EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 9:30 EST, May 1, 1979
PRESIDENTIAL ANNOUNCEMENT STATEMENT OF AMBASSADOR GEORGE BUSH
Ladies and gentlemen, I am a candidate for President of the United States.
the help of friends and supporters throughout the country, I intend to seek and
win our party's nomination and the general election in 1980.
seek this nomination as a lifelong Republican who has worked throughout his
career, in business and in public office, on behalf of the principles of
Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower.
the outset of this campaign, let me say that I am not running for President as a
regional or factional candidate, but as a national candidate. I ask all
Republicans to join me in a common effort to bring America the principled,
stable leadership we must have in the decade of the eighties.
a national- candidate, I will welcome the support of all Americans --
Republicans Democrats and Independents -- in my campaign, to give America the
new leadership needed to keep our country free prosperous and second-to-none in
the years ahead.
that kind of leadership, as we have seen in recent years, good intentions are
there be no mistake regarding the source of our country's current problems, at
home and overseas. The failure of the present administration is more than the
failure of an individual leader.
is a failure tied to the philosophy of tax-and-spend that has long dominated the
leadership of his party.
foundations cannot be built on these old pilings. The problems that face America
today are traceable to the reckless national leadership of past years.
a decade ago when I was elected to the U.S. Congress, I spoke out against that
reckless leadership -- warning against the consequences that would flow from an
administration that promised the American people solutions to all problems, but
instead gave us higher taxes, skyrocketing inflation, and loss of confidence in
our country's leadership.
problems today, both at home and overseas, are rooted in that era of "guns-and-butter,
submit that those who contributed to the short-sighted policies of that era
cannot be depended on to provide workable solutions to our current national
in any event, those solutions will not be quick or easy.
that regard, it is time for those who aspire to leadership -n our country to
stop trying to fool the American people that there are panaceas for our
important, it is time for we, the American people, to stop fooling ourselves.
have learned that good intentions are not enough in a President. We should know
too, that rhetoric is not enough to provide the kind of leadership our country
needs and deserves.
a candidate for President, I am not promising
great society, or
I do pledge a new candor.
be effective, leadership in the eighties must be based on a politics of
substance, not symbols; of reason, not bombast; of frankness, not false promise.
short, those who seek the highest office in the land must level with the
will be the underlying theme of my campaign and the spirit of a George Bush
a candidate, and as President, I will speak not in terms of simple solutions but
of hard choices.
American people must be told the hard, unvarnished truth about the nature of our
problems at home:
we cannot buy our way out of problems with expanded government programs.
the contrary, where government expands, our problems multiply.
new leadership of candor must also tell the American people:
That the Protection of our freedoms cannot be purchased on the cheap.
there is no substitute for credible military strength in dealing with potential
adversaries in a nuclear age.
in dealing with these problems, is there any substitute for the virtues of
personal commitment and self-discipline.
the government level, I speak of virtues such as restrained, consistent economic
policies which would result in a balanced budget and a stronger dollar.
a personal level, I speak of a stronger commitment to our work, our community,
our neighborhoods and our family life.
are other, vital human resources we must call upon to give America a new
leadership in the decade of the eighties.
must be given a greater opportunity to participate at the highest levels. Young
people -- many of whom were disillusioned by the politics of the seventies --
must be inspired to commit their ideals and energies to the building not simply
of a greater, but a better society.
these must be encouraged by our new American leadership -- and something else as
of the tragic failures of recent years, we as a people have lost confidence in
ourselves and in our country's institutions.
confidence -- that faith -- that pride in the American ideal -- must be
believe that my record in both private and public life -- as a businessman and
as a member of the legislative and executive branches dealing with both foreign
and domestic policy – qualifies me to provide that leadership.
can do the job -- I will do the job -- not with promises, not with rhetoric, but
with the strength that comes to any American President who levels with the
American people and earns their trust.
than a quarter century ago, in his first State of the Union message to the
Congress, one of the wisest and strongest of this century's Presidents said:
is in world affairs a steady course to be followed between an assertion of
strength that is truculent and a confession of helplessness that is cowardly.
is in our affairs at home, a middle way between the untrammeled freedom of the
individual and the demands for the welfare of the whole nation. This way must
avoid government by bureaucracy as carefully as it avoids neglect of the
Dwight Eisenhower then went on:
this spirit we must live and labor: confident of our strength, compassionate in
our heart, clear in our mind. In this spirit, let us turn to the great tasks
this spirit, too, I from this day will go forward to seek the Presidential
nomination of my Party and the support of Americans everywhere who believe that
in the decade of the eighties, America must have a new leadership -- a
leadership confident of our strength, compassionate of heart, and clear in mind,
as we turn to the great tasks before us.
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Source: George Bush Presidential Library and Museum