[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents Volume 42, Number 45 (Monday, November 13, 2006)]
[Pages 1993-2000]
[Online from the Government Printing Office, www.gpo.gov]

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Remarks at a Nebraska Victory 2006 Rally in Grand Island, Nebraska

November 5, 2006

    The President. Thank you all very much. Thanks for coming. Thanks 
for inviting me. So Laura says, ``What do you think we ought to do on 
our 29th wedding anniversary?'' I said, ``Why don't I go to Grand 
Island, Nebraska, because there are some people I want to thank in 
advance of what you're going to do on November 7th.''
    I want to thank you for working hard. I want to thank you for 
voting. I want to thank you for sending Adrian Smith and Pete Ricketts 
to Washington, DC. You'd be happy to hear she agrees. [Laughter] She 
said, ``You go ahead on; you go tell them, I agree with you.'' So she 
sends her love, and on this, our 29th anniversary, I'm proud to say, I 
love her dearly.
    Seems like to me, when you want somebody to represent you in the 
Congress, you need somebody who has lived here their whole life and who 
understands Nebraska values. Seems like to me, if you're from this part 
of the world, you'd better have you somebody who understands what it 
means to be a farmer and a rancher representing you in the United States 
Congress. And that person is Adrian Smith.
    I also appreciate you coming out to support Pete Ricketts. He's a 
small-business man; he's a successful small-business man. Let me tell 
you, we've got too many lawyers in Washington. Send somebody to 
Washington who has met a payroll, and that person is Pete Ricketts for 
the United States Senate. I appreciate Susanne Ricketts for standing 
with Pete and working just as hard as he is.
    I want to thank your Governor, Governor Dave Heineman, and his wife, 
Sally, for being with us today. One of these days he and I are going to 
be members of the ex-Governors club. [Laughter] But I know you're proud 
of the job he's doing. He's setting high standards and working hard to 
accomplish that which he said he would do on the campaign trail.
    I appreciate very much being here with a fine United States 
Senator--a man I call a friend and a person I know you call friend, 
Chuck Hagel. From the First Congressional District, Jeff Fortenberry and 
his wife, Celeste, is with us. And from the Second Congressional 
District, Lee Terry and his wife, Robyn, have joined us. It's a good 
sign when the Congressmen from neighboring districts are coming in. See, 
they smell a winner. They understand what's about to happen on election 
day.
    Proud to be here with your Lieutenant Governor, Sheehy, your 
attorney general, Bruning, and your secretary of state, Gale. Thank you 
all for coming.
    I had an opportunity to say hello to his honor, your mayor. Mr. 
Mayor, thank you for being here. I appreciate you coming. I'm honored 
you're here. My only advice is, pave the potholes. [Laughter] Although 
Mr. Mayor, if you please, I didn't feel any on the way in.

