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Special Event

Bradley Concedes Victory to Gore in New Hampshire

Aired February 1, 2000 - 9:22 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LARRY KING, CNN ANCHOR: Let's go to Bradley headquarters, where the former senator from New Jersey is addressing his supporters -- watch.

BILL BRADLEY (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Thanks. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you.

(APPLAUSE)

Thank you. Thank you.

AUDIENCE MEMBERS: Bradley! Bradley! Bradley!

BRADLEY: OK. Thank you. Thank you, New Hampshire. Thank you. What a wonderful year. Thank you.

(APPLAUSE)

BRADLEY: New Hampshire is a state of frank talk, independent thinking and town meetings, and I loved every day. I know all of you have worked your hearts out. This has been a joyous journey since my first event in Jaffrey (ph) last January. People have trusted me with their stories and I'll never forget them. They've trusted me with their hopes and I'll always honor them.

We have made a remarkable turnaround, but there is still a tough fight ahead.

(APPLAUSE)

BRADLEY: Al Gore has run a strong race and I congratulate him. But we're smarter and better prepared and (AUDIO GAP) to continue the fight.

(APPLAUSE)

BRADLEY: But it's a fight about more than Al Gore or me, it's a fight about the kind of America we know we can become.

(APPLAUSE)

BRADLEY: Eleanor Roosevelt once said that the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. What is your dream for yourself, for your family, for your community, for your nation? Can we, in a time of unprecedented prosperity, afford to dream big dreams again?

(APPLAUSE)

BRADLEY: Can we afford to create a new politics in America?

(APPLAUSE)

BRADLEY: That's the question that the people have to decide in this election.

For this election is not merely a choice between two individuals, between two men with different backgrounds and experience. It's a choice between philosophies of leadership.

It's a choice between those who are content with our great prosperity and those who regret our failure to use the great opportunity which prosperity has given us to provide care for the ill, to lift up millions from poverty, to heal the wounds of racial divide...

(APPLAUSE)

KING: Former Senator Bradley conceding tonight, but certainly not throwing in the towel, as he forges forth to continue the race. Of course they're will be quiet on the side of the ledger for a while, even though he has challenged Al Gore, has accepted the Gore challenge to a weekly debate on the issues. The Democrats don't get involved in a primary again until March the 7th.

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