Remarks at a Senate
Campaign Rally for Christopher S. Bond in
The President. After listening to you
and to those kind words by Kit Bond and by Senator Danforth,
I've just grown 6 inches taller than when I came in. But believe me, I can tell you, it is good to be here today in Spoon's
it's good to be here in
it's an honor to share this podium today with so many of
brings me to my friend, Kit Bond. Now, of course, I could refer to Kit as your
former Governor. But doesn't it seem just a little bit better to talk about Kit
Bond, the next United States Senator from the great State of
now Kit's running for the Senate in a crucial election that could decide
control of the Senate itself. As you may know, back in
and I believe that today our nation faces an historic opportunity to ensure
world peace and lead the entire globe to greater prosperity and freedom. We see
the opportunity for new jobs, better education, rising incomes, and lower
taxes. We see the American dream taking place and taking new shape and rising
to new heights, and we say yes to the future, yes to the greatness of
You'll remember that when we took control of the White House and Senate just 5\1/2\ years ago, we inherited an economy that the liberal Democrat leadership had turned into the worst mess since the Great Depression. Their policy of tax and tax and spend and spend was beginning to throw Americans out of work all over the country, including far too many right here in Missouri. It had given us double-digit inflation, as Kit told you. And it had produced the highest interest rates since -- get ready -- since the Civil War. Big government had become the Democrats' pet, but the Democrats' pet was the people's monster. To get big government off your backs, we cut government growth, slashed regulations, and enacted an across-the-board personal income tax cut of almost 25 percent. Then we indexed taxes, making it impossible for inflation to push you into higher tax brackets ever again just because you got a cost-of-living pay raise. Now, I knew I was in for it when the hostile critics dubbed our economic plan Reaganomics. They said we couldn't do it. But while the naysayers complained, we went to work.
inflation has fallen from more than 12 percent to 1.8 percent for the last 12
months. Interest rates are down. Mortgage rates are down. And we've seen the
creation of almost 11.7 million jobs in less than the last 4 years -- more jobs
You know, it sort of reminds me of a story. A lot of things when you get my age remind you of stories. [Laughter] But this was a Democratic fundraising rally at a hotel. And outside, when all of them were coming out, there was a kid there with a bunch of puppies. And he was trying to sell them, and he was saying, ``Come buy a Democrat puppy. Buy a Democrat puppy.'' Two weeks later the Republicans held a fundraiser in the same hall, and there was the same kid with the same puppies. And when they were coming out, he was saying, ``Buy a Republican puppy.'' Well, one of the press, a newspaperman who had seen him 2 weeks before, said, ``Hey, kid. Wait a minute. Two weeks ago you were trying to sell these puppies as Democrats. What are you doing here now trying to sell them as Republicans?'' And the kid says, ``Now they got their eyes open.'' [Laughter]
But to return to the economy, just yesterday I signed into law a sweeping and historic tax reform, a 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. That's right, 15 percent or less. [Applause] Sounds good to me, and I think you just indicated it sounds good to you. Tax cuts and new jobs are our record, the Republican record. Still more economic growth is our agenda for the future. And what is the liberal Democrats agenda? The answer is simple: raise taxes. The Speaker of the House, Tip O'Neill, spoke for all the liberal Democrats last year when he said, and I quote: ``Should the American people pay through the nose by taxation? The answer is yes.'' Well, come November, the American people will be going to the polls and saying, loud and clear: ``Sorry, Tip, and sorry, Harriett [Woods], the answer is no.''