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    I want to thank you all. I really do want to thank the grassroots 
activists, the people who worked hard to get these candidates to where 
they are. And I just urge you to keep working for the next 48 hours.
    I know--I'm sure you've heard the same predictions I've heard. The 
prognosticators have already decided the outcome of this election before 
the good people of Nebraska have voted. But don't worry about it, the 
same thing happened in 2004. Some of them up in Washington had already 
picked out their new offices in the West Wing. [Laughter] They listened 
to the prognosticators. Then the people showed up to the polls, and the 
movers were not needed.
    And the same thing is going to happen on November the 7th. You're 
going to elect Adrian Smith; you're going to elect Pete Ricketts. We're 
going to hold the House and hold the Senate.
    And there's a reason, because Republicans understand the values and 
the priorities of the American people. And by the way, we don't shift 
our values and we don't shift our priorities based upon the latest 
opinion poll. We're running on a record. We've raised standards for our 
public schools. No child is going to be left behind in America, because 
of our reforms.
    Adrian Smith and I understand, if the farm economy is doing well in 
Nebraska, the entire economy of the United States does well. Adrian, 
Pete, and I understand that we've got a problem, because we're too 
dependent on foreign oil. And so we passed comprehensive energy 
legislation that encourages new technologies that will enable us to 
drive our cars as a result of crops grown right here in the great State 
of Nebraska.
    We're taking the lead. I remember when I was campaigning with you, I 
said, ``Vote for me; I will put judges on the bench who strictly 
interpret the law and not legislate from the bench.'' We've got a record 
to run on. I want to thank Senator Chuck Hagel for strongly supporting 
my nominees to the Federal bench, particularly Sam Alito and John 
Roberts. When you go in to vote for your United States Senator, just 
remember you're not only voting for an individual, you're voting for the 
style of judiciary we have.
    And if the Democrats were to control the United States Senate, 
judges like Alito and Roberts would never have been seated on the 
Supreme Court.
    No, we've got a record to run on, and we've got stands we take that 
are totally different from the Democrats. The two big issues in this 
campaign, as far as I'm concerned, is how many--how much tax are you 
going to pay, and whether or not this Government is going to do 
everything in our power to protect you.
    Let me start with taxes. See, our philosophy is this: You can spend 
your money far better than the Federal Government can. I don't care what 
they're telling you in the races here, but the Democrats believe they 
can spend their money better than you can.
    Audience members. Boo-o-o!
    The President. Our philosophy says that if you've got more of your 
own money in your pocket to save, spend, or invest, the economy 
benefits.
    We just didn't go to Washington to be philosophers. We went to 
Washington to act. I signed the largest tax cut since Ronald Reagan was 
the President of the United States. We cut the taxes for everybody who 
pays income taxes. We doubled the child tax credit. We reduced the 
marriage penalty. We cut the taxes on the small businesses. We cut taxes 
on capital gains and dividends to encourage investment. And for the sake 
of our small-business owners and for the sake of our ranchers and for 
the sake of our farmers, we put the death tax on the road to extinction.
    I don't know if you can remember that far back about the debate on 
taxes, but I can. Democrats in Washington predicted the tax cuts would 
not create jobs; they predicted the tax cuts would not increase wages; 
and they predicted that tax cuts would cause the Federal deficit to 
explode. That's what they predicted. Now the facts are in. The tax cuts 
we passed have led to a strong and growing economy. Last Friday, we had 
more good news about our economy. The national unemployment rate is down 
to 4.4 percent. Real wages rose 2.4 percent over the past year, and we 
cut the deficit in half 3 years ahead of schedule. The tax cuts we 
passed are working.

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    And the Democrats are going to raise your taxes.

    Audience members. Boo-o-o!

    The President. Oh, they're not going to tell you that. They won't 
admit it quite that bluntly. As a matter of fact, they really don't want 
you to know what they think. They asked the Democrat leader in the House 
recently about tax cuts and she said, speaking about the Democrats, ``We 
love tax cuts.'' Well, given her record, she must be a secret admirer. 
[Laughter]

    She and her party voted against reducing the marriage penalty, voted 
against cutting taxes on small businesses, voted against lowering taxes 
for families with children, voted against putting the death tax on the 
road to extinction. If this is their definition of love, I'd sure hate 
to see hate.

    See, here's the way the tax cuts work: If they are not extended or 
made permanent, your taxes are going up. See, if the Congress doesn't 
act to say, we're going to extend the tax cuts, or we're just going to 
make the tax cuts permanent, then you get to pay an increased tax. They 
asked the man who aspires to be the head of the Ways and Means Committee 
in the House of Representatives--that's the tax writing committee--they 
said, ``Can you think of any of the tax cuts that were passed that you 
would extend?'' He said, ``I can't think of a one.'' In other words, 
that's the Democrats' view of extending your tax cuts. This election is 
important because it determines the size of your taxes.

    I'm going to give you an example of what I'm talking about. Right 
now the child tax credit is up to $1,000. But if those tax cuts are not 
expired, it goes down to $500 a child. So when you're sitting around the 
dinner table tonight, count heads. [Laughter] Any of you got four 
children? Right here, here you go, okay. I'm going to use you all as an 
example. So you're at dinner, number one child, two children, three, 
four--multiply by 500, means that if the Democrats take control of the 
House of Representatives, you get yourself a $2,000 tax increase.

    Audience members. Boo-o-o!

