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Bush Delivers Stump Speech in Glenside, PennsylvaniaAired November 4, 2000 - 4:15 p.m. ET
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FRANK SESNO, CNN ANCHOR: Let me jump just jump into you here. I apologize for interrupting. But as you speak, so is George W. Bush in Glenside, Pennsylvania. We want to take you and our viewers there as we track the candidates on these final, frenetic last days before election day.
GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: The job of a leader is to recruit good people, to ask them to serve. I found such a man in my running mate, named Dick Cheney. What a good man he is.
But on November 7, I believe if all works out, I'll be making some other choices. And of course, I'm not naming names, I take nothing for granted. I know how close the election is, but let me just say this, it's an honor to be here with Colin Powell.
It's an honor to be with the next first lady of the United States as well, the great Laura Bush.
You can judge the nature of a man by the company he keeps. And I think I keep really good company. What a fabulous first lady she's going to make for America.
(UNKNOWN): Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you.
AUDIENCE: Happy birthday.
(UNKNOWN): Happy birthday. Happy birthday.
BUSH: What's it feel like to be 30?
We're here asking for the vote.
AUDIENCE: You've got it. BUSH: I take nothing for granted in the great state of Pennsylvania. I want your vote. And I want your help. This is a close race. It's going to be a tough contest. After all, we're running against the incumbency.
AUDIENCE: Al Gore is done (ph). Al Gore is done (ph). Al Gore is done (ph).
BUSH: Now he's a tough opponent. He's a tough opponent. He's a man who's got a lot of confidence. After all, he claimed he invented the Internet.
But here's our question: If he's so smart, how come every Internet address begins with "W"? Not one time, but three "Ws".
No, I want your help. And when you're out there, be sure you talk to open-minded Democrats. We just came from Pittsburgh. There was a lot of Democrats in the crowd. You know why? Because they realize it doesn't have to be that way in Washington, D.C. Washington doesn't have to be a place of finger pointing or name calling.
BUSH: Washington can be a place where people come together to get the people's business done. And that's exactly what we're going to do.
And here's what we're going to do. We're going to make sure we have a Social Security system that meets the promise not only to our seniors, but a Social Security system for younger workers as well.
It's time to get a leader in Washington who brings Republicans and Democrats together to get the people's business done. It's time to get a leader who won't play politics with Social Security, but will reform the system to be able to say to the seniors, "A promise we have made, is a promise we will keep." But also to say to younger workers, "We'll trust you with your own money, to manage your own money in the private markets."
As the good general mentioned, we have -- a priority of ours -- and, see, a leader sets priorities -- a priority is to rebuild our military to keep the peace. My opponent -- my opponent says that when we talk about the military, we're running them down. No. He's got it wrong. The role of a leader is to anticipate. The role of a leader is to look down the road. The role of a leader is to see warning signs and do something about it.
We see warning signs. Too many captains are not re-enlisting. Too many of the enlisted personnel aren't interested in coming back. I'm running against a man who in the same breath uses the word nation- building and military. Our military's mission is to fight and win war and therefore prevent war from happening in the first place. We will rebuild the military power.
Another priority is to bring people together to do something about our public education. The great challenge to this nation's good heart is to make sure nobody is left behind as we head into the 21st century.
I want to assure -- I want to assure your good governor and the people of Pennsylvania, I'm not interested in becoming the federal superintendent of schools.
You know why? I believe in local control of schools. I trust the local people to make the right decision for the children in the community in which they live.
But when we find failure, when we find children trapped in schools that will not teach nor change, instead of accepting the status quo, you'll have a president who will challenge the soft bigotry of low expectations, a president who will say, if failure demands action, we'll trust parents to make different choices for their children in schools that create mediocrity for the future. No.
Another priority's Medicare. There's been a lot of talk about Medicare, but nothing's been done. It's time to have a leader to bring Republicans and Democrats together, to say to our seniors a promise we have made for good health care will be a promise that we keep. Our seniors must have prescription drug coverage and Medicare. We also must say to our seniors if you're not happy with the federal program, we'll trust you to make different choices in your life, different options for you to meet your needs.
Now you've heard all the talk about Medicare. He said one thing and I've said another thing. He's been talking these kinds of numbers and I think maybe trying confuse the people a little bit. But one thing they can't hide from, one thing he can't run and hide from, is in '92 they campaigned around the country saying we'll reform Medicare. In '96, they said we're going to reform Medicare. The year 2000, they said we're going to reform Medicare. One of my opponent's favorites phrases is you ain't seen nothing yet. And he's right. We haven't seen anything yet.
We need to reform Medicare. And for eight years, we ain't seen nothing yet. There is achievement gap in public education. The nation cries for reform. But for eight years, we ain't seen nothing yet. There is medically uninsured in America. We need to reform the medical system but for eight years we ain't seen nothing yet. The nation needs a patient's bill of rights there has been a lot of talk. No action. For eight years, we ain't seen nothing yet. The military is of low moral. We need a commander-in-chief who raises the moral of the military. Yet for eight years, eight long years, we ain't seen nothing yet. But guess what we're going say on November the 7th. we've seen enough. It's time for a new leader in Washington, D.C.
There's huge difference of opinion. I'm running against a man of Washington, by Washington and for Washington. He trusts the federal government. We trust you. It's a fundamental difference of political philosophy.
There was an interesting moment during the campaign I want to share with you. It was during the third debate. My opponent looked people in the eye through the camera, and said, I'm against big government. I could barely contain myself. I was afraid I was going to fall out on national TV. I knew the man was prone to exaggerations, but this one took the cake.
You see, we've been adding up all of his promise. He made promises here and he's made promise there and when you total them up a up, the new spending increases that he's proposed are larger than those of Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis combined. And he says he's against big government? It's reflected in his view of tax relief.
And let me talk about tax relief. It's a fundamental issue of this campaign. It describes the difference in political philosophy. It says that difference between somebody who wants to keep your money to grow the size and scope of the federal government and somebody who trusts you with your own money to make the right decisions for your families.
There's a big difference of opinion. If you listen carefully to his rhetoric, it sounds like he thinks the surplus exists because of the hard work of your federal government. I don't agree. The surplus exists because of the of the hard work of the American people.
No, there's a big difference of opinion. The surplus is not the government's money, Al Gore, the surplus is the people's money. And our people are overtaxed. The people are overtaxed in America. The average working family pays more in federal, state and local taxes than they do in housing and clothing and food combined. We have a surplus.
That's extra money, not because the people are undertaxed. And we need set priorities, which I described. And with about quarter of that surplus, we need give the hard-working people of America their money back. Your money, not the government's money. We're going to get rid of the death tax and the marriage penalty. We're reducing rates on everybody who pays taxes in America.
But we have difference of opinion. Of course we have a difference of opinion, a man who wants to grow the federal government the way my opponent does. He is for targeted tax cuts. That means 50 million Americans get no tax relief. Think about that. He wants to be able to say he's for something, but the fine print. Doesn't work that way. I guess that's the Washington way of thinking. That's the way they do it in Washington, D.C: they say one thing and mean another. That's why we need new leadership in Washington, D.C. SESNO: And we're going to take a break now from George W. Bush, listening to him with his stump speech, a scathing attack on his opponent, Al Gore, in these final days before election day itself.
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