Republican Debate in Manchester, NH: on Budget & Economy


George W. Bush: Use presidential power to get money away from Congress

McCAIN [to Bush]: You seem to depict the role of the president as a hapless bystander. [Clinton] is threatening to shut down the government and vetoing bills to force the congress to spend more money. An active president, i.e. me, will veto bills and threaten to shut down the government to make them spend less money.

Bush: Itís the presidentís job to make sure Congress doesnít have the money to spend in the first place. It is the presidentís job to stand up to express the will of the people, advocate and fight for a meaningful real tax cut. And thatís what Iím going to do.

Source: (X-ref from McCain) GOP Debate in Manchester NH Jan 26, 2000

George W. Bush: 10-year surplus: $2T Social Security; $1T debt; $1T tax cut

I believe weíve got $4 trillion [in surpluses available] over 10 years; $2 trillion of which will go to save Social Security and pay down debt; $1 trillion available for debt repayment and other programs and $1 trillion, over a 10-year period, for a meaningful, substantial, real tax cut to the people.
Source: GOP Debate in Manchester NH Jan 26, 2000

John McCain: Use veto power to reduce government spending

McCAIN [to Bush]: You seem to depict the role of the president as a hapless bystander. [Clinton] is threatening to shut down the government and vetoing bills to force the congress to spend more money. An active president, i.e. me, will veto bills and threaten to shut down the government to make them spend less money.

Bush: Itís the presidentís job to make sure Congress doesnít have the money to spend in the first place. It is the presidentís job to stand up to express the will of the people, advocate and fight for a meaningful real tax cut. And thatís what Iím going to do.

Source: (X-ref to Bush) GOP Debate in Manchester NH Jan 26, 2000

  • The above quotations are from GOP Debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, Jan. 26, 2000.
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