Public Papers

Exchange With Reporters in Sequoia National Forest, California


Presidential Campaign

Q. Mr. President, can you lay the Baker rumors to rest, sir? Can you lay those Baker rumors to rest? Are you going to ask him to return?

The President. The truth is he and I are going fishing. It's pure fishing, pure fishing.

Q. But are you going to ask him to return to the White House or campaign -- --

Q. Mr. President, what's the most important domestic issue besides the economy?

The President. Well, there are so many of them, but education, crime; education, tranquility in the neighborhoods.

Q. Is America and the American economy better off than it was 4 years ago?

The President. Well, some parts of it are.

Note: The exchange began at 11:15 a.m. A tape was not available for verification of the content of this exchange.