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 Addresses and Remarks

    Al Jazeera videotape of Usama bin Laden--2695
    Cabinet meeting--2784
         Remarks in Gainesville--2737
         Remarks in Miami--2727
         Remarks in Orlando--2721
         Remarks in Tampa--2732
         Remarks in Des Moines--2763
         Remarks in Sioux City--2768
    Michigan, remarks in Grand Rapids--2701
    Minnesota, remarks in Minneapolis--2715
    New Mexico, remarks in Albuquerque--2773
         Campaign volunteers in Columbus--2782
         Departure from Toledo--2695
         Remarks in Cincinnati--2742
         Remarks in Columbus--2695
         Remarks in Toledo--2689
         Remarks in Wilmington--2747
         Arrival in Pittsburgh--2752
         Remarks in Burgettstown--2752
    Radio address--2707
         Election day in Crawford--2781

Addresses and Remarks--Continued

         Remarks in Dallas--2778
    Victory celebration--2783
         Remarks in Ashwaubenon--2708
         Remarks in Milwaukee--2758

 Bill Signings

    Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
        2005, statement--2695

 Communications to Congress

    Sudan, letter on continuation of the national emergency--2773
    U.S. Combat-Equipped Armed Forces, letter reporting on global 
    Weapons of mass destruction, letter on continuation of emergency--

Interviews With the News Media

     Exchanges with reporters
         Columbus, OH--2782
         Crawford, TX--2781
     News conference, November 4--2784

(Continued on the inside of the back cover.)

  Editor's Note: The President was at Camp David, MD, on November 5, 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.

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    Continuation of Emergency Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction--
    Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to Sudan--2773


    National Adoption Month--2795
    National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month--2795
    National American Indian Heritage Month--2796
    National Diabetes Month--2797
    National Family Caregivers Month--2797
    National Hospice Month--2798

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    Afghanistan, congratulating President Karzai on his election--2794
    United Arab Emirates, death of Shaykh Zayid bin Sultan Al Nahayyan--

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--2804
     Checklist of White House press releases--2804
     Digest of other White House announcements--2802
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--2804

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Remarks in Toledo, Ohio

October 29, 2004

    The President. Laura and I are so honored so many came out to say 
hello. We appreciate it very much. I'm honored--we thank you for taking 
time out of your day.
    I've got something to tell you. I'm traveling Ohio a lot. I'm asking 
for the vote, and I'm asking for your help. We have a duty in this 
country to vote. You may have heard, the election is right around the 
corner. [Laughter] And I'm asking you, get your friends and neighbors to 
go to the polls. Make sure our fellow Republicans vote. Make sure 
independents vote. Find some discerning Democrats, and there's a lot 
across the State of Ohio. And get them headed to the polls and remind 
them, if they want a safer America, a stronger America, and a better 
America, to put me and Dick Cheney back in office.
    One of the most important reasons why I think you ought to put me 
back into office is so that Laura is the First Lady for 4 more years.
    Audience members. Laura! Laura! Laura!
    The President. I don't want to offend anybody who is follically 
challenged, but I admit my great Vice President doesn't have the waviest 
hair in the race. [Laughter] The people of Toledo will be proud to know 
that I didn't pick him because of his hairdo. [Laughter] I picked him 
because of his judgment, his experience. He's getting the job done for 
the American people.
    I want to thank Senator Mike DeWine for joining us today. I'm proud 
to call him friend. You're proud to call him Senator. I urge you to put 
George Voinovich back in the United States Senate. I want to thank your 
Governor for joining us. I want to thank Paul Gillmor, Congressman Paul 
Gillmor, for being here today. I want to thank Betty Montgomery for 
joining us. And I want to thank the next Congressman from the Ninth 
Congressional District, Larry Kaczala, for joining us.
    I want to thank the Wil Gravatt Band. I want to thank the Anthony 
Wayne High Marching Generals for being here. I will try to keep my 
speech short so you can get home and do your homework.

