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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, October 10, 1994
Volume 30--Number 40
Pages 1917-1978

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Addresses and Remarks

    Blue ribbon schools--1964
    Business leaders on the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade--1930
    Democratic candidates
        Chuck Robb--1936, 1940
        Kathleen Brown--1933
    Radio addresses
        American troops in Haiti--1928
    Senator Mitchell scholarship fund dinner--1960
    U.S.S. Eisenhower in Norfolk, VA--1962
    Visit of South African President Mandela
        Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger 
        Congressional Black Caucus luncheon--1949
        State dinner--1948
        Welcoming ceremony--1945
    Welcoming Crown Prince Hassan of Jordan and Foreign Minister Shimon 
        Peres of Israel--1929

Appointments and Nominations

    Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission, Chairman--1947
    Federal Trade Commission, member--1958
    President's Committee on Mental Retardation, members--1948
    U.S. District Court, judges--1958

Bill Signings

    Agricultural, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and 
        Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1995, statement--1924
    Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 1995, statement--1926
    Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 
        1995, statement--1925
    Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and 
        Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1995, statement--1925
    Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations 
        Act, 1995, statement--1924
    District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 1995, statement--1926
    National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1995, statement--
    Treasury, Postal Service and General Government Appropriations Act, 
        1995, statement--1923

Communications to Congress

    Department of Transportation, letter transmitting reports--1933
    Federal Labor Relations Authority, message transmitting report--1933
    Panama, message--1932
    Vietnam, letter transmitting report--1957
(Continued on the inside back cover.)

Editor's Note: A third quarter index to issues 27-39 was printed in 
issue 39.


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Communications to Federal Agencies

    Assistance to refugees from Rwanda and Burundi, memorandum--1922

Interviews With the News Media

    Interview with Alan Colmes--1917
    News conferences
        October 5 (No. 72) with South African President Mandela--1950
        October 7 (No. 73)--1965

Meeting With Foreign Leaders

    Israel, Foreign Minister Peres--1929
    Jordan, Crown Prince Hassan--1929
    South Africa, President Mandela--1945, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1958


    Child Health Day--1921
    General Pulaski Memorial Day--1957
    German-American Day--1946

Resignations and Retirements

    Secretary of Agriculture, statement--1931

Statements by the President

    See also Appointments and Nominations; Bill Signings; Resignations 
        and Retirements
    Congressional completion of appropriations legislation--1923
    ``Federal Mandate Accountability and Reform Act of 1994''--1946
    ``Federal Mandate Relief for State and Local Government Act, 
    Senate action on the ``Elementary and Secondary Education Act''--

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1977
    Checklist of White House press releases--1976
    Digest of other White House announcements--1975
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1975

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Monday, October 10, 1994
Volume 30--Number 40
Pages 1917-1978
Week Ending Friday, October 7, 1994
Interview With Alan Colmes

September 30, 1994

    Mr. Colmes. President Clinton, very nice to meet you. I've been an 
unabashed supporter of yours for a very long time, to the point where my 
listeners call me up and accuse me of being on your payroll. I'd like to 
dispel any such myth right now. [Laughter]
    The President. You're not on the payroll, but I appreciate what 
you've said.

National Public Opinion

    Mr. Colmes. Thomas Jefferson said of democracy that ``democracy is 
cumbersome, slow, inefficient, but in due time, the voice of the people 
will be heard and their latent wisdom will prevail.'' How latent is that 
wisdom at this point in our evolution?
    The President. Well, I think what's going on in our country today is 
that people desperately want circumstances to change for themselves in 
their own lives, and they see things going on around them they don't 
like: high rates of crime and violence and drug abuse and family 
breakdown, the continued economic uncertainty and insecurity, a lot of 
working people worried about their incomes, their ability to finance 
their kids' education, the stability of their health care, their 
retirement. And they are not sure that the Government ever works for 
ordinary people. And I think that that plus the atmosphere in which we 
operate up here, which is so contentious and so full of the conflicting 
messages spawned by all the interest groups, make it difficult for 
anybody to communicate through that. But what I have to do is to just 
keep working for the American people, keep fighting for change.
    You know, we've made a remarkable start, I think. It's just the 
beginning, but we've made a good beginning in restoring the economy and 
fighting crime and making this Government work for ordinary people. 
That's what I got sent here to do, and that's what I'm trying to do.

