[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: George W. Bush (2004, Book III)]
[October 7, 2004]
[Pages 2387-2395]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]

Remarks in Wausau, Wisconsin
October 7, 2004

    The President. Thank you all for coming out. It's great to be back 
in Wisconsin. Listen, thanks for coming. It's great to be back in 
Wausau. It's an honor that so many came out to say hello. I'm so 
thankful you're here. Next time I come back I'd like to do some hunting 
and fishing.
    I'm here to ask for your vote. I'm here to ask for your help. We're 
getting close to the stretch run here in this campaign, and I'd like to 
encourage you to get your friends and neighbors to register to vote and 
then go to the polls. And remind them when they head to the polls, if 
they want a safer America, a stronger America, a better America, to put 
Dick Cheney and me back in office.
    Laura sends her very best. Last time I saw 
her, I was watching the Jay Leno rerun this 
morning. [Laughter] I am--you know, when I asked her to marry me, she 
said, ``Fine, just so long as I never have to give a speech.'' 
[Laughter] I said, ``Okay, you got a deal.'' Fortunately, she didn't 
hold me to that promise. The American people have gotten to see what I 
know: She is a strong, compassionate, great First Lady for this country.
    I was proud of the job my Vice President did 
the other night.
    I appreciate Tommy Thompson. He's a 
great leader. He's in my Cabinet, as you recall. And I appreciate you 
training him so well.
    I'm glad to be here on the stage with the next United States Senator 
from Wisconsin, Tim Michels. You got a good one 
in Tim, and I hope you put him in office. It's important. And make no 
mistake about it, with your help, he's going to win.
    I want to thank Jack Voight, who is the 
State treasurer. I want to thank the assembly speaker, John Gard, who is with us, Scott Walker 
is over here from Milwaukee County. I appreciate him coming. We call him 
Scott W. [Laughter] I want to thank the mayor of Wausau for being here, 
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 advice is to fill the potholes. [Laughter]
    I want to thank Scott Klug for emceeing 
this event, and I appreciate my friend Stan Orr. I want to thank John 
Conlee, the singer who was here. I appreciate 
you coming,

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John, and thanks for entertaining everybody.
    I particularly want to thank the grassroots activists who are here. 
Those are the people who put up the signs and make the phone calls and 
do all the hard work. You never hardly get thanked. I'm here to thank 
you for what you're going to do. I know with your hard work, I know when 
we turn out the vote, we will carry Wisconsin this year and win a great 
victory in November.
    I have a strong, positive message. As your President, I have worked 
hard to make America more hopeful and more secure. I have led our 
country with principle and resolve, and that's how I'll lead this Nation 
for 4 more years.
    Audience members. Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!
    The President. When I took office--I want you to remind your friends 
and neighbors about what we have been through as a country. When I took 
office, the bubble of the 1990s had burst, and our economy was heading 
into recession. Because of the attacks of September the 11th, nearly a 
million jobs were lost in 3 months. It was a dangerous time for our 
economy. You might remember there were people warning of potential 
deflation and depression.
    But we acted. To stimulate the economy, I called on the United 
States Congress to pass historic tax relief, which it did. And that tax 
relief was the fuel that got our economy growing again, thanks to the 
effort of our citizens and the right policies in the right place at the 
right time. That recession is behind us, and we're creating jobs again.
    In the past year, the United States has added about 1.7 million new 
jobs, more than Germany, Japan, Great Britain, Canada, and France 
combined. Real after-tax income--the money you keep in your pocket--is 
up more than 10 percent since I took office. Homeownership is at an 
alltime high in America today. Small businesses are flourishing. Today 
we learned that America's welfare rolls are the lowest in 34 years. Math 
and reading scores are increasing in our public schools. Ten million 
students will get record levels of grants and loans to help with 
college. We have modernized Medicare so our seniors will get a 
prescription drug coverage in 2006.
    And this farm economy is strong. I understand farming is a priority 
in Wisconsin, and I made it a priority in my administration. My 
opponent has taken a different view. In the 
Senate career he's consistently voted against the interests of your 
dairy farmers.
    Audience members. Boo-o-o!
    The President. He supported the Northeast 
Dairy Compact.
    Audience members. Boo-o-o!
    The President. That puts your farmers at a distinct disadvantage. I 
believe farm policy should treat all farmers fairly. That's why I was 
proud to sign a good farm bill. We've opened up foreign markets for your 
products. We've increased funding for ethanol and biodiesel. Farm income 
is at an alltime high.