    Audience members. Boo-o-o!

    The President. I want to thank the grassroots activists. I want to 
thank my friend Bernadette Noe and Tom Noe for their leadership in Lucas 
County. I remember our breakfast. She had me flipping pancakes. 

    I want to thank those of you who are putting up the signs and making 
the phone calls. I want to thank those of you who are working long 
hours. We're almost there. Election Day is almost here. I urge you to 
continue working to turn out that vote. With your help, we'll win Ohio 
again and win a great victory.

    We've just got 4 days to go, and the voters have a clear choice 
between two very different candidates and different approaches and 
different records. You know where I stand, and sometimes, you even know 
where my opponent stands. [Laughter] We both have records. I'm proudly 
running on mine. My opponent has an interesting idea of how to win 
friends. During this campaign, he's insulted our allies and he 
questioned the good work of our troops in combat.

    Audience members. Boo-o-o!

    The President. Earlier today, my opponent even insulted the American 
people, saying you need to, quote, ``wake up.''

    Audience members. Boo-o-o!

    The President. Well, the American people are awake. Their eyes are 
wide open. They are seeing more clearly every day the critical choices 
in this election: The Senator's failed, out-of-the-mainstream policies 
or my commitment to defend our country, to build our economy, and to 
uphold our bedrock values.

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    This election comes down to some clear choices, five clear choices 
for America's family. The first clear choice is the most important 
because it concerns the security of your family. All progress on every 
other issue depends on the safety of our citizens. This will be the 
first Presidential election since September the 11th, 2001. Americans 
will go to the polls in a time of war and ongoing threats unlike any we 
have faced before. The terrorists who killed thousands of innocent 
people are still dangerous, and they are determined.
    The outcome of this election will set the direction of the war 
against terror. The most solemn duty of the American President is to 
protect the American people. If America shows uncertainty or weakness 
during these troubling times, the world will drift toward tragedy. This 
is not going to happen on my watch.
    Since that terrible morning of September the 11th, we've fought the 
terrorists across the Earth, not for pride, not for power but because 
the lives of our citizens are at stake. Our strategy is clear. We're 
strengthening the protections for our homeland. We're reforming our 
intelligence capabilities. We are transforming the All-Volunteer Army. 
There will be no draft. We are determined. We are relentless. We are 
staying on the offensive. We're chasing the terrorists overseas so we do 
not have to face them here at home.
    Because we led, Afghanistan is a free nation and an ally in the war 
on terror; Pakistan is capturing terrorist leaders; Saudi Arabia is 
making raids and arrests. Because we led, Libya is dismantling its 
weapons programs; the army of a free Iraq is fighting for freedom; and 
more than three-quarters of Al Qaida's key members and associates have 
been brought to justice. We have led. Many have joined. And America and 
the world are safer.
    And part of our strategy is to spread liberty and peace. I believe 
in the transformational power of liberty to change societies. I want you 
to remind your sons and daughters what has taken place in a relatively 
quick period of time in Afghanistan. It wasn't all that long ago that 
young girls could not go to school or their mothers were taken into the 
public square and whipped and sometimes into a sports stadium and killed 
because of the barbaric vision of the Taliban. Because we acted in our 
self-interest, because we acted to uphold the doctrine which I laid out 
that said, ``If you harbor a terrorist, you're equally as guilty as the 
terrorist,'' millions of people--millions of people in Afghanistan voted 
in a Presidential election. The first voter was a 19-year-old woman.
    Free societies will be peaceful societies. Free societies will help 
us keep the peace. Iraq is going to have elections in January. Think how 
far that society has come from the days of mass graves and torture 
chambers. Freedom is on the march. I believe everybody yearns to be 
free. I believe people long for freedom. I believe this. I understand 
freedom is not America's gift to the world; freedom is the Almighty 
God's gift to each man and woman in this world.
    A President must lead with consistency and strength. In a war, 
sometimes your tactics change but not your principles. Americans have 

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