Remarks at a Campaign
Rally for Senator Jeremiah A. Denton in
Thank you all very much -- our Republican State Chairman, Emory Folmer, and I thank you, Senator Denton, for that kind introduction. And a special thanks to the Berry High School Band, the Hewitt Trusville High School Band, the Fayette County High School Band, and the Cleveland High School Band. You know, I can't help but see the young people here in the audience, and I have a special message for all of you from my roommate. [Laughter] She said, ``When it comes to drugs, please -- for yourselves, for your families, for your future and your country -- just say no.''
it's great to be here with Bill McFarland. Bill will make
story says so much about how the tax-and-tax and spend-and-spend policies left
our country just a few years ago: negative growth, double-digit inflation, the
highest interest rates since -- get ready -- the War Between the States. And
so, as a part of the 1980 cleanup crew for the worst economic mess since the
Great Depression, Jerry Denton and I headed for
Just days ago we learned that the figure that represents the country's economic growth, the gross national product, and some other indicators show our economy gathering momentum for even more growth, higher take-home pay, and more new jobs. In short, we're headed for a second boom. I'm determined to see that those who still are not sharing fully in our nation's prosperity do so. And I give you my pledge: Neither Jerry nor I will be satisfied until this expansion reaches every sector of our economy and until every American who wants a job has a job.
Now, 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 the 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 people never saw a tax they didn't like. [Laughter] And 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] The American people know the truth: We don't have a deficit because we're taxed too little; we have a deficit because Congress spends too much. Isn't it about time the Congress started protecting the family budget instead of fattening the Federal budget?
contrast between us and the leaders of the other party is just as apparent when
it comes to judicial appointments. Now, you realize that the President appoints
the Federal judges, but they can't be a judge unless they are approved by the
Senate. Well, since I began appointing Federal judges to be approved by people
like Jerry Denton in the Republican Senate, the Federal judiciary has become
tougher, much tougher, on criminals. Criminals are going to jail more often and
receiving longer sentences. Over and over again, the Democratic leadership has
tried in the Senate to torpedo our choices for judges. And that's where Jerry
Denton 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
I don't know why, but around about here I always feel like telling a story. And maybe some of you have heard it, but then you've got to remember that after you pass 40, you begin telling stories over and over again. [Laughter] This is a story about a Democratic fundraiser in a downtown hotel. And when they started coming out of the fundraiser, there was a kid outside with a bunch of puppies. And he was holding them up, and he was saying, ``Buy a puppy, a Democrat puppy. Buy a Democrat puppy.'' Two weeks later the Republicans held a fundraiser there, and as they started coming out, here was the same kid with the puppies. And he was saying, ``Buy a Republican puppy. Buy a Republican puppy.'' And a newspaperman who was there and had been there 2 weeks before said, ``Wait a minute, kid. You were here 2 weeks ago with those puppies, and you were calling them Democrat puppies. Now you are calling them Republican puppies. How come?'' Kid says, ``Now they've got their eyes open.'' [Laughter]
ladies and gentlemen, we've come now to an issue that transcends in importance
even all the other crucial issues that I've mentioned: My most solemn duty as
President is the safety of the American people and the security of these
of our young men and women in uniform, things have really changed around the
world. You know,
finally, there's another special accomplishment. We must never forget that it
was our decision to move ahead with SDI, the Strategic Defense Initiative,
against ballistic missiles, that brought the
Now, you know, in a crowd like this and in this place, there must be many Democrats. I want you to know that during these past 6 years as President I've relied again and again upon the support of Democrats like you who are here today, and I thank you. As you may know, I used to be a Democrat myself until I learned that the liberal leadership of that party had become completely out of step with the hard-working and patriotic men and women who make up the Democratic Party across this nation. I know how tough it can be to break with tradition. As a matter of fact, after I had decided that I could no longer follow that leadership and I began campaigning for Republican candidates, I still hadn't gotten around to reregistering. And then one night I was speaking to a Republican fundraiser. And a woman stood up right in the middle of my speech, out there in the audience, and she said, ``Have you reregistered?'' And I said, ``Not yet, but I'm going to.'' She said, ``I'm a registrar.'' She came right down the center aisle -- [laughter] -- put it on the podium, and I signed up and then said, ``Now, where was I?'' Well, we have to remember what Winston Churchill said. He was in the British Parliament, and he changed parties. And he was criticized for that. And he said, ``Some men change principle for party, others change party for principle.''
and gentlemen, the eyes of
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 Jerry. But important as this election will be to me, it'll be even more important to you, and especially to you young people, because it's going to shape our nation's future. And every poll shows that the age group from 18 to 24 has the highest percentage of that group on our side. But every poll shows just as clearly that in that same age group, 18 to 24, you have the lowest voter turnout. So, to you young people here: Not only go out prepared to vote, but go out as missionaries and buttonhole your friends and tell them to get on the ball and vote. That's the only way you're going to have a voice in what kind of a country you're going to live in. Now, exercise your sacred right as Americans and participate in shaping history itself. And, as I say, do it by casting your vote.
And you know something? I goofed a little while ago when I started in. I forgot to mention the Oak Grove High School Band. [Applause] All right. You know, you young people -- and I knew a time when I was a Governor of California when I couldn't have said what I'm going to say now. I've been all over the country. I've been on campuses. I've been in schools. I've been visiting with our young men and women in uniform in our military bases. Back in the beginning of World War II, General George C. Marshall was the Chief of Staff of our Army. And someone asked him, as we went into that terrible war, did we have a secret weapon, and if so, what? And George C. Marshall said: ``Yes, we have a secret weapon. It's just the best blankety-blank kids in the world.'' And after all that I've seen crisscrossing this country about your generation, if George Marshall was around, he'd say you're the best blankety-blank kids in the world.
it's coming on 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
Americans the same freedom and opportunity that our parents and grandparents
handed on to us when it came our turn. And when we look at you and when we see
your openness, your enthusiasm for
just want to close by saying a few words about this man I'm honored to call my
friend, Jerry Denton. It makes you proud to be in government when you can work
with someone like Jerry. And whenever I'm with him, I can't help but think back
to that time when, after unimaginable suffering in a North Vietnamese prison
camp, Jerry stepped from his plane onto
you. God bless you all, and God bless
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