    I know that the Milk Income Lost Contract program is important to 
the dairy farmers here in Wisconsin. The milk program is set to expire 
next fall. I look forward to working with Congress to reauthorize the 
program so Wisconsin dairy farmers and dairy farmers all across this 
country can count on the support they need.
    We have made America stronger, and we're just getting started. 
Listen, we live in a time of change. It's a changing economy. People are 
changing jobs and careers often. Women are working inside the home and 
outside the home. And yet the fundamental systems of our Government 
haven't changed. They're stuck in the past.
    I understand a hopeful society is one in which we challenge the soft 
bigotry of low expectations in our public schools and raise the 
standards and trust the local people to make sure they make the right 
decisions for the schools. We have an achievement gap in America that's 
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education reforms, and we're not going to turn back.
    We're going to invest in our Nation's fine community colleges so 
they prepare workers for the jobs of the 21st century. In a time of 
change, because people are changing jobs often, we'll expand health 
savings accounts so people can pay health expenses tax-free and keep the 
savings if they change jobs.
    We'll improve Social Security. Listen, if you're--I remember the 
2000 campaign here in Wisconsin. You might remember it too. They said, 
``If old George W. gets elected, he's going to take away your Social 
Security check.'' You remember those ads? Well, you got your check, 
didn't you? And you're going to get it again.
    Nobody is going to take away the check of those who are on Social 
Security, and the baby boomers are in good shape. But we better worry 
about our children and our grandchildren when it comes to Social 
Security. In order to make sure Social Security is available for them, 
younger workers ought to be able to take some of their own money and set 
up a personal savings account that they can call their own, that the 
Government will not take away.
    To keep our economy strong and competitive, we got to make sure 
America is the best place in the world to do business. That means we've 
got to have that tax relief we passed permanent. That means we got to do 
something about these needless regulations on small businesses. This 
country needs an energy plan if we want to keep jobs here in America. I 
submitted a plan to the Congress over 2 years ago. It's a plan that 
calls for more conservation, the use of renewable fuels like ethanol and 
biodiesel. It's a plan that says we can use our coal and natural gas 
wisely without hurting the environment. It's a plan that says if we want 
jobs here in America, we must be less dependent on foreign sources of 
    We got to do something about the frivolous and junk lawsuits here in 
America that hurt our employers and make it hard to get jobs. We've 
got--my opponent and I have got different 
views on all these issues. We've got some fundamental differences on 
issues like taxes. See, I have a record of reducing them. He's got a 
record of raising them.
    Audience members. Boo-o-o!
    The President. He voted in the United 
States Senate 98 times to raise taxes.
    Audience members. Boo-o-o!
    The President. That sounds like he's 
developing a habit. [Laughter] He voted for higher taxes on Social 
Security benefits.
    Audience members. Boo-o-o!
    The President. He voted for the 1997 
formula that helped cause the increases in Medicare.
    Audience members. Boo-o-o!
    The President. He's against all the tax 
relief we've passed. You might remember that tax relief. We raised the 
child credit. We reduced the penalty on marriage. We created a 10-
percent bracket for low-income Americans. He voted against them all.
    Audience members. Boo-o-o!
    The President. My opponent is one of the 
few candidates in history to campaign on a pledge to raise taxes.
    Audience members. Boo-o-o!
    The President. And unfortunately, that's the kind of promise more 
politicians keep. [Laughter] He says the tax 
relief--the tax increase is only for the rich. Now, you've heard that 
before. The rich hire lawyers and accountants for a reason: to stick you 
with the bill. [Laughter] The good news is we're not going to let him 
tax us this year. We're going to carry Wisconsin and win a great victory 
in November.
    Audience members. Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!
    The President. The Senator and I have 
different views on health care, fundamentally different views on health 
care. I believe that we ought to make health care available and 
affordable. We'll make it

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available by making sure low-income Americans can go to a community 
health center to get good preventative care and good primary care. We'll 
make it available to make sure our children's health programs for low-
income Americans are expanded to every corner of this country. We'll 
make it affordable by doing something about these frivolous lawsuits 
that are running good doctors out of business and running your costs up. 
We'll make it affordable by promoting technologies which will help wring 
out excessive costs in health care.
