Remarks at a Fundraising
Luncheon for Senatorial Candidate Alan Keyes in Baltimore, Maryland
October 26, 1988
great to be here in Baltimore. You know, as we were
coming here, I turned to one of my fellows that was with me and said, ``I
really love this city. I remember the first time I came here. I said to my
host, Francis Scott Key -- [laughter] -- I said, `Francis, I just love
Baltimore.'7E 7E'' Francis, you know, was the guy who served me my very first crabcake. [Laughter]
I'd like to thank Jack Moseley for the outstanding job he's done in putting
this event together, and a tip of the hat to party chairman Dan Fleming and
Glenn Beall and, of course, old number 19 himself,
Johnny Unitas. And a special hello
to Helen Bentley. She's the kind of person who makes Washington a tolerable place and
keeps the folks down at the other end of the BW Parkway from inflicting too
much harm on the rest of the country. [Laughter] I'm also happy to see a great
and proud American, a true American hero, Judge Robert Bork. And I'd like to
add a special thank you to Alan for that marvelous introduction. Thank you.
know, an introduction like that reminds me of a story. Actually, when you're my
age, everything reminds you -- [laughter]. It seems that there was a fellow
they were giving a great honor to at St. Johns Hopkins -- a scientist, a
humanitarian, the kind of man who's done it all. And the fellow presenting the
award said, ``Today we honor a man who's brilliant, a man who's courageous, a
man who's expanded the frontiers of human knowledge -- in short, a man to whom
the entire world owes an enormous debt of permanent historic gratitude.'' Well,
the honoree got up, went to the podium. There was deafening applause, and then
he turned back to the fellow who'd introduced him and said, ``Hey, how come you
didn't tell 'em about how modest and humble I am?''
unlike him, the greeting and the introduction you've given me really does make
me feel modest and humble. And it even seems a little strange. After all, Alan,
I should be the one thanking you, because you did such an extraordinary job in
the first 7 years of our administration: working with Jeane
Kirkpatrick at the United Nations, serving as the U.S. Ambassador to the United
Nations Economic and Social Council, defending our country against the forces
think particularly of your work at a conference in Nairobi where you and my
daughter Maureen worked to eliminate the disgusting ``Zionism is racism''
resolution from that conference's final report and earned the gratitude of all
Americans. And there was your performance as my Assistant Secretary of State
for International Organization Affairs, where you pursued successful reforms of
the United Nations and opposed with every ounce of strength in your body all
those who have served to foster and legitimize state-sponsored terrorism.
I should be thanking you -- and I am -- because every time I asked you to do
your best, you did that and better. Every time I asked you to stand for America, you stood tall, and
you deserve not only my thanks but the thanks of every citizen of this great
now you're running for Senate against an incumbent you don't hear a lot about
while the Senate's in session. [Laughter] Now, some say he stays out of the
limelight because he doesn't like publicity. I think it's because if the good
people of Maryland knew more about him
they'd figure out the kind of Senator he really is and he'd have to leave town
faster than that guy who packed up the Colts and whisked them off to Indiana in the middle of the
that's not surprising. After all, the incumbent and the Stealth candidate at
the top of the liberal ticket are so alike they could be twins. [Laughter] The
two Stealth candidates went to law school together. They're still very good
friends. And what they have most in common these days is a healthy fear and
understandable terror of America's least favorite word.
You know the word. It's the ``L'' word. [Laughter]
some people think I shouldn't be using the ``L'' word. They say I'm labeling
them. Well, I gave the matter some thought. What should we call those people
who oppose the death penalty, who support policies that hand out weekend
furloughs to convicted murderers, who support laws that make it easier for a
criminal to own a gun than law-abiding citizens who want to protect their homes
and children? As I say, I thought about it. And then I decided that if the
label fits they ought to wear it, because we all know that what these men
believe is not what you believe, not what I believe, not what the people of Maryland believe, and not what
the American people believe.
Maryland deserves a Senator who
reflects the values and bedrock principles of this great State and this great
nation: the principles of family and home and community and church. Our gravest
treasure as a nation -- our greatest treasure, I should say -- maybe the other
word fits, too -- is our precious moral heritage, the basic values of faith and
family that make ours, as Alan said, a great nation. It's the power of the
family that holds the Nation together, that gives America her conscience,
that serves as the cradle of our country's soul.
