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President's Remarks at a Victory 2004 Rally in Wausau, WisconsinMarathon ParkWausau, Wisconsin 3:19 P.M. CDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all for coming out. (Applause.) It'sgreat to be back in Wisconsin. (Applause.) Listen, thanks forcoming. It's great to be back in Wausau. It's an honor that so manycame out to say hello. I'm so thankful you're here. (Applause.) Nexttime I come back I'd like to do some hunting and fishing. (Applause.) I'm here to ask for your vote. (Applause.) I'm here to ask foryour help. (Applause.) We're getting close to the stretch run here inthis campaign, and I'd like to encourage you to get your friends andneighbors to register to vote, and then go to the polls. And remindthem when they head to the polls, if they want a safer America, astronger America, a better America, to put Dick Cheney and me back inoffice. (Applause.) Laura sends her very best. (Applause.) Last time I saw her I waswatching the Jay Leno rerun this morning. (Laughter.) I am -- youknow, when I asked her to marry me she said, fine, just so long as Inever have to give a speech. (Laughter.) I said, okay, you got adeal. Fortunately, she didn't hold me to that promise. The Americanpeople have gotten to see what I know: She is a strong, compassionate,great First Lady for this country. (Applause.) I was proud of the job my Vice President did the other night.(Applause.) I appreciate Tommy Thompson. He's a great leader.(Applause.) He's in my Cabinet, as you recall. And I appreciate youtraining him so well. (Applause.) I'm glad to be here on the stagewith the next United States senator from Wisconsin, Tim Michels.(Applause.) You got a good one in Tim, and I hope you put him inoffice. (Applause.) It's important. And make no mistake about it,with your help, he's going to win. (Applause.) I want to thank Jack Voight, who is the State Treasurer. I want tothank the Assembly Speaker, John Gard who is with us, Scott Walker isover here from Milwaukee County. I appreciate him coming. We call himScott W. (Laughter.) I want to thank the mayor of Wausau for beinghere, Mayor Tipple. Mr. Mayor, I'm proud you're here. My only advice,and I know you didn't ask for any -- (laughter) -- but my only adviceis to fill the potholes. (Laughter and applause.) I want to thank Scott Klug for emceeing this event, and Iappreciate my friend Stan Orr. I want to thank John Conlee, the singerwho was here. I appreciate you coming, John, and thanks forentertaining everybody. I particularly want to thank the grass rootsactivists who are here. (Applause.) Those are the people who put upthe signs and make the phone calls and do all the hard work. You neverhardly get thanked. I'm here to thank you for what you're going todo. (Applause.) I know with your hard work, I know when we turn outthe vote, we will carry Wisconsin this year and win a great victory inNovember. (Applause.) I have a strong, positive message. As your president, I haveworked hard to make America more hopeful and more secure. I have ledour country with principle and resolve -- and that's how I'll lead thisnation for four more years. AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! THE PRESIDENT: When I took office -- I want you to remind yourfriends and neighbors about what we have been through as a country.When I took office, the bubble of the 1990s had burst, and our economywas heading into recession. And because of the attacks of Septemberthe 11th, nearly a million jobs were lost in three months. It was adangerous time for our economy. You might remember there were peoplewarning of potential deflation and depression. But we acted. Tostimulate the economy, I called on the United States Congress to passhistoric tax relief, which it did. (Applause.) And that tax reliefwas the fuel that got our economy growing again. Thanks to the effortof our citizens, and the right policies, in the right place, at theright time. (Applause.) That recession is behind us and we'recreating jobs once again. (Applause.) In the past year, the United States has added about 1.7 million newjobs -- more than Germany, Japan, Great Britain, Canada, and Francecombined. (Applause.) Real after-tax income -- the money in yourpocket -- is up more than 10 percent since I took office. (Applause.)Home ownership is at an all time high in America today. Smallbusinesses are flourishing. Today we learned that America's welfarerolls are the lowest in 34 years. (Applause.) Math and reading scoresare increasing in our public schools. (Applause.) Ten millionstudents will get record levels of grants and loans to help withcollege. (Applause.) We have modernized Medicare so our seniors willget a prescription drug coverage in 2006. (Applause.) And this farm economy is strong. I understand farming is apriority in Wisconsin. (Applause.) And I made it a priority in myadministration. My opponent has taken a different view. In the Senatecareer he's consistently voted against the interests of your dairyfarmers. AUDIENCE: