Remarks on Departure for
a Campaign Trip to
Mr. Fahrenkopf. Ladies and gentlemen, I'm Frank Fahrenkopf, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, and want to welcome you here this morning. [Applause] Thank you.
Twelve days, including today, is all that's left in the 1986 election cycle, a critical election cycle and critical decision for the people of this nation. They have a decision to make on November 4th: whether or not to support candidates for the Senate and for Congress and for the governorships and State legislatures of this country -- candidates who will support the greatest President that I think we've seen in this nation in this century.
It is a decision as to whether or not the great advances and changes and positiveness of the last 6 years will be fought in the last 2. We don't want that. And I'm so very, very pleased to introduce to you the greatest asset of the Republican Party, who in the next 12 days will be traveling across this country on behalf of our candidates and the Reagan revolution, ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States, Ronald Wilson Reagan.
The President. Well, I thank Frank for that very kind introduction, those generous words, and I thank each and every one of you for coming out for this send-off. You know, this beats getting an Oscar. [Laughter] Today the 1986 campaign begins in earnest. I'm headed out for several days of campaigning. We're going to bring to the American people a message of hope about their future, but also a message of concern about the threat to all that we've accomplished together and all that we hope to do together.
We've got a great story to tell. Due to our efforts and the support of the American people, we've put our country back on the path to jobs, opportunity, growth, and security. And inflation has reached its lowest level in 20 years. Interest rates are less than half of what they were. And since the recovery began, almost 11.7 million jobs have been created -- these are new jobs. Now, that's what I call a Republican jobs program, and it didn't happen by accident.
never been a race where the choices are so clear and the differences so
distinct. Just yesterday I signed into law an historic piece of legislation
that overhauls the tax code, makes it fairer, and brings down the tax rates.
The liberals have already announced that they plan to undermine the spirit of
that legislation and risk throwing our country back into recession by raising
taxes. By election day, we've got to make certain the
voter knows that this is a race between the tax, tax, spend, spend crowd and
responsible Republicans who would rather protect the family budget than protect
the Federal budget. It's a make-or-break election that will determine not only
area of disagreement: We believe there's no greater asset for world peace than
this will be our message in the coming days. And I'll be asking the American
people: Do you want to extend and complete economic recovery or see it stifled
through tax increases by the same people who nearly ruined our economy the last
time they had the chance? Do you want to move toward a peaceful world of
ensured defense against nuclear missiles or remain stuck in a world of
permanent nuclear terror? I have every confidence our fellow citizens will
reject the advocates of the failed policies of the past and keep our country
moving forward. Young people deserve an
going to start out in
Note: The President spoke at at the South Portico of the White House.