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Text: Bush's Speech in Pennsylvania

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Wednesday, October 6, 2004; 11:31 AM

Following is the full text of President Bush's speech in Pennsylvania on Wednesday.

BUSH: Thank you all.

(APPLAUSE)

Please be seated. Thank you all.

(APPLAUSE)

Gosh, thanks for such a great welcome. I appreciate it.

It's great to be in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. It's such an honor to be back here. I'm glad to be in a part of the world where people work hard, they love their families.

(APPLAUSE)

Good to be a part of the world where people like to hunt and fish.

(APPLAUSE)

My regret is that Laura is not with me. She is...

AUDIENCE: Awwww.

BUSH: I know it.

(LAUGHTER)

That's generally the reaction.

(LAUGHTER)

Kind of like, Why didn't you stay home and send Laura?

(LAUGHTER)

You're not going to believe this, this is a true story, or kind of true.

(LAUGHTER)

I said, Will you marry me? She said, Fine, just so long as I never have to give a speech.

(LAUGHTER)

I said, OK, you got a deal. Fortunately, she didn't hold me to that promise.

(LAUGHTER)

When Laura speaks, people see a compassionate, decent, strong first lady.

(APPLAUSE)

I had my morning briefing today with someone you're familiar with.

(APPLAUSE)

So Laura sends her best, as does Tom Ridge.

Today I traveled with Don Sherwood.

(APPLAUSE)

As we say in Crawford, he's a good one.

(LAUGHTER)

He's a great member of the United States House of Representatives. I'm proud to work with him. He cares deeply about the people of this important part of the state of Pennsylvania. He is a fine representative who brings integrity to the office.

I appreciate your service.

(APPLAUSE)

I want to thank all the state and local officials who are here. I want to thank the candidates who are here. I want to thank the grassroots activists who are here.

(APPLAUSE)

I want to thank you for what you're going to do, which is to put up the signs, make the phone calls, turn out the vote.

With your help, there's no doubt in my mind we'll carry Pennsylvania.

(APPLAUSE)

I am sure many of you stayed up to watch the vice presidential debate last night.

(APPLAUSE)

America saw two very different visions of our country and two different hairdos. I didn't pick my vice president for his hairdo, I picked him for his judgment, his experience...

(APPLAUSE)

He's a great vice president. I'm proud to be running with him.

(APPLAUSE)

In less than a month you'll have a chance to vote for Dick Cheney and me. Think about that: less than a month. I'm looking forward to coming down the stretch with a positive, strong message.

As your president, I've worked to make America a more hopeful and more secure place. I've led our country with principle and resolve. And that's how I will lead our nation for four more years.


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