Booo! THE PRESIDENT: He supported the Northeast Dairy Compact. AUDIENCE: Booo! THE PRESIDENT: That puts your farmers at a distinct disadvantage.I believe farm policy should treat all farmers fairly. That's why Iwas proud to sign a good farm bill. (Applause.) We've opened upforeign markets for your products. We've increased funding for ethanoland biodiesel. Farm income is at an all-time high. (Applause.) I know that the Milk Income Lost Contract program is important tothe dairy farmers here in Wisconsin. The milk program is set to expirenext fall. I look forward to working with Congress to reauthorize theprogram, so Wisconsin dairy farmers and dairy farmers all across thiscountry can count on the support they need. (Applause.) We have made America stronger, and we're just getting started.(Applause.) Listen, we live in a time of change. It's a changingeconomy. People are changing jobs and careers often. Women areworking inside the home and outside the home. And yet the fundamentalsystems of our government haven't changed. They're stuck in the past.I understand a hopeful society is one in which we challenge the softbigotry of low expectations in our public schools, and raise thestandards, and trust the local people to make sure they make the rightdecisions for the schools. We have an achievement gap in Americathat's closing, thanks to our education reforms. And we're not goingto turn back. (Applause.) We're going to invest in our nation's fine community colleges sothey prepare workers for the jobs of the 21st century. In a time ofchange, because people are changing jobs often, we'll expand healthsavings accounts so people can pay health expenses, tax-free, and keepthe savings if they change jobs. We'll improve Social Security. Listen, if you're -- I remember the2000 campaign here in Wisconsin. You might remember it, too. Theysaid if old George W. gets elected, he's going to take away your SocialSecurity check. You remember those ads? Well, you got your check,didn't you? (Applause.) And you're going to get it again.(Applause.) Nobody is going to take away the check of those who are on SocialSecurity, and the baby boomers are in good shape. But we better worryabout our children and our grandchildren when it comes to SocialSecurity. In order to make sure Social Security is available for them,younger workers ought to be able to take some of their own money andset up a personal savings account that they can call their own, thatthe government will not take away. (Applause.) To keep our economy strong and competitive, we got to make sureAmerica is the best place in the world to do business. That meanswe've got to have that tax relief we passed permanent. That means wegot to do something about these needless regulations on smallbusinesses. (Applause.) This country needs an energy plan if we wantto keep jobs here in America. I submitted a plan to the Congress overtwo years ago. It's a plan that calls for more conservation, the useof renewable fuels like ethanol and biodiesel. It's a plan that sayswe can use our coal and natural gas wisely without hurting theenvironment. It's a plan that says if we want jobs here in America, wemust be less dependent on foreign sources of energy. (Applause.) We got to do something about the frivolous and junk lawsuits herein America that hurt our employers and make it hard to get jobs.(Applause.) We've got -- my opponent and I have got different views onall these issues. We've got some fundamental differences on issueslike taxes. See, I have a record of reducing them. He's got a recordof raising them. AUDIENCE: Booo! THE PRESIDENT: He voted in the United States Senate 98 times toraise taxes. AUDIENCE: Booo! THE PRESIDENT: That sounds like he's developing a habit.(Laughter.) He voted for higher taxes on Social Security benefits. AUDIENCE: Booo! THE PRESIDENT: He voted for the 1997 formula that helped cause theincreases in Medicare. AUDIENCE: Booo! THE PRESIDENT: He's against all the tax relief we've passed. Youmight remember that tax relief. We raised the child credit. Wereduced the penalty on marriage. (Applause.) We created a 10-percentbracket for low-income Americans. (Applause.) He voted against themall. AUDIENCE: Booo! THE PRESIDENT: My opponent is one of the few candidates in historyto campaign on a pledge to raise taxes. AUDIENCE: Booo! THE PRESIDENT: And unfortunately that's the kind of promise morepoliticians keep. (Laughter.) He says the tax relief -- the taxincrease is only for the rich. Now, you've heard that before. Therich hire lawyers and accountants for a reason -- to stick you with thebill. (Laughter.) The good news is we're not going to let him tax usthis year. We're going to carry Wisconsin and win a great victory inNovember. (Applause.) AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! THE PRESIDENT: The Senator and I have different views on healthcare -- fundamentally different views on health care. I believe thatwe ought to make health care available and af


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