Remarks at a Republican
Campaign Rally in
The President. Thank you, George. And
I'd like to add a special thank you to the Ringling Brothers, to Bruce Drennan, the Baldwin-Wallace Jazz Ensemble, and the great
kids of the Parma High School Band, the Mid-Park High School Band, and the Berea
High School Band. You've all done yourselves proud. And now will you promise me
you'll do all of
me tell you, it's great to be here in a community that's a symbol of all we've
accomplished in the past 8 years. They tell me that the three automobile plants
near here are running close to capacity, and they're all staffed up now at the
steel mill in
in November 1980 you gave them a message. You said, ``Physician, heal
thyself.'' And every one of you here proved them wrong and showed them there's
no greater engine for change and economic growth and prosperity than the
hard-working men and women of the
one of the people who's been responsible for the
change around here is with us today. He's the man who saved the city of
Cleveland, a guy who knows what it means to do what's right and to do it right.
He's a true miracle worker. And now he's got the toughest fight of his life.
But when the dust clears on November 8th, I know he's going to be the next
Senator from the State of
you know, my time is drawing to a close in
Audience members. Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!
The President. Well, thank you, but you know -- yes, that's very kind of you, but you know there's a 22d amendment that makes that impossible.
Audience members. Booo!
The President. But I'll give you a little secret. When I'm out of here, so they can't accuse me of doing it for myself, I'm going to see if I can't talk the people of America into canceling that amendment because it is not an infringement on the man in office, it's an infringement on the democratic rights of the people of America.
But now, as I said, come January I'll be going home, but I'm going to feel just fine about that because nobody knows better than I do just how capable are those two hands I'll be passing the torch to come the 20th of January.
Audience members. Bush! Bush! Bush!
The President. They're the best. Yes, they're the best set of hands this side of Bob Feller, and they belong to a man named George Bush.
Audience members. Bush! Bush! Bush!
The President. I'm here today to talk to you about the great Republican ticket, from the White House to the statehouse to the county seat, and make sure that everybody who shares our hopes for the future turns out to vote on November 8th.
You know, the liberals are going around saying they're on your side. You know better than that. Let's talk about crime. Our side believes people who want to protect their home and family from an armed intruder have a constitutional right to own a gun; the liberals are against it.
Audience members. Booo!
The President. Now, I want to ask you a question, and would you shout out yes or no loud and clear so that our friends in the press know just where you stand. Do you believe the liberals are on your side?
Audience members. No!
The President. Now, do you believe we're the ones that are on your side?
Audience members. Yes!
The President. I thought you might say that. Okay, now let's talk about school prayer. We're for it; they're against it. I want to ask you again: Who's on your side? Are the liberals? Or is it the Republican ticket?
Audience members. Republicans!
The President. Let's take that liberal
philosophy of tax-and-tax and spend-and-spend. They're for it; we're against
it. Now, tell me again, and tell me so they can hear it all the way to
Audience members. George Bush! George Bush! George Bush!
The President. All right. You know, the truth is, those others -- they only come around on your side when they want to get their hands on your wallet. I remember the last time the American people heard that kind of talk in 1980. The American people let them know they weren't on your side; they were on your back. Yes, the liberals were off-sides in 1980; they're even further off-sides now; and on November 8th, the people are going to throw the penalty flag and let the liberals know they're so far off-side that they're way out of bounds.
One of the guys who's the furthest out of bounds is the guy running against George Voinovich. He's been called the liberal master of destruction by the nonpartisan Congressional Quarterly. And now, after all of these months and all of this time, the fellow at the top of the other ticket has admitted what Ohioans have known about George Voinovich's opponent all along: that he's liberal, liberal, liberal!
Audience members. Booo!
The President. And come next week, the American public will say no to liberals who preach higher taxes, big spending, and a weak defense. When we came into office, families like yours were reeling from tax rates that were draining this nation's initiative. Since our expansion began, we've created more than 18 million new jobs. We've reduced the unemployment rate to nearly the lowest it's been in 14 years.
We've had 71 months of economic recovery; that's the longest peacetime recovery in the history of this great nation. And today a greater proportion of our potential work force -- that means everybody, male and female, from 16 years of age and up, in this country, students and retirees included -- a greater percentage of that work force is employed today than ever before in the history of the United States of America: 62.7 percent have jobs.
also went to work on our nation's defenses. We're once again respected in the
world. Our Armed Forces are strong, and
You know, some people think that maybe I've changed, that I don't believe the things that I believed when I came into office. Well, I'm here today to tell you that's not true. I'm a believer in a philosophy of world affairs summed up in a phrase I quoted to Mr. Gorbachev: Trust everybody, but cut the cards.
of our triumphs -- no, not one -- would have happened if the liberals had had
their way. There would have been no INF treaty or rollback in
listen to what the liberals said no to. They opposed the liberation of
Of all the changes we've made, the one I may be happiest about is this: Our young men and women are once again proud to wear this country's uniform. And because of them, over these past 8 years, not 1 inch of ground on this good Earth has fallen to Communists.
