Remarks at a Campaign
Rally for Senator James T. Broyhill in Raleigh, North Carolina
October 8, 1986
The President. Thank you all very
much. I really feel a warm welcome all the way, and I look up at that banner
there and find I've got some fraternity brothers in the crowd. [Applause] All right. Well, it's wonderful to see you again. And it's a
pleasure to be with all of you and to be back in the Tar Heel State. Some of
you may have heard that I'm leaving on a ----
Audience. Four more years! Four more years!
The President. Some of you may have
heard that I'm leaving on a journey tomorrow that'll take me to Iceland to meet General
Secretary Gorbachev. It's a challenge any time two leaders from major powers
get together. In this case, we'll be laying the foundation for a full-fledged
summit which, if things go right in these preparatory sessions, will be held
here in the United States. It's times like these,
when diplomacy is being conducted at the highest level, that
I'm particularly grateful for the way that we, as a free people, pull together.
I think the best policy is America's time-tested tradition
of leaving politics at the water's edge. It's great to know when I look over my
shoulder that the folks back home are with me. I won't be seeing Republicans or
Democrats, I'll be seeing Americans. So, I'm just going to count on your
support and prayers in the days ahead. That's a source of strength which makes
all the difference for free countries like ours.
again, it's good to be with you. As the Governor hinted, I have a soft spot in
my heart for the people of North Carolina. Over my political
career, I've come here on so many occasions to ask for your support. And
whether I was running for the Presidency or trying to rally the public behind
our economic recovery program or trying to keep tax reform alive, you've never
let me down. And without you, nothing we've done would've been possible. And if
we stick together, nobody, but nobody, is going to turn us back. It's fitting that
I come to you now in this last election in which I will have a personal stake
to ask for your help. It's a make-or-break election, and we've got a standard
bearer here in North Carolina to be proud of. I'm
asking you a personal favor: For North Carolina, for your country, please cast
your ballot for Jim Broyhill for the United States
Broyhill has been a stalwart of our cause his entire
adult life. You know, there's a story about a pig and a chicken that went to
town. They were going to go look for jobs in the city. And they came to a place
-- it was a restaurant -- and a sign in the window: Ham and eggs, $1.50. And
the chicken suggested they go in and apply. And the pig says: ``Well, that's
all right for you. For you it only requires a contribution. For me it's a total
commitment.'' [Laughter] Well, Jim Broyhill has been
in Congress since 1963, and it would be difficult to find an elected official
who has been more totally committed to the interests of his constituents and
the interests of his country.
those dark days before the 1980 election, when our government was dominated by
liberal politicians, Jim fought courageously for sane and responsible policies.
But the liberals were in the driver's seat, and they drove America right to the edge of an
economic disaster. They gave us unbearable inflation, 21-percent interest
rates, business decline, swelling unemployment, and a lot of talk about how we,
the American people, were to blame. Do you remember those words out of Washington, that we had to lower
our expectations, that we suffered from a malaise?
Well, the American people knew who was to blame. And this November the tax,
tax, spend, spend crowd is going to find out that lighter-than-air liberalism
is no longer fashionable.
took an enormous effort -- Jim was a star player on the team -- but, together,
we turned America away from decline and
uncertainty and put her back on the road to more jobs and opportunity. America has now had 46 months
of economic growth. And this year more people have been working and a higher
percentage of our population has been employed than ever before in our history.
In view of some of the young people that are here, I think they ought to know,
when they start talking about employment figures, how it's based. It is
believed that the unemployment potential pool in our country consists of
everybody, male and female, 16 years and up all the way. And today 61.3 percent
of that potential pool is employed, and that is the highest percentage we've
ever had. And you're doing better than a lot of the rest of the country because
here, in North Carolina, unemployment is down
to 5.4 percent. And just one thought: We accomplished this and, at the same
time, kept inflation lower than it's been for over 20
America owes you thanks for the
progress we've made; this because you sent to Washington individuals who turned
out to be real heroes in some of the most crucial economic battles of our time.
Congressmen Howard Coble, Bill Hendon, and Alex McMillan have been terrific.
Representative Bill Cobey is a real champion. You can
be proud of the respect and influence he's developed in such a short time. And,
of course, there's an individual whose very name causes liberals to break out
in a nervous rash -- [laughter] -- a friend of mine and a champion of our
cause, Senator Jesse Helms. And one who is not with us today perhaps deserves
the highest accolades of all. He was a gentleman, a scholar, a man of deep
conviction and high principle. When the battle was hot and the outcome of the
vote uncertain, he could not stand yet we all looked up to him. He will be
missed. And today let us pledge we will carry on the work of Senator John East.