    We'll make it affordable by allowing small businesses to pool risk 
across jurisdictional boundaries so they can buy insurance at the same 
discounts big companies can buy insurance. We'll make it affordable by 
expanding health savings accounts, and that stands in stark contrast to 
my opponent's plan. Under his plan, 8 million 
Americans would lose the private insurance they get at work and would 
end up on a Government program.
    Audience members. Boo-o-o!
    The President. Under his plan, 8 out of 10 
people who'd get new insurance would get it from the Federal Government.
    Audience members. Boo-o-o!
    The President. My opponent's proposal 
would be the largest expansion of Government-run health care ever.
    Audience members. Boo-o-o!
    The President. And you know something, when the Government pays the 
bills, it makes the rules. His plan would put 
bureaucrats in charge of dictating coverage, which could ration your 
care and limit your choice of doctors. What I'm telling you is he's 
putting us on the path to ``Hillary-care.''
    Audience members. Boo-o-o!
    The President. I've got a different idea. In all we do to improve 
health care, we will make sure the decisions are made by patients and 
doctors, not by bureaucrats in our Nation's Capital.
    During his 20 years as a Senator, my opponent hasn't had many accomplishments. Of the hundreds of bills 
he submitted, only five became law. That's in 20 years of service. One 
of them was ceremonial. But to be fair, he has earned a special 
distinction in the Congress. The nonpartisan National Journal analyzed 
his record and named John Kerry the most liberal Member of the United 
States Senate.
    Audience members. Boo-o-o!
    The President. Now, that's saying something when the competition is 
people like Ted Kennedy. [Laughter] It 
wasn't easy for him to be the single most liberal Member of the Senate. 
You might say it took hard work. [Laughter] But he earned that title by voting for higher taxes and more 
regulation and more junk lawsuits and more Government control of your 
life. And that's one of the real differences of this campaign. My 
opponent is a tax-and-spend liberal. I'm a compassionate conservative. 
My opponent wants to empower Government. I want to use Government to 
empower our citizens. My opponent seems to think all the wisdom is found 
in Washington, DC. I trust the wisdom of the American people.
    You know, I say this, we're living in a changing world, and we do. 
There's some things that won't change, the values we try to live by, 
courage and compassion, reverence and integrity. We stand for a culture 
of life in which every person matters and every being counts. We stand 
for marriage and family, which are the foundations of our society. And I 
stand for appointing judges who know the difference between personal 
opinion and the strict interpretation of the law.
    Our differences are also clear on issues like national security. 
When I took office in 2001, threats to America had been gathering for 
years. Then, on one terrible morning, the terrorists took more lives 
than America lost at Pearl Harbor.
    Since that day, we have waged a global campaign to protect the 
American people and bring our enemies to account. Our

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Government has trained over a half a million first-responders. We've 
tripled the spending for homeland security. Law enforcement and 
intelligence have better tools to stop the terrorists, thanks to the 
PATRIOT Act, which my opponent voted for but 
now wants to weaken.
    The Taliban regime that sheltered Al Qaida is gone from power. And 
in 2 days' time, 10 million people, 41 percent of whom are women, have 
registered to vote in a Presidential election that will take place in 2 
days' time. Think about that. Think about what's going on there. The 
black market network that weapons materials to North Korea and Libya and 
Iran is now out of business. Libya has given up its weapons of mass 
destruction programs. Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have joined the fight, 
and more than three-quarters of Al Qaida's key members and associates 
have been brought to justice. We have led, many have followed, and 
America and the world are safer.
    After September the 11th, America had to assess every potential 
threat in a new light. Our Nation awakened to even a greater danger, the 
prospect that terrorists who killed thousands with hijacked airplanes 
would kill many more with weapons of mass murder. That's the threat we 
face. And so we had to take a hard look at every place where terrorists 
might get those weapons.
    And one regime stood out, the dictatorship of Saddam 
Hussein. We knew the dictator had a history 
of using weapons of mass destruction, a long aggression and hatred for 
America, and was listed by Republican and Democratic administrations as 
a state sponsor of terror. There was a risk that Saddam would pass 
weapons or materials or information on to terrorist networks. And that 
was a risk, after September the 11th, this Nation could not afford to 
take. After 12 years of United Nations Security Council resolutions, we 
gave him a final chance to come clean and to listen to the demands of 
the free world. He chose defiance and he chose war, and the world is 
better off with Saddam Hussein sitting in a prison cell.
