tv The Presidency Walter Mondale 1984 Democratic National Convention CSPAN May 3, 2021 8:45am-9:24am EDT
captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2008 >> one last word. one last word to those of you who voted for mr. reagan. i know what you are saying, but i also know what you were not saying. you did not vote for $200 billion deficits. you did not vote for an arms race. you did not vote to turn the heavens into a battleground. you did not vote to savage social security and medicare. >> no!
>> you did not vote to destroy family farming. >> no! >> you did not vote to trash the civil rights laws. >> no! >> you did not vote to poison the environment. >> no! >> you did not vote to assault the poor, the sick and the disabled. >> no! >> and you did not vote to pay 50 bucks for a 50-cent light bulb. >> no! [ cheers and applause ] four years ago, four years ago, many of you voted for mr. reagan because he promised that you would be better off. and today, the rich are better off. but working americans are worse off. and the middle class is standing on a trap door. lincoln once said if ours is to
be the government by the people and for the people, but what we have today is a government of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich, and we're going to make a change in november. look at the record. first there was mr. reagan's tax program. what happened was this? he gave each of his rich friends enough tax relief to buy a rolls royce, and then he asked your family to pay for the hubcaps.
then they looked the other way at the rip-offs, soaring utility bills, phone bills and medical bills. then they crimped our future. they let us be routed in international competition. now the help wanted ads are full of listings for executives and for dishwashers but not much in between. then they socked it to the workers. they encouraged executives to vote themselves huge bonuses while using ping-pong tactics to make workers take hong kong wages. [ cheers and applause ] mr. reagan -- >> we want better!
plan for a better future, they're keeping it secret. here's the truth about the future. we're living on borrowed money and borrowed time. these deficits hike interest rates, clobber exports, stunt investment, kill jobs, undermine growth, cheat our kids and shrink our future. whoever is inaugurated in january the american people will have pay mr. reagan's bills. the budget will be squeezed, taxes will go up, and anyone that says they won't is not telling the truth to the american people.
i mean business. by the end of my first term, i will reduce the reagan budget deficit by two-thirds. let's tell the truth. that must be done. it must be done. mr. reagan will raise taxes, and so will i. he won't tell you. i just did. >> there's another difference. >> we want fritz! we want fritz! we want fritz!
>> there's another difference. there's another difference. when he raises taxes, it won't be done fairly. he will sock it to average-income families again, and he'll leave his rich friends alone, and i won't stand for it, and neither will you and neither will the american people. to the corporations and the free loaders who play the loopholes and pay no taxes, my message is, your free ride is over. to the congress my message is, we must cut spending and pay as we go.
if you don't hold the line, i will. that's what the veto is for. now that's my plan to cut the deficit. mr. reagan is keeping his plan secret until after the election. that's not leadership. that's salesmanship, and i think the american people know the difference. i challenge tonight -- i challenge mr. reagan to put his plan on the table next to mine, and then let's debate it on national television before the people of this country! chauch chaup [ cheers and applause ]
americans -- americans want the truth about their future. they're entitled to it. and they want the truth now, not after the election. when the american economy leads the world, the jobs are here. the prosperity is here. and the future is here for our children. but that's not what is happening today. this is the worst trade year in american history. 3 million of our best jobs have gone overseas. mr. reagan has done nothing about it. they have no plan to get our competitive edge back, but we do.
we will cut the deficit, reduce interest rates, make our exports affordable and make america number one again in the world economy. [ cheers and applause ] we will launch a renaissance in education and science and learning. a mind is a terrible thing to waste, and this must be the best educated generation in american history, and i will lead our nation forward toward the best system that this nation has ever seen. we must do it. we must do it. it is time -- it is time for america to have a season of excellence. parents must turn off that television.
students must do their homework. teachers must teach, and america will be number one if we will follow those rules. let's get with it in america again. to big companies that send our best jobs overseas, my message is we need those jobs here at home. and our country won't help your business unless your business helps our country. to countries that close their markets to us, my message is, we will not be pushed around anymore.
we will have a president who stands up for american workers and american businesses and american farmers in international trade. when i grew up and people ask us to imagine the future, we were full of dreams. but a few months ago when i visited a grade school class in texas and asked the children to imagine the future, they talked to me about nuclear war. lately, as we've neared the election, this administration has begun to talk about a safer world, but there's a big difference. as president, i'll work for
peace from my first day in office and not from my first day of campaigning for re-election. as president, i'll reassert american values. i'll press for human rights in central america and for the removal of all foreign forces from the region, and in my first 100 days, i will stop the illegal war in nicaragua. [ cheers and applause ] >> we know the deep differences with the soviets, and america
condemns their dissidents and joous, their suppression in solidarity, their invasion in afghan and they're meddling around the world. that between us, we have the capacity to destroy the planet. every president says the bomb has gone off has understood that. and we have negotiated arms control. why has this administration failed? why haven't they tried? why can't they understand the cry of americans and human beings for sense and sanity and control of these god awful weapons? why! why! [ cheers and applause ]
>> we want fritz! we want fritz! we want fritz! we want fritz! >> why can't we meet in summit conferences with the soviet union at least once a year? why can't we reach agreements to save this earth? the truth is we can. president kennedy was right when he said, we must never negotiate out of fear, but we must never fear to negotiate.
for the sake of civilization we must negotiate a nuclear freeze before the weapons destroy us all. the second term of a mondale-ferraro administration will begin in 1989. by the start of the next decade, i want to ask our children their dreams and hear not one word about nuclear nightmares. by the start of the next decade, i want to walk into any classroom in america and talk to some of the brightest teachers
and students and have them tell me i want to be a teacher. by the start -- by the start of the next decade, i want to walk into any public health clinic in america and hear the doctor say we haven't seen a hungry child this year. by the start of the next decade, i want to walk into any store in america, and i want to pick up the best product of the best quality and the best price and turn it over and read "made in
the usa." [ cheers and applause ] by the start -- by the start of the next decade, i want to meet with the most successful business leaders anywhere in the america and see as many minorities and women in that room as i see in this room here tonight. by the start of the next decade, i want to point to the supreme court and say justice is in good hands.
>> my friends, america is a future that each generation must enlarge. a door each generation must open. a promise that each generation must keep. for the rest of my life, i want to talk to young people about their future. and whatever their race, whatever their religion, whatever their sex, i want to hear some of them say what i say with joy and reverence tonight. i want to be president of the united states. thank you.
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>> we continue our look back at the life of former vice president walter mondale who died recently. in 1984 reran against incumbent president ronald reagan. here is her their second and debate held in kansas city, missouri, where they took questions on defense and foreign policy issues. the republican ticket of ronald reagan and george h.w. bush went on to defeat mr. mondale and his running mate, geraldine ferraro, in the general election. [ applause ] >> good evening.