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[[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-vii] Pages 1819 1924 Contents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Congressional leaders, meeting--1895 Florida, visit to the National Hurricane Center in Miami--1895 Intelligence reform--1895 Iowa, remarks in Cedar Rapids--1819 Missouri Columbia, remarks--1886 Lee's Summit, remarks--1863 Poplar Bluff, remarks--1857 Sedalia, discussion--1869 Ohio Broadview Heights, discussion--1824 Ironton, remarks--1916 Kirtland, remarks--1839 Pennsylvania Colmar, remarks--1896 Erie, remarks--1845 Johnstown, remarks--1903 Radio address--1839 West Virginia Huntington, remarks--1910 Parkersburg, remarks--1851 Communications to Congress Budget amendments, letter transmitting--1894 Communications to Congress--Continued Iraq, notification of intent to designate as a beneficiary developing country for purposes of the Generalized System of Preferences, message transmitting--1894 Supplemental budget request to support comprehensive response and recovery efforts after Hurricane Charley, letter transmitting-- 1856 Terrorist attacks on the United States, continuation of the national emergency, message transmitting notice--1919 Communications to Federal Agencies Combined Federal Campaign, memorandum--1863 Continuation of the Exercise of Certain Authorities Under the Trading With the Enemy Act, memorandum--1917 Presidential Determination and Certification Concerning Libya Under Sections of the Arms Export Control Act and Determination on Export-Import Bank Support for U.S. Exports to Libya, memorandum--1917 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) Editor's Note: The President was in Chillicothe, OH, on September 10, the closing date of this issue. Releases and announcements issued by the Office of the Press Secretary but not received in time for inclusion in this issue will be printed next week. [[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Communications to Federal Agencies--Continued Presidential Determination With Respect to Foreign Governments' Efforts Regarding Trafficking in Persons, memorandum--1918 Notices Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to Certain Terrorist Attacks--1919 Proclamations Minority Enterprise Development Week--1850 Proclamations--Continued To Modify the Generalized System of Preferences, and for Other Purposes--1892 Statements by the President Sudan, situation in--1909 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1924 Checklist of White House press releases--1923 Digest of other White House announcements--1919 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1921 [[Page v]] ? <GRAPHIC(S) NOT AVAILABLE IN TIFF FORMAT> [[Page 1819]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1819-1824] Pages 1819 1924 Week Ending Friday, September 10, 2004 Remarks in Cedar Rapids, Iowa September 3, 2004 The President. Thank you all. Thanks for coming. What a spectacular day. Thank you all for being here. It's great to be in the land of kind people and tall corn. Laura and I are proud to be here. We started early this morning in Pennsylvania, then went to Wisconsin. We're ending our day in this beautiful and important State. You might remember it's the State that started me on the way to the nomination 4 years ago. We have a--we've got a real soft spot in our heart for Iowa. It's going to be even softer--with your help, we're going to carry Iowa this November. I'm here to ask for the vote. I believe you got to get out and tell the people what you believe and ask for their help, and I'm here to ask for it. And I'm thrilled to be traveling with Laura. Today I'm going to give you some reasons why I think you ought to put me back in there, but perhaps the most important one of all is so that Laura is First Lady for 4 more years. I'm real proud of my runningmate. Dick Cheney is a--he's a fine guy. You know, it's pretty clear he wasn't the prettiest face on the ticket. [Laughter] It's not why I picked him. I picked him because of his experience, his steady judgment, and because he can get the job done. I'm proud to be standing up here with Chuck Grassley. He's a great United States Senator. Every time I talk to him he says, ``Remember Iowa.'' You're lucky to have him in the Senate, and I hope you keep him there. I'm proud also to be here with your Congressman, Jim Leach. He's a fine, honorable, decent citizen of the State of Iowa, and I'm proud to call him friend. I appreciate all the statehouse people who are here, the local officials who are here. I want to thank Majority Leader Chuck Gipp for being here. I want to thank my friend Dave Roederer, who is the statewide chairman for this campaign here. I want to thank all the grassroots activists who are here. Those are the people who are going to put up the signs, make the phone calls, and register your friends and neighbors to vote. We have a duty to vote in this country, and as you get out to register friends, make sure you don't overlook discerning Democrats. You might remember Zell Miller. There's a lot of