    The President. Now, that may not sound like a lot to people in 
Washington, but it sounds like a lot to me. It sounds like a lot to 
Adrian Smith, and it sounds like a lot to Pete Ricketts. That's why 
we're going to keep your taxes low.
    On these issues, the Democrat party has adopted a clear strategy of 
opposition and obstruction. Recently the House Democrat leader explained 
the advice she's been following since I was reelected in 2004. She said, 
``You must take him down.'' That him would be me. One newspaper 
described her approach as scorched-earth strategy, for refusing to 
negotiate with the GOP. Now I want you to think about that. Think about 
that kind of vision. It's a sad commentary on the Democrat party that 
its leaders have resorted to knee-jerk opposition as their guiding 
principle.
    You know if you're wondering what--where the Democrats stand on a 
major issue, there's an easy formula to figure it out: No matter what 
the issue, if the Republicans are for it, they're against it. [Laughter]
    When we proposed tax relief for everybody who pays income taxes, the 
Democrats opposed it. When Republicans proposed an energy policy, an 
energy bill to make our Nation less dependent on foreign oil, the 
Democrats opposed it. When Republicans proposed association health plans 
to help small businesses get coverage, insurance coverage at the same 
discounts big companies get, Democrats opposed it. When Republicans 
proposed medical liability reform so our docs aren't run out of practice 
and your costs aren't run up, the Democrats opposed it.
    And here's the way I see it: If the Democrats are so good about 
being the party of the opposition, let's just keep them in the 
opposition. And the best way is to send Adrian Smith to the United 
States Congress and Pete Ricketts to the Senate.
    This election is taking place in an historic time for our country. 
And when our children and grandchildren look back on this period, one 
question will overwhelm all the rest: Did we do everything in our power 
to fight and win the war on terror? We face an enemy--[applause]. I wish 
I could report to you we weren't at war. Nobody wants to be at war. But 
the truth is, we face a brutal enemy that

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still desires to harm America. Many of our citizens say, ``Why is 
that?''
    Well, this enemy has an ideology. They believe the exact opposite of 
what we believe. We believe in basic, universal freedoms. We believe 
people ought to worship the way they see fit. We believe people ought to 
be able to express themselves. We believe in public dissent; they don't. 
They also have a vision to spread their ideology as far corners--to the 
far corners of the world, and we stand in their way. You can't negotiate 
with them. You can't hope for the best with them. Our most important job 
is to protect you, and the best way to do so is to stay on the offense 
and bring them to justice before they hurt us again.
    The strategy is to stay on the offense, and the strategy is to 
protect you here at home. We have to be right 100 percent of the time, 
and the enemy has to be right one time. And therefore, I reviewed all 
the procedures to make sure our professionals have what it takes to 
protect you. There is a wall--there was a wall that prevented our 
intelligence folks from sharing vital information with our law 
enforcement folks. I can't tell you why that happened; it just did; and 
it didn't make any sense in this new kind of war. If our job is to 
protect you, we better make sure the intelligence our people gathers is 
passed on to the people whose job it is to prevent the attacks here in 
the homeland.
    And so I asked the Congress to pass the PATRIOT Act. The PATRIOT Act 
is a vital piece of legislation that has helped us break up terror cells 
around the United States. It's a piece of legislation that guarded your 
civil liberties. When that important piece of legislation came up for 
renewal, the vast majority of Senate Democrats and House Democrats voted 
against it. Now they must have a different attitude about this war on 
terror.
    See, my attitude is, you can't respond after we're attacked; you 
must respond before we're attacked. In this new kind of war, we'd better 
understand what the enemy is thinking. And so I talked to the--our phone 
boys, and I said, ``If they're calling in, if Al Qaida is making a phone 
call from outside the United States to inside, or if somebody affiliated 
with the enemy is making a phone call from outside to inside, we better 
understand why.'' We need to know what they're thinking and what they're 
planning in order to protect you.
    When the terrorist surveillance program came up for votes in the 
United States House of Representatives, by far the vast majority of 
Democrats voted against that legislation. They just see the world 
differently. When you're getting ready to go into the ballot box, 
remember the attitudes of the folks in Washington, DC, about what it 
takes to protect you. We're picking up people off the battlefield, and 
we better know what they're thinking.
    I'm going to give you a short story here. We found a man named 
Khalid Sheikh Mohammad. Our intelligence people think he was the 
mastermind of the September the 11th attacks. So I authorized the 
Central Intelligence Agency to find out what he knew. See, if he knew 
about one attack, he might know something about another attack. Our job 
is to protect you. When the authority for these CIA interrogators to 
continue their program came up in front of the House and the Senate, the 
vast majority of Democrats in both bodies voted against that 
legislation.
    We need people like Adrian Smith and Pete Ricketts in the House and 
the Senate who understand our professionals need to be given the tools 
necessary to protect you. We are on the offense, and we're going to stay 
on the offense. It is hard to plot and plan against America when you're 
on the run. It is hard to plot and plan--America when you're hiding.
    I want you to know--let me share a lesson about September the 11th 
that's important. When we see a threat overseas, we've got to take the 
threat seriously. It's important for our fellow citizens never to forget 
that lesson. The days are gone when you see a threat and just hope for 
the best. When we see threats, we must deal with them.
    Saddam Hussein was a threat. I saw him as a threat; members of both 
political parties saw the threat; the United Nations saw the threat. My 
decision to remove Saddam Hussein was the right decision, and the world 
is better off for it.
    And today we witnessed a landmark event in the history of Iraq. 
Saddam Hussein was convicted and sentenced to death by the

