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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i] Monday, November 8, 2004 WEEKLY COMPILATION OF ------------------------------ PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS Published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is published pursuant to the authority contained in the Federal Register Act (49 Stat. 500, as amended; 44 U.S.C. Ch. 15), under regulations prescribed by the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register, approved by the President (37 FR 23607; 1 CFR Part 10). Distribution is made only by the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. 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[[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Pages 2689 2806 Contents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Al Jazeera videotape of Usama bin Laden--2695 Cabinet meeting--2784 Florida Remarks in Gainesville--2737 Remarks in Miami--2727 Remarks in Orlando--2721 Remarks in Tampa--2732 Iowa 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 Ohio 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 Pennsylvania Arrival in Pittsburgh--2752 Remarks in Burgettstown--2752 Radio address--2707 Texas Election day in Crawford--2781 Addresses and Remarks--Continued Remarks in Dallas--2778 Victory celebration--2783 Wisconsin 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 deployments--2800 Weapons of mass destruction, letter on continuation of emergency-- 2799 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. [[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Notices Continuation of Emergency Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction-- 2799 Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to Sudan--2773 Proclamations 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-- 2794 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 [[Page 2689]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2689-2695] Pages 2689 2806 Week Ending Friday, November 5, 2004 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. [Laughter] 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. [[Page 2690]] 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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