Remarks at a Campaign
Rally for Richard McIntyre in
The President. Thank you very much. Believe me, Governor Orr, it's great to be back in your State again. And here on this 30th anniversary of the opening of this particular stadium, I don't think I'll be as entertaining 30 years later here as the wonderful Harlem Globetrotters were then. Of course, I was just a small boy at the time. [Laughter] But let me start off by saluting some tremendous young people who have come out here to help us: the Castle High School Band, the Bedford North Lawrence High School Band, the Lincoln High School Band, the North High School Band, and the Reitz High School Choir.
know, Rick, and all of those nice things that you said about your good people
here -- I owe a tremendous debt to the people of
there's another reason why I feel gratitude to all of you: You've sent to
I can't help but see these young people here in the audience, and I have a special message for all of you from my roommate. [Laughter] She said to tell you that when it comes to drugs, please -- for yourselves, for your families, for your future, and your country -- just say no.
it's wonderful to be here in
story says so much about how the tax-and-tax and spend-and-spend policies left
our country, just a few short years ago, with negative growth, double-digit
inflation, the highest rates since -- get ready -- the highest rates since the
Civil War. And so, as a part of that 1980 cleanup crew for the worst economic
mess since the Great Depression, we Republicans headed for
days ago we learned that the figure that represents the country's economic
growth, GNP, 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 more prosperity. And 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 Rick nor I will be
satisfied until this expansion reaches every sector of our economy and every
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. And when it comes to spending your hard-earned money, they act like they've got your credit card in their pockets. And believe me, they never leave home without it. [Laughter]
Now, Rick's opponent [Frank McCloskey] is a card-carrying member of the tax-and-spend crew. He has voted repeatedly to block our cuts in the Federal budget and for higher and higher taxes. But Rick McIntyre and the American people know the truth. They know we don't have a deficit because Congress spends too much -- or I mean, we don't have it because we're taxed too little; we do have it because Congress spends too much. Made a slip there. I was trying to read that sign they're holding up. Isn't it about time that the Congress started protecting the family budget instead of fattening the Federal budget?
know, these differences we have on taxes and spending, and the differences
between what they say at home and what those people then do when they get back
ladies and gentlemen, we've come now to an issue that transcends in importance
even all the other crucial matters I've mentioned: my most solemn duty as President,
the safety of the American people and the security of the
finally, there's another special accomplishment. We remain committed to our
decision to move ahead with our Strategic Defense Initiative against ballistic
missiles, the thing we call SDI. Today we're dealing with the
Rick's opponent is an example of what I'm not talking about. Not once, but
seven times he voted to cut and delay SDI, just what the Soviets want us to do.
Now, I knew there were those who had their doubts, but flying back from
Now, I know that in a crowd like this, this place, there must be some of you who are Democrats.
The President. No, no, now wait a minute. No, no, hear me out. I couldn't come here today without thanking them for their support. I want you to know that during these past 6 years as President, I've relied again and again when the chips were down, on the support of some of the Democrats like those who are probably here. And I thank them, because, as you may know, I used to be a Democrat myself. Yes -- wait a minute -- until I learned that the liberal leadership of the Democratic Party had gone a direction that took them completely out of step with millions of hard-working, patriotic men and women who make up the Democratic Party across the country.
all these bands present I have to tell you that I was once the drum major of a boys band in
You know, my friends, one of the principles that the Democrat leaders have abandoned most dramatically is the principle of fairplay. And there's no better example than what happened to Rick McIntyre. Twice -- twice the votes showed that he was certified as the duly elected representative of this district, but the Democrats in the House, on a strictly partisan vote, simply refused to seat him. It was an act of unprecedented arrogance. If there's one thing that makes this country of ours great and strong, it is that we are a federation of sovereign States. And this is unique in most all the world. But these individuals, these Democrat leaders, would like to make the States into just administrative districts of the Federal Government. Well, don't let that happen.
the people of
and gentlemen, we couldn't have accomplished all that I was talking about a
little earlier if we had not had that one House of the Congress, the Senate.
Ladies and gentlemen, the eyes of
just to be sure of where you stand, I thought I'd conduct an informal poll.
Speak up loudly now so you'll let all
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. That's good to hear.
Now, would you rather have an
The President. Would you rather have low taxes, low inflation, and low interest rates?
The President. Do you want Rick McIntyre as your Congressman from the 8th district of Indiana?
The President. Thank you. You just made my day, and you didn't hurt Rick's feelings at all.
Audience. Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!
The President. Well, there's a little constitutional difficulty there, but if you mean do you want me to live 4 more years, I'm with you. And I'll tell you what I'll settle for: You send Dan Quayle back there so that we've got a Republican Senate for 2 more years, and I'll be happy.
You know, my name will never appear on a ballot again -- --
The President. -- -- but if you'd like to vote for me one more time, you can do so by voting for Rick McIntyre. But important as this election will be to me, it will be even more important to you, and especially to you young people, because it will shape our nation's future. Now, every poll shows that the age group in our country from 18 to 24 has the greatest majority on our side. But wait a minute. Every poll shows that just as clearly, it's that same age group that has the lowest percentage of voter turnout. So, those of you in that group who are here, don't go out of here only committed to vote yourself. Buttonhole your friends and tell them to vote, that you can participate in shaping history itself simply by casting a vote.
You know, back at the beginning of World War II, General George C. Marshall, who was the Chief of Staff of our Army, was asked if we had a secret weapon for that war and what it might be. And General Marshall said: ``Yes, we have a secret weapon. It's the best blankety-blank kids in the world.'' Well, I've been crisscrossing this country. I've been on campuses. I've been in schools. I've seen those young people in our military. And I can tell you, if George Marshall were here today, he would repeat, you are the best blankety-blank kids in the world.
Well, it's time to go now, but before leaving -- --
The President. I'm due out in
I see at least one young man in this room here who's a fraternity brother of mine. I was told that -- --
The President. I was told that Tau Kappa Epsilon was a fraternity for life. And I found
out they not only made me a member at
But, my friends, in casting your vote for Rick McIntyre and Dan Quayle, you'll be winning one for yourselves, you'll be winning one for Indiana, and believe me, you'll be winning one for America. And, yes, you'll raise one for the Gipper! Thank you all, and God bless you.
The President spoke at in Roberts Municipal
Stadium. He was introduced by Mr. McIntyre. Following his remarks, the
President met with major donors to the Indiana State Republican Party at the
stadium. He then traveled to