Remarks at a Senate
Campaign Rally for Christopher S. Bond in
The President. Thank you all very much. You know, one of the things that goes with my job is that I am Commander in Chief. And in the military, a general can dictate the uniform of the day. And in view of the temperature, I'm declaring that the uniform of the day -- [applause] -- --
[At this point, the President removed his jacket]
Now, before I get into my remarks, I have -- if you'll just wait just a second -- I have something of a news announcement I would like to make, that -- in case you haven't heard it already -- that at 12 p.m. central time, a Lufthansa airliner left Moscow bound for Frankfurt, West Germany, and on board are Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Daniloff.
let me just say it's wonderful to be here in
wish I could stay longer, but as you know, Congress is in session. And so a
number of individuals that right now I would be mentioning by name -- your
Senator, Jack Danforth, some of your Congressmen -- had to change their plans
and remain in Washington, because the Congress is in session. And somebody's
got to keep an eye on them. You know, some of the people in charge in the
is really great to be here and wonderful to see a lot of old friends and
supporters. And as I said, I'm sorry that Jack Danforth, one of the ablest
Senators we've got, and your tremendous group of Representatives: Tom Coleman,
Bill Emerson, and Gene Taylor -- I call them
a good candidate for Governor in your neighboring State,
now all of that brings me to today's star and one of
no secret that there are still some folks in Washington who want to put America
full speed in reverse -- back to the days when big government, taxes, and
inflation were destroying our economy and military weakness made America a
punching bag for nickel-and-dime dictators around the world.
You know, they remind me of the preacher who traveled to a nearby town, away from his own parish, for a revival meeting. And he stopped because he was going by the general store in that strange town. He saw a familiar face, a fellow from his own hometown. He was sitting there in front of the grocery story. He was a man that was known for his drinking. And when the preacher asked him what he was doing there, he explained, ``Well reverend, beer is 5 cents a bottle cheaper here.'' Well, the preacher asked him what sense that made, considering the cost of travel and all, and the man replied, ``Reverend, I'm not stupid. I just sit here and drink 'til I show a profit.'' [Laughter]
know, when I hear some of the things that Kit's opponent is saying, I sometimes
think the liberal Democratic leadership will never change its big spending,
high-tax ways. But then, as I've always said, you don't have to make them see
the light -- just make them feel the heat. So, let's make them feel the heat on
election day. You know, this 1986 election will be a crucial moment of decision
for our country: Will liberal policies return us to the days of malaise? You
remember 5\1/2\ years ago, when
answer to that question depends almost entirely on one thing: electing Senators
who are progrowth, prodefense, and pro-America. It means sending someone to
Washington who'll work together with me to keep
Some sectors, such as agriculture, are still hurting. That's why this administration is providing more help to our nation's farmers than the last five administrations all put together. But money alone is not the answer. Farmers don't want more government programs, they want more profits. And that's why we need Kit Bond in the Senate, to keep those interest rates coming down and keep foreign markets open to our agricultural exports. We don't need a liberal in there creating more problems; we need a problemsolver like Kit Bond creating jobs and prosperity.
And we need Kit in the Senate so we can keep rebuilding our defenses, speaking out loudly and clearly for human liberty, and working around the world for freedom and democracy. You know, of all the things that go with this job of mine, I'm most proud of our young men and women in the military uniform than of anything else. They're all volunteers, and they have the highest level of education in the history of the military. A few years ago only 54 percent of our military had a high school diploma. Well, last year it had reached 91 percent. They're one fine bunch, and let me say this: If we must ever ask our military personnel to put their lives on the line for us, we're not going to give them anything less than the top-quality, best equipment they need to get the job done and come home safely.
know, there are some people that have been calling me a superpatriot, and they
don't mean that in a flattering sense. They are kind of complaining. Well, maybe
I'm old-fashioned, but I don't think you can love
Now, we've come a long way since those days of malaise, but the next couple of years will decide whether all our progress since 1980 will be set in concrete or only written in the sand. Kit's election could very well decide whether we keep control of the Senate or lose it to the liberal leadership of the Democratic Party. And that's the difference between 2 more years of progress or 2 years of paralysis. We could not have accomplished what we have if we did not have that slim majority in the United States Senate. The other party has controlled both Houses of the Congress for almost 50 years. And now, for 5\1/2\ years, we have controlled the one. I didn't seek reelection to be a 6-year President. There are too many exciting challenges before us, too much business that still must be completed. I cannot -- I will not have my hands tied by a Congress that is totally hostile to all we're trying to do. You know, I guess my name will never be on the ballot again. But you can vote for me in a way, if you'd like. If you want to vote for me, vote for Kit Bond so that we can have a Republican Senate that I can work with instead of against me -- and they'll be around after I'm gone.
you know, it's time the people of
maybe you've noticed that I've been careful to refer to the liberal leadership
of the Democratic Party. That's because I believe that the liberals who've
taken control of that once great party don't represent the vast majority of
hard-working, patriotic Democrats that can be found throughout
As I say, I know I couldn't address a crowd like this here without there being a number of Democrats present, and you're welcome. But I know how tough it can be to break with tradition. But I remember what Winston Churchill once said in the English Parliament when he changed parties, as a member of the Parliament. He said, ``Some men change principle for party, and some men change party for principle.''
I'm asking the people of
The President. Do you want a weak and vacillating America?
The President. That's good to hear. Would you rather have low taxes, high growth, and millions of new jobs?
The President. Would you rather have an America that is strong and proud and free?
The President. Now, this next one's a tough question. Do you want Kit Bond as the next Senator from the great State of Missouri?
The President. Thank you. You just made my day. And God bless you. Thank you all.
Note: The President spoke at 12:24 p.m. at the Kansas City Downtown Airport. He was introduced by Mr. Bond. In his remarks, he referred to the release of Nicholas Daniloff of U.S. News & World Report. Mr. Daniloff had been arrested on charges of espionage in the Soviet Union on August 30. Following his remarks, the President attended a reception for major donors to Mr. Bond's campaign at the airport. He then traveled to Sioux Falls, SD.