John, when he was with us, and these others reflect a noble
tradition here in North Carolina.
no one personifies that better than the man who we're here to support -- Jim Broyhill. Jim's legislative know-how and insight into the
way things get done makes him one of the most effective legislators I know. And
on top of that, he works hard. And the evidence of that, as you've already been
told, is here: all of this and all of you gathered here to support him. And he
knew his duty in these closing days of the Congress was to be there on the
floor if a vote was needed. And so, he's there. Yet, just as important as skill
and diligence, Jim Broyhill shares with all of us a
vision of a strong, opportunity-filled America. He's a man of high
character who'll nurture those family and religious values at the heart of our
society; a man who has his priorities straight.
of seeking more government and controls, Jim has been one of the most dedicated
warriors in our battle to invigorate America's economy and to
unleash the enterprise and creativity of the market. As the ranking Republican
on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, he was on the frontline of putting
our economy back on track. He stood firm, and since the recovery began, over
11\1/2\ million new jobs have been created in America. Now, that's what I
call a Republican jobs program. When Jim is in Washington, you're never far from
his mind. For example, he's impressed on our administration the importance of
tough enactment of our international trade agreements. And let me assure you
that Jim's message is loud and clear. American industry deserves open markets
and a level playing field. And that's why we've turned up the heat on our
within the last week, we took two major actions against Japan. First, we informed
them that, in response to illegal trade practices, we will cut back Japanese
imports of lightweight polyester fabrics by almost 50 percent. On Monday, our
unprecedented fair trade action against Japan's tobacco monopoly
ended in a great success. Japan announced that it is
dropping its tariff on American tobacco products. And that's the way it's going
to be: Free trade means fair trade, or it's no deal. James T. Broyhill, the ``T'' must stand for textiles or tobacco.
[Laughter] I don't know which one, but for one thing sure -- if you're not
doing right by America, it means trouble.
also firmly believes, as I do, that it's better for working people to keep more
of what they earn than to have government tax it away and channel it into the
bureaucracy. In 1982 our across-the-board tax cut reduction -- or tax rate
reduction and indexing brought to a screeching halt the automatic tax hikes
that had been pushing working people into higher and higher brackets. And in
that battle, Jim fought tooth and nail against fierce liberal opposition in the
House. As a Member of the Senate, he fought just as hard and helped win the day
for tax reform. The pundits said it couldn't be done. Jim Broyhill
said it had to be done. Together with the support of you, the people, we've
brought down the tax rates, overhauled the system, and made the tax code more fair for every American.
big spenders in Congress, however, have already announced plans to raise taxes
the first chance they get. Jim's opponent [Terry Sanford], if he gets the
chance, will be their willing accomplice because, when it comes to raising
taxes, he's a pro. He was raising taxes back when I was still making movies.
[Laughter] Believe me, when it comes to reruns, ``Bedtime ForBonzo'' is better than ``Tax Time With Terry.''
[Laughter] Well, Jim knows that it's more important to protect the family
budget than to fill the Federal budget. Jim wants to keep our taxes low and
fair. He has pledged to stand with me in opposition to any attempt to raise
your tax rates and undermine the progress we've made. If for no other reason
than that, I think you should stand by him. I can count on you, can't I?
what America needs is the kind of
solid, conservative leadership that Jim offers. And on the drug issue, Jim is
working to mobilize our people against this evil. And again, he's not offering
easy answers, but real solutions. My wife, Nancy, has the best one I've heard
yet when it comes to drugs -- it requires a commitment from all of us to help
our friends, our neighbors, our classmates and colleagues to ``just say no.''
You know, she gave that as an answer to a question from a student in a school
out in Oakland, California. She was speaking to them on this subject. And one
student asked, ``Well, what can we do when we're offered drugs?'' And she said,
``Just say no.'' Today there are more than 10,000 Just Say No clubs in schools
across the United States.
proliferation of drugs has been part of a crime epidemic that can be traced to,
among other things, liberal judges who are unwilling to get tough with the
criminal element in this society. We don't need a bunch of sociology majors on
the bench. What we need are strong judges who will aggressively use their
authority to protect our families, communities, and our way of life; judges who
understand that punishing wrongdoers is our way of protecting the innocent; and
judges who do not hesitate to put criminals where they belong -- behind bars.
