Remarks at a Campaign
Rally for Senator Mack Mattingly in
The President. Thank you very much. If
they'd have done that in
And it's good to be in the home State of a member of the Cabinet, our Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Jim Miller. He was going to be here today, because this is his home, but just like Mack and the others, he had to stay there to keep counting when they start talking budget, as they're talking in the Congress. Somebody's got to watch them. But I thank you, State Chairman Paul Coverdell, for allowing me to be here to campaign for Guy Davis and the entire Republican ticket and to commend the Georgia GOP for all the fine work it's doing.
You know, one of the pleasures in visiting Georgia is that I get to tell stories that folks up in Washington don't always understand -- stories that involve a little southern humor, like the one of the Yankee who was driving down through the South and -- --
Audience member. Talk louder!
The President. What? Louder? He was driving down through the South, and there was an accident. And the southern gentleman whose car he'd hit got out of his car, and he got out. And neither one of them were hurt, and the cars weren't too badly damaged. And then the southerner, with true southern hospitality, said, ``You look a little shook up. Wait a minute.'' Reached back in his car and came out with a bottle and said, ``Here, take a slug of this. I think it'll make you feel better.'' So, the Yankee did, and then he was urged to do it again and take another one. He said, ``Really, it'll settle your nerves.'' And so he did. After about the third time, why, he got a little guilty feeling and said to the southern fellow who'd been so kind, ``Look,'' he said, ``I'm drinking it all here.'' He said, ``Here, you have a drink. You just going to stand there?'' And the southerner says, ``Yes. I'm just going to stand here until the police come.'' [Laughter]
it was good to take off on Air Force One this morning -- good to leave behind
the big government and special interests of
This brings me to a man that I have the feeling happens to have a few friends here today, a certain United States Senator by the name of Mack Mattingly. Mack Mattingly is a hard-working man of integrity and one of those rare figures in our public life who's more interested in results than headlines. Like me, Mack spent most of his life in the private sector. He knows what it means to earn a paycheck and meet a payroll and raise a family on a balanced budget. I guess that's one reason that Mack and I have become such good friends. He has a quality that some would call old-fashioned, but that I just have to believe is more important today than ever. That quality is called character. And don't you believe it's important to keep character in our government? [Applause] And a second reason that Mack and I have become good friends is that we were elected in the same year, 1980. And ever since, we've worked side by side to revive our economy, rebuild our defenses, and restore the American spirit. I've relied on Mack in the battle to balance the Federal budget by passing the line-item veto. And we're going to keep on trying until it gets done. Forty-three Governors in this country have it; the President should have it. In the more than a hundred years since the line-item veto was first proposed, no one has come closer to getting it passed than Mack. And I just have to believe we need Mack Mattingly back in the Senate, so we can finally get the line-item veto and restore common sense to the budget process once and for all.
want to tell you, having been a Governor myself, I've been shocked. This
country's budget process at the national level is a mess. Congress has had 8
months to come up with a budget and has failed to do so. And now, we're 8 days
into the new fiscal year. Now, hours before my meeting with General Secretary
Gorbachev, the House Democrats are trying to tie my hands with restrictive
language on foreign policy issues -- issues that should be decided at a negotiating
table with the Soviets, not at a congressional committee table. I could look
across the table in
the crusade against drugs, Mack has proven invaluable, passing legislation that
authorizes the President to withhold funds from any country not cooperating in
our antidrug effort. And I want you to know that
Mack's wife, Carolyn, is the founder and president of the bipartisan
Congressional Families for Drug-Free Youth. Carolyn and Nancy have traveled and
worked together in this crusade against drugs. And Carolyn,
so it's been, throughout these nearly 6 years -- in all the great battles and
accomplishments -- Mack Mattingly has been right there working for
critics dubbed our plan Reaganomics and predicted economic ruin. Let's look at
what's happened instead. Inflation has fallen from more than 12 percent to less
than 2 percent. Interest rates are down. Mortgage rates are down and housing
starts are up, helping industries like timber. And just listen to this: During
these nearly 4 years of economic growth, we've seen the creation of more than
11\1/2\ million jobs in the
Perhaps the most important aspect of our economic efforts involves all that Mack and others like him have done to promote growth by giving our nation a comprehensive tax reform -- a tax reform that will make our entire tax system simpler and fairer and enable some 8 out of 10 Americans to pay Federal income taxes of 15 percent or less. Sounds pretty good to me. How does it sound to you? [Applause] Now, the Democratic leadership has been saying that once our tax reform program is in place, the rates will be raised to pay for more spending. Well, that would be an intolerable breach of faith with the American people. We didn't achieve this historic tax reform to have it undermined by the big taxers. I pledge today to oppose any effort to raise the tax rates and negate the hard-fought progress that we've made, and I'm calling on all Members of the Congress to take that same pledge. Ask them to do something that I know Mack's more than happy to do himself. Ask them to take that pledge on tax rates -- that they will be held at 15 and 28 percent for individuals and 34 percent for the corporations.
if I could add something here, in the House of Representatives, your fellow
Georgian, Newt Gingrich, is a leader in the fight against any tax increase. And
Pat Swindall was among the first to take the pledge.
They're great Representatives for
foreign affairs, Mack and I've worked to make
prosperity at home, renewed strength and self-assurance abroad -- this is the
story of the past 6 years, the story in which Mack Mattingly has played such a
central role. And now Mack faces an opponent who wants to undo that story, who
wants to take us all back to the days of self-doubt and weakness -- back to the
days of tax and tax and spend and spend. To tell you the truth, when I even
think about the record Mack's opponent has put together in Congress, it sort of
touches my temperature control. In 1985 Mack's opponent voted against me almost
two-thirds of the time, substantially more than any other member of the
listen to this: In 1982, every member of the
it's happened again and again and again. On 147 different occasions, Mack's
opponent was the only member of the
The President. You know, less than 2
weeks ago I spoke in
can feel this new spirit everywhere. Right here in
Then Jack Hodge, a local poultry distributor, came to the rescue. He persuaded creditors to reduce or forgive the boys' debts. He launched a fund drive at his church. And when the boys' trailer was gutted by fire, Jack Hodge and dozens of volunteers donated their time and skills to build the O'Kelley boys a four-bedroom house. In Terry O'Kelley's words: ``Six months ago, we didn't have a friend in the world. Now we have more friends than you can shake a stick at.'' And as Jack Hodge said: ``I'm not running for office, but I believe it's a duty to help people if you can.'' Ladies and gentlemen, will you join me in welcoming two authentic American heroes, Terry O'Kelley and Jack Hodge. Would you stand up, please? O'Kelley -- say, you boys wouldn't happen to be Irish, would you? [Laughter]
This American sense of can-do, this sense that with a little gumption the future can be made better -- this is what Mack Mattingly, and I believe our nation, stands for. And so it is that I ask you to cast a vote that will help me to be the President you elected me to be. But even more, I ask you to cast a vote for yourselves, for your children, and for your children's children. You know, I'm so delighted when I come to a rally like this and see all these young people that are here because whether they know it or not, they're what these elections are all about. We of my generation have to pledge to them that when it comes their turn to take over, they're going to take over a country that has as much freedom and opportunity as we had when we started and took over.
My friends, send your Republican slate into the offices, the statehouse, and to the Congress. And I ask you, send Mack Mattingly back to the United States Senate. Thank you very much, and God bless you all.
The President spoke at at the Omni Coliseum.
Earlier, the President attended a reception for major donors to Senator
Mattingly's reelection campaign at the coliseum. Following his remarks, the
President returned to