RESEND (McAuliffe) 9/1/00 remarks By the President At Hillary 2000 Dinner
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
                          (Skaneateles, New York)
For Immediate Release                                   September 1, 2000

                         REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
                          AT HILLARY 2000 DINNER

                             Private Residence
                                       Syracuse, New York

8:35 P.M. EDT

     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Well, first, I want to thank
Duke and Billie for having us here.  I want to thank the neighbors in the
back for putting up the bathrooms.  (Laughter.)  And I want to thank the
neighbors across the street for putting up with the sound.  Hello, folks!
How are you over there?  (Applause.)  You get to hear my pitch for free.  I
want you to vote for Hillary, too.  (Laughter.)

     We've all had a good time, and I want to hear the musicians some more,
and we've got a magician and I want to see this.  I spent eight years
trying to be one.  (Laughter.)  So I just want to say a couple of words

     First of all, I want to thank the people of New York, including the
people of Syracuse and Central New York for being so good to me and Hillary
and Al and Tipper Gore for the last eight years.  It's meant a lot to me.
(Applause.)  Secondly, I want to thank my buddy, Terry McAuliffe, and his
family for being like a second family to Hillary and me.  And little Jack
is out there passing out Hillary stickers.  He even gave me one.  He wasn't
sure who I was for.  (Laughter.)  And he wanted to make sure I didn't go
soft on him between now and election day, so I appreciate that.

     I don't know what I can say to you, because you know where I stand on
this election.  But there are a couple of points I'd like to make that I
know.  First of all, you should know that to an extraordinary extent,
Hillary has played a substantive, positive role in the work we've done over
these last eight years.  Everything we've done -- (applause) -- in
education, health care, and helping people balance work and family and
taking care of kids she's had a hand in.  From the Family and Medical Leave
law in 1993 to our efforts right through this year to promote adoption and
to take better care of foster kids, and to take care of those kids that go
out on their own in the world with nobody to take care of them.  And I'm
really proud of that.

     To getting 2 million kids health insurance to all the things we've
done to open the doors of college for all.  We now have 10 million people
getting tax credits for college education today.  And she has fought for
every single one of those things.  I'm very proud of her.  (Applause.)

     The second thing I want you to know is -- because economics is an
issue in Central New York and north of here -- when I was governor of
Arkansas, for 12 years, we had to completely turn the economy around.  We
did not have an unemployment rate below the national average until I ran
for President in 1992, for a decade.  And we worked for 10 long years.

     During that time, my wife went on the boards of three Arkansas
companies -- or two Arkansas companies and one other company -- and learned
what it would take to get people to invest money and to bring jobs to
places that had been left behind.  And I'm just telling you, of your
choices in the Senate race, you've got one person that spent a serious 10
years working to redevelop the economies of places that aren't doing as
well as they ought to be doing.  And that's experience; it's money in the
bank for you, and you ought to take advantage of it.  (Applause.)

     Now, the third thing I want to say is I think she can have an
enormously beneficial impact for New York all around the country and all
around the world.  She can help you in all kinds of ways.  One of the
reasons that I -- I wanted her to run for the Senate if she wanted to --
who am I to ever tell anybody not to run for anything.  But I said, you
know, you've got to be willing to pay the price.  I'm going to India and
Pakistan, and you can't go.  I'm going to Africa and you can't go.  I'm
going to Colombia and you can't go.  So everywhere I go in the world,
people I don't even know come to me and say -- everywhere in the world --
say, I am pulling for your wife; I'm sorry she can't be here.

     At the state dinner the other night in Nigeria, the President of
Nigeria, one of the most highly-regarded leaders of any developing country
in the world, a decorated army general, gets up in the state dinner and
says, I'm really sorry your wife is not here, but I'm glad she's home and I
hope she wins her election.  Not normally said at state dinners.

     I was in Bombay with my daughter, in India, and this woman who spends
her life going out into villages trying to help millions, literally, of
women who have been left behind figure out how to borrow money, start
businesses, and take better care of their kids -- all she talked about to
me was Hillary.

     And I'm telling you that because there is a reason that the people
that are running against her spend all their time trying to run her down.
Because they know if the people of New York ever figure out who she is,
what kind of person she is, what she's done and what she can do for them,
she will win in a walk.  That's what I want you to do in this election.

     I thank you for your contributions.  But the most important thing is
that you realize that elections are decided by people who don't know the
candidates, not by people who do.  And she is running a campaign based on
the issues and the honest differences between her and her opponent.

     And you know, their campaign is basically try to paint a -- try to do
reverse plastic surgery on her.  Right?  I mean, let's face it.  So you
gave her the money, and I thank you for that.  And she'll spend it well.
But I want you to go out and take some time every day between now and
November to tell people you came here, you saw this woman, you like her,
you admire her, she'd be good for you, good for your kids, good for your
future, and great for New York.  If you'll do that, she will win on
election day.

     Thank you and God bless you.  (Applause.)  Thank you.

     I've got to say one other thing.  This is flat pander, but I'm not
running for office so I can get away with it.  I have, for the last 27
years, eaten barbecue for a living.  I come from a place where barbecue is
not food, it is a way of life.  (Laughter.)  It is a philosophy of human
nature.  I have rarely had any as good as this.  These people are great,
and I thank you very much.  (Laughter and applause.)

     END  8:43 P.M. EDT

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