tv George H.W. Bush 1988 Nomination Speech CSPAN December 1, 2018 10:01am-11:00am EST
morning at 7:00 a.m. for another episode of washington journal. have a good day. ♪ [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> in august of 1988, then vice president george h.w. bush accepted the republican nomination. here is the speech from the republican national convention in new orleans. [cheering]
i have many friends to thank tonight. i think the voters who supported gallant men who entered the contest for the presidency this year, and have honored me with their support, and for their kind and stirring words, i think governor tom kane of new jersey. , of texas.l graham presidents -- president gerald presidentmy friend, ronald reagan. [cheering] i accept your nomination for president. [cheering]
i mean it to run hard -- i mean hard, stand fight on the issues, and win. lot of great stories in politics about the underdog winning, and this is going to be one of them. we are going to win with this -- with the help of senator dan quayle, of indiana. a young leader who has become a forceful voice for the american workers for becoming a voice of the future.
what a superb job he did tonight. born in the middle of the century, in the middle of america, and holding the promise of the future. i am proud to have dan quayle at my side. [cheering] when willu have asked this campaign really began? i have come to tell you and to tell america that tonight is the night. [cheering] 47 and a half years i have helped the president conduct -- for seven half years i have helped the president conduct the hardest job on earth. president reagan received -- asked for and received my candor.
he never asked for it, but he received my loyalty. for those of you who listens to the president's speech last week will understand my loyalty for all of these years. [cheering] now you must see me for what i am, the republican candidate for president of the united states. [applause] and now i turn to the american people, to share my hopes and intentions, and why and where i wish to lead. tonight is for big things, but i will be fair to the other side. i will try to hold my charisma and check. [applause]
i reject the temptation to engage in personal references. is, as sergeant joe friday it used to say, "just the facts, ma'am." on ourll, the facts are side. [cheering] i take the presidency for a single purpose, a purpose that has motivated millions of americans across the years, and the ocean voyages is -- voyages. i seek the presidency to build a
better america. it is that simple and big. lives in missions defined, and missions completed. bomberwas a torpedo pilot, they defined the mission for us. no matter what, you try to reach the target. there have been other missions, congress, china, and the cia. i am here tonight, and your candidate, because the most life ist work in my complete the mission we started in 1980. [cheering] and how do we complete it? we build on it.
high this year, and the choice is crucial for the differences between the two candidates are as deep and wide as they have ever been. men,nly two very different but two very different ideas of the future will be voted on. what it comes down to is this. view of the world sees a long, slow decline for our country, an and edible fall fall based onble historical sources. america is not in decline. america is a rising nation. [cheering]
he sees america as another pleasant country on the u.n. -- roll call, somewhere between albania and zimbabwe. , aee america as the leader unique nation with a special role in the world. this has been called the american century, because we were the dominant force for good in the world. europe, cured polio, went to the moon and lit the world with our culture. we are on the verge of a new century. what country's name well it bear? i say it will be another american century. [cheering]
our work is not done. our force is not bentz. there -- are not bent. there are those that says -- that say there's not much of a difference. two parties ask for your support, both will speak of growth, but only one has proven that it can deliver. two parties this year ask for your trust. only one has earned it. [cheering] eight years ago i stood here with ronald reagan and we
promised to break with the past and return america to her greatness. eight years later, look at what the american people have produced, the highest level of economic growth in our entire and lowest level of world tensions in more than 50 years. [cheering] some say this is not an election about ideology, it is an election about competence. nice of them to want to play on our field. [applause] this election is not only about competence. competence is a narrow ideal.
