Under the Constitution, of course, there is no line-item veto; a president either signs or vetoes an entire bill.
I also appeal to Congress to pass the line-item veto you promised the American people.
As Governor, I found this line-item veto was a powerful tool against wasteful or extravagant spending.
And tonight I ask you to give me what 43 Governors have: Give me a line-item veto this year.
Senator Mattingly has introduced a bill permitting a 2-year trial run of the line-item veto.
Give me the same thing 43 governors have--the line-item veto--and let me help you control spending.
But I'll tell you something, if you'll give me the line-item veto, I'll remove some of that unnecessary spending.
And we can tackle this problem together, if you pass the line-item veto.