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 Addresses and Remarks

         Debate watch party in Coral Gables--2195
         Disaster relief officials and volunteers, meeting in Stuart--
         Inspection of hurricane damage in Lake Wales--2173
         Presidential debate in Coral Gables--2175
         Discussion on education in Springfield--2152
         Remarks in West Chester--2164
         Remarks in Xenia--2164
    Pennsylvania, remarks in Allentown--2198
    Radio address--2151
    Wisconsin, remarks in Racine--2143

 Communications to Congress

    Budget request to support comprehensive response and recovery 
        efforts after Hurricanes Ivan and Jeanne, letter transmitting--

 Communications to Federal Agencies

    Presidential Determination on FY 2005 Refugee Admissions Numbers and 
        Authorizations of In-Country Refugee Status Pursuant to Sections 
        207 and 101(a)(42), respectively, of the Immigration and 
        Nationality Act, and Determination Pursuant to Section 2(b)(2) 
        of the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act, as Amended, 

 Communications to Federal Agencies--Continued

    Transfer of Funds under Section 610 of the Foreign Assistance Act, 

 Executive Orders

    Assignment of Functions Relating to Certain Appointments, 
        Promotions, and Commissions in the Armed Forces--2172


    Gold Star Mother's Day--2152
    National Hunting and Fishing Day--2150

Statements by the President

    House of Representatives action on a constitutional amendment on 

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--2207
     Checklist of White House press releases--2206
     Digest of other White House announcements--2205
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--2206


  Editor's Note: The President was in Manchester, NH, on October 1, 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 
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Week Ending Friday, October 1, 2004
Remarks in Racine, Wisconsin

September 24, 2004

    The President. Thank you all. Thanks for coming out. As you can 
tell, I've been traveling your good State by bus. Nothing better than 
taking a bus trip throughout southern Wisconsin. What a fantastic, 
beautiful part of the world, full of great people. And a great place to 
end is right here in Racine. Thanks for coming out today.
    Listen, the reason I'm traveling around by bus is because I'm asking 
for the vote. I'm here to ask for your vote, and I'm here to ask for 
your help. I think it's really important for you to convince your 
friends and neighbors to go to the polls. We live in a free society, and 
we have an obligation to vote in a free society. So the first thing I'm 
doing--I'm going to ask you to do is to register your friends and 
neighbors. And make sure that as you register your friends and 
neighbors, to register discerning Democrats like Zell Miller. And then, 
after you register them to vote, head them to the polls. And when you 
get them to the polls, tell them, if they want a safer, stronger, and 
better America, to put me and Dick Cheney back in office.
    Audience members. Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!
    The President. I'm sorry that Laura is not here. I wish she were 
here. She is a great wife, a wonderful mother, and a great First Lady. 
And I appreciate my runningmate, Dick Cheney. Look, he doesn't have the 
waviest hair in the race. [Laughter] I didn't pick him for his hair. 
[Laughter] I picked him for his experience, his judgment, and the fact 
that he can get the job done for the American people.
    Listen, I'm proud of my Secretary of Health and Human Services. 
You've trained him well. You taught Tommy Thompson a lot. He is a great 
friend, and he's doing a terrific job on behalf of our country.
    I'm proud to be traveling with Congressman Paul Ryan. He is a breath 
of fresh air. He's a good, honest man who, like me, married well. 
[Laughter] I appreciate Congressman Mark Green being here today too. 
Both of them represent your State well.
    The State treasurer is with us; Milwaukee County Executive Scott 
Walker. I call him Scott W. [Laughter] A lot of State and local 
officials here. Tim Michels, running for the United States Senate is 
here. I look forward to working with him in the United States Senate.
    I appreciate my friend Rick Graber, who is the party chairman of 
Wisconsin. I appreciate him being here. Mary Buestrin is the national 
    Listen, what I'm doing is I'm telling you thanks for the grassroots 
activists. All of the people who have put the signs and get on the 
telephones and encourage people to register and vote, thank you for what 
you're doing, and thank you for what you're going to do as you're coming 
down the stretch. We're going to carry the State of Wisconsin.
    I appreciate Charlie Sykes, who emceed this program.
    Listen, today on the bus, I had the honor of meeting with Casey 
Perry and some other State--members of the National Troopers Coalition. 
These are law enforcement officers who are out there every single day to 
protect the people of Wisconsin and around the country. I always found, 
when you're riding down the highway, it's good to have some troopers 
with you. [Laughter] These men were here to inform me that the National 
Troopers Coalition endorsed my candidacy for President. I am honored to 
have their endorsement. I'm honored to have it because of the risks they 
take. I'm honored to have it because of the values they stand for. I'm 
honored to have it because of the kind of people they are. I'm proud to 
have you by my side. God bless you all. Thank you.