runetence makes the trains on time, but does not know where they are going. [cheering] creed of the the technocrat, who make sure the , but does not for a second understand the magic of the machine. this election is about the belief we share, the values that we honor, and principles that we hold dear. [cheering] since someone brought up competence -- [laughter] \ -- consider the size of our triumph, a record number of
americans at work. , record high of new businesses a high rate of new business, a record high rate of personal income. these are the facts. one way -- [cheering] one way that you know are opponents know the facts is to attack our reppert -- our record, we have to misrepresented. they call it a swiss cheese economy. that is the way it may look to the three blind mice -- [cheering]
but, when they were in charge, it was all holes and no cheese. [cheering] you know the litany. were 13% -- in place and was , wewas -- when we came in got it down to 4%. we cut interest rates in half. climbingent was up and , and now it is the lowest in 14 years. friends, a two years ago this economy was flat on its back,
intensive care, and we came in and gave it emergency treatment. down byhe temperature lowering regulations and the blood pressure down when we lowered taxes pretty --. , the patient was back on his feet and stronger than ever. [cheering] and now, who do we hear knocking on the door, but the same doctors who made him sick. they are telling us to put them in charge of the case again? dofriends, we are lucky we not hit them with a malpractice suit. [cheering]
creating good jobs at good wages. the fact is they talk, and we deliver. [cheering] they promise, and we perform. there are millions of young americans in their 20's who barely remember -- [cheering] who barely remember the days of gas and unemployment lines. they are marrying, and starting careers. say you young people, i have the opportunity you deserve, and i am not going to
let them take it away from you. [cheering] ,he leaders of this expansion the leaders of this expansion have been the women of america who helped create the new jobs and filled two out of every three of them. women of america, i say, you know better than anyone that he quality begins with economic empowerment. you are gaining economic power, and i am not look -- not going to let them take it away from you. [cheering]
there are millions of americans who were brutalized by inflation. will noted it, and we let it out on furlough. [cheering] we are going to keep that social security trust fund sound and out of reach of the big spenders, so to america's elderly, you have the security that is your right. i am not going to let them take it away from you. [cheering]
i know the liberal democrats are worried about the economy. they are worried it is going to remain strong. they are right, it is, with the right leaders, it will remain strong. [cheering] let us be frank. things are not perfect in this country. there are people who have not tasted the fruits of the expansion. --ave talked to farmers the about the bill they cannot pay, and i have been to the factories that feel the strain of change. i have seen the urban children who play in midst ship -- admist shattered glass, and lives. there are the homeless. debate overdo to which policy mistake is responsible. they are there, and we must help them.
if we are to be responsible and compassionate, is that economic growth -- economic growth is the key to our endeavors. i want growth that stays, and touches all americans from the hollows of kentucky to the sunlit streets of denver, from the suburbs of chicago to the broad avenues of new york. of oklahoma,fields to the farms of the great plains. can we do it? of course we can. we know how, we have done it. [cheering] grow at ourue to current rate, we will be able to produce 30 million jobs in the next eight years. ourill do it by maintaining commitment to free and fair
trade, i keeping government spending down, and by keeping --by keeping government spending down, and by keeping taxes down. [cheering] our economic life is not the only test of our success. one issue overwhelms all of the others. that is the issue of peace. look at the world on this right august -- bright august night. the spirit of democracy is sweeping the pacific win -- rim. new democracies reassert themselves in south america. placesone, the unfree fall, not to the force of arms, but to the force of an idea. freedom works. [cheering] have a new relationship with
the soviet union. treaty, the beginning of the soviet with drawl -- withdraw from afghanistan. the end of the proxy a -- the proxy war in angola you. i rock -- iraq moves toward space. it is no accident, it happens when we acted on the ancient knowledge that strength and clarity lead to peace. -- lead and ambivalence to war. [cheering] you say -- you see, weakness temps aggressors, strength stops them. i will not allow this country to be made weak again. never.
[cheering] the tremors in the soviet world continue. the hard earth there has not yet settled. perhaps what is happening will change our world forever, and perhaps not. order, skepticism is in and so is hope. either way, we are in an unprecedented position to change the nature of our relationship, not by preemptive concessions, but by keeping our strength. not by yielding up defense n inems with nothing wo return, but in cool engagement in diplomacy. [cheering]
my life has been lived in the shadow of war. i almost lost my life in one, and i hate war. i love peace. we have peace. i am not going to let anyone take it away from us. [cheering] our economy is strong, but not invulnerable. pieces broad, but -- peace is rod, -- broad, but can be broken. we must decide. we will surely have changed, but will it be change that moves us forward. in 1940, when i was barely more than a boy, franklin roosevelt says that we should not change horses in midstream.
my friends, these days, the world moved more quickly. terms, ar two great switch will be made. when you have to change horses in midstream, does it not make toone -- toitch switch to one going the same way? [cheering] this election is about ideals and values, and about philosophy. i have one. at the bright center is the individual. radiating out from him or her is the family, the essential unit of closeness and love.
