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[[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iv] Pages 2533 2688 Contents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Colorado, remarks in Greeley--2573 Florida Remarks in Fort Myers--2543 Remarks in Jacksonville--2561 Remarks in Lakeland--2549 Remarks in Melbourne--2555 Iowa Remarks in Council Bluffs--2579 Remarks in Davenport--2585 Remarks in Dubuque--2616 Michigan Remarks in Pontiac--2641 Remarks in Saginaw--2647 New Hampshire Remarks in Manchester--2675 Remarks in Portsmouth--2679 New Mexico, remarks in Alamogordo--2567 Ohio Discussion in Canton--2533 Remarks in Dayton--2654 Remarks in Findlay--2634 Remarks in Vienna--2628 Remarks in Westlake--2660 Pennsylvania Remarks in Lititz--2622 Remarks in Yardley--2667 Radio address--2542 Addresses and Remarks--Continued Wisconsin Discussion in Richland Center--2599 Remarks in Cuba City--2610 Remarks in Onalaska--2591 Bill Signings Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005, statement--2673 Communications to Federal Agencies Drawdown of Commodities and Services From the Department of Defense To Support African Union Peacekeeping in Darfur, Sudan, memorandum--2542 Proclamations United Nations Day--2572 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Death of James Cardinal Hickey--2572 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--2687 Checklist of White House press releases--2687 Digest of other White House announcements--2685 Nominations submitted to the Senate--2687 Editor's Note: The President was in Toledo, OH, on October 29, the closing date of this issue. Releases and announcements issued by the Office of the Press Secretary but not received in time for inclusion in this issue will be printed next week. [[Page iv]] ? <GRAPHIC(S) NOT AVAILABLE IN TIFF FORMAT> [[Page 2533]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2533-2542] Pages 2533 2688 Week Ending Friday, October 29, 2004 Remarks in a Discussion in Canton, Ohio October 22, 2004 The President. Thank you all for coming. Go ahead and be seated, please. We've got some work to do. Thank you all for coming today. First of all, George, thank you for that strong endorsement. I am proud to have George in my corner, just like I'm proud to have thousands of Democrats all across the State of Ohio who understand if they want a safer America, a stronger America, and a better America to put me and Dick Cheney back in office. Thank you, sir. I'm keeping mighty good company today. So I don't know if you know this or not, but Laura and I were in the seventh grade together at San Jacinto Junior High in Midland, Texas. And then we became reacquainted when she was a public school librarian in Texas. I asked her to marry me. She said, ``Fine, I will marry you, but make me one promise.'' I said, ``What is it?'' She said, ``Never make me give a speech.'' [Laughter] I said, ``Okay, you've got a deal.'' Fortunately, she didn't hold me to that promise. Laura is a great speaker, and when she does, the American people see a compassionate, warm, wonderful First Lady. So I have been telling the girls, one of these days, we'll take the family camping trip. [Laughter] They envisioned the Grand Canyon, the wilds of Alaska. Girls, this is it, the 2004 campaign. [Laughter] We love them dearly. I'm proud of Barbara and Jenna. Thank you all for campaigning so hard. Thanks for coming today. I'm back in the great city of Canton because I'm here asking for the vote. I'm here to describe to you what I intend to do over the next 4 years to make this country a better place. I believe you have to get out amongst the people and ask for the vote. We've got a very unusual way of making some points today. As you can see, I've been joined by some citizens from Ohio here on the stage. We will listen to their stories. I think it'll help the people of Ohio understand why I have made some of the decisions I have made. Before I begin, though, I want to thank your Governor, Bob Taft, for joining us today. Governor, great to see you. I want to thank Jennette Bradley, the Lieutenant Governor. Thanks for coming, Governor. You look great. Congressman Ralph Regula--appreciate you being here, Congressman. Laura and I were looking forward to seeing the wife, but, no, of course, she's probably out mowing the lawn like you should be doing. [Laughter] Listen, you've got a great United States Senator in George Voinovich. He doesn't need a poll or a focus group to tell him what to think. He stands on principle. You know where he's coming from. He doesn't shift in the wind like some other United States Senators I know. [Laughter] Put him back in office. And I'm proud of Mike DeWine, a fine United States Senator as well. We're--Laura and I are proud to call both George and Mike friends. Today, when I landed at the airport, I met Dan Yeric, who's sitting right there. Dan, why don't you wave your hand. Thanks for coming. Dan has been a volunteer at the Akron Children's Hospital for 12 years. The reason I bring him up is the strength of this country lies in the hearts and souls of our fellow citizens. The true strength of America