Remarks at a Campaign
Rally for Senator Chic Hecht in
you, Chic, and also Gail, who's with us here today. And I, too, would like to
add my thanks and appreciation for the Elko High School Indian Band. And my
good friend Paul Laxalt and Congresswoman Barbara Vucanovich, thank you all very much. It's great to be back
today I've come here for a very special reason: because I want to talk to you
about a friend of mine, a great Senator from
I feel a special friendship for Chic. You see, we began working side by side
long before he went to
through three Congresses, Chic and I have worked together, fighting special
interest to cut taxes on
know, up until Sunday, the opposition objected to being called liberal, not
because it was false, but because it was true. But now they've come clean, and
they admit it: They're liberals. Of course, the liberals now are saying that
they're on your side. I guess they think that that will make it easier for them
to reach their hand around and put it in your pocket. [Laughter] But if you
care about fiscal responsibility -- that means keeping the politicians from
stealing your wallet -- here is all you need to do on election day: Step into
the voting booth, put your hand on the lever, and say right out loud, ``Read my
lips: No new taxes.'' Of course, on election day, I
don't think that's what the Governor of this State plans to do. I think he's
going to vote for a liberal Governor from
Yes, the bottom line in this election is that Chic Hecht is a strong conservative, and unlike his opponent, he will never have to take orders from the liberal leadership of the other party. And that makes a difference not just on taxes and national security but also when it comes to confirming judges and fighting crime, two issues where the liberal leadership in Congress has gone so far left that today voting against them has become a matter of self-defense.
I can tell you that the reason violent crime has fallen sharply since 1981 is because we put criminals on notice. We said: Make a false move, and the next sound you hear is the clang of a jail cell door slamming shut. Yes, if you ask Chic or me, there are no citizens more precious than the men and women who guard us: our State and local police. Chic and I believe that when a drug dealer murders a policeman in cold blood, that kind of killer deserves and should receive the death sentence. But the liberal leadership opposes capital punishment and tough-minded judges. The liberals oppose voluntary prayer in school, but favor tax hikes, gun control, and a weak-kneed defense policy that only a McGovern could love. [Laughter] Their views could only be described by the dreaded ``L'' word: liberal, liberal, liberal!
So, let me ask you to do something, and I want to hear your answer: Will you promise me that on November 8th you'll go to the polls and from top to bottom, and especially for Chic Hecht, you'll give your support to our Republican candidates? [Applause] And you know, on election day, thanks to Chic Hecht, when you go to the polls, you won't have to crawl there. You'll be able to drive there, as he said, at 65 miles per hour.
from top to bottom, from President to Congress to local office, especially here
No, the fact is, today if you want America to be what F.D.R., Franklin Delano Roosevelt, called a great arsenal of democracy; if, like Harry Truman, you want to continue to help those resisting communism; if you believe in lowering tax rates like John F. Kennedy did, and in the traditional values that you grew up with; then you should vote for our Republican ticket because that's what we believe in, and the self-proclaimed liberals don't.
Yes, the choice before the American people this year is just as clear as it was in past elections when I stood before you: a choice between, on the one hand, liberal policies of tax and spend; economic stagnation; international weakness, accommodation, and always, always ``blame America first''; and, on the other hand, what we believe -- the policies of limited government, economic growth, individual opportunity, a strong defense, firmness with the Soviets, and always, always ``I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.''
when I took office,
Audience members. Reagan! Reagan! Reagan!
The President. Thank you. Of course, the self-proclaimed liberals still don't understand how we were able to get rid of their economic crisis, their ``malaise,'' their inflation, and their gas lines. So, in this campaign they're treating good times as if they're a given, as if it just happens. Well, their message is: You can take prosperity for granted. It's time for a change, so take a chance on us. Well, that's sort of like someone telling you that you've stored up all the cold beer you could want, so now it's time to unplug the refrigerator. [Laughter] But whether it's a well-stocked refrigerator or our economic policies, you can't unplug what's working and expect things to stay the same.
with the work and the support of Chic Hecht, a key member of the Senate
Intelligence Committee -- a man who, in fact, served his country as an
intelligence agent -- our country is once again respected in the world. Our
Armed Forces are strong, and
one of the most important ways to show that we still mean business is to
reelect strong, conservative Republicans to the Congress, people like Chic
Hecht and Barbara Vucanovich, and to elect good
Republican challengers like Lucille Lusk down in
fact is, if the liberals had had their way, there would have been no INF treaty
or rollback in
ladies and gentlemen, those are the stakes this year -- high stakes. But this
one is not going to be determined by a spin of the wheel or a cut of the cards.
This one is up to you. On November 8th, you can help
And we've come much too far to turn back. So, if you would, I hope you'll just help win just one more for the Gipper. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and God bless you all.
Note: The President
spoke at on the North Ramp at