We're also on your side because we take the threat of crime seriously. We've appointed serious-minded judges who respect the Constitution and know the meaning of the word ``punishment,'' like two of our good candidates for the Ohio Supreme Court here today: Joyce George and Paul Matia. We learned during the ``malaise'' years that when judges don't do their jobs right criminals feel like they can run rampant. Well, violent crime has fallen significantly in this country since 1981 because we put criminals on notice: Make one false move, and the next sound you hear is the clang of a jail cell door slamming shut.
You know, my friends, we believe there are no citizens more precious than the men and women who guard us: our State and local police, and we must stand united behind them. We must protect them as they protect us. And that's why we believe with all the conviction we have that a crack dealer with a machinegun who murders a police officer in the line of duty should face the death penalty.
You know, all that we've achieved, everything, can be undone faster than you can say ``Taxachusetts'' if our liberal friends are successful. The fellow at the top of the other ticket says he's in the tradition of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Harry Truman. But I'll tell you this one thing: If he's Harry Truman, I'm Roger Rabbit!
ladies and gentlemen, when our liberal friends run away from their agenda and
falsely invoke the greats to cover for them, they're just acknowledging that
where they want to take
They're the people who've stolen the Democratic Party away from its heritage. I know because I was once a Democrat. And the truth is that when the left took over the Democratic Party leadership many like me who were inspired by F.D.R. and Harry Truman took over the Republican Party. So, I want to ask those of you some people call Reagan Democrats to join me and come home with me today. Come home to the Republican Party.
please, don't cancel out your vote for President by picking a tax-and-spend
liberal for the Senate. Remember, it takes the President and Congress working
together to move
We've got to do all we can to get our message out. We must guard against complacency and overconfidence. This election isn't over yet, not by a long shot. And as Winston Churchill once said: ``We must wage war until victory is won.''
Now let me take a little public opinion poll of my own. Will you make sure to turn out for the Republican ticket on November 8th?
Audience members. Yes!
The President. Will you give the next President the Senate he needs by voting for George Voinovich on November 8th? [Applause]
will you give
Now, probably somebody back up there being cynical is going to say, ``Well, wait a minute: This is Wednesday, and Tuesday is election day.'' I know that. But it's the day after election day that we do the cheering. And you know, some people are saying it's time for a change. Well, ladies and gentlemen, we are the change. The change began 8 years ago.
Let me just tell you something that most of us tend to forget. In the 50 years to 1980 -- that half a century, 1931 until 1980 -- 46 of those 50 years the Democrats have controlled both Houses of the Congress. Now, in this campaign I've heard the deficit called mine -- that it is so big. Let me tell you, the President can't spend a dime. Only Congress can spend money. Now, in those 50 years, 46 of them with the Democrats in control of both Houses of the Congress, there have only been 8 scattered years in that half-century in which the budget of the United States Government was balanced. So, who has been in charge while all this went on?
Now, in the 15 years from 1965 to 1980, when the Democratic President then had started his War on Poverty, which poverty won -- [laughter] -- in those 15 years, the budget of the United States Government increased to five times what it had been, and the deficit increased to 52 times what it had been. And this is what we've inherited.
No, we haven't been able to balance the budget, because the President not only can't spend money, he can't save money. Only the Congress can do that. If a Department or Agency's got some money left over, the Congress says they've got to spend it. That's why we've got an awful lot of warehouses with office furniture in them -- because the only way they know, sometimes, to spend up the surplus is to buy new furniture.
But then we came into office in 1981, and for 6 years, we had one House, the Senate, on our side. Between '86 and now, we have cut the Federal deficit by some $70 billion. And we're continuing on a path of cutting. But as I say, those 6 years -- they've gone by, and now we're back where we were with them in charge of both Houses. We couldn't have made all the gains we've made if we had not had that one House. So, that's why this man sitting back here -- it's so very vital that we get him there, so that once again, a President can have at least one House that will help him curb the spending habits of the liberals.
Now I want to ask you to do me one small favor: Will you go out there and win one for the Gipper? [Applause] Thank you very much, and God bless you all.
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