President's Radio Address
October 16, 2004
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Over the past four years, I have brought a
straightforward approach to the presidency. I tell you what I'm going to do, and
I keep my word. When I came into office four years ago, the economy was sliding
into recession. Then terrorist attacks cost our nation nearly a million jobs in
three months. To help families and to get this economy growing again, I pledged
to reduce taxes, and I kept my word.
Now the results are clear. Over the last three years, America's economy has
grown at the fastest rate of any major industrialized nation. The home ownership
rate is at an all-time high, and we have added more than 1.9 million new jobs in
the past 13 months.
My opponent has a different approach. Over the last 20 years, he has voted to
raise taxes 98 times. Now he is promising over $2.2 trillion in new spending,
and paying for it would require broad tax increases on small businesses and the
middle class. I have a better plan. I will continue to be wise with taxpayers'
money and I will keep your taxes low. When I came into office, too many of our
children were shuffled through school without learning the basics. I pledged to
restore accountability and end the soft bigotry of low expectations. And I kept
my word. Now our children are making sustained progress in reading and math, and
we are closing the achievement gap for minority students.
My opponent has pledged to weaken the No Child Left Behind Act. His proposals
would undermine the accountability we worked so hard to pass. I have a better
plan. We will keep demanding results for all our children, and we will leave no
When I came into office, Medicare wasn't paying for the prescription drugs
that can reduce health costs and save a lot of lives. I pledged to strengthen
and modernize Medicare for our seniors, and I kept my word. Now seniors are
saving money with drug discount cards, and in 2006, all seniors will be able to
get prescription drug coverage.
On health care, my opponent has a history of opposing needed reforms. He
voted against the Medicare bill, even though it was supported by the AARP and
other seniors groups. He has voted 10 times against medical liability reform,
and now his health care proposal calls for bigger, more intrusive government.
Eight out of 10 people who get health care under his plan would be placed on a
I have a better plan. I will protect doctors and patients from junk lawsuits,
help employees in small businesses afford health coverage, make sure every poor
county has a community health center. And I will make sure health decisions are
always made by patients and doctors, not by officials in Washington, D.C.
In this time of change, some things do not change. Those are the values we
try to live by -- courage and compassion, reverence and integrity. I stand for a
culture of life in which every person matters and every being counts. I stand
for marriage and family, which are the foundations of our society. I stand for
the appointment of federal judges who know the difference between personal
opinion and the strict interpretation of the law.
My opponent says he supports the institution of marriage, but he voted
against the Defense of Marriage Act, which Congress passed by an overwhelming
majority and my predecessor signed into law. My opponent has voted against
sensible bipartisan measures, like parental notification laws. He voted against
the ban on partial birth abortion.
On issues that are vital to this nation's future, all Americans know where I
stand. I'm a compassionate conservative. I believe in policies that empower
people to improve their lives, not try to run their lives. I believe in helping
men and women find the skills and tools to prosper in a changing world. I have
worked to help all Americans build a future of dignity and independence. And
that is how I will continue to lead this nation for four more years.
Thank you for listening.