Remarks at a Fundraising
Dinner for Senatorial Candidate George Voinovich in
Thank you all very much. And, George, thank you for that marvelous introduction. Thanks to Bill Tillinghast for your role in making tonight's event such a success. I'd also like to thank Bob Bennett for his help in making my day here in Ohio almost as much fun as watching Boomer hit Tim McGee right on the numbers with one of those sweet touchdown passes. [Laughter]
happy to wind up my day in
and I have spent most of the day together, and I guess his lovely wife, Janet,
is probably a little anxious that he was getting home. You know, some people
say that politics makes strange bedfellows. I'm going to let you in on a little
secret: Sometimes politics doesn't make bedfellows at all. [Laughter] And
sometimes it separates people that have been bedfellows for a while. [Laughter]
I'd love to stay in
know, the Government's got quite an employee there -- the First Lady -- for no
salary. But I thought it might -- I can tell you, I'm very proud of her and the
cause that she is speaking -- or addressing herself to throughout the country.
I know that there's a lot of talk now, and you've heard about ``Just say no.''
I thought maybe you might be interested in hearing where that came from.
So, George and Janet may be a little lonely, but they know and you know and I know that if they're seeing a little less of each other these days, it's for a very good cause. And I'm here because I want to help.
you all know the man I'm rooting for in the Presidential election: that
silver-tongued devil, George Bush. [Laughter] I could have told the other guy
not to get into a fight with George. After all, look what happened when George
as you all know, there are two Georges running this year in
ladies and gentlemen, I say it again: There are two Georges this year. And I
don't know of a better, more able, and more principled
public servant than the man who's going to be the next Senator from the State
Now, there's something I've been going around the country saying, and I'm going to say it again tonight: The President doesn't spend a dime of the Nation's money. It's Congress that appropriates, Congress that authorizes, and Congress that spends. George Voinovich knows what you know and what I know: there's a simple way to reduce a deficit. And you know how you do it? You spend less money. It's so simple only a liberal could miss it. [Laughter]
only way the President can get Congress to spend less money is to veto those
pork-barrel bills that have so much packed into them they end up thicker than
But, surprise! Surprise! The liberals have consistently voted against the line-item veto and the balanced budget amendment. The liberals oppose these measures because, despite what they tell Dave Brinkley [host of ABC's ``This Week With David Brinkley''], they don't want a balanced budget, and they don't want to stop their big spending. They want pork, pork, pork. And you know what that means? It means taxes, taxes, and taxes.
one of the liberal tax-and-spend ringleaders in
the clash between liberals like George's opponent and mainstream
George Voinovich's opponent has carried his stealth candidacy to new heights by refusing to debate George even once, as he told you. And with his record, I can understand why. But no amount of hiding can obscure the fact that if anyone deserves to be tagged with the ``L'' word, it's him. So, let me do it: Liberal, liberal, liberal!
issue after issue, liberals like
A difference in values -- that explains why the liberals sometimes seem to care more about the rights of criminals than the rights of honest and law-abiding Americans. You see, they oppose legislation that would allow reliable evidence obtained reasonably and in good faith by our police to be used in criminal prosecutions. That's the kind of position they take on crime, and they're just plain wrong to invoke the Constitution when they take it. I don't see a word in the Constitution that says crooks should go free because of a technical error; but that's what George Voinovich's opponent was saying when, until this election year, he repeatedly argued against giving police the benefit of a reasonable good-faith exception.
let me give an example, if I could, of what I'm talking about here and what
maybe too many people don't understand: This thing of ``in good faith'' -- a
policeman, a law officer, does something and then finds that some technicality
was not observed, and so the evidence that he has found cannot be used. The
example I'll give you happened in my State,
was a policeman who had enough evidence on a couple living in a home there to
get a warrant to search that home for drugs, that these were drug peddlers. He
had the warrant. He came in; said, ``drug enforcement officer''; and went
through the home, as best he could, searching everywhere, and found nothing.
And on his way out the door, suddenly, he realized there was their baby in the
crib, and he stopped. And he took off the baby's diaper, and there was the
heroin, stashed away. In court, they threw it out as evidence and freed the two
people because the baby hadn't given its permission to be searched. It's now
He changed jobs. I ran into him very closely when I first came into this job. He switched to the Secret Service, and I'm glad to have him. But I thought that you might like to know this is the type of thing -- you know, it's almost like -- I've explained it sometimes as an automobile going through a red light, and the policeman stops it for going through the red light and sees a murdered body in the back seat. He can't claim that as evidence because he only stopped him for going through a red light.
when you examine their views on foreign policy and defense, the differences
between them -- between the Georges and the American people -- I mean -- no,
the other two, the Georges' opponents and the American people, become even more clear. They've opposed our efforts to modernize and
enhance our national security. How about the deployment of American
intermediate-range missiles in
Earlier today, I said we're going to do all we can to make sure that people don't cancel their vote for George Bush by reelecting diehard liberals to Congress and sending them to Washington to make more trouble and spend more money and try to raise taxes. One example of a qualified conservative who should replace one of those liberals is, as you well know, right here in this room: the Republican congressional candidate from the First District, a great guy who'd make a great representative, Steve Chabot.
We've got to get this message out. The party leaders up here with me have raised a lot of money and worked hard for our ticket this year. And they need your help in these remaining 3 weeks. I can't think of a better or more able crew to spread the message and fill the polling places on November 8th than the Hamilton County Republican Party.
confident you'll prevail because I know
Now, I know that I'm keeping you from your dinner, and so that's what I get for being a before-dinner speaker. [Laughter] And I just want to recognize all that you two are doing by being here. And I have every confidence that you're going to go all the way. And on November 8th, we're all going to be aglow with victory. I thank you all, and God bless you all.
Note: The President
spoke at in the Grand Ballroom at the Clarion Hotel. He was
introduced by George Voinovich, mayor of