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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release February 3, 1993
                      REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT

The Roosevelt Room

2:25 P.M. EST

Q Mr. President, while we have you, why do Social Security recipients in the middle class appear to be getting a little bit more nervous as your economic plan unfolds? Should they be?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, the way you folks were leaking the story today -- (Laughter.)

The people of this country ought to know that I'm going to do my best to be fair to the people that I ran to represent them, and to get this -- and to get the job machine of this country moving again and bring the deficit down. And I think that they will -- I think the people will believe that I've been fair and comprehensive when the plan come out.

But, you know, it's very difficult for us to make decisions in an environment where we have no control over who says what, about what -- to come out, and half the stuff that comes out is not even accurate. So all I can tell you is I'm not going to comment on the specifics until I settle on the plan and then I'll come forward with it. But it will be consistent with what I said today to the employees over at the OMB. Thank you.

END 2:27 P.M. EST