9/23/04 9:00 AM EST
Rove Says Bush Second Term Would Focus On Education, Social Security, Tax Reform
Echoing the themes put forth by the President in his convention speech, Bush strategist Karl Rove told the Washington Times yesterday that, if reelected, Bush "will claim a legislative mandate to institute personal Social Security accounts, to simplify and reform the tax code and to extend No Child Left Behind standards into high school. Although the election debate has been dominated by foreign policy and national security, Mr. Rove told editors and reporters of The Washington Times at a luncheon yesterday that the president also will claim a mandate to move on domestic issues." He said "it can be boiled down to a brief statement: 'If you want three, I can give you three: win the war on terror, make the tax cuts permanent to grow the economy and reform fundamental institutions that have sort of gotten out of sync.'"