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Election 2000: In Canton Township, Michigan, Bush Calls for 'Responsibility Era'

Aired February 22, 2000 - 1:02 p.m. ET

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

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: If it is Tuesday, it must be election day. And so it is in Michigan and Arizona, two very different states whose Republican primaries are likely to have very different results. Arizona Senator John McCain is expected to carry his home state by a wide margin, but the race in Michigan looks to be very close.

And, in our continued attempts to bring you live coverage of the top candidates' rallies, we are going to take you now live to Canton Township, that's a suburb of Detroit. George W. Bush has just begun speaking to an audience there. Let's listen in for few moments.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: The only thing I worry about is when Doctor Kevorkian's lawyer decides who the Republican nominee is going to be. So, my message here today is to keep fighting the fight.

The reason I came to this place, where there's a lot of good Republicans and like-minded independents, is to encourage you to continue to turnout to vote. I want you to know the mission is this: The mission is to begin the beginning of the end tonight of the Clinton era in Washington, D.C.

We must usher in what I call "The Responsibility Era" in America. A culture that will stand in stark contrast to the last few decades, which has said: If it feels good, do it; and, if you have a problem, just go ahead and blame somebody else.

My vision is that each of us understand that we are responsible for the decisions we make in life; that each of us understand that we are responsible for the quality of life and the community in which we live; that we are responsible for working in our schools to make them the best they can be; and that each of us are responsible for hearing that universal call to love a neighbor, just like we like to be loved ourselves.

I recognize government can help us in the Responsibility Era, by passing laws that say: We are going to hold you accountable for what you do. But the great false promise of government is that it will enable people to love one another.

You see, the great strength of our country is to understand the limitations of government, that the great strength of America is not found in the halls of government, but in the hearts and souls of our decent citizens.

So, in order to usher in this Responsibility Era, I've got two major responsibilities. One is to rally the armies of compassion; the people have heard the call to help people in need. And, secondly, after tonight, and when I go on to become your president, when I put my hand on the Bible, I will swear to not only uphold the laws of the land, but, when I put my hand on the Bible, I will swear to uphold the honor and the integrity of the office to which I have been elected. So help me, God.

Thank you all for coming. God bless.

ALLEN: George W. Bush, quick rally at Canton Township, outside of Detroit there today. This being voting day, and it's the primary day, George W. Bush and John McCain, again as we mentioned, in a close race there in Michigan.

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