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State of the Union Address

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January 25,1983

"As we gather here tonight, the state of our Union is strong, but our economy is troubled. For too many of our fellow citizens—farmers, steel and auto workers, lumbermen, black teenagers, working mothers—this is a painful period. We must all do everything in our power to bring their ordeal to an end."

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“Evil Empire” Speech (Address to National Association of Evangelicals)

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March 18,1983

"The other day in the East Room of the White House at a meeting there, someone asked me whether I was aware of all the people out there who were praying for the President. And I had to say, 'Yes, I am. I’ve felt it.'”

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Address on Defense and National Security

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March 23,1983

"The subject I want to discuss with you, peace and national security, is both timely and important. Timely, because I’ve reached a decision which offers a new hope for our children in the 21st century, a decision I’ll tell you about in a few minutes. And important because there’s a very big decision that you must make for yourselves. This subject involves the most basic duty that any President and any people share, the duty to protect and strengthen the peace."

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Address to the Nation on Events in Lebanon and Grenada

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October 27,1983

"Now, in these past several days, violence has erupted again, in Lebanon and Grenada....Why should our young men be dying in Lebanon? Why is Lebanon important to us?....Two hours ago we released the first photos from Grenada. They included pictures of a warehouse of military equipment—one of three we’ve uncovered so far."

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State of the Union Address

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January 25,1984

"America is back, standing tall, looking to the eighties with courage, confidence, and hope. The problems we’re overcoming are not the heritage of one person, party, or even one generation. It’s just the tendency of government to grow, for practices and programs to become the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this Earth. [Laughter]"

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Address at the Republican National Convention (Presidential Nomination Acceptance)

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August 23,1984

"I will campaign on behalf of the principles of our party which lift America confidently into the future. America is presented with the clearest political choice of half a century. The distinction between our two parties and the different philosophy of our political opponents are at the heart of this campaign and America’s future."

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Presidential Debate with Walter Mondale - October 7, 1984

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October 7,1984

"I have a plan—not a secret plan. As a matter of fact, it is the economic recovery program that we presented when I took office in 1981. It is true that earlier, working with some very prominent economists, I had come up, during the campaign, with an economic program that I thought could rectify the great problems confronting us—the double-digit inflation, the high tax rates that I think were hurting the economy, the stagflation that we were undergoing."

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Presidential Debate with Walter Mondale - October 21, 1984

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October 21,1984

"How anyone could think that any sane person would believe you could call back a nuclear missile, I think is as ridiculous as the whole concept has been. So, thank you for giving me a chance to straighten the record."

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Second Inaugural Address

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January 21,1985

"We’ve lighted the world with our inventions, gone to the aid of mankind wherever in the world there was a cry for help, journeyed to the Moon and safely returned. So much has changed, and yet we stand together as we did two centuries ago."

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State of the Union Address

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February 6,1985

"I come before you to report on the state of our Union, and I’m pleased to report that after 4 years of united effort, the American people have brought forth a nation renewed, stronger, freer, and more secure than before. Four years ago we began to change, forever I hope, our assumptions about government and its place in our lives. Out of that change has come great and robust growth—in our confidence, our economy, and our role in the world."

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