REMARKS BY GOV. BILL CLINTON TO THE DEMOCRATIC WOMEN'S CAUCUS HILTON HOTEL, NEW YORK CITY
REMARKS BY GOV. BILL CLINTON
TO THE DEMOCRATIC WOMEN'S CAUCUS
HILTON HOTEL, NEW YORK CITY
JULY 14, 1992
What has been happening in the last few days with all the
movement in the polls and all the excitement and the wonderful
reaction that Senator Gore and I have received around America is that
people are beginning to believe in the possibility of change again.
I am the grandson of a working woman, the son of a single
mother, the husband of a working wife who makes a lot more than I do
in every year we've been married and was worth a lot more than that.
I am the father of a daughter who wants to build space stations in the
I know it makes a difference. And America is beginning to see
that it makes a difference. It makes a difference whether the
president believes in a woman's right to choose, and I do. It makes a
difference whether the president believes in the Women's Health
Research Bill that Barbara Mikulski and Pat Schroeder and other
members of the United States Congress shepherded through the Congress,
which would have increased our ability to deal with breast cancer,
ovarian cancer, osteoporosis, and a whole range of other issues. This
president vetoed the bill for political reasons. I would have signed
it with honor. That makes a difference being the President of the
It makes a difference whether the President can feel from
personal experience instinctively, why when a baby is born, or a child
is sick, or a parent is ill, a person ought to be able to get off from
work through a Family and Medical Leave Act and I believe and feel
that. So, it makes a difference.
It makes a difference if the person in the White House can feel
the pain and imagine the promise of America, of every American. It
makes a difference if the person in the white House believes that we
don't have a person to waste. I can tell you I was very proud of Al
Gore when he voted "no" on the Clarence Thomas nomination. And I
believe one reason he did is that he was the son of a person who had
been a wonderful mother and had also worked, who understood the
interplay of forces that shaped the lives of so many American women
over the last two or three generations.
I just want to make a couple of other points. First of all,
this election looks good today, but it's not gonna be easy. One
reason it won't be easy is that our opponents have no record to run on
and no vision to point to, so they'll have to run against us. And we
know they run down much better than they build up. Just remember
this. Hillary gave me this quote before I came up here today, because
we fell in love, like so many of you did, with that movie, "A League
of Their Own." Just remember what Tom Hanks said in one of his
less-drunken moments in the movie to the women in the ball team.
"It's supposed to be hard. If it isn't hard, everyone would do it.
The hard is what makes it great."
We are being given an opportunity, you and I, to life the vision
of this country, to life the spirits of this country, to reach into
the heart of the American people. We have to do it with firmness but
gentleness. We have to remind the American people once again that
being pro-choice is very different from being pro-abortion. That ours
is the party with the courage to try to reduce unwanted pregnancies
and to try to give meaning to life, to every life in this country.
We have to say, as I have learned in my life, in a richer and
fuller way than almost any man I have ever known, that building up
women does not diminish men. That if we lived in the kind of society
we ought to live in, everybody would be able to live up to the fullest
of their God-given capacities, we would all be stronger and fuller and
freer and deeper and wiser and happier. And that is what these women
on this platform [a number of women Senatorial and Congressional
candidates] represent today, America's chance to live up to the
fullest of its promise and all of us will win if that happens.
Finally, let me say that when this election is said and done,
and when we win the victory I believe will be ours, I hope you will
always feel as you do at this moment. I hope you would be proud of
what Al Gore does, of what I do, of what Hillary does, of the voice
that we become, for your children and all of our children, for
bringing our country back and bringing our country together, for
renewing our sense of purpose, and for reminding everybody once again,
never, ever, in the two hundred year history of this country, have we
yet made it possible for all Americans to live up to the fullest of
their potential, but together, we're gonna do it in 1992 and beyond.
Thank you and God bless you all.
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