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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, July 1, 1996 Volume 32--Number 26 Pages 1105-1149 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks France, Group of Seven summit in Lyons Citizens of Perouges, France--1140 Departure--1138 G-7 agenda--1144 New York City, Democratic National Committee reception--1129 Ohio, U.S. Conference of Mayors in Cleveland--1112 Radio address--1111 Tennessee, Family Re-Union V Conference in Nashville--1121 Terrorist attack in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia--1136, 1138, 1142, 1145 Texas, Democratic National Committee dinner in Houston--1105 Victims rights, constitutional amendment--1134 Communications to Congress Aeronautics and space, message transmitting report--1139 Bosnia, letter--1119 Budget deferrals, message transmitting--1128 China, message on trade--1121 Communications to Federal Agencies Combined Federal Campaign, memorandum--1137 Crime victims' rights, memorandum--1144 Family friendly work arrangements, memorandum--1119 National sexual offender registration system, memorandum--1137 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Lyons, France--1142, 1143, 1144 South Lawn--1138 Meetings With Foreign Leaders France, President Chirac--1142, 1144 Japan, Prime Minister Hashimoto--1143 United Kingdom, Prime Minister Major--1142 Proclamations Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Day--1128 Victims of the Bombing in Saudi Arabia--1139 Statements by the President Archbishop Desmond Tutu, retirement--1127 Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty--1146 Death of U.S Fish and Wildlife Service Director Mollie Beattie--1146 Gulf war illnesses--1110 House of Representatives action to renew most-favored-nation status for China--1146 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1149 Checklist of White House press releases--1148 Digest of other White House announcements--1147 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1148 Editor's Note: The President was in Lyons, France, on June 28, the closing date of this issue. 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The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents will be furnished by mail to domestic subscribers for $80.00 per year ($137.00 for mailing first class) and to foreign subscribers for $93.75 per year, payable to the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. The charge for a single copy is $3.00 ($3.75 for foreign mailing). There are no restrictions on the republication of material appearing in the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. [[Page 1105]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1105-1110] Monday, July 1, 1996 Volume 32--Number 26 Pages 1105-1149 Week Ending Friday, June 28, 1996 Remarks at a Democratic National Committee Dinner in Houston, Texas June 21, 1996 Thank you. You know, after all these speeches, if I had any sense I would just quit while I'm ahead--[laughter]--say, ``Thank you very much. Everything they said is true; please show up in November.'' [Laughter] I am delighted to be back in Texas. I am very grateful for what Secretary--Senator Bentsen said. I told Lloyd when he was leaving the State, I said, ``You know, I really miss you.'' It was always a delight for me to see Lloyd and B.A. They were a part of our family, and he did a magnificent job as Treasury Secretary. I want to thank Chairman Fowler for the vigor and energy that he has brought to this job, the passion. And he is absolutely tireless, and he has done a fine job and I am grateful to him. And I want to thank Bill White for leaving our administration--not for leaving our administration--[laughter]--but for coming home to Texas to be the chair of the Democratic Party. I wish he hadn't left, but he's doing the right thing now that he's here. I want to thank Bob and Elyse Lanier who have been such good friends to me and came to the airport to meet me today. And I think, since I have said it in other States, in other places, I might as well say it in Houston: I doubt very seriously that there is a mayor anywhere in America who has made as much difference in as little time and been more effective than Bob Lanier has. And it's a real credit to him. I thank the Members of Congress who are here, Ken Bentsen and Jim Chapman and my good friend Martin Frost, who is going to give us a Democratic House again if we can just keep everybody rocking and rolling--Gene Green and Eddie Bernice Johnson and Sheila Jackson-Lee. And I'll just say one thing: You know, Supreme Court decisions are the law of the land and all that, but it would be a real shame if we lost Sheila Jackson-Lee or Eddie Bernice Johnson or Martin Frost or anybody else who could be affected by that redistricting decision. And I hope they'll have a chance to run and win in November. I want to thank all the former Governors who are here. I want to thank Dolph and Janie Briscoe for being so wonderful to Hillary when she came down to Uvalde to meet them. And I want you to know, Governor, I'm still wearing those socks you sent me that are made from your wool down there in Uvalde. And I'm--every time I go to the golf course I've got them on, and I show them to the other golfers. And I'm a one-man marketing agent for you. [Laughter] I expect income to double for all those folks down there in no time at all. I want to thank my good friend, Mark White. Mark was making fun of me for wearing boots tonight. He gave me a pair of boots in 1984 at the Governors' conference here. I've still got them, too. I thank Lieutenant Governor Ben Barnes. I want to say a special word of thanks to Ann Richards, who has been a constant source of inspiration to me and to Hillary throughout these last 3\1/2\ years, who's always out there on the stump speaking up for our values and our causes, and who is still incredibly admired all around this great country and for very good reason. I was glad to see Victor Morales here tonight and glad to see the hand you gave him and his family. And I want you to send him to the United States Senate. We need him there. I thank the other State officials