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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
May 3, 2004

Remarks by the President Upon Arrival
South Bend Regional Airport
South Bend, Indiana

11:58 P.M. CDT

THE PRESIDENT: I am proud to be standing by the side of my friend, Mitch Daniels. Mitch is going to be the governor of the state of Indiana, and I know for certain the people of this state will love this guy as their governor. See, I've seen him firsthand, I know what it's like to work with Mitch: He's smart, he's capable, he's well organized, he's got a fabulous sense of humor.

I gave him a lot of tough jobs, and he did each of them with great professionalism and class. I know the people are going to the polls tomorrow in the primary. I'm not a voter in this state, Mitch, but if I were, I'd be voting for you, because I'll know you'll be a great governor.

Do you want to say something?

MR. DANIELS: Yes, sir. I've just briefed the President on my 10 month reconnaissance of the entire state of Indiana, and I've told him that the people in this state are going to give him a resounding vote of confidence when they get the chance in November. We Hoosiers, armed with our famous common sense, are frequently ahead of some of our other fellow Americans, but I know that as that day gets closer they will join us, our neighbors in Michigan and Ohio and all over America, in giving this man a mandate for a second great four years, after the spectacular leadership of the last four.

Thanks, Mr. President, for stopping in.

END 12:00 P.M. EDT

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