to appoint
                           ways to hold down costs, ways to help small                     Federal judges who know the difference be-
                           businesses, ways to make sure people have                       tween personal opinion and the strict inter-
                           got insurance. And we have got a plan to                        pretation of the law.
                           do that.                                                           This election will also determine how
                              A big problem in America is the frivolous                    America responds to the continuing danger
                           lawsuits that are running up the cost of your                   of terrorism. Since the terrible morning of
                           medicine and running docs out of business.                      September the 11th, 2001, we have fought
                           You cannot be pro-doctor and pro-patient                        the terrorist across the Earth, not for pride,
                           and pro-plaintiff-attorney at the same time.                    not for power, but because the lives of our
                           You have to choose. My opponent made his                        citizens are at stake. Our strategy is clear.
                           choice, and he put him on the ticket. [Laugh-                   We’re defending the homeland. We’re trans-
                           ter] I made my choice. I am for medical li-                     forming our military. We’re strengthening
                           ability reform—now.                                             our intelligence services. We’re staying on
                              I’m for an ownership society because I                       the offensive. We’re striking the terrorists
                           know in changing times, if you own some-                        abroad so we do not have to face them here
                           thing, it brings stability to your life. You                    at home.
                           know, one of the most fantastic statistics                         And we’re working to advance liberty in
                           today is the homeownership rate is at an all-                   the broader Middle East, because we know
                           time high in America. We’ll continue to pro-                    freedom will bring hope and peace, the
                           mote homeownership. As I said last night,                       peace we all want. Our strategy is working.
                           there’s nothing better than somebody open-                      Just remember this: Four years ago, Afghani-
                           ing their door and saying, ‘‘Welcome to my                      stan was the home base of Al Qaida; Pakistan
                           home. Welcome to my piece of property.’’                        was a transit point for terrorist groups; Saudi
                              Our retirement systems must change with                      was fertile ground for terrorist fundraising;
                           the times. If you’re a baby boomer, Social                      Libya was secretly pursuing nuclear weapons;
                           Security is just fine. If you’re older than                     Iraq was a gathering threat; and Al Qaida
                           being a baby boomer, you’re in great shape.                     was largely unchallenged as it planned its at-
                           Nothing is going to change. But if you’re a                     tacks. Because we acted, because we were
                           younger worker, you better listen carefully                     resolute and strong and firm, the Govern-
                           to the debate in this campaign. I believe                       ment of a free Afghanistan is fighting terror;
                           younger workers ought to be able to save                        Pakistan is capturing terrorists; Saudi is mak-
                           some of their taxes in a personal account,                      ing raids and arrests; Libya is dismantling its
                           a nest egg they can call their own. A clear                     weapons programs; the army of a free Iraq
                           difference in philosophy in this campaign—                      is fighting for freedom. And more than three-
                           if you listen carefully, you’ll understand my                   quarters—three-quarters—of Al Qaida’s key
                           opponent is running to expand Government.                       members and associates have been detained
                           We’re running to expand opportunity.                            or killed. We have led, many have joined,
                              In a world of change, some things don’t                      and America and the world are safer.
                           change: the values that we try to live by, cour-                   This progress involved careful diplomacy,
                           age, compassion, reverence, and integrity;                      clear moral purpose, and some tough deci-
                           the institutions which are important to our                     sions. The toughest one of all was in Iraq.
                           society, our families, our schools, and our re-                 We knew Saddam Hussein’s record of ag-
                           ligious congregations. Because family and                       gression and support for terror. Remember,
                           work are sources of dignity and stability, I                    he subsidized the families of suicide bomb-
                           support welfare reform that strengthens fam-                    ers. Terrorist organizations were in and out
                           ily and requires work. I support a culture of                   of his country, people like Zarqawi and his
                           life in which every person matters and every                    network or Abu Nidal and his network. We
                           person counts. We strongly support the reli-                    knew his long history of pursuing and using
                           gious charities that are providing hope to mil-                 weapons of mass destruction. And we know




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                             that after September the 11th, this Nation                     National elections in that country are sched-
                             must take threats seriously before they fully                  uled for January. Our strategy is clear. We
                             materialize.                                                   will stand with the people to help them start
                                In Saddam Hussein, we saw a threat. So                      their political process. We will train Afghan
                             I went to the United States Congress. They                     citizens and Iraqi citizens so they can defend
                             looked at the same intelligence I did, remem-                  themselves against the few who are trying
                             bered the same history of Saddam, and they                     to stop the march of liberty. Our troops will
                             saw a threat. My opponent looked at the very                   stay there as long as necessary to finish the
                             same intelligence, and when asked to vote                      mission, and they will come home with the
                             on a resolution that authorized the use of                     honor they have earned.