    Last week in our debate, Senator Kerry 
once again came down firmly on every side of the Iraq war. He stated 
that Saddam Hussein was a threat and that 
America had no business removing that threat. Senator Kerry said our 
soldiers and marines are not fighting for a ``mistake'' but also called 
the liberation of Iraq a ``colossal error.'' He said we need to do more 
to train Iraqis but also said we shouldn't be spending so much money 
over there. He said he wants to hold a summit meeting so he can invite 
other countries to join what he calls the ``wrong war in the wrong place 
at the wrong time.''
    Audience members. Boo-o-o!
    The President. You hear all that, and you can understand why 
somebody would make a face. [Laughter]
    Just a short time ago, my opponent held a 
little press conference and continued his pattern of overheated 
rhetoric. He accused me of deception. He's claiming I misled America 
about weapons when he, himself, cited the very same intelligence about 
Saddam's weapons programs as the reason he 
voted to go to war. Two years ago this Saturday, back when he was for 
the war--[laughter]--my opponent said on the floor of the United States 
Senate, and I quote, ``Saddam Hussein sitting in Baghdad, with an 
arsenal of weapons of mass destruction is a different matter. In the 
wake of September the 11th, who among us can say with any certainty to 
anybody that those weapons might not be used against our troops or 
against allies in the region.'' John Kerry went on: ``Who can say that 
this master of miscalculation will not develop a weapon of mass 
destruction even greater, a nuclear weapon, then re-invade Kuwait or 
push the Kurds out, attack Israel, any numbers of scenarios to try to 
further his ambitions. Can we afford to ignore that possibility that 
Saddam Hussein might accidentally as well as purposely allow those

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weapons to slide off to one group or another in a region where weapons 
are the currency or the trade.'' End quote.
    Now today my opponent tries to say I made 
up reasons to go to war. Just who is the one trying to mislead the 
American people?
    We have many victories in this war on terror so far, and the war 
goes on. Our Nation is safer but not yet safe. To win this war, we must 
fight it on every front. We will stay on the offensive against the 
terrorist networks. We will defeat them overseas so we do not have to 
face them here at home.
    We will confront governments that support terrorists and could arm 
them because they're equally guilty of terrorist murder. And our long-
term victory requires confronting the ideology of hate with freedom and 
hope, changing the conditions that produce radicalism and suicide 
bombers, and finding new democratic allies in a troubled region of the 
world. You see, America is always more secure when freedom is on the 
    And freedom is on the march in Afghanistan, in Iraq, and elsewhere. 
There will be good days and there will be bad days in the war on terror. 
But every day, we will show our resolve, and we will do our duty. This 
Nation is determined. We will stay in the fight until the fight is won.
    Audience members. Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!
    The President. My opponent and I have very 
different views on conducting the war on terror. Senator Kerry 
approaches the world with a September-the-10th mindset. Think about 
this. He declared at his convention speech that any attack will be met 
with a swift and certain response. That was the mindset of the 1990s, 
while Al Qaida was planning the attacks on America. After September the 
11th, our object in the war on terror is not to wait for the next attack 
and respond but to prevent attacks by taking the fight to the enemy.
    In our debate, Senator Kerry said that 
removing Saddam Hussein was a mistake because 
a threat was not imminent. Think about that. The problem with his 
approach is obvious. If America waits until a threat is at our doorstep, 
it might be too late to save lives. You see, terrorists and tyrants will 
not give us polite notice before they launch an attack on our country. I 
refuse to stand by while dangers gather.
    My opponent also announced the Kerry 
doctrine, declaring that Americans' actions in the war on terror must 
pass a ``global test.''
    Audience members. Boo-o-o!
    The President. Under this test, America would not be able to act 
quickly against threats because we'd be sitting around waiting for a 
grade from other nations. I have a different view. America will always 
work with our allies for security and peace, but the President's job is 
not to pass an international test. The President's job is to protect the 
American people.
    When my opponent first ran for Congress, 
he argued that American troops should be deployed only at the directive 
of the United Nations.
    Audience members. Boo-o-o!
