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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, November 13, 2000 Volume 36--Number 45 Pages 2761-2817 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Bill Signings Arkansas Civic leaders luncheon in Little Rock--2790 Community in Pine Bluff--2797 California 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-- 2784 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 Proclamations 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 Editor's Note: In order to meet publication and distribution deadlines during the Veterans Day holiday weekend, the cutoff time for this issue has been advanced to 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 9, 2000. Documents released after that time will appear in the next issue. 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. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents will be furnished by mail to domestic subscribers for $80.00 per year ($137.00 for mailing first class) and to foreign subscribers for $93.75 per year, payable to the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. The charge for a single copy is $3.00 ($3.75 for foreign mailing). There are no restrictions on the republication of material appearing in the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. [[Page 2761]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2761-2763] 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 voice. Mr. Harvey. How are you doing? It's okay. How are you doing, brother? 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. [Laughter] 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. [Laughter] 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. Education Mr. Harvey. Now, also in terms of education for the same communities. 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. [[Page 2762]] 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 [[Page 2763]] 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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