                             force, he voted ‘‘aye.’’                                           We have a great United States military. I
                                The last choice of the Commander in                         want to thank all the veterans who have set
                             Chief is to put troops in harm’s way. So I                     such a fine example for those who wear our
                             felt it was important to try diplomacy. I went                 uniform. I have made a commitment to our
                             to the United Nations. The United Nations                      troops and their families. They will have all
                             looked at the same intelligence, and the                       the support they need from the Federal Gov-
                             United Nations Security Council resolved—                      ernment to complete their mission. That is
                             unanimously resolved—that Saddam Hus-                          why I went to the Congress last September
                             sein must disclose, disarm, or face serious                    and asked for $87 billion of supplemental
                             consequences.                                                  funding to support them in their missions in
                                The world had spoken, but as he had for                     Afghanistan and Iraq. This money was for
                             over a decade, he ignored this resolution as                   fuel and spare parts, ammunition, hazard
                             well as over 10 resolutions. He had no inten-                  pay, health benefits. It was a vital funding
                             tion of listening to the demands of the free                   request. We got great support. As a matter
                             world. As a matter of fact, he deceived the                    of fact, all but 12 United States Senators
                             inspectors that were going in to try to get                    voted to support the funding. Two of those
                             him to adhere to the demands of the free                       who voted against it were my opponent and
                             world. We had given him a choice, a final                      his runningmate.
                             choice. It was his decision to make, and he                        Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                             clearly made his decision. So I had a choice
                                                                                                The President. Only four United States
                             to make: Trust the word of a madman and
                                                                                            Senators voted to authorize the use of force
                             forget the lessons of September the 11th, or
                                                                                            and then voted against funding our troops.
                             take action to defend the country. Given that
                                                                                            Two of those Senators were my opponent
                             choice, I will defend America every time.
                                                                                            and his runningmate.
                                Audience members. U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
                             U.S.A.!                                                            Audience members. Boo-o-o!
                                The President. Because we acted, be-                            The President. So they asked him, ‘‘Why
                             cause we took action to defend ourselves,                      did you vote?’’ He said, ‘‘Well, I actually did
                             more than 50 million people have been liber-                   vote for the $87 billion, before I voted against
                             ated. I like to tell people these are historic                 it.’’ [Laughter] That’s what he said.
                             times. I truly believe they are. One reason                        Audience members. Flip-flop! Flip-flop!
                             I say that is because I’ve seen what’s hap-                    Flip-flop!
                             pened in Afghanistan. This is a country that                       The President. Then he said he’s proud
                             has gone from darkness to light, a country                     of his vote, and then he said the whole thing
                             where the Taliban wouldn’t even let young                      was a complicated matter. There is nothing
                             girls go to school. They’d whip their mothers                  complicated about supporting our troops in
                             in the public squares or kill them because                     combat.
                             of their beliefs. They were backward, and                          During the next 4 years, I’ll continue to
                             they were wrong. And yet today—yet today,                      build alliances. You know, there’s nearly 40
                             3 years after the liberation, 10 million Afghan                nations involved in Afghanistan, some 30 na-
                             citizens have registered to vote.                              tions in Iraq. I’m proud of their service to
                                Freedom is powerful. In Iraq, there’s a                     the cause of freedom and peace. We’ll con-
                             strong Prime Minister, a national council.                     tinue to build those alliances, but I will never




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                             turn over America’s national security deci-                    of our country on to a young generation.
                             sions to leaders of other countries.                           We’ll be steadfast in our pursuit of freedom
                                I believe in the transformational power of                  and peace, and we will prevail.
                             liberty. I’ve seen it happen throughout his-                      For all Americans, these years in our his-
                             tory, and so have you. We’ve seen nations                      tory will stand apart. There are quiet times
                             in our own hemisphere become free nations                      in the life of a nation when little is expected
                             and allies in the sake of peace. Our parents’                  of its leaders. This is not one of those times.
                             generation saw the transformational power of                   This is a time that requires firm resolve, clear
                             liberty when, after World War II, Japan, be-                   vision, and an unshakeable belief in the val-
                             cause we believed in democracy, Japan be-                      ues that make us a great country.
