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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, March 13, 2000
Volume 36--Number 10
Pages 453-518

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Addresses and Remarks

    Air travel delays, initiative to reduce--514
    Alabama, 35th anniversary of the 1965 voting rights march in Selma--
        Democratic National Committee dinner in Los Angeles--466
        Democratic National Committee dinner in San Francisco--453
        Democratic National Committee reception in Los Angeles--464
        Democratic National Committee reception in San Francisco--462
        Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee dinner in San 
    Congressional leaders, meeting--476
    Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Native American 
    Gov. Mel Carnahan, dinner honoring--512
    Gun control legislation--476
    Medicare prescription drug benefit legislation--498
    Minimum wage legislation--485, 487, 498, 514
    One America meeting with religious leaders--506

Addresses and Remarks--Continued

    Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies--487
    Radio address--463
    2000 Presidential election--453

Communications to Congress

    China, permanent normal trade relations status, message--493
    Cyprus, letter transmitting report--483
    Federal Advisory Committees, message transmitting report--511
    Minimum wage legislation, letter--483
    National Money Laundering Strategy, message transmitting--498

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Dedicating Federal Housing Administration Revenues for Affordable 
        Housing, memorandum--485
    Delegation of Authority To Transmit Report on Cooperative Projects 
        with Russia, memorandum--474

Executive Orders

    White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine 
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Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Briefing Room--476
        San Jose, CA--453
        South Lawn--487
    Interview with Greta Van Susteren of CNN's Burden of Proof--494


    Save Your Vision Week--475

Statements by the President

    Congressional Gold Medal, legislation to award to John Cardinal 
    Minimum wage legislation--511
    Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty--474

Statements by the President--Continued

    Senate action on judicial nominations--482, 511
    Treasury Department's debt buyback--510
    United Arab Emirates, sale of F-16 aircraft--473
    United Negro College Fund's Technology Enhancement Capital 

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--518
    Checklist of White House press releases--518
    Digest of other White House announcements--517
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--517

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Monday, March 13, 2000
Volume 36--Number 10
Pages 453-518
Week Ending Friday, March 10, 2000
Exchange With Reporters in San Jose, California

March 3, 2000

2000 Presidential Election

    Q. Mr. President, what do you think of the idea of a Gore-Feinstein 
    The President. I think very highly of it. And I think she is 
immensely talented and would be good at anything. But this is a decision 
that the Vice President should make after he wins the nomination. And 
it's not done yet. So I would recommend that all these questions be 
deferred until after we know for sure that he's the nominee, and then 
you should ask him.
    Q. How would you assess the Republican strategy using you to tarnish 
their Presidential candidates? How do you assess it?
    The President. I don't know. You know, they've got to do what 
they've got to do. I wish--when I saw the Vice President and Senator 
Bradley in their last debate, I know that the conventional wisdom was it 
wasn't very interesting because they agreed on too much. But what I 
thought is, how fortunate we are to have people that know that much and 
care that much about things that will actually affect people's lives, 
instead of grab the day's headlines.
    And I thought there was quite a remarkable contrast between the 
substantive level of knowledge and discussion in that debate and the one 
I heard last night. That's the only observation I want to make. I 
shouldn't--they can run their own campaigns. They don't need to have me 
commenting. I shouldn't get in the way of the Republicans or the 
Democrats right now. I'm not running. I'm enjoying watching it.
    Q. But is this a campaign--[inaudible].
    The President. Well, time will tell, won't it. The voters are in 
charge in this deal, not me.

Maine Initiative on the Digital Divide

    Q. Can I clarify? The seventh graders who are going to get the 
laptops, can you tell me more about----
    The President. Oh, yes. That's Maine. It's a great story. Angus King 
in Maine, it's great, he's got a system to give every seventh grader in 
the State--[inaudible]

Note: The exchange began at 12:30 p.m. at the Novell Headquarters. In 
his remarks, the President referred to former Senator Bill Bradley and 
Gov. Angus S. King, Jr., of Maine. This item was not received in time 
for publication in the appropriate issue. A tape was not available for 
verification of the content of this exchange.

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Monday, March 13, 2000
Volume 36--Number 10
Pages 453-518
Week Ending Friday, March 10, 2000
Remarks at a Democratic National Committee Dinner in San Francisco, 

March 3, 2000

    Thank you very much. The first thing I would like to say to all of 
you, after thank you for the warm welcome, is that this is not the first 
time I have come here to campaign for Senator Feinstein's reelection. In 
fact, I'm an old hand at this. I came here in '94 to campaign for 
Senator Feinstein's reelection, and she stayed in Washington; I had to 
do it all by myself. [Laughter] So it's nice to be here with the 
evidence of my argument. I thank you very much.
    I also want to thank Senator Barbara Boxer and Stu for being here, 
and Representative Barbara Lee, who is also off to a very fast start. 
The women from California in the Senate and the House have defied all of 
the preconceptions about how long it takes to become effective in the 
Congress. It could have something to do with that practical instinct of 
worrying more about what you're doing than where you're sitting. And 
they have really, really done a good job.

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    I thank the McCarthy's for chairing this event. And as you said, I 
can't remember anybody who ever got more done in her first term in the 
Senate than Dianne Feinstein. And I want you to know, I'm here for many 
reasons--and I'm not running for anything--[laughter]--and on most days 
I'm okay with it. [Laughter] But I care a great deal about not whether 
we're going to change but how we're going to change and where we're 
going from here.
    And one of the things that I always admired about Dianne Feinstein 
and her husband, Dick--who's been giving me training in how to be a 
Senate spouse--[laughter]--Stu Boxer and Dick and I decided that we 
would start right now planning for next year. We're looking for a 
fourth--[laughter]--for golf, for tea, for whatever, we're open. 
[Laughter] Life's funny, isn't it? I mean, really, it's great. 
    Let me say, one of the things that I really admire, maybe the thing 
I admire most about Dianne Feinstein is, first of all, she cares about a 
lot of things. How many conversations have we had about China, about 
Tibet, about different parts of the world; about saving the California 
redwoods, which meant a lot to me, too; about setting aside the desert--
now we have two national parks--it's meant a lot to me, too; about 
taking on this gun issue, which I started to try to do with the Brady 
bill concept as Governor more than 16 years ago, and I backed off, to my 
everlasting regret. When I became President, I promised myself as long 
as I was standing I would do it. And she's been a great ally, and I 
thank her for that.
    But one thing that Dianne does that sometimes politicians in both 
parties, especially when you get in Washington and you get all caught up 
in this atmosphere, you know, and you spend all your time watching talk 
shows--[laughter]--do you realize that if you've got a halfway good 
cable selection, you don't ever have to watch anything but talk shows 
anymore? [Laughter] And do you realize to get on one, all you have to do 
is take a firm position and never change your mind, and it's better if 
you don't know anything. [Laughter] Actually, if you have any evidence, 
any background, any real policy knowledge, it's a terrific encumbrance 
because you're supposed to be shouting to great effect on these 
programs. [Laughter] Now, we're all laughing, but you know it's pretty 
close to the truth. [Laughter]
    And Dianne, you know, she's like me. We're still under the illusion 
that when you elect us to these things, they're actually jobs, and we're 
supposed to get up and go to work every day and like your job. It yields 
to effort. I mean, it really makes a difference if you pass a few days 
in the headlines to figure out what actually ought to be in the bill. 
And then if you actually pass a law, it can really change people's 

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