is not our military might; it's not the size of our pocketbook. The true strength of America is in the hearts and souls of citizens who are working to change this country one person at a time, those who've heard the call to love a neighbor just like they'd like to be loved themselves. Dan is a soldier in the army of compassion. Thank you for your example. Thank you for your care. We're getting close to voting time. Who's counting the days? [Laughter] And I'm here [[Page 2534]] to ask for your help. I believe with your help, we will carry Ohio again and win a great victory in November. So Laura and I and the girls are here to thank you for what you are going to do over the next less than 2 weeks: call the phone--get on the phone and call the voters; put up the signs; find those discerning Democrats like the mayor, independents, Republicans; get people to do their duty and vote. And when you do, as you get them out to vote, remind them what this economy has been through. I know there's tough times here in Ohio. Remind everybody what we have been through. You might remind them, starting with this point: The stock market was in a serious decline 6 months prior to my arrival in Washington, DC. And then we had a recession. In other words, that stock market decline was an indicator that the economy was heading south, and it did. And then we had some corporate scandals. We passed tough law to make it abundantly clear we're not going to tolerate dishonesty in the boardrooms of America. And then we got attacked. And those attacks cost us nearly a million jobs in the 3 months after September the 11th, 2001. Our economy has been through a lot. But we acted. We cut the taxes to spur consumption and investment, and our economy is growing. We raised the child credit to help people with kids. We lowered the marriage penalty. Listen, we don't want a Tax Code that penalizes marriage. We want a Tax Code that encourages marriage. We reduced rates on everybody who pays taxes. I don't think you ought to be trying to pick and choose winners when it comes to tax relief. If you pay taxes, you ought to get relief. We helped our small businesses. We encouraged investment. Our economy has been growing at rates as fast as any in nearly 20 years. We've added 1.9 million new jobs since August of 2003. This month of September--in the last month, that being September, the State of Ohio added 5,500 new jobs. Your unemployment rate will drop from 6.3 to 6 percent. We're moving forward. I signed a bill that's going to help our manufacturers. It will save $77 billion over the next 10 years for the manufacturing sector of America. That will help keep jobs here. It's a bill that extended the $100,000 expensing deduction, expensing allowance for small businesses. That will help keep jobs here in Ohio. It closes corporate loopholes. It repeals the 4.3 percent tax on railroad diesel and barge fuel. That will help keep jobs here in Ohio. To keep jobs here, we've got to have less regulations on our job creators. To keep jobs growing in Ohio, we need to do something about the junk lawsuits that plague the job creators in the State of Ohio. It's important for us to open up markets for U.S. products, for markets, for crops grown right here in the State of Ohio. Listen, we've opened up our market, and it's good for consumers. Here's the way the market works. If you have more products to choose from, you're like to get that which you want at a better price and higher quality. So rather than hurting our consumers, what I'm saying to places like China, ``You treat us the way we treat you; you open up your markets,'' because we can compete with anybody, anytime, anywhere, so long as the rules are fair. To keep jobs here, we need an energy plan. I proposed one to the United States Congress over 2 years ago. It's a plan that encourages conservation. It's a plan that encourages the use of renewables. It's a plan that recognizes we can use technology to protect our environment and, at the same time, burn coal and find natural gas. It is a plan that recognizes in order to keep jobs in Ohio, in order to expand the job base here in this State and other States, we must be less dependent on foreign sources of energy. In order to make sure jobs are here, we've got to do a good job of educating our people. I told the people when I ran I was going to challenge the soft bigotry of low expectations, you know, the system that just shuffled kids through the schools, grade after grade, year after year, without teaching the basics. I kept my word. We passed the No Child Left Behind Act. It raises standards. It spends more money. But in return for more money, we're now measuring. You cannot solve a problem unless you've diagnosed the problem. We're diagnosing problems early now, and more and more of our children are [[Page 2535]] learning to read and write and add and subtract, and we're not going to go back to the days of mediocrity in our classrooms. Education is more than just elementary school. We'll extend high standards to our high schools. We'll emphasize math and science. We'll
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