Remarks at a Campaign
Rally for Senator Mack Mattingly in
The President. Thank you very much. I enjoyed that ``6 more years!'' chant very much. That other one -- there's a little constitutional provision involved there -- no. No, I'll settle for 2 more years of a Republican Senate. Well, you couldn't hear that, that was a plug for my wife to run. [Laughter]
thank you, Mack, for that kind introduction, and let me say hello to the mayor
of Columbus, Bill Feighner, and to your next mayor,
John Gaus. And having been the drum major of a boys band in
Audience. We love you!
The President. I love all of you,
believe me. And before I get started, let me mention two of
I can't help but see the young people who are here in the audience, and I have a special message to all of you from my roommate. [Laughter] When it comes to drugs, please -- for yourselves, for your families, for your future and your country -- just say no. [Applause] Thank you.
know, it's wonderful to be here in
so, as a part of the 1980 cleanup crew for the worst economic mess since the
Great Depression, Mack Mattingly and I headed for
To broaden our expansion, I signed into law last week the most sweeping reform of the tax code in our nation's history. For more than 80 percent of Americans, it means a top tax rate of 15 percent or less -- and that's why I call it Tax Cut II. But wouldn't you know it, even before this fair share tax plan reached my desk, the Democratic leadership in Congress was saying that they wanted to break faith with the American people and turn tax reform into a tax hike. You know, the truth is those folks never met a tax they didn't like. [Laughter] When it comes to spending your hard-earned money, they act like they've got your credit card in their pocket. And believe me, they never leave home without it. [Laughter] But you, the American people, you know the truth. We don't have a deficit because we're taxed too little. We have a deficit because Congress spends too much. Now, isn't it about time the Congress started protecting the family budget instead of fattening the Federal budget? [Applause]
contrast between us and the leaders of the other party is just as apparent when
it comes to judicial appointments. Now, you know a President appoints judges,
but they have to be confirmed by the United States Senate, or they don't become
a judge. Since I began appointing Federal judges to be approved by people like
Mack Mattingly in the Republican Senate, the Federal judiciary has become
tougher, much tougher, on criminals. Criminals are going to jail more often,
and they're receiving longer sentences. Over and over, the Democratic
leadership has tried in the Senate to torpedo our choices for judges. And
that's where Mack Mattingly can make all the difference. Without him and the
Republican majority in the Senate, we'll find liberals like Joe Biden and a certain fellow from
You know, I can't resist telling another story here. There was a Democratic fundraiser. And when the people were coming out of the affair at the end of it, there was a kid outside with some puppies. And he was holding up these puppies one by one, and he was saying, ``Pups for sale. Democratic pups for sale.'' And 2 weeks later the Republicans held a fundraiser in the same place, and the same kid was there with the puppies. And he was now holding up Republican puppies for sale. And a newspaper reporter who had seen him 2 weeks before said, ``Hey, kid, wait a minute. Last time here, 2 weeks ago, you were trying to sell those puppies as Democrat puppies. Now you say they're Republican puppies. How come?'' The kid said, ``Now they got their eyes open.''
and gentlemen, we've come now to an issue that transcends in importance even
all the other crucial matters that I've mentioned: my most solemn duty as
President, the safety of the American people and the security of these
finally, there's another special accomplishment. We must never forget that it
was our decision to move ahead with SDI, that's Strategic Defense Initiative --
a defense initiative against ballistic missiles. It's that that brought the
Audience. SDI! SDI! SDI!
The President. Thank you. [Laughter]
Well, and keeping my word was what I tried to do in
I know this crowd couldn't be here in this place unless among you there were a number of Democrats. No, I want you to know. No, I know that during these past 6 years as President I have relied again and again upon the support of Democrats like those who would be present at this gathering. And I thank them. As you may know, I was a Democrat once myself, until I learned that the liberal leadership of that party had gotten completely out of step with the hard-working, patriotic members of the Democrat Party -- the rank and file who make up that party across the Nation. Now, I know how tough it can be to break with tradition, but remember what Winston Churchill said when in the British Parliament he changed parties. He said, ``Some men change principle for party, and others change party for principle.''
and gentlemen, the eyes of
The President. Do you want Ted Kennedy or Joe Biden controlling the confirmation of Federal court judges?
The President. Do you want to return
to policies that gave us a weak and vacillating
The President. Now, would you rather have low taxes, low inflation, and low interest rates?
The President. Would you rather have
The President. And do you want Mack
Mattingly as your Senator from the great State of
The President. Thank you.
Audience. Six more years! Six more years! Six more years!
The President. Thank you. You just made my day, and you didn't make Mack unhappy either. You know, my name will never appear on a ballot again, but if you'd like to vote for me one more time, you can do so by voting for Mack Mattingly.
Audience. Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!
The President. Six more years!
Audience. Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!
The President. Thank you. Thank you. If you mean I should live 4 more, I'm with you.
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'll shape our nation's future. Every poll shows that the age group from 18 to 24 has the highest percentage in support of us and what we've been doing. But every poll also shows that that same age group, 18 to 24, has the lowest voter turnout. So, to all of you young people here: Exercise your sacred right as an American, participate in shaping history itself by going to the polls and casting your vote. And also, when you leave here, if it's your intention to do that, go out as missionaries and buttonhole your friends and tell them to get to the polls and vote. They're needed. I was going to ask if I could count on you, but you've already given me that answer. You know, back in World War II, General George Marshall, then the Chief of Staff of our Army, was asked by someone as we entered that terrible, great war if we had a secret weapon and, if so what was it. And General Marshall said: ``Yes. And our secret weapon is just the best blankety-blank kids in the world.'' I think if the General were here today, I think the General would say of this generation of yours, you young people, once again, ``the best blankety-blank kids in the world.''
it's time to go now. But before leaving, I'd just like to say that people my
age deeply believe that it's our duty to turn over to you young people, you
young Americans, the same freedom and opportunity that our parents and
grandparents handed on to us. Sometimes those of us -- my own generation and
generations between mine and yours -- sometimes we slipped up and let things
get out of hand, as we did several years ago. But that has to be our sacred
pledge. And when we look at you -- when we see your openness, your enthusiam for
The President spoke at in the Columbus
Municipal Auditorium. Following his remarks, the President attended a reception
for major donors to the Georgia State Republican Party in the auditorium. He
then traveled to