President Clinton sounded like he was running for reelection Saturday when he told Americans in his weekly radio address that the U.S. economy was expanding and creating lots of new jobs.
"In 1993 I took office determined to renew our economy so that we could pass on prosperity and opportunity to our own children," Clinton said, speaking from Britain, where he was attending D-day anniversary ceremonies.
"Well, now we're beginning to see the result. Our economy is back. It's expanding steadily. Most important, it's creating jobs--millions of good-paying jobs," he said.
Clinton said if the nation sticks to his economic plan, the federal budget deficit in 1995 will decline for the third year in a row.
But he added that "now we have an obligation to keep going. Too many Americans haven't yet been touched by the economic renewal."
The President said a good start would be to increase exports, noting that "trade means jobs." He promised to introduce a world trade agreement to Congress in the near future.
Republican opponents did not comment on Clinton's domestic statement, but instead chose to criticize the President's foreign policy in their radio address.
Rep. Steve Buyer (R-Ind.) said: "This Administration's wavering policies in Korea, Bosnia and Haiti have lacked clear and forthright leadership." He added: "There is a Biblical saying that when the trumpet is uncertain, who will follow?"