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Iraqi High Tribunal. Saddam Hussein trial is a milestone in the Iraqi 
people's efforts to replace the rule of a tyrant with the rule of law, 
and it's a major achievement for this young democracy. America 
congratulates the Iraqi people, and we give our thanks to the men and 
women of America's Armed Forces, who have--[applause]. Without their 
courage and skill, today's verdict never would have happened. And we are 
grateful for their sacrifice and service.
    We are in a global war, and it's a war being fought on a variety of 
fronts. And the central front is Iraq. Oh, I've heard all the talk out 
of Washington. You probably have too. ``Iraq is a distraction in the war 
on terror,'' they say. Well, I don't believe that. Our troops don't 
believe that. And Usama bin Laden doesn't believe that. Listen to his 
words: He calls Iraq the third world war. He says victory for the 
terrorists in Iraq will mean America's defeat and disgrace forever.
    Now I want you to listen to the words of a senior Member of the 
House of Representatives from the Democrat party. The reason I'm talking 
about this is the people of this district have got to understand, there 
is a different mentality in Washington than what you're used to. She 
said, ``The President says that fighting them there makes it less likely 
we will have to fight them here.'' That's exactly what I say, and it's 
exactly what I believe. She went on to say, ``The opposite is true. 
Because we are fighting them there, it may become more likely we will 
have to fight them here.''
    Iraq is not the reason why these extremists and terrorists are at 
war with us. We were not in Iraq when they bombed the World Trade Center 
in 1993. We were not in Iraq when they bombed the Embassies in Tanzania 
and in Kenya. We were not in Iraq when they attacked the USS Cole, and 
we were not in Iraq on September the 11th, 2001. You don't create 
terrorists by fighting the terrorists. The best way to protect you is to 
stay on the offense and defeat them overseas so we do not have to face 
them here at home.
    And we got one goal in Iraq, and that is victory. There's a country 
that--we're working for a country that can sustain itself and govern 
itself and defend itself and be an ally in the war on terror--to be an 
ally in this struggle against extremists who want to defy the hopes of 
reasonable people around the Middle East, these extremists who want to 
come and attack America again. And it's a tough fight, no question about 
it. I understand how tough it is, and so do our troops, and so do the 
families of our troops.
    It's tough because we face an enemy that is willing to kill innocent 
life to achieve their objectives. They have no conscience, and they 
understand that these violent acts will end up on our television 
screens. And they believe the United States does not have the stomach 
for the long fight. But what they don't understand about this 
administration and a huge number of Americans--we're not going to run 
from thugs and assassins.
    Our goal is solid. Our tactics constantly change. I'm in touch with 
our commanders all the time. I tell them, ``Whatever you need to win, 
you'll have.'' We give them the flexibility necessary to continue to 
adjust their tactics to meet the changes the enemy are doing on the 
ground. And we got a lot going for us. We got a strategy for victory 
that will work, and we got a fantastic group of young men and women who 
have volunteered to defend you in the United States military.
    And whether my fellow citizens agree with my decisions or not, one 
thing they owe is they owe those who wear the uniform the utmost 
respect. And those of us at the Federal Government owe them all they 
need, all the support to make sure they can do the jobs that I've asked 
them to do.
    And I thank Senator Hagel for his strong support. I thank the 
Members of Congress who are here for their strong support of the United 
States military, and there's no doubt in my mind Pete Ricketts and 
Adrian Smith will be strong supporters of the men and women in the 
United States military.
    We have something else going for us, and those are brave Iraqis. 
Iraqi citizens have suffered unspeakable violence, yet they are 
committed to a government of and by and for the people. Our strategy is 
to help their politics move forward. Our strategy is to help their 
economy improve. And our strategy is to train Iraqis so they can take 
the fight to the few who want to dash the hopes of the many.