folks like Zell who understand, with 4 more years this country will be safer, stronger, and better for every American. We are approaching an historic national election, and the time for choosing is almost here. This election will come down to the records we have built, the convictions that we hold, and the visions that guide us. I look forward to campaigning in Iowa a lot. I look forward to coming-- I'll tell you where I stand. I'll tell you what I believe, and I'll tell you where I'll lead this country for the next 4 years. I believe that every child can learn, and I know that every school must teach. Because we're challenging the soft bigotry of low expectations, because we've raised the bar, because we believe we ought to measure so we can solve problems early, before it's too late, we're closing an achievement gap in America, and nothing will hold us back. I believe we have a moral responsibility to honor America's seniors with good health care. And I appreciate working with Chairman Chuck Grassley on strengthening Medicare. It made no sense to have a Medicare system where the Government would pay thousands of dollars for heart surgery but not one dime for the medicine to prevent the heart surgery from happening in the first place. Beginning in 2006, seniors will have prescription drug coverage. Rural hospitals [[Page 1820]] in Iowa will now be taken care of. We're not turning back. I believe strongly in the innovative spirit of America's workers, small-business owners, farmers, and ranchers. And so we unleashed that energy with the largest tax relief in a generation. We have been through a lot together in this economy. We've been through a recession, corporate scandals, and an attack on our country which cost us dearly. But because we acted, this economy is strong, and it is getting stronger. This morning, we received the jobs report for August. It shows that our economy has added 144,000 new jobs. Plus revisions upwards of about 60,000 for the previous 2 months. We've added 22,000 manufacturing jobs last month. We've added over 1.7 million jobs since August of '03. The national unemployment rate is 5.4 percent. That's lower than the average of the 1970s, the 1980s, and the 1990s. The unemployment rate in your State is 4.4 percent. This economy is strong. The farm economy is strong, and we intend to keep it that way. I believe a President must confront problems and not pass them on to future Presidents and future generations. I believe the most solemn duty of the American President is to protect the American people. If America shows uncertainty and weakness in this decade, the world will drift toward tragedy. This will not happen on my watch. I'm running for President with a clear and positive plan to build a safer world and a more hopeful America. I'm running on a compassionate conservative philosophy that Government should help people improve their lives, not try to run their lives. I believe this Nation wants steady, consistent, principled leadership, and that is why, with your help, we're going to win in November. Audience members. Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! The President. The world in which we are living is changing. Just think about what's happened after a generation. Most people had one job for their entire career, and most of those people were men. Today, women make up a significant portion of the workplace. They work inside the home and outside the home. And yet, most of our fundamental systems, the Tax Code, health coverage, pension plans, and worker training, were created for the world of yesterday, not tomorrow. And so, to make sure that citizens are equipped and prepared and thus truly free to make your own choices, we will transform these systems to make our country a better place. Any plan has got to begin with making sure that we have a growing economy. This global market is expanding. It's creating new markets and new competitions. To make sure that we have jobs here in America, America must be the best place in the world to do business. To make sure jobs are here in America and this economy continues to grow, Congress needs to pass a sound energy plan and get it to my desk, an energy plan that says we'll encourage conservation, that we'll have clean coal technology, that we'll be wise about how we explore for resources here at home, but an energy plan as well that understands the great promise of renewables like ethanol and biodiesel. In order to keep jobs here, we must become less dependent on foreign sources of energy. In order to keep jobs here, we've got to get rid of the needless regulations that harm our small businesses, and we need tort reform so people can keep their doors open. To have jobs here in America, we need a level playing field when it comes to trade. We opened up our markets for foreign goods, and that's good for you. You see, when you have more choices, you're likely to get the product you want at a better price and higher quality. What I'm saying to the world is, ``You treat us the way
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