Telephone remarks by the President to the New York Senate 2000 Reception (10/7/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

Immediate Release                           October 7, 2000

                   TO THE NEW YORK SENATE 2000 RECEPTION

                             Private Residence
                           Indianapolis, Indiana

9:30 P.M. EDT

     THE PRESIDENT:  I'm just sorry I'm not there.  I've looked forward to
coming to visit you in Indiana for a long time.  I want to begin just by
thanking you and Mel for being such good friends to Hillary and me. I've
been with you in Colorado and Florida, and I really wanted to come up there
and see you.

     And I want to thank Cindy and Paul for hosting this tonight.  And I
want to thank all the people who are there to help Hillary.  I really -- as
I said, I looked forward to being there.  But as I told Brent a few hours
ago, I've been up almost without sleep for two days trying to deal with the
situation in the Middle East.  It's quite violent and it presents a real
threat to the peace process that everybody there has worked for, for seven
and a half years now.  I just couldn't leave the telephone and my
responsibilities here.  I hope you'll forgive me for not being there with

     HOSTESS:  Well, we certainly understand.  We do want you to know that
Senator Evan Bayh and Susan are with us tonight, and they send their best
regards to you.

     THE PRESIDENT:      I'm just trying to get another vote for Evan up
there in the Senate.  (Laughter.)  He doesn't need a lot of help, but he
could  use all the help he can get.  I want to say to all of you there,
Evan and Susan have been friends of Hillary's and mine for a long time,
since Evan knocked me out as being the youngest governor in America.  We
like them, we respect them, we care for them and I'm just thrilled that
they've done as well as they have for Indiana and for the United States in
Washington.  Evan has really, really had an impact on the Senate and you
should be very proud of him.

     The only other thing I want to say is that I know how difficult it is
to raise funds for a candidate from another state a long way away, even
somebody who is the First Lady.  But this is really a worthy cause.  The
other side has raised, I think, between the two candidates that have run
against Hillary, a total of $50 million.  So we've had to work real hard
and get support from our friends around the country.

     She has done so well.  She's got a big debate tomorrow morning, and
keep your fingers crossed for her.  I must say, I'm absolutely convinced,
based on over 30 years of working in politics and seeing people in public
life that she will be one of the great United States senators of the last
several years, if we can just get through these next four or five months.
And I think all of you will be very proud that you came there and helped
her win.  I just can't tell you how grateful I am.

     HOSTESS:  Well, we agree with you, as far as Hillary's campaign is
concerned, and we're all here to support her.  And I wanted you to know
also that George Hamilton flew in from L.A., especially to be with us
tonight, so he's a little disappointed, too.

     THE PRESIDENT:  I'm sorry I didn't get to see George.  (Laughter.)  I
kind of resent it, you know -- when I came here, I was like George, I
looked younger than I am, and now I look like I'm about half-dead.
(Laughter.)  I still feel pretty good for a guy with a lot of miles on him.
(Laughter.)  Thank you for coming, George.

     HOSTESS:  Mr. President, is it possible for Ian, our grandson, to say
hello to you?

     THE PRESIDENT:  Absolutely.

     IAN:  Hello, Mr. President.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Hell, Ian, how are you?

     IAN:  Good.

     THE PRESIDENT:  How old are you?

     IAN:  Six.

     THE PRESIDENT:  I think you're on your way to being a good public
speaker.  (Laughter and applause.)

     HOSTESS:  They've very, very disappointed you couldn't be here, but
they're excited to say hello to you.

     SAMANTHA:  Hello?

     THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, Samantha.

     SAMANTHA:  Hello, Mr. President.

     THE PRESIDENT:  How are you?

     SAMANTHA:  Fine.

     THE PRESIDENT:  And how old are you?

     SAMANTHA:  Eleven.

     THE PRESIDENT:  That's great.  Well, I'm sorry I didn't get to meet

     HOSTESS:  Eric and Samantha are twins, so Eric is going to say hello
to you now.

     ERIC:  Hello.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Hi, Eric.

     ERIC:  Hi.  Hello, Mr. President.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Good job.  I think you ought to bring them to see me
in the White House before I go.

     HOSTESS:  You know, we were excited to find out that we'll probably
come in and see a movie or something in the near future with the children,
if that's okay.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Absolutely, we'll set it up.

     HOSTESS:  Okay, great.

     THE PRESIDENT:  I'm so grateful to all of you who are there.  And let
me say just one little serious word.  I'm also very grateful for the chance
I've had to serve, and I'm glad our country is in such good shape.  But
this is a really important election, because the decisions we make will
determine whether we stick with an economic policy that's working, build on
a health care policy, stick with an education policy that's working and
continue to change in the right direction -- or do something entirely
different that I think won't work nearly as well.

     This is an election that's going to have real consequences for the
American people, and sometimes I'm concerned that because times are good,
people think it doesn't much matter.  It matters a lot.  I guess you know
that, or you wouldn't be there tonight
-- even for Mel and Brent and Cindy and Paul.  But I'm very grateful to you
and I thank you very, very much.

     HOSTESS:  Thank you very much.  Thank you for calling.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you all and goodnight.  (Applause.)
     HOSTESS:  Good luck with everything.

     THE PRESIDENT:  Thanks.  Keep your fingers crossed.  Thanks, Evan.

                              END                9:35 P.M. EDT

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