September 24, 1996
STATEMENT BY JOE LOCKHART
NATIONAL PRESS SECRETARY
Instead of offering any new ideas today, Bob Dole did what he does best. He went negative -- attacking what he himself called "the best economy in 30 years" during the Republican primaries. In a sign of desperation, Dole chose fear over facts. But the facts speak clearly: the deficit has been cut by 60 percent, there are 10 1/2 million new jobs; unemployment is at a seven year low; and taxes were cut for 15 million working families.
Furthermore, President Clinton's economic plan helped create the best home ownership rate in 15 years; more women owned businesses than ever before; and for the first time in nearly two decades, America, once again, leads the world in auto production. Growth in the private sector under President Clinton (3.2%) is stronger than either President Reagan (3.0%) or Bush (1.3%). And despite Doleís unfounded attacks the fact is that the federal workforce is smaller under President Clinton than it has been since the beginning of Bob Doleís congressional career -- which began under President Kennedy.
Bob Dole said one thing today that is true. He said, "in politics...you canít run from your record." So letís take a look at Bob Doleís record. In the 1960s, Dole voted against creating Medicare, against creating student loans, against creating the Clean Water Act, against creating Head Start, and against creating the Peace Corps. In the 1970s, Dole voted against creating the Department of Education and against a higher minimum wage. In the 1980s, Dole voted against creating a drug czar but voted for the largest peacetime tax increase in history. In the 1990s, Dole voted against Family & Medical Leave, against the Brady Bill and in 1995, Dole and Gingrich tried to cut Medicare by $270 billion.
And while Bob Dole was trying again today to revive his discredited economic plan, 546 prominent economists -- including seven Nobel Laureates -- charged that Doleís plan was "not credible" and "would be a lowering of future living standards." The truth is, despite Doleís negative attacks, the economy is on the right track. Bob Doleís plan would send it off the track, blow a hole in the deficit and lead to deeper cuts in Medicare, Medicaid, education and the environment -- even deeper than last yearís Dole/Gingrich budget.
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