And since coming to Washington, we've been appointing
just such people to the bench. And I'm delighted to find out, with a concrete
example right here today, that your good Governor, Jim
Martin, has been doing the same thing. It's already beginning to have an
effect. Average sentences for drug-related and other crimes are up,
Senator Strom Thurmond and Jim Broyhill are in the
majority on the Senate Judiciary Committee overseeing judicial appointments.
Without Jim Broyhill and a Republican Senate
majority, that job will be turned over to Teddy Kennedy and Joe Biden.
The President. You can strike a blow
against the drugs, thugs, and hoodlums by casting your vote for Jim and keeping
him as a force for law and order in the United States Senate. The future of our
country, its safety and security, is in our hands.
about the future, one thing is certain: The people of this State can be proud
of the part that North Carolina has played and
continues to play in the preservation of our freedom. You're the home of FortBragg, CampLejeune, Cherry Point, and Seymour
Johnson Air Force Base. It's consistent, then, that just like North Carolina, Jim
has been second to none in his support for a strong national defense. He's
currently on the Senate Armed Services Committee and is a powerful force for
strength and security.
made great progress -- with liberals kicking, screaming, and fighting us all
the way -- in rebuilding our military strength. Yet what makes me especially
happy is that, in these last 5\1/2\ years, we've made certain that every
individual who serves his country knows how much we appreciate the job he or
she is doing. We've restored pride in those who wear the military uniform of
the United States. Missed
me. [The President referred to a loud background noise.] [Laughter] But
I don't know of anything I'm prouder of than those young people of ours that
are in uniform today. God love them, they deserve our pride. We've done our
best to see that those defending our country have the weapons and equipment
they need. We've revitalized the Western alliance. And I'm happy to report that
after 5\1/2\ years, not 1 square inch of territory has been lost to communism.
In fact, one small country, Grenada, has been brought back
into the family of free nations.
coming election means so much to our country. By helping determine which party
controls the United States Senate, you'll determine, to a large degree, what
direction our country goes. The big spenders and taxers
will weaken our defense, raise taxes on our working people, send our economy
back into a tailspin, and open the cage, turning the inflation monster loose on
America again. But with your
help, and with Jim Broyhill in the Senate, we're not
going to let that happen. And now is the time to reach out to the many members
of the other party who share our values and enlist them in our cause. I was a
member of the other party myself, so I know it takes a little coaxing. What
we're doing is too important not to make certain everyone who sympathizes with
our cause joins and gets out the vote. Our ranks are being bolstered by those
changing registration, and also a flood of young, first-time voters.
thing I will always enjoy is meeting America's young people. I'm so
pleased that so many of them are here today. I've seen them at rallies like
this across the country, in schools, in workplaces, and on our military bases.
And you know something? General George Marshall once described our secret
weapon in World War II as -- when he was asked what it was, he said, ``Just the
best blankety-blank kids in the world.'' And do you
know something? Simply put, this generation is the best darn bunch of kids
we've ever had. I know we must have a few from Enloe
and SandersonHigh Schools and MeredithCollege with us today. Well,
you know, they're what this election is all about -- the kind of America that we will leave to
them. And I promise all of you, those of my generation pledge to you, you're going to take over in a country that's just as
free and full of opportunity as it was when we took over those many years ago.
got a great Governor, you've got a great two Senators
right now. Keep it that way. And send back all that other A-Team,
that I just mentioned a little while ago, to the Congress. Yes, sir, Mr.
Cobey, he's among them. And just make sure that we
don't let them down. Make sure that they stay right where they are. And all I
can say to all of you is -- and I know there must be some Democrats in a crowd
of this kind, and there must be some who once were Democrats, as I was. But
that's because -- and why I still urge this change -- is because all across
this country are millions of patriotic Democrats who are not content to follow
the liberal leadership of their party and who find themselves more in tune with
our principles today than they do with that leadership. And I just want you to
know if you're here: You sure are welcome. We're pleased to have you.
out and vote and make sure your neighbors do the same thing. And thank you, and God bless you.
The President spoke at at the Raleigh Civic
and Convention Center. He was introduced by Gov. James G. Martin. Following his
remarks, the President attended a reception for major donors to Senator Broyhill's campaign at the center. He then traveled to Atlanta, GA.