Telephone remarks by the President to the Julia Carson for Congress Reception (10/7/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

                                                                  For
Immediate Release                           October 7, 2000


                    TELEPHONE REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
                TO THE JULIA CARSON FOR CONGRESS RECEPTION

                             Private Residence
                           Indianapolis, Indiana


8:05 P.M. EDT


     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, first of all, I want to thank Jeff for hosting
this event tonight and for the many years of friendship I've enjoyed with
him.  I've been told that Evan and Susan Bayh are there and Frank and Judy
O'Bannon, and your other state officials.  I heard you talking about Mayor
Peterson.  And Joe Andrew, I want to say again what I said this afternoon,
he's really done Indiana proud here at the DNC, I'm really proud of him.
(Applause.)

     I know if you've been following the news today you know why I couldn't
come.  I've been up for virtually two days now trying to stop the violence
in the Middle East and get the peace process back on track.  It's a
difficult situation.  We're down to all the hard issues now and it's just
something I couldn't leave.  I can't get away from the phone because of
what's going on there and in the U.N. and in other countries.  I have to be
available here a hundred percent of the time.

     I'm really, really sorry to miss this because I had looked forward
coming back to Indiana and I wanted to do anything I could to help Julia
Carson.  She's one of my favorite people in American politics.  She's a
real treasure for you; she's done a great job and she is so effective.
(Applause.)

     You know, she's got a style that reminds me of all these big, white
country judges I used to deal with in Arkansas.  (Laughter.)  She kind of
eases up to you and talks to you and then, before you know it, your
billfold is gone.  (Laughter.)  We have learned in the White House just to
go on and give her what she wants the first time she asks, because we know
we're going to give in sooner or later.  (Laughter.)

     Seriously, she's acquired an unusual amount of influence here in a
short time because she is so good at what she does and because everybody
likes and respects her, and I'm at the head of that list.  So I'm very
grateful to you for helping her.

     The only other thing I'd like to say tonight is that perhaps more than
anyone in America, after these last eight years, I know how important every
Senate seat, every House seat is; and I know how important this election
is.  The resurgence of the Democratic Party in Indiana is perhaps the best
example anywhere in America of what can happen if you take good Democratic
values and common sense and get things done and produce results.  And
that's what we've tried to do.  I just hope that all of you will take every
opportunity you can between now and the election to remind people of where
we were eight years ago and where we are now, and why we ought to keep
changing in the same direction and not turn around and go back.

     The consequences of this election are very profound, and sometimes I
get a little concerned that people may not believe that because times are
so good.  But it's often more difficult to make a good decision in good
times than it is in hard times.  We have a clear difference here between
the two parties, between the candidates for Congress and for the Senate and
certainly for the White House.

     We've worked hard nationally to do what Evan Bayh and Frank O'Bannon
have done in Indiana, to prove that you can be fiscally responsible,
balance your budgets and still take care of people.  And that is, in some
ways, maybe the biggest difference between the Democratic and Republican
approaches today.  If Al Gore's plan is adopted, tax cuts will be smaller
and some of you will get less money, but we'll pay the debt off and
interest rates will be lower.  And over the next 10 years, the estimates
are that under his plan interest rates will be a percent lower, and that's
$390 billion in home mortgages, $30 billion in lower car loans, $15 billion
in lower student loans; lower credit card payments, lower business loans,
more jobs, higher incomes and a better stock market.  It's not very
complicated.

     You simply cannot get this country back into deficit, which is what
would happen if the Republican plans for the huge tax cut, the
privatization of Social Security and their spending promises go into
effect.  We'll be right back where we were and we can't afford to do it.
It's a big difference.

     And I just want to ask all of you to make sure that people understand
that the choice is real and the consequences will be real, too.  And I
think the choice is clear.  We have a different economic policy, a
different health care policy, a different education policy, a different
environmental policy and a different foreign policy.  And I think the
results speak for themselves.

     You can cite Indiana as an example and you can cite the record of our
administration in the last eight years.  Nothing I have done, however,
would have been possible without people in Congress like Senator Bayh and
Representative Carson.  I am just profoundly grateful.

     And I want to say a special word of thanks -- because it's still hard
for a Democrat running for national office in Indiana -- and for those of
you who stood up for me, you deserve some sort of Purple Heart and I want
to thank you for that, as well.  (Laughter and applause.)

     But now you have something you didn't have so much of, you didn't have
any of in '92 and not so much of in '96 -- you have evidence.  Some of our
Republican friends, I've got to hand it to them, when it comes to the
budget or how we ought to pay for prescription drugs, evidence doesn't faze
them, they don't care about the evidence, they just know what they think.

     But most people, I think, in Indiana and the states bordering Indiana,
a lot of you have friends there, in states that could go either way, really
care about whether what we're doing is consistent with our values and will
actually work.  That's one of the reasons that I wanted so badly to be
there for Julia today, because she works and she gets things done.
Again, I just can't thank you enough for helping her.

     And thank you, Jeff, for indirectly having me in your home.  I hope I
can have a rain check, I've been trying to visit you for a lot longer than
I've been President.  So maybe some day we'll get it done.

     Thank you all very, very much.  (Applause.)

                            END                  8:10 P.M. EDT


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