Bush Shares Same 'Hopeful Vision' as Lincoln, Reagan, Says Hastert

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:30 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - A top Republican said Monday that President Bush shares the same "hopeful vision" as former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln, but his rival Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) "doesn't share that vision."

"Both President Lincoln and President Reagan believed in the American dream. They both believed in power of freedom. And they believed in the Republican Party," House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) told delegates at the Republican National Convention Monday.

Bush "believes in peace through strength," Hastert said. "He believes that the economy grows when the private sector grows, not when the government grows. He understands that government has an important, but limited role in the lives of people."

Kerry, in contrast, "is on the wrong side of taxation, of litigation, and of regulation," Hastert said. "These are job killers. They add costs onto our products, and put American workers at a disadvantage. But John Kerry doesn't see it that way.

"At his Boston Tax Party, John Kerry promised to increase taxes on the job creators. Instead of throwing tea in the Boston Harbor, John Kerry wants to throw taxpayers overboard," he said.

Both Lincoln and Reagan "understood that in order to be respected around the world, you have to have the courage to stand up for America," said Hastert, and Bush shares that vision.

"Does anybody really know where John Kerry stands on the war? He has voted for it and against it," he asked. "My friends, this is not time to pick a leader who is weak on the war and wrong on taxes."

President Bush's name was officially placed in nomination at the convention Monday afternoon.

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