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CNN Today

'Granny D': 'People That Are Running Our Elections Are the Corporations and the Unions and Wealthy People'

Aired February 29, 2000 - 2:21 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: "Granny D" is done walking but she is not done talking. "Granny D" is really 90-year-old -- yes, 90-year-old -- Doris Haddock, a great grandmother with strong legs and a will to match. She has just finished a 14-month cross-country walk to focus attention on the need for campaign finance reform. "Granny D" started out in Los Angeles and ended in Washington. She averaged 10 miles a day, six days a week except for a short hospital stay. "Granny D" became dehydrated while crossing the Mojave Desert -- wouldn't we all.

"Granny D" says she will keep lobbying for campaign finance reform until the general election. And you can check on her progress at www.grannyd.com.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: All that talk about campaign finance reform when she's not even running for office, we are pleased now to welcome Doris Haddock to our program. She's known as "Granny D"

Mrs. Haddock, welcome. How do you feel?

DORIS HADDOCK, "GRANNY D": I feel just fine, thank you.

WATERS: What was your reception like when you stepped up on the Capitol steps today?

HADDOCK: It was pretty clamorous. I was amazed at the amount of people that have come from all over the country to Washington to welcome me. I'm just overcome with the amount of adulation that I've been receiving. It's like "Alice in Wonderland."

WATERS: What are they saying to you? Go, Granny, go?

HADDOCK: Yes, yes. And you're talking to me?

WATERS: Yes.

HADDOCK: Go, granny, go. Right. And then they talk, what do we want? Campaign finance reform. When do we want it? Now. This is the chant they were giving us. We were several blocks long coming here and we were a little bit early, so we had to walk a snail's pace which was not too difficult. But we got here at just the right time.

WATERS: What is the genesis of all this? Why did you do this? HADDOCK: I did it because I feel we're losing our democracy. I think that the people that are running our elections are the corporations and the unions and wealthy people, and I have 12 great- grandchildren and I want them to be brought up in a democracy not an oligarchy or something else.

WATERS: Are you optimistic that there will be campaign finance reform? I understand you met with John McCain and Bill Bradley, two men who are running for the presidency of the United States who have promised to work in that arena.

HADDOCK: Yes, right, but they didn't have time to come to walk with me so I went where they were and walked -- and we walked together. I feel that it may not happen right away, but it will come because the people in this country want it. I think that there's a great deal of action among the states were there are four states already -- Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont and Arizona -- that are already trying campaign finance reform and they're getting other financing in place of...

WATERS: Well, we apparently -- we lost our satellite feed from Washington, but we want to wish "Granny D," Ms. Doris Haddock, great luck in her rest period now as she recovers from that 3,200-mile walk across the country at age 90.

ALLEN: That's really amazing: 90 years old. That's something else.

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