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    You know when nearly 12 million Iraqis voted, I was pleased, but I 
was not surprised, and I'll tell you why I wasn't surprised. I believe 
there is an Almighty. I believe a great gift of the Almighty to every 
man, woman, and child on Earth is the desire to be free. And so when the 
Iraqis said, ``We want to be free,'' it is part of my belief in the 
universality of freedom.
    We have a strategy for victory, and the only way we won't achieve it 
is if we leave before the job is done. If you listen to this debate on 
Iraq, if you think about the Democrats' plans for success, there isn't 
one. This is a vital issue facing our country. This is a central front 
in the war on terror, and yet they have no plan for victory.
    Oh, some of them are saying we ought to pull out now. Others are 
saying we ought to pull out at a fixed date, before the job is done. 
Actually, one of the Members of the House of Representatives, a 
distinguished Member, said the best way to handle the situation is to 
remove our troops to an island 5,000 miles away. I'm not kidding you. 
That's not a plan for victory. Nineteen House Members introduced 
legislation that would cut off the funds for our troops. One Democrat 
Senator, one of Chuck's colleagues, she said, ``We haven't coalesced 
around a single plan, but we're in general agreement on basic 
principles.'' Think about that. Yes, they're in agreement on principles: 
Get out before the job is done.
    They've taken a calculated risk. By the way, I'm not saying these 
folks are unpatriotic; I'm saying they're wrong. You can't win a war and 
protect the homeland if you're unwilling to fight the war. You know, the 
Democrats have taken a calculated gamble in this campaign. They think 
the only way they can win is to criticize and not offer a plan of their 
own. You know, let me say this to you: Anger is not a plan; criticism is 
not a plan; pessimism is not a plan. This country needs people who 
understand the stakes and are willing to support the fight to protect 
you.
    Retreat from Iraq before the job is done would embolden the enemy 
and would make this country less secure. It's very important for our 
fellow citizens to understand this is a different kind of war, and if 
the United States were to leave before the job is done, the enemy would 
follow us here. Leaving before the job was done would make it easier for 
these extremists to recruit. Leaving before the job was done would dash 
the hopes of the millions upon millions of people who want to live a 
peaceful life in the Middle East. And leaving before the job is done 
would dishonor the sacrifice of the men and women who have worn the 
uniform of the United States.
    And leaving before the job is done would be felt for generations to 
come. And let me explain to you why: The enemy has made it clear, they 
expect us to leave when the fighting stays tough because, one, they want 
a safe haven from which to launch further attacks on the United States, 
a safe haven similar to the safe haven they had in Afghanistan where 
they trained thousands of people and where they planned and plotted to 
launch their attacks that killed nearly 3,000 of our citizens.
    They have said that they want to establish a caliphate--a governing 
organization based upon their ideology--and it starts with toppling 
modern governments. They would like to get ahold of oil resources so 
they could then say to the West, ``Abandon your alliance with Israel,'' 
or, ``Withdraw from the Middle East; otherwise you're going to be facing 
high priced oil, and we'll bring your economy down.'' And when you put 
all in the mix a country which doesn't like us with a nuclear weapon, 30 
years from now people are going to look back at this period in our 
history and say, ``What happened to them in 2006? Could they not see the 
impending danger? Were they unable to see the threats to a generation of 
Americans?''
    Well, let me assure you, I see the danger. I clearly see the stakes. 
That is why we will support our troops. That is why we will fight in 
Iraq, and that is why we'll win in Iraq.
    I would like to share a story with you. I share this story all 
around the country, so if you've heard it, I apologize. It's a story 
about the power of liberty. It's a story about then-sitting Prime 
Minister of Japan, Koizumi, and me and Laura heading down to Elvis's 
place in Memphis, Tennessee. They said, ``Why did you go down there?'' 
Well, I hadn't been down there. I thought it would be fun to go.

