George W. Bush Presidential Exploratory Committee, Inc.
For Immediate Release
March 6, 1999
www.georgewbush.com SET TO LAUNCH ON SUNDAY
LIVE WEB BROADCAST SCHEDULED FOR NATIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT
AUSTIN ĖOn Sunday, March 7 at 12:01 a.m. the official website for
the Governor George W. Bush Presidential Exploratory Committee, Inc.
will come on-line. Located at www.georgewbush.com , the site will
serve as a guide to those interested in learning more about Governor
Bush and his possible presidential campaign.
ďThe internet is an exciting and important way to communicate with
potential voters,Ē said committee spokesman Mindy Tucker. ďOn this
site people can find information ranging from the Governor's
biography to background on his philosophy and policies to how to
make a contribution to the exploratory committee.Ē
Also planned on Sunday is a live web broadcast of Governor Bush's
national announcement event. Interested viewers can access the
broadcast through the new website on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. CST.
Governor George W. Bush
Exploratory Committee Announcement
March 7, 1999
Tomorrow, I will file papers forming an exploratory committee so I
can take the next step in considering a campaign for President of
the United States. This will allow my friends, some of whom are on
the stage here today, to begin assessing the level of support for my
candidacy and to begin raising funds. I am honored that they have
traveled far and wide to be here and I hope they will travel farther
and wider in the months ahead.
I want to tell my friends outside of Texas, especially in the early
primary states, I wonít be able to visit until this summer. I know I
will be late -- much later than other candidates --but if I go
forward with a campaign, I will work hard to overcome my late start.
First, I have a job to do in Texas.
Iím a person who does in office what I say I will do. Last year, I
told the people of Texas I did not know whether I would seek the
presidency, and they should factor that in when they went to vote. I
also told them I would be here this spring during our
once-every-two-years legislative session, fighting for a bold
agenda. Through the end of May, I must be here -- working with
legislators to build consensus for major tax cuts and for education,
welfare and criminal justice reforms.
After the legislative session, Laura and I intend to begin traveling
to meet with people, to listen to people and to explore on our own
the prospect of a campaign for President.
Many of you know I had doubts and concerns about what a campaign
would mean for my family. Laura and the girls and I have talked
about this a great deal, and they have concluded that if I run, they
will probably vote for me. We have become comfortable that our love
is strong enough, that we are close enough, that our family will
thrive no matter what life brings.
I do have a compelling reason to consider running for President: I
want the 21st century to be one of prosperity with a purpose. If
America pursues limited government, low taxes, free and fair trade
and free markets, our country will continue to be prosperous. But
the purpose of prosperity is not merely material wealth. America
must be prosperous and strong so the next century is peaceful.
America must be prosperous so our citizens can find high quality,
high paying jobs. And we must make the purpose of prosperity to help
every single person have a shot at achieving the American dream, to
strengthen our families where we find love and values, and to remove
obstacles from faith-based groups and our local communities being
involved in the compassionate delivery of help to those in need.
I believe in the promise of America -- the fundamentally American
conviction that each of us can be what we want to be, can achieve
what we want to achieve, so long as we are willing to work and earn
it. The promise is meant for everyone, not just a few -- and as we
move into the 21st century, I want the party of Lincoln to be the
party that makes sure no one is left behind.
As friends begin to work on my behalf around the country, I hope the
people of America will learn what the people of Texas know: that I
base decisions on a set of core, conservative principles from which
I will not waver. I believe government should be limited, that
government should focus on a few priorities and do them well. I know
the role of government is not to create wealth, but to foster an
environment in which our small businesses and entrepreneurs can
I believe in local control of our counties, cities and schools. l
know Texans can run Texas, and that states must be free to enact
innovative and constructive reforms. I believe all public policy
should encourage strong families and I believe in personal
responsibility. Iíve worked in Texas to help usher in what I call
the responsibility era, in which all individuals know they are
responsible for their actions, responsible for the children they
bring into this world, responsible for their families and
communities and responsible for loving their neighbors as they would
like to be loved themselves.
Iíve described myself as a compassionate conservative, because I am
convinced a conservative philosophy is a compassionate philosophy
that frees individuals to achieve their highest potential. It is
conservative to cut taxes and compassionate to give people more
money to spend. It is conservative to insist upon local control of
schools and high standards and results; it is compassionate to make
sure every child learns to read and no one is left behind. It is
conservative to reform the welfare system by insisting on work; itís
compassionate to free people from dependency on government. It is
conservative to reform the juvenile justice code to insist on
consequences for bad behavior; it is compassionate to recognize that
discipline and love go hand in hand.
As Governor of this great state, I have proven I know how to lead. I
know that a leader must clearly see a better tomorrow. A leader must
make decisions based on principles. And a leader must be a uniter,
not a divider.
A leader sets a tone. Should I decide to run for President, I will
set an optimistic and hopeful tone for America. I will campaign on
my beliefs and principles and will not engage in the petty politics
of personal destruction. America deserves better.
Finally, a good leader surrounds himself with smart, capable people.
Thatís been my hallmark in Texas and I am proud of the leaders who
have come together to help me explore the prospects of a national
campaign. The men and women on this stage represent the best of the
Republican Party. I am grateful they will take time to help me make
this decision and to recruit others to lead the campaign. From
senior statesmen to current and future stars, they show that ours is
a party that is open, that is diverse, that is principled -- that
ours is the party with an optimistic vision for the future of
Source: George W. Bush for President
Official 2000 Web Site