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We can do it simply by saying people can deduct dollar for dollar from 
their tax bill the cost of a typical community college tuition for 2 
years. I want to give families the opportunity to save in retirement 
accounts and withdraw from them with no tax penalty if the money is used 
for health care, home buying, or sending a child to college. And 
something that will affect virtually all of you--I want families to be 
able to deduct up to $10,000 a year for the cost of college tuition at 
any college in the country, undergraduate or graduate, for people of any 
age.
    But you must decide. You must decide. And more than anything else, 
you have to decide how we're going to get there. They say, ``There's a 
tough world out there, but there's a lot of opportunity. So if you can 
go down in the valley, cross the rushing river, and climb the mountain, 
I wish you well.'' I say we'll all be better off if we roll up our 
sleeves and build a bridge to the 21st century big enough, wide enough, 
and strong enough for all of us to walk across together. Will you help? 
[Applause] Will you be there Tuesday? [Applause]
    Thank you. God bless you. Let's go get it. Thank you.

Note: The President spoke at 6:40 p.m. at New Mexico State University. 
In his remarks, he referred to Bruce King, former Governor of Arizona, 
and his wife, Alice; State Senator Mary Jane Garcia; J. Michael 
Orenduff, president, New Mexico State University; and Elizabeth Shirley 
Baca, candidate for New Mexico's Second Congressional District. This 
item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue.


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Monday, November 11, 1996
 
Volume 32--Number 45
Pages 2265-2357
 
Week Ending Friday, November 8, 1996
 
The President's Radio Address

November 2, 1996

    Good morning. Today I want to talk about something I believe is 
particularly important to our Nation as we prepare to vote on Tuesday. 
Many people treat elections as opportunities to divide us. But I believe 
this election can unite us to go forward together. When we come together 
to find common ground, we are stronger as a nation and there is no 
challenge we can't meet.
    Just over 5 years ago, I announced my candidacy for President. It 
was a time of deep and widespread frustration in America. Unemployment 
was high. The deficit was out of control. New jobs were scarce. Our 
values seemed under assault from every direction. And to many it seemed 
our problems were unsolvable: Rising crime would overwhelm us; broken 
families trapped on welfare would never break free from the cycle of 
dependence; fear and hatred would force a permanent wedge between 
Americans of different backgrounds and beliefs. Washington, caught up in 
blame games and tangled in politics, was unable or unwilling to act. I 
believed it was time to stop asking who's to blame and start asking, 
what are we going to do about it?
    I had a simple strategy: Reject old labels, false debates, and 
divisive politics. Instead, strengthen America's basic bargain: 
opportunity for all Americans, responsibility from all Americans, and a 
stronger community of all Americans. That's how Vice President Gore and 
I have tried to approach everything we've done for the last 4 years.
    When it came to the budget, the old politics of division demanded a 
choice between balancing the budget and living up to the obligations we 
owe to one another and to our future. We said, that's no choice; we have 
to do both. We have

to balance the budget to keep our economy growing strong, and we have to 
protect Medicare, Medicaid, education, and the environment.

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    We've cut the deficit for 4 years in a row by 63 percent, to its 
lowest level in 15 years. But we protected the health of our parents and 
grandparents, we invested in the education of our children, and we 
protected our environment for future generations. Together America has 
created 10.7 million new jobs and 4\1/2\ million new homeowners. 
Unemployment is at 5.2 percent, and the average family income has risen 
$1,600 in just 2 years.
    Now we have to finish the job and balance the budget while we 
continue to protect our values. My balanced budget plan eliminates the 
deficit by 2002, while protecting our values by strengthening Medicare 
and Medicaid, expanding our investments in education, protecting our 
environment.
    When it came to fighting crime, the old politics of division 
demanded a choice between more police and tough penalties, or effective 
prevention and fewer guns on the street. We said we need more police and 
tougher penalties, but we also need effective prevention and fewer guns 
on the street. So we're putting 100,000 new police officers on the 
street. We passed ``three strikes and you're out'' and the death penalty 
for drug kingpins and cop killers. We banned assault weapons, passed the 
Brady bill, and fought for safe and drug-free schools.
    Two weeks ago, the FBI reported that crime had dropped 4 years in a 
row to a 10-year low. Now we have more to do to keep crime dropping for 
4 more years. We have to finish putting 100,000 police on the street, 
target violent gangs, ban bullets whose only purpose is to pierce the 
bulletproof vests of police officers.
    When it came to welfare reform, the old politics of division 
demanded a choice between strict time limits and work requirements, on 
the one hand, and child care and creating jobs for people to move, on 
the other hand. We said, we need time limits and work requirements 
because welfare is supposed to be a second chance, not a way of life. 
But we also need to work together to create jobs, because if we expect 
work we have to make sure people have a chance to work.
    Well, today there are nearly 2 million fewer people on welfare than 
there were the day I took office. In August, I signed historic welfare 
reform legislation that would change the welfare system forever. Now we 
have a responsibility to make the most of this opportunity to lift 
millions of families from welfare to work. And I have a plan to move a 
million more people from welfare to work over the next 4 years.
    When it came to our American community, the old politics of division 
was at its worst. Instead of bringing people together around common 
values, the old politics of division tried to drive wedges between us, 
to take advantage of our fears. We must never let that happen again.
    Unfortunately, here at the end of the election, some people are 
tempted to take advantage of these issues for political advantage. I say 
to them, we've seen the results of this before. The politics of division 
yields only division and gridlock. The search for common ground yields 
solutions and progress and a future worthy of our past.
    So whether you belong to the party of Lincoln, the party of 
Jefferson, whether you're independent or unaffiliated, remember that 
most of all you belong to the community of America. We are all in this 
together. We will rise or fall together. So let us build a bridge 
together, wide enough and strong enough to carry all of us into the 
bright future that is America in the 21st century.

