William Weld

August 19, 1992

What brings us together as Republicans--indeed, what defines our party--is an enduring faith in individual freedom.

We are tough on crime because unless our families are free to walk the streets in safety, no other freedoms really matter. We are tough on taxes because excessive taxation stifles individual initiative and economic enterprise.

On all these things, I can safely say, we agree.

Now, I happen to think that individual freedom should extend to a woman's right to choose. I want the government out of your pocketbook and your bedroom.

On this point, obviously, we do not agree. But disagreement is not unhealthy.

Unlike the Democrats, George Bush and the Republican Party are not afraid of a little disagreement. My appearance before you tonight proves it.

We shouldn't let this issue divide us. We should focus on uniting and on winning in November.

Because all of us agree that re-electing George Bush is critical to the future of this country.

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