who are here, Dan Morales and Martha Whitehead. And I want to say a special thanks to my longtime friend Gary Mauro for that very personal statement he made. It may have bored the rest of you, but I relived the last 25 years with every word he said. I don't think it could have--it was an eloquent statement not of my life, but of his commitment-- [[Page 1106]] and his commitment to public service and to the people of Texas. And the thing I liked about listening to the speech is I've heard him say the same thing in private 100 times. He is a great resource for you, and I hope the people of Texas understand what they have in Gary Mauro. I want to thank Speaker Jim Wright for coming tonight. I was delighted to see him, and I thank him for being here. I know I'm leaving some people out. I'm sure Liz Carpenter is here. If she's not, I'm mad at her. [Laughter] And I know my good friend Billie Carr is here. She says she got up out of bed to come, and I thought that was the right thing for her to do. [Laughter] I'm sure there may be some other candidates for Congress here, but I can't help mentioning one, Nick Lampson, who's running to recapture Jack Brooks' seat. Boy, do we need a change there, and I want you to help him get elected. And there's just one other thing--one other person I'd like to acknowledge who was and is about to become again a member of our administration: former Congressman and Commissioner Bob Krueger, who is about to go to Botswana but was in Burundi. And I want everybody here to know he put himself at not inconsiderable personal risk to save lots of people from the slaughter that went on in Burundi. And the people of Texas can be very proud of what he tried to do. And we thank you, sir. Thank you. [Applause] Now, let me say most of what needs to be said, I guess, has been said. But this is a profoundly important election, and I want to just make three or four brief points. Four years ago when I came to Texas and I asked a lot of my friends to help me get elected--and Texas gave me a huge vote in the Democratic primary and propelled me on to the nomination, and we nearly won the general with a shoestring campaign-- and let me just say, I've got to say this for the political writers. Normally, I never talk about the polls, but if anybody here thinks that I'm about to write off Texas, they need to think again, because I intend to fight for the electoral votes and the support of the people of Texas. And I think we've got a pretty good case to make to the people of Texas. I've stood up for the things that mattered to the people of Texas. I fought for NAFTA; I fought for the space program; I fought for a fair resolution of the supercollider after I lost my fight to keep it alive. And the people of Texas are better off today than they were 4 years ago, and they're a lot better off than they would have been if the other folks' policies had prevailed. That's a pretty simple case, and I think it's right. I would say, too, of Governor Briscoe, we've had a good farm policy. Unfortunately, even a good farm policy can't make it rain. So I had to come down here to do that. [Laughter] But I'm glad we've rounded it out tonight, and we're going in the right direction. I was reliving all this today coming in because I knew I'd see a lot of my friends. In the middle of 1991 I was home in Arkansas, having a wonderful time being Governor. My State was finally getting in pretty good shape economically and Hillary and I were having a great time. Our daughter was doing wonderfully well in her school and with her friends. And I really didn't know whether I wanted to make this race. And I finally decided to do it because I thought the country was drifting toward the future. I had had a good relationship with President Bush and the White House; it hadn't been a particularly partisan thing. I had had the honor of representing the Democratic Governors in the Education Summit. I'd done a lot of work with them. But it just seemed to me that we could not drift into the 21st century, that we couldn't just assume that things would happen that would be good for the country. And we were having the slowest job growth since the Great Depression. We had quadrupled the debt of the country in 12 years and we were getting more divided racially and ethnically at a time when we plainly needed to come together. There was even some question of the support in our country for America's continued leadership in the world. And I had three simple ideas that I thought we ought to take with us into the 21st century. First, and most important, I thought that we had to keep the American dream alive for everybody who was willing to work for it. Secondly, I believed that we had to make a virtue of our diversity, we had [[Page 1107]] to celebrate it, we had to come together in a stronger sense of community instead of being divided. Because it's plain that if we work together we'll do better than if we drift apart. And thirdly, I wanted to see our country continue to be the strongest force in the world for peace and freedom and prosperity. And I thought if we had a strategy that said America's basic bargain is this: We'll work together to give everybody the opportunity to make the most of their own lives, and they have to assume the responsibility of being good citizens; and then we'll work together to bring this country together instead of being divided. And if we did it, I thought it would work. In the economy, as Secretary Bentsen said, we had a simple strategy: To organize ourselves for the future; we said we're going to cut the deficit in half; we're going to expand trade dramatically; we're going to invest in the people of this country. And if we did it, we'd reduce the deficit in half in 4 years and create 8 million jobs. And as all of you remember, it was a very brutal fight to pass that economic program. It passed with the barest of margins. The Vice President had to vote for it in the Senate. Al Gore always says, ``You know, whenever I vote, we win.'' [Laughter] So, sure enough, we did. Well, now we've had 3\1/2\ years of that program. After we passed
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