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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 679 717 Contents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders Executive order on American Indian and Alaska Native Education, remarks on signing--710 Florida, Victory 2004 reception in Coral Gables--679 Maryland, discussion on the benefits of health care information technology in Baltimore--697 Minnesota, American Association of Community Colleges convention in Minneapolis--686 National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, remarks following conversation--706 Radio address--684 Communications to Federal Agencies Improving Rights-of-Way Management Across Federal Lands to Spur Greater Broadband Deployment, memorandum--696 Executive Orders American Indian and Alaska Native Education--713 Incentives for the Use of Health Information Technology and Establishing the Position of the National Health Information Technology Coordinator--702 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Oval Office--704 Rose Garden--706 News conference with Prime Minister Martin of Canada, April 30--708 Letters and Messages Armenian Remembrance Day, message--685 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Canada, Prime Minister Martin--708 Sweden, Prime Minister Persson--704 Proclamations Jewish Heritage Week--684 Statements by the President Senate action on the proposed ``Internet Tax Nondiscrimination Act''--707 U.N. Security Council's resolution on weapons of mass destruction-- 706 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--717 Checklist of White House press releases--717 Digest of other White House announcements--715 Nominations submitted to the Senate--716 [[Page iv]] ? <GRAPHIC(S) NOT AVAILABLE IN TIFF FORMAT> [[Page 679]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 679-684] Pages 679 717 Week Ending Friday, April 30, 2004 Remarks at a Victory 2004 Reception in Coral Gables, Florida April 23, 2004 The President. Thank you all. Thank you. Audience members. Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! The President. Thank you. Vamos a ganar. Thank you all for coming. For those who don't speak Spanish, that says: We're going to win. And one reason why is because we've got such great support here in south Florida. I'm honored you all came out today. I can't tell you how grateful I am to see the grassroots so excited. [Laughter] I picked a pretty good man to be the chairman of the State of Florida for my campaign. I consulted with my mother. [Laughter] I said, ``Who do you think would be the best man to carry the Bush banner here in Florida?'' She said, ``Why don't you turn to the Governor?'' [Laughter] I said, ``Okay.'' You've got a great Governor in the State of Florida. He's a good man. He really makes us proud. We had a great day today on the west coast of Florida. I was talking about how to increase the wetlands so that our environment is stronger. I reminded Jeb that when I make a promise, I meant it. When I said, ``There's not going to be any drilling offshore of Florida,'' I meant what I said. I want to thank my friend Armando Codina for his leadership. He's been a long-time friend, and I thank him for convincing you all to support this candidacy and this campaign. I want to thank my friend Al Hoffman and Al Cardenas. Today I've been spending some quality time with a Member of the United States Congress, Mario Diaz-Balart. Adonde esta, Mario? Adonde esta? Thank you, Mario. I'm glad you brought your brother, Lincoln, here today too. Thank you, Lincoln. There's Lincoln back there. And Ileana is with us today. Adonde esta, Ileana? Ahi. Stand up, Ileana. [Laughter] These three Members of the Congress are strong and steadfast. They're great Members of the United States House of Representatives. They care deeply for our country. They care deeply for a free Cuba. They've been strong supporters, and I'm proud to call them friends. I'm sorry that the First Lady isn't traveling with me today. Audience members. Aw-w-w! The President. No, I know it--I know it. She's campaigning in Tennessee. Tennessee got the better deal. [Laughter] But I'm really proud of Laura. She is a fabulous wife, a wonderful mother, and a great First Lady for our country. I'm looking forward to the campaign. I really am. I look forward to bringing our message to the American people. It's a positive message. It's a hopeful message. It is an optimistic message of what I believe is possible. I will campaign and present a vision to the American people as to how to win the war on terror and how to continue to spread freedom and peace throughout the world. I will continue to campaign on a positive vision to make sure that we expand prosperity to all corners of our country so every single citizen has the chance to realize the great American Dream. I'm looking forward to the campaign. There's no doubt in my mind we will carry Florida, and we will win on November the 2d. I put together a great administration to serve the American people, people from all walks of life, men and women who care deeply about the future of our Nation. And thankfully, I have put together a good administration, because we have been tested. We've shown the American people that we know how to lead. Once you remember the history of the last 3 years--when we came to office, this country was headed into a