                             came a friend. You know, I sit down at the                        When I traveled your State 4 years ago,
                             table with Prime Minister Koizumi and dis-                     I made a pledge to you. I said if I was hon-
                             cuss North Korea and other issues, on how                      ored to be able to hold this great office, I
                             to keep the peace. I’m able to do so because                   would uphold the honor and the dignity of
                             my predecessor and other citizens of this                      the office to which I had been elected. With
                             great country believed that liberty could con-                 your help, for 4 more years I will continue
                             vert an enemy into a friend.                                   to uphold the honor and the dignity of the
                                There was a lot of cynics and doubters in                   White House.
                             those days. You can understand why. Japan                         God bless you.
                             was a fierce enemy. I mean, people couldn’t
                             envision how liberty could transform a soci-                   NOTE: The President spoke at 12:38 p.m. at the
                                                                                            Wisconsin Exposition Center. In his remarks, he
                             ety. But there were fellow countrypeople of
                                                                                            referred to Milwaukee County Executive Scott
                             ours who did believe that then. And today                      Walker; Wisconsin State Senator Mary E. Panzer;
                             we sit down with an enemy and talk about                       Wisconsin State Representative John Gard; James
                             the peace. See, that’s what’s taking place.                    R. Klauser, chair, Wisconsin Leadership Team,
                             Liberty is powerful. Someday an American                       Bush-Cheney ’04, Inc.; senior Al Qaida associate
                             President is going to be sitting down with                     Abu Musab Al Zarqawi; Prime Minister Ayad al-
                             a duly elected leader of Iraq talking about                    Alawi of the Iraqi Interim Government; and Prime
                             keeping the peace, talking about—[ap-                          Minister Junichiro Koizumi of Japan. The tran-
                             plause].                                                       script released by the Office of the Press Secretary
                                A free Afghanistan and a free Iraq will set                 also included the remarks of the First Lady, who
                                                                                            introduced the President.
                             powerful examples in a neighborhood that is
                             desperate for freedom. Women who long for
                             freedom in the Middle East will see examples
                             of a free society in their neighborhood.
                             Young men will realize a free society is one                   Digest of Other
                             in which they can realize their hopes and as-                  White House Announcements
                             pirations; they don’t have to strap suicide
                             belts on. Freedom is powerful. I’ll tell you
                             why I believe so strongly in freedom. I un-                    The following list includes the President’s public
                                                                                            schedule and other items of general interest an-
                             derstand it’s not America’s gift to the world.
                                                                                            nounced by the Office of the Press Secretary and
                             It’s the Almighty God’s gift to every man and                  not included elsewhere in this issue.
                             woman in this world.
                                I believe we’re living in a century that will
                             be called the century of liberty. By promoting                 August 28
                             freedom at home and abroad, we’ll build a                         In the morning, the President had an intel-
                             safer world and a more hopeful America.                        ligence briefing. Later, he traveled to Troy,
                             Over the next 4 years, we’ll continue to work                  OH, where he began a bus tour.
                             hard for the American people to reform                            In the afternoon, the President traveled to
                             those institutions that need to change to                      Lima, OH. Later, he traveled to Perrysburg,
                             make you more free. We’ll spread ownership                     OH. While en route aboard the bus, he par-
                             to every corner of this country. Opportunity                   ticipated in an interview with Matt Lauer of
                             will abound. We’ll pass the enduring values                    NBC’s ‘‘Today’’ show for later broadcast.




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                              In the evening, the President returned to                     support regarding recent terrorist attacks in
                             Washington, DC.                                                Russia and the continuing hostage situation
                                                                                            at a school in Beslan, Russia. He also had
                             August 29                                                      a telephone conversation with Prime Min-
                               In the afternoon, the President traveled to                  ister Konstandinos Karamanlis of Greece to
                             Wheeling, WV. Later, he returned to Wash-                      congratulate him on the success and safety
                             ington, DC.                                                    of the recent Olympic games in Athens,
                                                                                            Greece. Later, he had an intelligence brief-
                             August 30                                                      ing.
                                In the morning, the President had an intel-                    In the afternoon, the President traveled to
                             ligence briefing. Later, he traveled to Nash-                  Columbus, OH, where, upon arrival, he met
                             ua, NH, where, upon arrival, he met with                       with USA Freedom Corps volunteer Carol
                             USA Freedom Corps volunteer Julie Dube.                        Hribar.
                             He then participated in an interview with                         In the evening, the President traveled to
                             WMUR–TV.                                                       Elmhurst, NY, where, at the Italian Charities
                                In the afternoon, the President traveled to                 of America, he visited with firefighters and
                             Detroit, MI, where, upon arrival, he met with                  supporters. Later, he traveled to New York
                             USA Freedom Corps volunteer Annie                              City.
