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Reaction to Clinton’s Address With PM-Econ--Clinton, Bjt

February 18, 1993

Undated (AP) _ Reaction from around the country to President Clinton’s economic address:

″I don’t mind paying a little more for gas or energy. I don’t make over $100,000, so what he’s asking doesn’t bother me. I think it’s time for people who make over $100,000 to start paying their fair share.″ - Jerry McGarvey, 37, Portland, Ore.

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″If President Clinton does nothing but stop the welfare for the rich and enable the poor to become a part of this free-enterprise system, he has made an historic contribution.″ - The Rev. Larry Rice, St. Louis.

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″If they’re willing to stop some of this government spending, I don’t mind contributing more if it’s going to help.″ - Donna Morrissette, 41, Sutton, Mass.

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″I thought he said many things that need to be said to the entire public of the United States. In order to get control of our economy, we all have to be willing to make certain sacrifices. When I say that, it’s not just federal workers. The entire U.S. work force needs to cooperate so that we don’t end up like World War I Germany, where it took a wheelbarrow full of money to buy a loaf of bread.″ - Rich Adams, 52, Toms River N.J.

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″I think he’s doing well not to do the divide-and-conquer politics of the past. We can work together if the efforts are there.″ - Michael French, Fayetteville, Ark.

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″I’m prepared to take a hit along with everyone else. That everyone else, I feel importantly, should include the government.″ - David Jensen, 39, president of the Brookline, Mass., Chamber of Commerce.

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″I’ve now seen and heard the real Santa Claus. I firmly believe that you can’t be everything to everybody, and I think that this is what he is trying to do.″ - Joyce Terhes, state Republican chairwoman in Maryland.

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″He is right to emphasize deficit reduction. I am very skeptical about raising taxes to reduce the deficit. I am very skeptical about the ability of Congress to respond to his call.″ - California Gov. Pete Wilson, a Republican.

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″Of course there are elements of the president’s package that I don’t like, just as I am sure there are some elements of it the president himself doesn’t like. But this is clearly an initiative where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. ... The real key to the president’s initiative will be to insist on spending cuts in conjunction with the revenue proposals.″ - Georgia Gov. Zell Miller, a Democrat.

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