You're the people who pay the taxes, and you know that we don't have a deficit because we're taxed too little. We have a deficit because Congress spends too much. And it's about time they cut the Federal budget and left the family budget alone. The contrast between us and the liberal Democratic leadership is just as apparent when it comes to judicial appointments. Since I began appointing Federal judges to be approved by the Republican Senate, the Federal judiciary has become tougher, much tougher, on criminals. Convicted criminal defendants are going to jail more often and receiving longer sentences. For example, the average sentence in drug cases has gone up by some 17 percent, from 56 to 65 months.
of course, I could go on quoting you the reports and statistics, but what it
all comes down to is this: Since we Republicans took the White House and Senate
away from the liberal Democratic leadership -- and remember, the Senate has to
confirm any judges that I appoint -- we've given
And if Kit Bond and other Republicans help us retain control of the Senate, we can go right on fighting crime. And you know, here and there I've heard some people, usually on the other side, try to indicate that, well, maybe there's something in the checks and balances to have a Senator from each party. If you like what Jack Danforth's been doing up there, why should you send someone up to cancel his vote? But if Kit and the other Republicans help us regain control of the Senate, we can go right on fighting crime. But if Democrats like his opponent gains control -- well, I just have to believe it's better to have a Republican running the Senate Judiciary Committee, as he will, than a liberal Democrat, Teddy Kennedy. Now, my friends, both parties talk law and order, but Republicans like Kit Bond make it happen.
foreign affairs we Republicans have rebuilt our nation's defenses and won new
our dealings with the Soviets, as you know, as you were just told up here
before by my friends, I just recently returned from my meeting with Mr.
I discovered that many people aren't quite sure of what we're talking about. It
hasn't been explained to them -- SDI. It's exploring a purely defensive, purely
peaceful technology. If the Soviets honestly want progress toward a world free
of nuclear weapons, they have nothing to fear from SDI. The Soviets are hard
The President. Thank you. I kind of thought you'd say that. And the other little explanation -- if it's been overlooked -- that I want you to know, too, is that I made it very plain that we are ready to sign now a treaty that is binding as law that would say when we have rid ourselves of those ballistic missiles on both sides and if SDI has proven out to be the shield, the defensive shield we think it can be, we will be very happy to turn it over, also, and let the Soviet Union have it so that both of us can go on through history without being suspicious of each other.
Renewed prosperity, rebuilt national defenses, world peace on a more secure footing -- all this we've accomplished. But I must tell you that today that all our accomplishments, all that during these past 5\1/2\ years we've struggled so hard to achieve, is in danger. For if we lose the Senate, the liberal Democrats will march us back to the grim days of the seventies. This is my last campaign, and if you'd like to vote for me one more time, you can do it by voting for Kit Bond.
Audience. Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!
The President. Oh, the Constitution says no. But if you mean do I want to live 4 more years? Yes. [Laughter]
But important as this election will be to me, it'll be even more important to you -- and especially to you young people -- for it will shape our nation's future. So, I urge all of you -- and again, I have you young people in high school and college especially on my mind -- to study the issues and, come November 4th, to cast your vote. Because you might be interested to know that the polls indicate that of all the various age groups in our nation, those between the ages of 18 and 24 -- a majority are on our side. But I want you to go out of here not only with what you yourselves believe, but I want you to go out of here as missionaries to all the others in your age group. Because the polls also indicate that you have the highest percentage in that age group who do not go to the polls to vote. It won't help unless you get there. And if you do, you'll be playing a major part in determining what the future is going to be for all of you in this country.
I've been -- I probably shouldn't do this -- but I've been talking about polls.
I want to conduct an informal poll, and I won't mind if you speak up so that
Do you want to go back to the days of big spending, high taxes, and runaway inflation?
The President. Do you want a weak and
The President. Would you rather have
The President. Do you want Kit Bond to
become the next Senator from the great State of
The President. You just made my day. And do you know something? You didn't hurt Kit Bond's feelings either. [Laughter]
Well, it's time to go now, and before leaving -- --
The President. Yes, it really is. I've
Audience. We love you, Ronnie!
The President. Well, believe me, I love you, all of you. I've been all across this country. I've been on campuses. I've met so many of you. And having, as Governor, been burned in effigy on a few campuses some years ago -- [laughter] -- I just want to tell you that if George Marshall were here today, he would say of you, ``You are the best blankety-blank kids in the world.''
Audience. Ronnie! Ronnie! Ronnie!
The President. Thank you. You know,
naturally, being here, I've been doing a little remembering, and I can't help
but thinking of one of the last times that a President visited
Thank you, and God bless you all.
The President spoke at in the