Bush To Call For Tax Cuts And Reforms, Tout US Role In Future Of World Peace
The Hill says this morning it has obtained "tightly held Bush-Cheney campaign documents" showing that President Bush "will tell American voters in his New York acceptance speech tomorrow night that the future of world peace depends on the actions of the United States." Bush "will highlight his record on homeland security and call for more tax cuts." Bush will also "highlight his record on homeland security and call for more tax cuts, tort reform and the slashing of federal regulations." But "the core of his speech to Republican convention delegates at Madison Square Garden will be that America must broaden the reach of freedom across the world and is safer because it has ousted Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq."
"Building Foundations" For Future An Organizing Theme In Thursday's Speech.
White House insiders tell US News Bulletin that an organizing theme will be "building foundations" for the future. Bush will talk about how his education reforms laid foundations for improving schools for children. He will say his health care reforms, such as expanded community health centers, have laid the foundation for improved health care for the disadvantaged. He will say his Medicare reforms have laid the foundation for improved health care for seniors. On foreign policy, he'll argue that his war on terror and invasion of Iraq have laid the foundation for peace and security. This theme 'is reminiscent of Bill Clinton's future-oriented acceptance speech in 1996 when he talked about building a bridge to the 21st century.
President Draws On Past Campaigning Experience.
President Bush, it turns out, is a lot more proud of his presidential campaign experience than people might realize. Bush told US News Chief White House Correspondent Kenneth T. Walsh that he still draws on lessons he learned working for his father in 1988 and 1992 and in his own 2000 presidential campaign. "I've got a good sense of how campaigns ebb and flow," Bush said, adding, "My antennae are pretty attuned to victory and defeat, and I feel very good about this campaign." Bush also said he learned some important lessons in his first campaign a losing bid for Congress in Texas in 1978. "I gained a great wife in the midst of that campaign, and Kent Hance (his opponent) gave me a good lesson on rural politics and gave me a good lesson on what it means to share values with people." White House insiders explain that Bush has never forgotten the importance of asking people for their vote, something he does at virtually every stop in this current campaign.