    The President. You probably think I'm making that up. [Laughter] I 
thought it was wrong when I first read it. [Laughter] Now, to be fair, 
he's changed his mind, but it is a window into 
his thinking. [Laughter] Over the years, Senator Kerry has looked for 
every excuse to constrain America's action in the world. These days he 
praises America's broad coalition in the Persian Gulf war. But in 1991--
I want to remind you what he said--he criticized coalition members as, 
quote, ``shadow battlefield allies who barely carry a burden.'' That 
sounds familiar, doesn't it? And that time he voted against the war. If 
that coalition didn't pass his ``global test,'' nothing will pass his 
``global test.'' [Laughter]
    The Kerry doctrine has other consequences, 
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women in uniform. The Senator from Massachusetts supports the 
International Criminal Court----
    Audience members. Boo-o-o!
    The President. ----which would allow unaccountable foreign 
prosecutors and foreign judges to put American soldiers on trial.
    Audience members. Boo-o-o!
    The President. You probably think I'm making that up. See, that 
would be a legal nightmare for our troops. My fellow citizens, as long 
as I'm your President, Americans in uniform will answer to the officers 
and law of the United States, not to the International Criminal Court in 
The Hague.
    We have a different point of view on how to build alliances. The 
Senator speaks about his plan to strengthen 
America's alliances, but he's got an odd way of going about it. In the 
middle of the war, he's chosen to insult our fighting allies by calling 
them ``window dressing'' and ``a coalition of the coerced and the 
    Audience members. Boo-o-o!
    The President. Well, the Italians who died in Nasiriyah were not 
window dressing. They're heroes in the war on terror, as far as we're 
concerned. The British and the Poles at the head of the multinational 
divisions in Iraq were not coerced or bribed. They fought and some have 
died in the cause of freedom and peace. These good allies and dozens of 
others deserve the respect of all Americans, not the scorn of a 
politician. Instead, the Senator would have America bend over backwards 
to satisfy a handful of governments with different agendas. This is my 
opponent's alliance-building strategy: Brush 
off your best friend and fawn over your critics. And that's no way to 
gain respect in this world.
    My opponent says he has a plan for Iraq, 
and part of it should sound pretty familiar because it's already known 
as the Bush plan. [Laughter] Senator Kerry suggests we train Iraqi 
troops. That's what we've been doing for months. [Laughter] He's 
proposing that Iraq have elections. That's what's going to happen in 
January. He says the U.N. ought to be involved in the elections. Well, 
the U.N. is already there. [Laughter]
    There was one new element of Senator Kerry's plan. He talks about artificial timetables to pull our 
forces out of Iraq. You see, he sent a signal that America's overriding 
goal in Iraq would be to leave, even if the job isn't done.
    Audience members. Boo-o-o!
    The President. That may satisfy his 
political needs, but his words complicate the essential work we're doing 
in Iraq. See, the Iraqi people need to know that America will not cut 
and run when their freedom is at stake. Our soldiers and marines need to 
know that America will honor their service and sacrifice by completing 
the mission. Our enemies in Iraq need to know that they can never 
outlast the will of America. Senator Kerry assures us that he's the one 
to win a war he calls a ``mistake,'' a ``diversion,'' an ``error.'' But 
you can't win a war you do not believe in fighting for. On Iraq, Senator 
Kerry has a strategy for retreat, and I have a strategy for victory.
    We returned the sovereignty to the Iraqi people ahead of schedule. 
We have trained and equipped about 100,000 Iraqi soldiers, police 
officers, and other security personnel, and the total will rise to 
125,000 by the end of the year. See, the strategy ought to be clear. The 
Iraqi people must stand up and fight for their freedom. They must be the 
ones that take the hard risk. We've allocated about $7 billion for 
reconstruction efforts so more Iraqis can see the benefit of freedom. 
We're working with the coalition of some 30 nations to provide security. 
Other nations are helping with debt relief. And although the terrorists 
will try to stop them, Iraq will hold free elections in January.
    I believe in the power of liberty to transform nations. I believe 
that freedom can bring peace. You know, I talk to Prime Minister 
Koizumi quite often--he's the Prime 
Minister of Japan. I know we've got

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some veterans here--first of all, I want to say thanks to all the 
veterans who set such a great example. I suspect we may have some 
veterans of World War II with us. My dad 
was such a veteran. There's a veteran right there. The reason I bring 
that up is because it wasn't all that long ago in the march of history 
we were fighting Japan. My dad was there; others were there as well. 
They were the sworn enemy of America.