recession; the stock [[Page 680]] market had begun to decline. But we acted. We passed historic tax relief. We let people keep more of their own money, and as a result, the economy is strong, and it is growing stronger. When we came into office, we had to confront corporate citizens who did not tell the truth to their shareholders and their employees. It was a problem for our Nation, but we acted. We passed tough laws. And now it is abundantly clear that we will not tolerate dishonesty in the boardrooms of America. When we came to office, when Dick Cheney and I came to office--Dick Cheney is the greatest Vice President our country has ever had. Mother heard me say that one time and she said, ``Wait a minute, buster.'' [Laughter] But when we came to office, our military was growing dispirited. It wasn't receiving the resources it needed. So we strengthened our defense budget, and today, no one can question the skill and the strength and the spirit of the United States military. And we were attacked on that September day in 2001. The enemy hit us. They hit us because of what we love. See, we love freedom. They hate freedom. The enemy came to our shore. They declared war on the United States of America that day, and war is what they got. We've been on the offensive against this enemy. We're chasing them down one at a time to bring them to justice. We will use every resource at our disposal to protect America. And once again, this Nation is proud to lead the armies of liberation. Fifty million people are now free, thanks to the United States of America and our coalition. I have made it clear where I stand. I have spoken clearly to the American people and to the world. And when I say something, I mean it. And that's important for a leader. It's also important for a leader to understand the responsibilities of leadership. My job is to confront problems, not to pass them on to future Presidents and future generations. I'm looking forward to the campaign. I'm looking forward to it. I'm running against a fellow who has been in Congress a long, long time, so long that he's taken just about both positions possible on every issue. [Laughter] He was for the PATRIOT Act. He was for the No Child Left Behind Act. He was for NAFTA. He was for the use of force in Iraq. Now he's against the PATRIOT Act. He's against NAFTA. He's against the No Child Left Behind Act. He was against my decision in Iraq. He's been on both sides of just about every issue. If there was a third side possible, he'd take it. [Laughter] Not only have we confronted problems; we have delivered. We've delivered results for the American people. This economy of ours is growing stronger every day--every single day. Think about what we've overcome. We've overcome attacks. We've overcome war. We've overcome scandal. We've overcome recession. Yet I can tell you, the economy is strengthening. GDP growth is strong. Manufacturing activity is up. Homeownership is at the highest rate ever in American history. More minorities own a home today than ever before, and that is positive news for America. Our economy is adding new jobs now. Remember, we had 308,000 job increase in March; 750,000 jobs since last August. People are finding work. Things are getting better. We acted, and as a result, this economy is improving. That's good news. That's real good news. But there's more to do. One of the things that's important for a person running for office is to constantly talk about what we intend to do. See, I've got a vision to make sure our prosperity is lasting prosperity. We've got to make sure we're a nation that doesn't wall us off from the rest of the world. We must reject economic isolationism. We must open up markets for U.S. products. Listen, if you're good at something, you want to be selling things in the world. For the sake of job creation and lasting priority and prosperity, I will work to open up markets for U.S. goods so people can find work right here at home. In order to make sure we have lasting prosperity, we've got to have a legal system that is fair. There's too many junk and frivolous lawsuits that penalize small-business owners here in America. We need tort reform. In order to make sure that we have lasting prosperity, we've got to do something about health care, the cost of health care. What I will not do is allow the Federal Government to run the health care system of America. [[Page 681]] I'm for--I strongly support health savings accounts to empower consumers in America. I'm for association health care plans to allow small businesses to pool risk, so they can better afford insurance for their employees. And we need medical liability reform at the Federal Government. We need an energy plan. We need more energy in this country, and we can do so without drilling off the coast of Florida. We're too dependent on foreign sources of energy. We need to encourage conservation. We need new technologies to make us less dependent. But one thing is for certain, we need to use the resources that are at our disposal so that we're not dependent on foreign sources of energy. For us to have lasting prosperity, the Congress needs to get me an energy bill to my desk this year. In order to make sure we have lasting prosperity, we better make sure our folks are educated. There's all kinds of new jobs being
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