Note: The address was recorded at 5:40 p.m. on November 1 at Las Cruces 
International Airport in Las Cruces, NM, for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on 
November 2.


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Monday, November 11, 1996
 
Volume 32--Number 45
Pages 2265-2357
 
Week Ending Friday, November 8, 1996
 
Remarks in San Antonio, Texas

November 2, 1996

    The President. Thank you. Thank you. Good morning, San Antonio.
    Audience members. Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!
    The President. Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, I'm glad to see you 
here in large numbers. I'm glad to see you here in high spirits. I'm 
glad to see so many young people here, for this election is about you. 
My heart is full of gratitude today.
    Thank you, Congressman Henry Gonzalez, for what you said and for so 
many years of

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exemplary leadership. Thank you, Congressman Kika de la Garza, 
Congressman Frank Tejeda. Thank you, Governor Dolph Briscoe, for being 
here and for all the help that you have given to us. Thank you, Texas 
Democratic Chair Bill White. To Senator Carlos Truan and the other 
members of the legislature here; my longtime friend Wilhelmina Delco. To 
our congressional candidate Charlie Jones and--[applause]--a little 
there. And thank you, Victor Morales, for your long, courageous 
struggle.
    Thank you, Linda Chavez-Thompson, for coming home, the first woman 
ever elected to national office at the AFL-CIO. Thank you, Secretary 
Federico Pena, for your great job at the Department of Transportation, 
for coming here to be with us. Thank you, Ann Richards. And I want to 
thank whoever organized the progam so I didn't have to speak right 
behind her. [Laughter] Thank you, my old friend Garry Mauro, for being 
there for me for over 20 years now. And I want to thank some of the 
other folks who have come here to be with us today, and I'd like to ask 
them to stand: Jimmy Smits, Esai Morales, Johnny Canales, Jeff Valdez, 
Liz Torres, and Tommy Lee Jones. Thank you all for being here. Thank 
you.
    I thank the Texas Victory Democrats for the work you have done and 
the work you will do between now and Tuesday. And again let me say, as 
Hillary has already said, a profound word of thanks to Henry Cisneros 
for the work he has done for America these last 4 years. I'm delighted 
to see his parents here, and I'm glad Mary Alice came. And I want the 
people of San Antonio to know you would have been so proud every day of 
them for the last 4 years. I go places all over America, far from San 
Antonio; mayors, people who build housing, people who work in law 
enforcement come up to me and spontaneously say, Henry Cisneros is the 
finest Secretary of HUD we have ever had in the history of the United 
States. Everywhere they say it.
    I was in Miami the other day, and man said to me, ``There are 
hundreds of people who are no longer homeless. You could walk down 
streets at night that used to be littered with people spending the 
night. They aren't there anymore because we had a dream and an idea and 
Secretary Cisneros supported us and we took the homeless people off the 
street.''
    I was in the another part of the country the other day, and people 
said, ``We were absolutely overwhelmed with substandard public housing 
infested with gangs and guns and drugs. And Secretary Cisneros helped us 
to tear it down, get rid of it, and build new housing for people to live 
in dignity and raise their children in an environment in which anyone 
could be proud of.''
    Ladies and gentlemen, I did want to come and stand in front of the 
Alamo on the last weekend of the last campaign of my entire life. I 
wanted to come here because I have such vivid memories of this place. 
Twenty-four years ago, I remember, in October, Congressman Gonzalez and 
I, when I was a very young man, on a Saturday morning like this, after 
we'd had a dinner at the Menger Hotel, got Congressman Hale Boggs up in 
the morning, and he got on a plane and flew to Alaska, to his death. 
There was something in your local paper about it.
    I have vivid memories of all the times I have ever been here. I 
remember in 1992 when I came here, and then along toward the end of the 
campaign, some of my friends from Texas put about $200 worth of that 
mango ice cream on my plane, and we all ate it until we couldn't walk. I 
got a little to take with me today, too. [Laughter]

