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Transcript: Bush Makes Campaign Stop in Colorado

FDCH E-Media
Monday, October 25, 2004; 3:25 PM

President Bush delivered remarks at a campaign appearance in Greeley, Colorado on Monday. A transcript follows.

BUSH: Thanks for coming today. Laura and I are so honored so many came out to say hello. You've lifted our spirits. Thank you for being here.

(APPLAUSE)

It's great to be here in Greeley, Colorado. You know, I'm told the last sitting president to visit Greeley was Franklin D. Roosevelt who came right before he won his second term.

(APPLAUSE)

With your help, history will be repeated.

(APPLAUSE)

And that's what we are here to do. We're here to ask for your help. We'd like you to get your friends and neighbors to go to the polls, remind them we have a duty in our democracy to vote. 

When you get them headed to the polls, tell them if they want a safer America, a stronger America and a better America to put me and Dick Cheney back in office.

(APPLAUSE)

So Laura and I were in the seventh grade together in West Texas and then we became reacquainted when she was a public school librarian at the time. I asked her to marry me. She said, "Fine, but make me one promise." 

BUSH: I said, "What is that?" She said, "Promise me I'll never have to give a political speech."

(LAUGHTER)

I said, "OK, you got a deal."

Fortunately, she didn't hold me to that promise. She's given a lot of speeches, and when she does the American people see a strong, compassionate, great first lady.

(APPLAUSE)

I'm proud of my running mate Dick Cheney. 

(APPLAUSE)

Now, look, I readily concede that he does not have the waviest hair in the race. 

(LAUGHTER)

But you'll be pleased to know I didn't pick him because of his hairdo; I picked him because of his judgment, his experience. He's getting the job done for the American people.

(APPLAUSE)

You know, Laura and I were able to welcome the Giulianis to our ranch in Crawford, Texas, last night. I know him better than I knew him as mayor, I know him as a person, a compassionate, strong leader. 

I am proud to have Rudy and Judith Giuliani traveling with us. I am proud to have your support, Mr. Mayor, and I appreciate your great service to our country.

(APPLAUSE)

And like the mayor, I recognize that you've got a great governor in Governor Bill Owens.

(APPLAUSE)

And I want to thank his wife Frances and daughter Monica and son Brett for being with us today. 

I want to thank Senator Wayne Allard for his great service to the state of Colorado.

(APPLAUSE)

And his wife Joan is with us today.

I'm proud to stand with the next senator from Colorado, Pete Coors. 

(APPLAUSE)

I appreciate Marilyn being here. And when he wins, he'll be taking the place of a fine man in Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell. 

(APPLAUSE)

And I know you are proud of the congresswoman from this district, Marilyn Musgrave. 

We're proud you're here, Marilyn.

(APPLAUSE)

I appreciate Steve being here. 

I want to thank the lieutenant governor. I want to thank all the state and local officials who are here. 

I appreciate Congressman Bob Schaffer for being here. 

Congressman, I appreciate it. 

Working together to make sure this party stays united coming down the stretch. 

I want to thank Mark Wills, the country and western singer is here.

(APPLAUSE)

He likes to sing in a part of the world where the cowboy hats outnumber the ties. 

(APPLAUSE)

I want to thank Kenny Cordova and the Olde Rock Band. 

I'm proud to be up here with a man who can hit that baseball in Todd Helton. We got to know him a little while back.

BUSH: We had he and his wife to the White House for dinner. And he can sure play. 

(LAUGHTER)

I want to thank those that wear the uniform who are with us here today. 

Thank you for your service. 

(APPLAUSE)

I want to thank the veterans who are here today for having set such a great example. 


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