VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATEOctober 9, 1996
JIM LEHRER: Mr. Vice President, Senator Dole raised the same question to President Clinton the other night about keeping promises made. What is your reaction to that? What is your response to that charge against you and the president?
VICE PRESIDENT GORE: Hmm. President Bill Clinton promised to create eight million jobs. He's created 10-1/2 million new jobs. He promised to cut the budget deficit in half. He has cut it by 60 percent. He promised to end welfare as we know it.
He passed and signed the welfare reform law. He has already moved 1.9 million people off the welfare rolls into good jobs. We've got a plan to move 1 million more off welfare during the next four years. He promised to implement the death penalty. We passed an anti-crime bill that has 60 new death penalty provisions.
He promised to pass a plan that would put 100,000 new police officers on the streets. It is law, over the opposition of Senator Dole, and 20,000 of them are already on the streets. Two-thousand of them have been funded already for here in Florida. We're ahead of schedule, and we're going to get the additional 80,000 new police officers on the streets in the coming four years. Forty-five thousand of them are now already funded.
That is a record of promises and promises kept. He promised middle-income tax cuts. We've cut taxes for 15 million families, and our plan to cut them for all middle-income families has been waiting for action in the Congress for two full years. In the next four years, we will pass it.
MR. KEMP: Well, to say that this is the best economy in 30 years just staggers the imagination. We have a growth rate of the last four years of about 2-1/2 percent. My friend, Al Gore, says it's better than the Reagan years. It isn't. But irrespective of whether he thinks it is or not means less than the fact that this country cannot morally and socially and economically accept an economy running out the clock on the 20th century. We're treading water. We have families that are hurting, we have people who are unemployed, we have people with no property, we have an administration that is demolishing public housing in our inner cities and not providing anything else but more public housing. Their solution to the inner city is more --excuse the expression, but it's true -- socialism. It is not for the people. It is for the government to tell them where to live, where to go to school.
We need school choice. We need to privatize public housing. We need to sell it to the residents. We need to put enterprise zones into inner America. And we need to lower the rates of taxation on labor, capital, and the factors of production. That'll happen under Bob Dole.
VICE PRESIDENT GORE: We are demolishing the outdated projects that did not work. And we're replacing them with new units that do work. And we have private vouchers so that individuals can choose for themselves where they live. And we're selling these units to many of those who want to buy them. Mr. Kemp had a good idea when he advocated that years ago. He talked about it; we did it. And we're going to do a lot more of it if we have the opportunity with the help of the American people.