it is the family that communicates to our children to the 21st century are colter, art -- culture, faith, tradition, and history. to thee individual, community, the town, church, school, and echoing out to the county, state, nation. each doing what it does well and no more. i believe that power must always be kept close to the individual, to the hands that raised the family and run the home. [cheering] i am guided by certain traditions, one is that there is a god and he is good, and his
love has a self-imposed cost. we must be good to one another. i believe in another tradition that is embedded in the national soul. it is that learning is good, in and of itself. the mothers of the jewish ghettos of the east would pour honey on a book so that children would know that learning is sweet. settled kansas would take their children in from the fields when a teacher came. that is our history. there is a another tradition, that is the idea of community. a beautiful world -- word with a big meeting. liberal democrats have an odd view of it. they see community as a limited cluster of interest groups, locked in on conformity. , passive,y waits while washington sets the rules. that is not what community
means, not to me. we are a nation of communities, and tens and thousands of ethnic, religious, labor union, neighborhood, and other organizations, all of them voluntary and unique. this is america, the knights of columbus, the disabled american veterans, the order of business and professional women of america, the union hall, the bible study group, holy name. diverse the spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky. does government have a place? yes. nationent is part of the of community. i do not hate government. a government that remembers it -- that people is its master.
i respect old-fashioned common sense. [cheering] i have no great love for the imaginings of the social planners. , ande what has been tested found to be true. for instance, should public be required to lead our children in the pledge of allegiance? my opponent says no, i say yes. [cheering] should society be allowed to
impose the death penalty on those that commit crimes of extraordinary cruelty and violence? my opponent says no, but i say yes. [cheering] showed our children -- should o ur children have the right to say a voluntary prayer or observe a moment of silence in schools? my opponent says no, but i say yes. [cheering] should freemen and women -- free men and women have the right to own a gun to protect their home? my opponent says no, but i say
yes. [cheering] is it right to believe in the sanctity of life and protect the lives of innocent children? my opponent says no, but i say yes. change, we have got to change from abortion to adoption. let me tell you this. [cheering] barbara and i have an adopted ran. her. on the day of her -- and adopted granddaughter. on the day of her christening, we wept with joy. i thanked god that her parents chose life. [cheering]
i am the one who believes it is a scandal to give a weekend furlough to a hardened first-degree killer who has not even served enough time to be eligible for parole. [cheering] that drugne who says dealers who are responsible for the death of a policeman should be subject to capital punishment. [cheering] i am the one who will not raise taxes. [cheering]
the liberal democrats want power in the hands of the federal government. i want power in the hands of the parents. [cheering] i will encourage merit schools. i will give more kids a head start. i will make it easier to save for college. i want a drug-free america, and this will not be easy to achieve. [cheering] i want to enlist the help of some people who are rarely included. tonight, i challenge the young people of our country to shut down the drug dealers around the world, unite with us, work with us.
[cheering] zero tolerance. [cheering] tolerance is not just a policy, it is an attitude. tell them what you think of people who underwrite the dealers, who put poison in our society. while you are doing that, my administration will be telling the dealers, what ever we have to do, we will do. your day is over, you are history. [cheering] i am going to do what ever it takes to make sure that the disabled are included in the mainstream. have beenng, they
left out. but they will not be left out anymore. [cheering] i am going to stop ocean dumping. be harbors should not cesspools. [cheering] i am going to have the fbi traced the medical waste, and we will punish the people who dumped those infected needles into our oceans,'s lakes,'s and , and rivers.kes air,oing to clean the reduce the harm done by acid rain. i will put incentives back into the domestic energy industry,
where i know there is no security for the united states in further dependence on foreign oil. [cheering] in foreign affairs, i will continue our policy of peace through strength. will move towards further cuts in strategic and conventional arsenals of the united states and the soviet union, and eastern block, and nato. i will preserve our technological edge, including strategic defense. [cheering] chemical andn biological weapons from the face of the earth. that will be a priority. [cheering]
i intend to speak for freedom, stand for freedom, be a patient to anyone he store west who will fight for freedom. it seems to me, that the presidency provides an incomparable opportunity for general persuasion. i hope to stand for a greater tolerance. we have come far, that i think we need a new harmony among the races in our country. we are on a journey into a new century. -- we'veot the lead got to leave the tired old baggage of bigotry behind. [cheering] some people have forgotten what
