For Immediate Release
Office of the First Lady
June 17, 2006
Mrs. Bush's Remarks at a Kyl for Senate Luncheon
Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas
1:22 P.M. MST
MRS. BUSH: Thank you all. Thank you, Senator Kyl, for your very
kind introduction, and thanks to each and every one of you for the very
warm welcome. I'm so happy to be here in Arizona today to have this
chance to support your United States Senator in his re-election bid.
It's very important that Senator Kyl is re-elected.
I also want to recognize Caryll. Caryll, it's great to see you.
Caryll and I saw each other earlier this week in -- at the Senate
Spouses Luncheon. John Kyl, the Senator's son is here, as well. And
Arlene Kyl, the Senator's mother is here. So thank those family
members. Politics, you know, really does end up being a family
business. Everyone gets involved, whether they want to or not.
(Laughter.) But anyway, it's great that -- it really makes a huge
difference for elected leaders if their families are supporting them and
with them all the time. And I know that that makes you happy that your
son and mother are here with you today.
Cheryl Flake is here, Congressman Flake's wife. I want to thank
Cheryl for joining us. (Applause.) Governor Hull is here. She and I
campaigned together a lot back in 2000. Thank you very much, Governor,
for being here. (Applause.)
Jon Kyl has been a passionate advocate for Arizona families in his
11 years in the United States Senate. As Senator, he's helped improve
our country's health care system so that more American families can have
access to good medical treatment. Here in Phoenix, he was able to
secure $2.6 million for the Translational Genomics Institute, where
researchers are working to find cures for melanoma, pancreatic cancer,
diabetes, and other devastating diseases.
Senator Kyl has also shown a commitment to women's health by
co-sponsoring the Breast Cancer Research Stamp Authorization Act. The
Act extended the stamp's expiration date by two years, allowing more
money to be raised for breast cancer. This stamp was created with the
support of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which was established by my
friend Nancy Brinker after she lost her sister, Susan Komen, to breast
This week, earlier this week, I was at the Komen Foundation's 2006
Mission Conference where they're going to do very interesting work in
public diplomacy, really, health diplomacy, by partnering with Saudi
Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Johns Hopkins and MD Anderson to
get the word out in Muslim and Arab countries about breast cancer.
When Nancy started the Susan Komen Foundation about 25 years ago,
American women didn't talk about breast cancer. It was embarrassing.
You didn't remind anyone to get a mammogram or do anything like that,
like we all do now. And that's really the way it is in the Muslim world
right now. So I'm really happy the Komen Foundation is going to be
working with two countries. And we think Jordan and Morocco, actually,
will join soon to make sure that women around the world have the
opportunity for early detection, because that's the cure so far right
now, the closest we have to a cure.
This stamp that Jon Kyl reauthorized to last longer has raised
about $48 million for cancer research in the United States. It's raised
awareness, it's promoted early detection, and it's helped women find the
courage and the hope to defeat breast cancer, women like my mother,
Jenna Welch. So thank you very much, Jon, for this legislation.
Senator Kyl's work to improve health care for Arizonans is just one
way he's helping families in your state. Making sure your tax dollars
are spent responsibly in Washington is another. As a member of the
Senate Finance Committee, Jon is a powerful advocate for tax cuts. And
last month, with Senator Kyl's support, President Bush signed into law
the largest tax relief package in America's history. (Applause.)
These tax cuts have fueled the economy, and they've helped add 5.3
million new jobs since 2003. And that means 5.3 million more Americans
wake up every morning with the dignity and the sense of purpose that
comes with a job.
Senator Kyl is a determined defender of Arizona's young people, as
well. To keep children safe in their communities, the Senator sponsored
the Childhelp National Registry Act -- legislation that creates a
national database of people convicted of child abuse or neglect. And
just this week, Senator Kyl introduced the Internet SAFETY Act to
protect young people when they go online.
In his State of the Union address, President Bush announced -- that
was the 2005 State of the Union address -- the Helping America's Youth
initiative, and he asked me to lead it. Guiding young people as they
build the knowledge and the self-respect they need to lead successful
lives is at the heart of Helping America's Youth.
Since the President announced the initiative, I've traveled to many
parts of our country, visiting with young people and with the adults who
are so important to their lives. And one of my first trips was to
Phoenix, where I met with Native Americans who are working with their
youth to instill their traditional values of self-respect and
self-discipline. And this afternoon, I'll visit a play -- attend a play
produced by Childsplay and the Maricopa County District Library at a
Boys and Girls Club in Guadalupe in the East Valley. This is a play
about literacy and libraries that Childsplay has shown or produced all
over the country -- all over the state at Boys and Girls Clubs and other
places and other schools, with the whole idea of encouraging literacy
among young people.
I've also, of course, been to schools and to after-school programs.
I've met with mentors and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. I've visited
gang intervention programs, where I've met the young people who are
leaving gangs and finding jobs.
All of these visits culminated last October at the White House
Conference on Helping America's Youth. At the conference, we introduced
an online, interactive Community Guide. This guide helps concerned
adults learn more about the problems facing youth in their own
communities, and what local resources are available to address those
problems. The website is www.helpingamericasyouth.gov
-- that's g-o-v. So I urge you
all to look at the website, look at the guide, and use it here in your
neighborhoods in Arizona.
One of the best ways to help young people is by giving them
positive alternatives to dangerous behavior. And there are few
activities healthier for young people than exploring America's beautiful
landscapes and outdoors. And certainly Arizona is a spot that has
plenty of those.
Making sure these natural resources can be enjoyed by future
generations is an issue that President Bush and I care deeply about.
Yesterday, my husband established a new national monument in the
Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The creation of this monument will
protect 140,000 square miles of Hawaiian waters and 7,000 marine species
that live there, making the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands the largest
national monument in America, and the largest protected marine area in
the world. (Applause.)
Jon Kyl shares the President's passion for protecting our natural
treasures. Earlier this week, Senator Kyl introduced the Las Cienegas
Enhancement Act, legislation expanding Southern Arizona's Las Cienegas
National Conservation Area. And Jon's bill improves access to Whetstone
Mountains, so that more families can go there to learn, to exercise, and
to spend time together.
We all know, though, that the well-being of families in Arizona and
throughout our country ultimately depends on our ability to keep them
safe -- by defeating terrorism and increasing liberty abroad. In the
Senate, Jon has been a champion of the men and women of the United
States military. (Applause.) Thanks to our men and women in uniform,
Afghan women and girls are now free to be able to go to school. And
earlier this week, the President met with the new Iraqi government.
Iraq's new cabinet is now complete, and our country stands with them as
they build a democratic government. (Applause.)
Jon's dedication to the people of Arizona and his achievements
remind us of why he must be re-elected. Senator Kyl understands that
America faces challenges too important to be reduced to politics.
President Bush has an ambitious agenda for the rest of his time in
Washington, and he takes his responsibility to the American people very
seriously. Ending our dependence on foreign oil, reforming our
immigration system, rebuilding the Gulf Coast, and keeping our country
safe from terrorism are not easy tasks, but they're absolutely vital
goals. To accomplish them, we must have serious national conversations,
conducted with civility and respect. And Senator Kyl is a thoughtful,
positive and powerful part of that dialogue. (Applause.)
This is just one reason why Jon is a wonderful leader for Arizona.
If you look through his distinguished record of public service, you'll
find many more.
Thank you all very much for joining us today. Thank you for your
support. Thank you for your generous support of Jon Kyl's re-election.
Let's re-elect Jon Kyl to the United States Senate. (Applause.)
Thank you all so much.
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