Bush: You're going to make Minnesota vote republican this year?In his speech Bush promised a positive campaign and a principled presidency.
Bush: I'll be an activist president who sets a positive tone, an optimistic tone. I'll set goals worthy of a great nation, and I will not use my office as a mirror to reflect public opinion.The Republican presidential front-runner laid out several priorities. Among them: a smaller, more efficient government; a new level of personal responsibility and compassion for the less fortunate; protecting Social Security fund.
Bush: I do not believe we should treat agriculture as a stepchild when it comes to domestic policy. I understand the importance of agriculture in the American society. I understand its hopes for the world and I intend to keep agriculture in the forefront of my mind when I become your president.Bush also talked about improving the country's education system.
Bush: It's important to remember failed schools create two societies, one that can read and one that can't, one that dreams and one that doesn't. I believe these are burdens on the conscience of our incredibly successful nation. And the next president must work endlessly to close the gap of hope.Bush says he also wants to reform the legal system and reduce government regulation so small businesses have more opportunity to grow and prosper.Bush touted his successes as governor of Texas. He pointed to one of the largest tax rebates in state history, and took a thinly-veiled jab at Democratic vice president and presidential candidate Al Gore.
Bush: I hope you understand prosperity is not a given; it just doesn't happen. In all due respect to some of the elected officials in the executive branch, if you listen, it sounds like they think they invented prosperity. They no more invented prosperity than they invented the Internet.After finishing his speech, it was back to working the friendly, crowd. Then off to another rally before flying back to Texas.
Bernhardt: I view myself as an independent and as far as I'm concerned, as of right now George Bush has my support for the ideals that he is. I guess I feel he's the man for the job.North Dakota Party leaders are hoping the Bush visit, even at this early stage of the campaign, will rally the troops and help build support for Republican candidates for governor and Congress.