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    You know, I'm looking forward to this campaign. I've been coming to 
Wisconsin a lot. I suspect I'll be coming some more. I enjoy coming 
here. I'm looking forward to coming back. I want to tell you where I 
stand, what I believe, and where I intend to lead this Nation for 4 more 
    I believe every child can learn and that every school must teach. 
That's what I believe. I went to Washington to challenge the soft 
bigotry of low expectations. See, like you, I was tired of that practice 
of just shuffling kids through the schools, year after year, grade after 
grade, without teaching them the basics. I believe every child can 
learn, and I expect every school to teach. That's why we've raised the 
standards. That's why we're measuring early, before it's too late to 
solve problems. That's why we believe in local control of schools. And 
that's why we're closing an achievement gap in America, and we're not 
turning back.
    I believe we have a moral responsibility to honor our seniors with 
good health care. Medicine was changing, but Medicare wasn't. I went to 
Washington to solve problems. We had a problem in Medicare. See, 
Medicare would pay nearly $100,000 for the heart surgery but would not 
pay one dime for the prescription drugs to prevent the heart surgery 
from being needed in the first place. That didn't make any sense. 
Medicare needs to be modernized. I worked with Republicans and 
Democrats. We've strengthened Medicare. Seniors will get prescription 
drugs in 2006, and we're not going to turn back to the old days.
    I believe in the energy, innovative spirit of America's workers, 
small-business owners, farmers. And that's why we unleashed that energy 
with the largest tax cut in a generation. When you're out rounding up 
the vote, remind people what this economy has been through. It's been 
through a recession. As a matter of fact, the stock market started to 
head down about 5 months before we showed up in Washington. Then there 
was a recession. And then we found out some of our citizens didn't tell 
the truth. There were some corporate scandals. We passed new laws, and 
we made it abundantly clear we're not going to tolerate dishonesty in 
the boardrooms of America.
    And then we got attacked, and that hurt our economy. But our economy 
is strong and growing stronger. We've overcome these obstacles. We've 
got great workers, great farmers. The entrepreneurial spirit is strong, 
and the tax cuts made a difference.
    We've added about 1.7 million new jobs since August of '03. We've 
added 107,000 manufacturing jobs since January. The national 
unemployment rate is 5.4 percent, which is lower than the average of the 
seventies, the eighties, and the 1990s. And right here in Wisconsin, 
your unemployment rate is 4.8 percent. This economy is strong. It's 
getting stronger, and we're not turning back.
    I believe the most solemn duty of the American President is to 
protect the American people. If we show uncertainty and weakness in this 
decade, the world will drift toward tragedy. This isn't going to happen 
on my watch.
    I'm running for President with a clear and positive plan to build a 
safer world and a more hopeful America. I'm running with a compassionate 
conservative philosophy that Government should help people improve their 
lives, not try to run their lives. I believe this Nation wants steady, 
consistent, principled leadership. And that is why with your help, we'll 
carry Wisconsin and win a great victory in November.
    The world in which we live is changing. The generation of our dads 
and granddads--in that generation, a man generally had one job, one 
career, and moms stayed at home. But times have changed a lot since 
then. Many workers have more than one job and more than one career, and 
many women work inside the house and outside the house. And yet the 
systems of our Government, the most fundamental systems, the Tax Code, 
health coverage, pension plans, worker training, labor law, was all 
designed for yesterday, not tomorrow. In the next 4 years, we'll work to 
transform these systems so that all citizens are equipped, prepared, and 
thus truly free to be able to make your own choices and to realize the 
great promise of America.
    I fully understand a hopeful society is one that has a growing 
economy. I have a plan to make sure this recovery is lasting prosperity. 
If you want to keep jobs here in America, America must be the best place 
in the

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world to do business. It's as simple as that. That means less 
regulations on the employers and job creators. That means less frivolous 
lawsuits on the employers and job creators.
    If we want to keep jobs here in America, Congress needs to pass my 
energy plan. I sent up a plan that encourages conservation, encourages 
the use of renewables like ethanol and biodiesel, that says we've got to 
modernize our electricity grid, that says we'll use clean coal 
technology, that we'll explore for natural gas in environmentally 
friendly ways. In order to keep jobs here in America, this country must 
be less dependent on foreign sources of energy.
    In order to make sure this economy grows and people in Racine, 
Wisconsin, can find work, we've got to open up markets. See, we open up 
our markets for goods from other countries. If you've got more products 
to choose from, you're likely to get the product you want at a better 
price and better quality. That's why Republicans and Democrat 

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