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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 sky. 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 United States. 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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