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 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
         Columbia, remarks--1886
         Lee's Summit, remarks--1863
         Poplar Bluff, remarks--1857
         Sedalia, discussion--1869
         Broadview Heights, discussion--1824
         Ironton, remarks--1916
         Kirtland, remarks--1839
         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--
    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, 
(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.

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 Communications to Federal Agencies--Continued

    Presidential Determination With Respect to Foreign Governments' 
        Efforts Regarding Trafficking in Persons, memorandum--1918


    Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to Certain 
        Terrorist Attacks--1919


    Minority Enterprise Development Week--1850


    To Modify the Generalized System of Preferences, and for Other 

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

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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 
    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 
    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

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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 
    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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