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    Koizumi, Prime Minister Koizumi wanted to go because he loved Elvis. 
He was a fan of Elvis Presley. But also I wanted to tell a story. It's 
the story about--I'm sure your relatives, just like my relative, my dad, 
volunteered to fight the Japanese after the attacks of Pearl Harbor. 
That's when the story begins. They attacked us. Thousands of our fellow 
citizens said, ``I want to go, and I want to fight for our freedoms 
against an enemy which has attacked us.'' By the way, it's the same 
spirit today, around, where people have said, ``I want to volunteer to 
defend America.''
    My dad went. Your relatives went. They fought like mad. Japan was 
the sworn enemy of the United States. I'm now on the airplane, Air Force 
One, flying down to Elvis's place, and I was talking about keeping the 
peace with the Prime Minister of Japan. We talked about how we got to 
work together to convince the North Korean to give up his nuclear 
weapons ambitions. We talked about the fact that Iraq has 1,000 troops--
I mean Japan had 1,000 troops in Iraq.
    He understands what I know: In this ideological struggle of 
extremists versus rational, reasonable people who want to live in peace, 
when we find young democracies, we must support them for the sake of 
peace. We talked about how to whom much is given, much is required, and 
that we'll continue to take the lead in trying to eradicate the pandemic 
of HIV/AIDS in places like Africa. We talked about our responsibilities 
as friends and allies.
    I find it amazing that my dad and your relatives fought the 
Japanese, and today--then his son was talking about keeping the peace. 
Something happened, and what happened was, Japan adopted a Japanese-
style democracy. The lesson for all to hear is, liberty has got the 
capacity to transform an enemy into an ally. Liberty has got the 
capacity to transform a region of hate and resentment into a region of 
hope.
    Someday, American Presidents will be sitting down with duly elected 
leaders in the Middle East talking about keeping the peace, and a 
generation of Americans will be better off for it.
    In 48 hours, you're going to be walking into the booth, and so will 
millions of citizens around our country, and people will be given a 
choice between two political parties with different philosophies. If you 
think your health care decisions should remain in the hands of 
bureaucrats, then you ought to vote for the Democrats. If you think that 
you and your doctors should control your healthcare decisions, vote 
Republican.
    If you think that trial lawyers should be allowed to continue 
driving good doctors out of practice and running up your costs of 
medicine, you go ahead and vote Democrat. But if you believe that we 
should trade in the trial lawyers and protect our physicians from 
frivolous lawsuits, vote Republican.
    If you think activist judges should be allowed to redefine our 
country and issue new laws from the bench, you need to go vote Democrat. 
If you believe the role of the judge is to strictly interpret our 
Constitution and laws and leave legislating to legislators, vote 
Republican.
    If you think Medicare was serving our seniors just fine and didn't 
need to be reformed, vote Democrat. But if you believe we were right to 
expand choices for our seniors and provide better access for affordable 
prescription drugs, vote Republican.
    If you think our farmers and ranchers ought to pay taxes while 
they're alive and then pay taxes after they're dead, you vote Democrat. 
But if you think that the death tax is punitive and we need to get rid 
of it, you vote Republican.
    If you think you can afford more taxes, vote Democrat. But if you 
want our taxes low and if you want people who believe you can spend your 
money better than the Government can, you vote Republican.
    And if you think the way to protect this country and win the war on 
terror is to criticize your opponents and offer no plan for victory, you 
vote for the Democrats. But if you believe the way to win this war is to 
stay on the offense and use every element of national power to protect 
you and lay the foundation of peace for a generation, vote Republican.
    So I appreciate your coming. Thanks for giving me a chance to share 
something that's on my mind. I'm now asking you when you go forth to 
find fellow Republicans and say, you've got a responsibility to vote. 
But while

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you're doing it, don't overlook discerning Democrats and openminded 
independents. Tell them to go to the polls. Tell them to vote for Adrian 
Smith and Pete Ricketts, and the United States will be better off for 
it.
    God Bless, and God bless America.

Note: The President spoke at 3:58 p.m. at the Heartland Events Center. 
In his remarks, he referred to Susanne Ricketts, wife of senatorial 
candidate John P. ``Pete'' Ricketts; Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy of Nebraska; 
Nebraska State Attorney General Jon Bruning; Nebraska State Secretary of 
State John A. Gale; Mayor Jay Vavricek of Grand Island, NE; former 
President Saddam Hussein of Iraq; Usama bin Laden, leader of the Al 
Qaida terrorist organization; former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi of 
Japan; and Chairman Kim Jong Il of North Korea.