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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, November 13, 2000
Volume 36--Number 45
Pages 2761-2817

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 Addresses and Remarks

    See also Bill Signings
         Civic leaders luncheon in Little Rock--2790
         Community in Pine Bluff--2797
         Get out the vote rally in San Francisco--2763
         Get out the vote rally in San Jose--2767
    New York
         Bronx County Democratic Committee rally in New York City--2777
         Get out the vote rallies in New York City--2780, 2785
         Returning from Chappaqua--2812
    Radio address--2774
    2000 Presidential election--2762, 2812

 Bill Signings

    Debt-relief, legislation to fund poor nations, remarks--2802
    Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs 
        Appropriations Act, 2001, statement--2809
    Indian Land Consolidation Act Amendments of 2000, statement--2811
    Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act, statement--2810

 Bill Vetoes

    ``Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001,'' message--

 Communications to Congress

    See also Bill Vetoes
    Cyprus, letter transmitting report--2810

 Communications to Federal Agencies

    Pipeline Safety, memorandum--2772
    Providing Patient Protections Through Final Regulations on Internal 
        Appeals and Information Disclosure, memorandum--2776

 Executive Orders

    Consultation and Coordination With Indian Tribal Governments--2806

Interviews With the News Media

     Exchanges with reporters
         San Francisco, CA--2767
         South Lawn--2812
     Interview with Steve Harvey of KKBT-FM Radio, Los Angeles, CA--2761


    National Adoption Month--2811
    National American Indian Heritage Month--2813
    National Family Caregivers Month--2801

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    Death of David Brower--2805
    Indian tribal governments, Executive order on consultation and 
        coordination, signing--2806
    Pipeline safety--2771

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--2815
     Checklist of White House press releases--2815
     Digest of other White House announcements--2814
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--2814

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has been advanced to 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 9, 2000. Documents 
released after that time will appear in the next issue.


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Monday, November 13, 2000
Volume 36--Number 45
Pages 2761-2817
Week Ending Friday, November 10, 2000
Interview With Steve Harvey of KKBT-FM Radio, Los Angeles, California

November 3, 2000

    The President. Hey, Steve.
    Mr. Harvey. President Clinton.
    The President. How are you? We got cut off. I'm glad to hear your 
    Mr. Harvey. How are you doing? It's okay. How are you doing, 
    The President. Great.
    Mr. Harvey. Great. Glad you could call, man. Sorry we missed each 
other. You were in Los Angeles. I was supposed to meet you at an event. 
Sorry we missed each other.
    The President. Are you in New York?
    Mr. Harvey. No, I'm in Los Angeles right now. Hello?
    The President. Yes, I can hear you fine.
    Mr. Harvey. Oh, yes. No, I'm in L.A. right now. We were supposed to 
meet at an event a few weeks ago, and we got--we missed our signal, so 
we didn't hook up. But ----
    The President. Well, I'm sorry I missed you.
    Mr. Harvey. That's okay. We got in today. My publicist told me that 
you're a big fan of mine. I just want to hear you say that out loud. 
    The President. I am a big fan of yours, and I hear all the clapping 
in the background, so I want to please everybody for you.
    Mr. Harvey. Thank you very much, Mr. President. That's all I needed 
to hear. [Laughter] You just pretty much made my whole career. 

Affirmative Action

    President Clinton, we are fans of yours here, on ``The Beat.'' I 
cannot speak for the entire radio station, but I know I am. I have 
always been a fan of yours and your work and your community development 
towards the African-American community. I have one question for you. I 
want to ask you, point blank, what can African-Americans and the Latino 
community expect from the Democratic Party in regards to education and 
affirmative action?
    The President. Well, I think first of all, you can expect them to 
build on the progress of the last 8 years. Remember--let's start with 
affirmative action--remember, there was a lot of pressure to eliminate 
affirmative action, both from the Republican Party and from some court 
decisions, which required us to change it. And we took the position that 
we should mend it, not end it, and that's the position that Vice 
President Gore has steadily defended. I noticed in his third debate that 
he was the only candidate who would say that he was for affirmative 
action. And I can tell you, we had long, long discussions about this. He 
believes strongly in it. And I believe virtually every one of our 
candidates for the Senate and the House does. I know that my wife, who 
is running for the Senate in New York, strongly feels that way, and I 
believe all the others do, as well. So I think you can feel very good 
about that.