Maryland deserves a Senator who
understands what America stands for and what America has to offer because
he's a living, breathing example of how this nation can change, adapt, and grow
-- how in one short generation it can make itself a better and freer land. And,
ladies and gentlemen, that man is Alan Keyes.
Maryland deserves a Senator who
understands the concerns we all have about protecting ourselves from the
scourge of drugs and the menace of drug-related crime. You know, until this
election year, the incumbent opposed the death penalty. Is that what the good
people of Maryland believe? I don't think
so. Alan Keyes and I believed yesterday, believe today, and will continue to
believe that a crack dealer who murders a police officer in the line of duty
should receive the death penalty. We must protect those who protect us. And we
believe that there are no citizens more precious than those noble men and women
who are laying their lives on the line so that we can be safe -- our State and
my friends, Maryland deserves a Senator who
will stand up for his State, defend the values we hold dear, and defend the
interests of his constituents and the Nation. Maryland's been a leader in this
country since colonial times, and it needs leaders in Washington.
Maryland deserves a Senator who
wants to keep America strong and at peace. Maryland deserves a Senator who
believes in a strong America and believes in
expanding the free world. And I've never known a more stout-hearted defender of
a strong America than Alan Keyes. He
truly knows that freedom works.
I'm sure that everyone in this room is going to do all they can to get out the
vote on November 8th for my very good friend and valued colleague, that
silver-tongued devil, George Bush. [Laughter] You know George. George took
quite a shellacking when the liberals had their party in Atlanta this summer. But he
stood the fire, and then all he did was cite the record -- his and theirs. And
now they're squealing he's running a negative campaign. Well, I think they're
squirming because George has shown America how far outside the
mainstream they really are. They may not like it, but George has thrown a clear
light on their views. And, yes, their ideas on the Pledge of Allegiance do
matter. Their ideas about our national defense do matter. Their ideas about
taxes and spending do matter. Republicans are talking about the issues, and the
American people are listening.
believe, as do we all here, that America needs the wisdom and
courage and strength of George Bush. But, my friends, that's not enough. The
liberals will still be in Washington come November. And
we've seen how in recent years when they lose a national election they fight a
political guerrilla war for the next 4 years in Congress to block the policies
the American people have chosen at the ballot box. To keep Congress in check,
the President needs the same power 43 Governors have, the power of the
line-item veto. And I'll keep saying it until I'm too hoarse to speak: We need
to pass the balanced budget amendment. Well, there's only one guy in this race
who supports these things -- in this race here that we're talking about.
There's only one guy in this race who will work with George Bush and not
against him. And his name is Alan Keyes.
also needs Members of Congress who will work with him. And there's one here
today, and I hope you'll do all you can to send him to Washington -- Wayne
ladies and gentlemen, I know Maryland. I love Maryland. And despite all this
talk about how Maryland is a Democratic State,
Maryland came through for us in 1984. The values of Dundalk, the values of Salisbury, the values of Frederick -- they're our values.
And they're the values of Alan Keyes.
know everyone in this room is going to do everything possible to see to it that
Maryland comes through for
George Bush and Alan Keyes in 1988. These last 2 weeks are critical. If we can
get the message out, the people of Maryland will get the message as
well. And that's what I leave up to all of you. Your financial support is
important, but it's your blood and sweat and tears that will make the
difference come November 8th. There are few tasks more important than ensuring
no mistake: Here in Maryland every single vote will
count. You know I vote in California, but let me say on this occasion that
today I wish I lived in Maryland so that on November 8th I could go into that
voting booth and pull the lever for Alan Keyes and the Republican future. It
makes no sense for people to believe in the things the President has claimed,
and elect him to office, and then return to office a Congress pledged to not
let him do the things the people voted for him to do. So,
Godspeed to Alan, Jocelyn, his wife.
you all, and may God bless you all.
this point, Mr. Keyes gave the President a giant key.]
you. I may just make this the key to the Presidential library that's going to
be built. [Laughter] Thank you all.
Note: The President
spoke at in the Constellation
Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. He was introduced by Alan Keyes. In his
remarks, the President referred to Jack Moseley, finance chairman for the Alan
Keyes for Senate Campaign Committee; J. Glenn Beall,
Jr., former Maryland Senator and chairman of the committee; Johnny Unitas, former quarterback for the Baltimore Colts;
Representative Helen Delich Bentley; former U.S.
Circuit Judge Robert H. Bork; and Jeane J.
Kirkpatrick, U.S. Representative to the United Nations.