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Campaign Snapshot

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., made his first solo campaign appearance today. President Bush also made two stops on the campaign trail.

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    You are going to hear a lot in this campaign about values. You'll hear some of the candidates talking about values. Well, I know something about values, just like all of you do. I grew up in a small town in North Carolina. I know what values are; I grew up with them– work, faith, responsibility, family, giving everybody an opportunity to do what they're capable of doing, not just a few people at the top. Those are the kind of values you and I grew up with.


    And John Kerry understands it. All of you know that because of the time he spent campaigning here. He knows about the struggles that middle-class families are facing. And you all don't need us to tell you about this. You know you can't save any money. It takes all the money you make just to pay your bills. The problem is if something goes wrong, if somebody in the family gets sick, if there is a layoff, a financial problem, you go right off the cliff. John Kerry knows that, which is why he will fight for jobs, the creation of jobs, for a trade policy that works for America and for American workers.

    (Cheers and applause)

    I'll tell you something else, John Kerry will fight to get rid of the greed and the waste in our health care system so that we have a health care system that actually works for all Americans, bringing down health care costs for all Americans and providing health care coverage to the millions of Americans who have no health care coverage. That's what we'll get when John Kerry is our president. He will fight for a strong military and also for strong alliances so that no young American man or woman ever goes to war needlessly because America has decided to go it alone, not when John Kerry is president of the United States!

    I'll tell you one thing you can take to the bank: When John Kerry is our president, every day that he is in the White House, every single day that he is the president for all Americans, he will tell the American people the truth.

    (Cheers and applause)

    You know, so many of us over the years have said, "this is the most important election in our lifetime." In this case, it happens to be true. We have to make John Kerry our next president because here's what John Kerry is, what he represents is hope, hope for you, hope for me, hope for my children, hope for your children, hope for the future of America.

    Ladies and gentlemen, let's give the American people what they're hungry for, hope, optimism, a president who will lead us boldly into this century! Thank you very much. Get out and work. We need you! God bless you and God bless Iowa. Thank you!

    (Cheers and applause)


    President Bush continued his campaign swing through the Midwest. He spoke at a rally this morning in Waukesha, Wisconsin.


    My opponent is a… is a highly experienced United States senator. He's been in Washington… he's been in Washington a lot longer than I've been in Washington. He's been there so long, he's taken about both sides of just about every issue.

    ( Laughter and applause )

    He voted for the Patriot Act, he voted for NAFTA, he voted for the No Child Left Behind Act and he voted for the use of force in Iraq. Now… (laughter) he opposes the Patriot Act, NAFTA, the No Child Left Behind Act and the liberation of Iraq.

    If you disagree with John Kerry on most any issue, you may just have caught him on the wrong day. (laughter and applause) Sen. Kerry is rated as the most liberal member of the United States Senate. And he chose a fellow lawyer who is the fourth most liberal member of the United States Senate. (Audience member: Boo!) Now in Massachusetts that's what they call balancing the ticket.

    (Laughter and Applause)

    I'm here in this vital state asking for the vote because I have a plan to continue to create jobs and therefore opportunity throughout our entire country. You know, oftentimes in Washington they speak in terms of billions of this and billions of that, and we tend to forget what tax relief means for the families of America, what it means for the individuals.

    And so when you hear them talking in Washington about running up those taxes, going to… taxing the rich, really what you need to be hearing is they're going to tax small business owners. And that would be bad for this economy. Now is not the time to be raising taxes on small businesses or on working people in America. Now is the time to make sure we got permanency in the tax code. Now is the time to make sure we don't ruin this economic growth by running up the taxes on the American people.

    ( Cheers and applause )

    And there's a different view, of course; that's what campaigns are all about. My opponents looked at this progress and somehow have concluded the sky is falling. It doesn't matter whether their message is delivered with a frown or a smile, it's the same old pessimism — same old pessimism. And they're going to cheer us up with higher taxes, more federal spending, and economic isolationism. The good news is, we're not going to let them do that.

    (Cheers and applause)

    We're going to keep taxes low to make sure people can find work, and people to be able to realize their dreams. We're going to continue to bring fiscal discipline to Washington, D.C. See, it starts with understanding that we're not spending the government's money, we're spending your money, and we must be good stewards with your money in the nation's capital.

    (Cheers and applause)

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