Remarks at a Republican
Campaign Rally in
The President. It's quite a challenge
to follow the San Diego Chicken. I'd like to add a special thanks to the
brilliant musicians in the Poway High School Band, the Christian High School
Patriot Band, and the Castle Park High School Band. You did yourselves proud.
And now will you promise me you'll do all
glad to see Bob Naylor, Jody Miller, and the guy whose skills as a comedian are
matched only by his skills as a poker player, Gabe
``Welcome Back Kotter'' Kaplan. And of course, I'm
delighted to see the guy who brought the
great to be back in my home State and see so many good friends. And thank you,
Pete, for that wonderful and kind introduction. Of course, I don't need to tell
the people of
as I say, there's no place like home. You know, as my time grows short in
feel just fine because nobody knows better than I just how capable and valuable
are those two hands I'll be passing the torch to come the 20th of January. And
you know, George took quite a shellacking from the
liberals when they had their little party in
why I'm here: to talk to you about the great Republican ticket, from the White
House to the statehouse, and make sure everybody who shares our hopes for the
future turns out to vote on November 8th. We need Pete Wilson, Duncan Hunter,
Bill Lowery, and Ron Packard in
As we get closer and closer to election day, we're still hearing some people say it's time for a change. Well, ladies and gentlemen, we are the change. We started the change 8 years ago.
talk a little bit about that change. We've been slashing tax rates
and liberating the American economy from the regulations and confiscations of
the ``malaise'' years. When we came into office, families everywhere
were reeling from regulations and taxes that were sapping this nation's
initiative. We took that money out of the grasping hands of the
Yes, since our expansion began, we have created more than 18 million new jobs. We reduced the unemployment rate to nearly the lowest it's been in 14 years. And today a greater proportion of our potential work force -- that means everybody, male and female, from the age of 16 on up, all the way; they are considered that potential work force -- and a greater percentage of that potential work force -- 62.7 percent of everyone in America above the age 16 -- is employed than ever before in the history of the United States of America.
then there's the misery index, which you determine by adding the rate of
inflation to the rate of unemployment. Jimmy Carter invented that as a stick to
beat Jerry Ford with in 1976, when it then stood at 13.4 percent. Well, after 4
years of his ``malaise'' -- he didn't mention it again in the 1980 campaign
because it had jumped to 21 percent by the time we took office. Today it's less
than 10 percent and has shrunk faster than Walter Hudson, that 1,200-pound man
You know, we'd be able to solve the budget deficit, too, if we could get the liberals in Congress to follow Walter's example and cut the fat out of their diet. Pete Wilson and I think we ought to put them on a diet -- a diet called the line-item veto and the balanced-budget amendment. You know, I had the line-item veto. Forty-three Governors have it. I had it when I was Governor of California. I used it 932 times. It was never overridden once.
course, the liberals still don't understand how we were able to get rid of
their economic crisis, their ``malaise,'' their inflation, their gas lines and
turn this economy around. Well, it happened because we understood there's only
one way to get
know, Pete was very kind in his introduction, and you have all been very kind.
But you know, the way I see it, really what we did in these 8 years in
also went to work on our nation's defenses. We're once again respected in the
world. Our Armed Forces are strong, and
of our triumphs -- no, not one -- would have happened if the liberals had had
their way. There would have been no INF treaty or rollback in
Audience members. Booo!
The President. Actually, what they have planned for the Navy is so bad that by the time they get finished, Michael may have to row the boat ashore.
opposed the liberation of
you know, with the
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, when our friends refuse to whisper the ``L'' word and insist that this election isn't about ideology but about competence, they're just acknowledging that where they want to take America, America doesn't want to go.
area where we differ is our understanding of the Constitution. We've appointed
serious-minded judges who respect the Constitution and know the meaning of the
word ``punishment.'' This is very important because, unlike the State of
also believe that a crack dealer with a machinegun who murders a police officer
in the line of duty should receive the death penalty. We owe this protection of
the law to the men and women who protect us -- our State and local police. And
we stand united behind them. And we don't need to see the job of the police
made any tougher by the kind of furloughing of first-degree murderers -- even
those ineligible for parole -- that we've seen in the State of
friends, all that we have achieved can be undone quicker than you can say
``furlough'' if our liberal friends are successful. Remember how my successor
Audience members. No!
The President. Yes, we've got to do all we can to get our message out. So, let me take an opinion poll of my own. Will you make sure to turn out and vote Republican on November 8th?
Audience members. Yes!
The President. Now, will you give
George Bush the Senate he needs by voting for Pete Wilson on November 8th?
[Applause] Will you give
that's what's on the line this year. Ladies and gentlemen,
know, I have a special place in my heart for the people of
Audience members. Yes!
The President. Thank you, and God bless you all.
Note: The President
spoke at at the