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Exchange With Reporters Prior to a Meeting With Democratic Congressional Leaders

February 16, 1993

Economic Program

Q. Mr. President, do you think you can get Ross Perot to at least not criticize this economic plan?

The President. I don't know—

Q. Have you been in touch with him or anybody on your staff been in touch with him to try to get him on board?

Q. Do they treat you like this all the time?

The President. Tomorrow night, all the time. [Laughter] All the time.

Q. What a job. [Laughter]

Q. Mr. President, what—

The President. —budget practices—it's truth in budgeting, truth in budgeting. We're using objective numbers, the most conservative revenue estimates. It'll be the most candid budget Congress has received in a long time. And I think there will be a lot of people who understand it and will respond very positively to it.

Q. Well, the markets are down sharply this morning. Do you think that's an immediate reaction to your—

The President. No. Look, the bond market's a better indicator, because they—and that response has been very positive. And I think when the business community, those people who come in here from the business community who actually know pretty well what's in this program, have responded very positively to it. So I wouldn't say that.

NOTE: The exchange began at 11:25 a.m. in the Roosevelt Room at the White House. A tape was not available for verification of the content of this exchange.

William J. Clinton, Exchange With Reporters Prior to a Meeting With Democratic Congressional Leaders Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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