our prosperity is for. they diminish our triumph, and they act as if wealth is it an end in itself. there are those who have dropped their standards, as if ethics was too heavy and slow their rise to the top. there is greed on wall street's, peddling in washington. the small corruptions of every day ambition. service isublic honorable, and every time i hear that someone has breached the public trust, it breaks my heart. i wonder if we have forgotten who we are. we are the people who sundered a nation rather than to allow a thing called slavery. we are the people who rose from the ghettos. we were not saints, but we lived
by standards. celebrated the individual, but we will not self centered, we were practical. we do not live only for material things. ,e believed in getting ahead but blind ambition was not our way. prosperity has a purpose, it is to allow us to pursue the better betterto give us time to think and grow. prosperity with a purpose means taking your idealism and making it concrete by certain acts of goodness. it means helping a child from an unhappy home learn how to read. i thank my wife for all of her read,n helping people to and all her work for literacy in this country. [cheering] it means teaching troubled
children through your presence ast there is such a thing reliable love. some would say it is soft and insufficient to care about these things. where is it written that we must act as if we do not care, as this we are not moved? i am moved. i want a kinder and gentler nation. two men ask for your support. you must know it. as for me, i have held high office, and done the work of democracy day by day. prosperous, and their children were lucky. there were lessons we had to learn about life. john kennedy discovered poverty when he campaigned in rest virginia. there were children who had no
rooseveltyoung teddy met the new america when he roamed the immigrant streets of new york. i learned a few things about life in a place called texas. [cheering] when i was working on this part of the speech, barbara came in and asked what i was doing. i looked up and said i am working hard. she said, oh dear, do not worry. , take off your shoes and put up your silver foot. [laughter] we moved to west texas 40 years
ago. , and we wantedr to get out and make it on her own. those were exciting days. we lived in a little shotgun house, one room for the three of us. i worked in the oil business. in time we had six children. we moved to a duplex apartment, and then to a house, and lived a dream. high school football on friday nights. little league, neighborhood barbecue. people do not see their own experiences symbolic of an era. we were. so was everyone else. taking a chance and pushing into unknown territory. is the thing i learned satisfaction of creating jobs, which meant creating opportunities, which meant happy families who could do more to
help others and enhance their own lives. i learned that a good done by a single good job can be felt in ways you cannot imagine. it has been said that i am not the most compelling speaker. there are those who claim that i do not always indicate in the -- do not always communicates in the clearest and most concise way. i dare them to keep it up. 24 -- go aheadmy and make my 24 hour time period. [cheering] i may not be the most eloquent,
but i learned early on that eloquence will not draw oil from the ground. they might -- i may sometimes be a little awkward. but there is nothing much -- conch is in -- self my love of country. i am a quiet man, but -- [cheering] man, but i hear the quiet people that others do not. the ones who raise the families, pay the taxes, meet the mortgage, i hear them and i am moved. their concerns are mine. a president must be there -- many things, a shrewd protector of america's interests, an idealist who leaves -- who moves for those for a freer and democratic planet. he must see to it that government intrudes as little as
possible into the lives of the people. and remember that it is right, and proper that the nation's leader take an interest in the nation's character, and be able to define and lead a mission. , i have worked with a great president and sees what crossed -- and have seen thathings that crossed desk. i've seen the crisis, and the promise -- the problems that cymer on for decades and suddenly demand resolution. i have seen modest decisions made with anguish, and crucial decisions made with dispatch. , whatt all comes down to it all comes down to after all of the shouting and the tears is the man at the desk. who should sit at that desk, i am that man? [cheering]
i say it without boast or bravado, i have fought for my country. , ande served, i have built i will go from the hills to the salt -- from the hills to the hollows, and the cities to the suburbs and the loneliest town on the quietest street to take our message of hope and growth for every american to every american. i will keep america moving forward, always forward, for a better america, for an endless
dream and 1000 points of life. this is my mission, and i will complete it. [cheering] thank you. you know it is tough to end an address with a pledge or saying that holds a special meaning. i have chosen one that we all know by heart. one that we all learned in school. my great hall in -- in this great hall to stand and join me in this. we all know it. flagdge allegiance to the of the united states of america. and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god,
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