I remember so many things. But this place, the Alamo, has always symbolized 
to me the transformation of Texas, the transformation of America, and the 
best hope for our future. The Alamo is not just a place of great personal 
courage, it is a place of great standoff in the beginning between two 
nations and two peoples. And the story of the Alamo over the last 160 years 
and the story of San Antonio is the story of the reconciliation and 
friendships between two great nations and two great peoples here in Texas 
and throughout the United States. It is a great, great story.

    We represent people who believe that by working together and helping 
each other we can all do better. Franklin Roosevelt, as Henry reminded 
me this morning, built your wonderful Riverwalk during the Great 
Depression. Lyndon Johnson did teach in Cotulla, not very far from here, 
where he

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learned what it was like to be poor and Mexican-American.
    We have always come out of a tradition that believed that if we 
worked together to give each other the tools--not a guarantee but a 
chance--to make the most of our own lives, this country could move 
closer to its ideals and we would all be better off than if we just 
said, ``You're on your own.'' When we come together and search for 
common ground we are always, always stronger as a nation. There is 
nothing we can't do.
    Now, in 3 days before this election, I really believe more than 
anything else what is left is not about the evidence, it's about the 
attitude. It's not so much about the mind as it is about the heart. You 
know, 4 years ago, Al Gore and I asked you to take a chance on us when 
we said, ``We're going to change the direction of this country. We're 
sick of the politics of division in Washington. We want to create more 
opportunity for everybody, demand more responsibility from everybody, 
and create an American community of everybody, where everybody's got a 
role to play and a place at the table.'' You just took a chance; you 
didn't know. But now we have a record.
    Four years ago, we had high unemployment, widespread frustration, 
rising crime, increasing family breakdown, rising welfare rolls, fears, 
hatred, and people had given up on being able to do anything about any 
of our problems. I was determined to start a new direction for this 
country, to stop pointing fingers and say, ``Here's my hand. I don't 
care whether you're a Democrat or Republican or what you are. If you 
will work with me to make this country a better place, I'll work with 
you, but we've got to take along everybody. We've got to give every 
single person a chance.''
    Now, you didn't know; you just took a chance. But look at the 
evidence. We have 10.7 million new jobs in America; 5.2 percent 
unemployment; rising incomes for

the first time in a decade. The deficit has gone down in all 4 years for 
the first time in the 20th century, down 63 percent. Homeownership is at a 
15-year high. We have nearly 2 million fewer people on welfare. Child 
support collections are up 50 percent across the country. The crime rate 
has gone down for 4 years in a row; it's at a 10-year low all across 
America. We raised the minimum wage for 10 million people. We've protected 
people from losing their health insurance if they've been sick or somebody 
in their family has been sick or they changed jobs. We said hospitals can't 
kick mothers and newborn babies out of the hospital after only 24 hours 
anymore. Twelve million people took advantage of the family and medical 
leave law and got to take a little time off from work when a baby was born 
or a family member was sick, without losing their jobs. This country is in 
better shape than it was 4 years ago. We are moving in the right direction.

    Let me ask you something--this is an affair of the mind and the 
heart. When it was published yesterday that we had 210,000 new jobs in 
America, my opponent said we've got the worst economy in 20 years. 
[Laughter] I tell you what, I'll take that bet. I ask every person in 
Texas who believes it is the worst economy in 20 years to vote for 
Senator Dole, and every person who knows better to vote for me. I'll 
gladly take the results of the election in Texas.
    Now, just 2 weeks ago, my opponent said that we had the worst 
economy in 100 years. [Laughter] So I think he's campaigning for me now. 
I mean, after all, who else could make up 80 years in 2 weeks? I think 
we're doing pretty well.
    All this is not a matter of the evidence. What do you think the 
Republicans would be saying if they had a President who had presided 
over an administration that had cut the deficit by 63 percent, that had 
the highest job growth rate of any Republican administration in 70 
years, that had the lowest average unemployment in 20 years, the lowest 
average inflation in 30 years, the biggest decline in income inequality 

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