Midterm Elections

    Mr. Colmes. Midterm elections are coming up, and just the other day 
the Republicans had a photo-op at the Capitol, and they gave a 10-point 
plan. I wonder if you feel the American people will buy this and change 
the balance of power legislatively this November?
    The President. Well, the Republican contract, it's--I'm so glad they 
did it because they finally told the American people what I knew all 
along, which is what they're for. What they're for is to go back to 
trickle-down economics. They made over a trillion dollars worth of 
promises to the American people in this contract. And how they're going 
to pay for it is either to explode the deficit again, after we brought 
it down, or to cut Medicare or Social Security or never pay for the 
crime bill.
    It's the same old thing they did in the 1980's, and it poses a stark 
choice for the Americans in this election: Do you want to keep going 
forward with an economic plan that has brought the deficit down for 3 
years in a row for the first time since Truman, helped to produce over 
4.3 million new jobs, has got America ranked the most productive country 
in the world for the first time in 9 years, that's provided college loan 
relief for millions of Americans and done a lot of other things that are 
growing this economy? Or do you want to go back to the same old trickle-
down economics that exploded the debt, reduced investment in people, and 
nearly wrecked this economy? I mean, that's basically what the choice is 
in this election.
    And their contract, basically, is a contract on America, puts out a 
contract on the deficit, puts out a contract on Medicare, puts out a 
contract on the crime bill. I mean, they're going to wreck it all if 
they got to

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implement these ideas. It's just--it's unbelievable, but it's really 
where they are.
    Mr. Colmes. How successful do you think they'll be in their attempt 
to take over Congress?
    The President. Well, if we can get out there and tell the American 
people the truth about our record, the fact that we have made a good 
start, that we've got a long way to go and this is no time to turn back, 
I think we've got an excellent chance to defy the experts and the 
    In all but three elections in this century, the incumbent 
President's party has always lost seats in at least one House of 
Congress. And I think there's only been one election, in 1934, when the 
incumbent President actually picked up seats in both Houses. So this is 
a natural rhythm, but what's going on now is the country is going 
through a lot of changes, people are having a tough time. They do not 
know what this administration has done to make our good first start. I'm 
going to get that out there, and they need to know that it's just the 
beginning, because a lot of people haven't felt it yet.

Health Care Reform

    Mr. Colmes. You've had an incredible string of accomplishments and 
perhaps the best first year legislatively of any President since 
Eisenhower. You've also cited Johnson's second year as a very successful 
year for him.
    The President. Yes.
    Mr. Colmes. But even your detractors, like Newt Gingrich, said 
you've had a great first year legislatively. Is it going to be more 
difficult in the second half of your first term, if there are more 
Republicans in Congress, for you to get things forth, like health care?
    The President. Well, sure it is, unless they decide that they want 
to get something done for America instead of something done for their 
    Mr. Colmes. Is health care dead?
    The President. No, not at all. Look, we didn't get it in the first 
year, and I think the main reason we didn't get it is that the 
Republicans decided they didn't want it to happen. I was willing to 
compromise; I reached out to them. But let me just give you the 
    When I introduced my plan, I said, ``Look, folks, all I want to do 
is to help people control health care costs, protect the health 
insurance of people who have it so they don't lose it, and provide 
coverage for those who don't. Here's the best way to do it, I think. If 
you've got a better idea, let me know.'' When we started, there were 24 
Republican Senators on a bill to provide health care for all Americans. 
They did it in a different way. When we got to the end of the 
legislative debate, that number 24 had dropped to zero.

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