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President Invokes ‘Spirit Of Rambo’ In Appeal For Tax Plan With PM-Reagan-Health Bjt

September 3, 1985 GMT

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) _ President Reagan got some more mileage out of Sylvester Stallone’s macho character ″Rambo,″ the summer box office hero, during his speech on the administration’s tax reform plan.

″Rambo″ is a motion picture about a Vietnam veteran who single-handedly rescues a group of American prisoners of war in Southeast Asia.

Reagan’s mention of the film hero drew cheers Monday from the crowd of 15,000 to 20,000 people who showed up to see him as he stopped en route to Washington after a three-week California vacation.

″I’m back, and rarin’ to go, up for the (tax) battle - that has only just begun,″ the president said.

Then, departing from his prepared statement, he added:

″In fact, when I think of all the good people who’ve pleaded with the federal government for years to clean up our tax structure, I am reminded of a recent, very popular movie - and in the spirit of Rambo, let me tell you we’re going to win this time.″

Reagan previously alluded to Rambo on June 30 while waiting to address the nation from the White House Oval Office, following the release of 39 Americans held hostage in Beirut after the hijacking of a TWA jetliner.

On that occasion, the president joked that ″after seeing ‘Rambo’ last night, I know what to do the next time this happens.″