    After World War II, Harry Truman believed that liberty could 
transform an enemy into a friend. So we worked hard to help Iraq with 
democracy--I mean, Japan with democracy. And as a result, I sit down at 
the table today talking with the leader of 
a former enemy about how to keep the peace we all want. Think about 
that. That's what's happening in the world today. A free Iraq will help 
us keep the peace. A free Iraq will be an ally in the war against 
terror. And someday, an American President will be sitting down at the 
table with a duly elected leader from Iraq, talking about how to keep 
the peace. And our children and our grandchildren will be better off for 
    These are important times. It is important we complete the mission 
successfully. I know some of the citizens of our country have concerns 
over Iraq. I respect that. We ought to take this issue seriously because 
it's a serious matter.
    I assure them we're in Iraq because I believe it is necessary for 
the--to get a positive outcome in this war on terror. That's what I 
believe. If another terror regime were allowed to emerge in Iraq, the 
terrorists would find a home and a new source of funding. They would 
correctly conclude that free nations do not have the will to defend 
themselves. If Iraq becomes a free society in the heart of the Middle 
East, we'll have an ally and a model for other nations to look at.
    That's why Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman calls Iraq ``a crucial battle in the global war on 
terrorism.'' That's why Prime Minister Tony Blair 
called the struggle in Iraq ``the crucible in which the future of global 
terrorism will be determined.'' That's why the terrorists are fighting 
with desperate cruelty, because they know their own future is at stake. 
Iraq is no diversion. It is a place where civilization is taking a 
decisive stand against chaos and terror, and we must not waver.
    Unfortunately, my opponent has been known 
to waver. [Laughter] His well-chosen words and his rationalizations 
cannot explain why he voted to authorize force against Saddam 
Hussein and then voted against money to 
support our troops in combat.
    Audience members. Boo-o-o!
    The President. He actually tried to clear 
it up initially by issuing the famous quote, ``I actually did vote for 
the $87 billion, before I voted against it.'' [Laughter] I've been in 
politics for some time. I've never heard one of them put it that way 
before. [Laughter] He now says he made a mistake in how he talked about 
his vote. The mistake is not what Senator Kerry said. The mistake is 
what he did in voting against funding for our troops in harm's way. That 
is the kind of wavering a nation at war can never afford.
    On September the 14th, 2001, I stood in the ruins of the Twin 
Towers. It helped shape my thinking about my duty to protect you. I'll 
never forget that day. There were workers in hardhats there yelling at 
me at the top of their lungs, ``Whatever it takes.'' I was doing my best 
to console those who were coming out of that rubble. They had grime and 
dirt all over them. I looked a guy right in the eye--he had bloodshot 
eyes--and he said, ``Don't let me down.''
    I wake up every morning since that day thinking about how to better 
protect America. I will never relent in doing what is necessary to 
secure this country and to protect you, whatever it takes.
    A race for President is a contest for the future, and you know where 
I stand. I'm running for President to keep this Nation

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on the offensive against terrorists with the goal of total victory and 
peace for our children and our grandchildren. I'm running for President 
to keep this economy moving so every worker has a good job and quality 
health care and a secure retirement. I'm running for President to make 
our strong Nation a more compassionate society where no one is left out, 
because I believe everybody counts and everybody matters.
    I have a hopeful vision--I have a optimistic vision about this 
country. You would have one too if you've seen what I've seen. I've seen 
the spirit of America under good times and bad times. I've seen the 
great character of this Nation rise up to help a fellow citizen who 
hurts. I've seen strangers put their arms around another person and say, 
``I love you, brother.'' ``I love you, sister. What can I do to help 
    I believe this young century will be liberty's century. We'll 
promote liberty abroad to protect our country and build a better world 
beyond terror. We'll encourage liberty here at home to spread prosperity 
and opportunity to every part of this land. I'm going to carry this 
message to my fellow citizens in these closing days of this campaign. 
I'm looking forward to it, and with your help, we'll carry Wisconsin and 
win a great victory on November the 2d.
    Thank you all for coming. I'm glad you're here. God bless. Thank you 

Note: The President spoke at 3:19 p.m. at Marathon Park. In his remarks, 
he referred to television talk show host Jay Leno; John Gard, speaker, 
Wisconsin State Assembly; Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker; Mayor 
James E. Tipple of Wausau, WI; former Representative Scott L. Klug of 
Wisconsin; Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi of Japan; and Prime Minister 
Tony Blair of the United Kingdom.