    Mr. Harvey. Now, also in terms of education for the same 
    The President. On the education issue, I think the choices are quite 
clear here. The Vice President and all the Democratic candidates, first 
of all, think that America ought to know our schools are getting better 
and our students are doing better. Reading scores, math scores, science 
scores are all up. In the last 7 years, there has been a 500 percent 
increase in African-American students taking advanced placement courses, 
a 300 percent increase in Latino students taking advanced placement 
courses. The college-going rate is at an all-time high because we have 
pushed through the Congress the biggest increase in student aid, from 
Pell grants to work-study grants to the Hope scholarship tax credit, in 
50 years.

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    So what does Al Gore want to do? What do the rest of our Democrats 
want to do? They want to finish the job of putting 100,000 qualified 
teachers in our schools. They want to provide funds to poor school 
districts especially, and growing school districts, to build new school 
buildings and to overhaul others. They want to finish the work of 
connecting all the schools in the country to the Internet and all the 
classrooms. When Al Gore took on this project for our administration in 
1994, only 3 percent of the classrooms were connected. Today, 65 percent 
of the classrooms are, and 90 percent of the poorest schools have at 
least one Internet connection. So we want to do that.
    He wants to provide universal preschool and more after-school 
programs for the kids who need it, and he wants tax deductibility for 
college tuition. Plus which, we have a Hispanic Education Action Plan 
that is designed to deal with the fact that the dropout rate among 
Latino students is still too high, and he has promised to build on that. 
So we've got a very, very good education program. It's been our top 
domestic priority, and I think you can really depend on the Vice 
President to deliver. That's why both the major teachers' organizations 
have endorsed him, and a lot of other educators around the country, 
because they believe that we have a program based on the research and 
what the educators are saying.
    And one final thing. He has got a good accountability program that 
we ought to identify failing schools, turn them around, or open them 
under new management. And all over America, you see these schools that 
were in trouble just a couple of years ago that are turning around. I 
was in a school in Harlem the other day where 2 years ago 80 percent of 
the children were doing math and reading below grade level, and today, 
three-quarters of the kids are doing math and reading above or at grade 
level. That's after only 2 years. So we've got a program that's working 
out there at the grassroots. We need to bring it to all of America, and 
you can trust Al Gore to do that. He cares a lot about it, and you can 
trust the Democratic Party. It's our issue. We care about it.

2000 Election

    Mr. Harvey. Absolutely. Now, President, you were at the Baldwin 
Hills Crenshaw Plaza on yesterday. Three thousand supporters came out. 
We thank you for stopping by, lending your support to the campaign. We 
thank you for all of the work you have done over the past 8 years. And 
we do applaud you in both of these directions, especially in terms of 
education and affirmative action. We appreciate you so much. We know 
you're busy; we know you're on a tight schedule. And hey, man, we just 
want to say thank you for calling.
    The President. Well, thank you, Steve. Let me say, I wanted to go 
back to Watts, a place I've been visiting for many years now, to thank 
the people of Watts, of L.A., and of California for being so good to me 
and Hillary and Al and Tipper Gore these last 8 years, and for proving 
that we could turn America around economically, educationally, 
environmentally, that we could provide more health insurance. And you 
know there's a lot of laboratories of success there.
    But I also wanted to emphasize that in California and throughout 
this country, there are races for the Congress, for the Senate and the 
House, which are also terribly important. They are just as close as the 
Presidential race. And if we can win a majority in the House and in the 
Senate, we'll be in a position to really pull this country together and 
move forward to build on the progress of the last 8 years, to keep the 
prosperity going. That's really why the young people of this country 
ought to get out and vote, because we have come so far in the last 8 
years, but all the best things are still out there. When Al Gore says, 
``You ain't seen nothing yet,'' that's not just politics. We can turn 
the country around, and now we can make big, big strides in the economy, 
in education, in health care, the environment, and pulling this country 
together. But we've got to have the right leadership. And these House 
and Senate races are also very, very, very important.

Post-Presidential Plans

    Mr. Harvey. Yes. Quickly, Mr. President, after it's all over, when 
the election is done and Gore is President and you finally, after

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8 very successful years, step down, what do you see yourself doing, man? 
What do you think?
    The President. Well, first of all, I've got to be an ordinary 

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