                             Kaigler before continuing on to Taylor, MI.                       The President declared a major disaster in
                                In the evening, the President traveled to                   Indiana and ordered Federal aid to supple-
                             Dearborn, MI.                                                  ment State and local recovery efforts in the
                             August 31                                                      area struck by severe storms, tornadoes, and
                                                                                            flooding on July 3–18.
                                In the morning, the President had an intel-
                                                                                               The President declared a major disaster in
                             ligence briefing. Later, he traveled to Nash-
                                                                                            South Carolina and ordered Federal aid to
                             ville, TN, where, upon arrival, he met with
                                                                                            supplement State and local recovery efforts
                             USA Freedom Corps volunteer Andrea Mar-
                                                                                            in the area struck by Hurricane Charley on
                             tin.
                                                                                            August 14–15.
                                Later in the morning, the President trav-
                             eled to Des Moines, IA, where, upon arrival
                             in the afternoon, he met with USA Freedom                      September 2
                             Corps volunteer Amy Bickel. He then partici-                      In the morning, the President had an intel-
                             pated, by telephone, in a radio interview with                 ligence briefing.
                             Rush Limbaugh before continuing on to                             In the evening, at Madison Square Gar-
                             Alleman, IA.                                                   den, the President attended the Republican
                                In the evening, the President traveled to                   National Convention. Later, he traveled to
                             North Middleton Township, PA, where he                         Wilkes-Barre, PA.
                             participated in a family-style picnic and
                             watched a softball game. He then made sat-
                                                                                            September 3
                             ellite remarks to the Republican National
                             Convention in New York City. Later, he re-                        In the morning, the President had an intel-
                             turned to Washington, DC.                                      ligence briefing. He then traveled to Moosic,
                                Also in the evening, the President had a                    PA. Later, he traveled to Milwaukee, WI,
                             telephone conversation with former Sec-                        where, upon arrival, he met with USA Free-
                             retary of Housing and Urban Development                        dom Corps volunteer Kathy Hawkins before
                             Mel R. Martinez to congratulate him on his                     continuing on to West Allis, WI.
                             victory in the Florida Republican Senate pri-                     In the afternoon, the President traveled to
                             mary.                                                          Cedar Rapids, IA, where, upon arrival, he
                                                                                            met with USA Freedom Corps volunteer
                             September 1                                                    Lisa Gibney. He then made remarks at a
                               In the morning, the President had a tele-                    rally.
                             phone conversation with President Vladimir                        In the evening, the President traveled to
                             Putin of Russia to offer his condolences and                   Cleveland, OH.




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                                The President declared a major disaster in                  Released September 1
                             Virginia and ordered Federal aid to supple-                    Transcript of a press gaggle by Press Sec-
                             ment Commonwealth and local recovery ef-                       retary Scott McClellan
                             forts in the area struck by severe storms,
                             flooding, and tornadoes associated with                        Statement by the Press Secretary on disaster
                             Tropical Depression Gaston beginning on                        assistance to Indiana
                             August 30 and continuing.                                      Statement by the Press Secretary on disaster
                                                                                            assistance to South Carolina
                                                                                            Released September 2
                             Nominations                                                    Advance text: Remarks by the President at
                             Submitted to the Senate                                        the 2004 Republican National Convention
                                                                                            Fact sheet: Strengthening Education and Job
                             NOTE: No nominations were submitted to the                     Training Opportunities
                             Senate during the period covered by this issue.                Fact sheet: Increasing Affordable Housing
                                                                                            and Expanding Homeownership
                                                                                            Fact sheet: President Bush Proposes New
                                                                                            ‘‘Opportunity Zones’’
                             Checklist                                                      Fact sheet: President Bush’s Plan To Make
                             of White House Press Releases                                  Health Care More Affordable

                             The following list contains releases of the Office             Released September 3
                             of the Press Secretary that are neither printed as             Statement by the Press Secretary on action
                             items nor covered by entries in the Digest of                  by the Lebanese Parliament to amend its
                             Other White House Announcements.                               constitution to extend the term of the current
                                                                                            President
                             Released August 30                                             Statement by the Press Secretary on disaster
                             Transcript of a press gaggle by Press Sec-                     assistance to Virginia
                             retary Scott McClellan
                             Released August 31
                             Transcript of a press gaggle by Press Sec-                     Acts Approved
                             retary Scott McClellan                                         by the President
                             Statement by the Press Secretary on the ter-
                             rorist attacks in Russia
                                                                                            NOTE: No acts approved by the President were
                             Statement by the Press Secretary on the ter-                   received by the Office of the Federal Register
                             rorist attacks in Beersheva, Israel                            during the period covered by this issue.




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