N.D. Governor Looks Toward Future
WASHINGTON (AP) _ In addition to electing a new president, voters will also pick eleven governors and hundreds of congressional lawmakers in the year 2000, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association reminded the nation today.
``Our challenge is to elect leaders for the next century who will continue to nurture the American spirit, leaders who understand and respect the values that have propelled the United States to our current position of strength and opportunity,″ Gov. Ed Schafer of North Dakota said in the weekly GOP radio address.
Schafer said that despite America’s current skepticism toward politics _ particularly toward ``campaigns that run too long″ _ the nation needs its political parties because they have helped advance the nation as a world power.
The Republican Party helped battle slavery in the 1800′s, he said. Democrats, a century later, helped carry the banner of civil rights and guide the country through the Great Depression.
In the upcoming election year, the nation’s challenge will be to ``elect leaders for the next century who will continue to nurture the American spirit, leaders who understand and respect the values that have propelled the United States to our current position of strength and opportunity,″ Schafer said.
In his address, he reminded his audience that ``Republican governors lead 70 percent″ of Americans.
``We strive to apply those values in governing our states. We are guided by a philosophy that places trust in our citizens,″ he said. ``It is a philosophy of limited government that favors leaving money in the hands of the people who earn it _ the taxpayers.″
He said his group, which represents the nation’s 31 GOP governors, promises ``to maintain vigilance, a respect for history and a sense of the future that will carry these rights into a new century.″