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Special Event

Vice President Al Gore Stumps in Williamsville, New York

Aired March 4, 2000 - 2:00 p.m. ET

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

GENE RANDALL, CNN ANCHOR: Vice President Al Gore had a rally in Boston today. He predicted that Tuesday's primaries will be the decisive moment and that he will emerge as the Democratic Party's sole candidate. On the Republicans, Gore talked about the links to the religious right.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

VICE PRES. AL GORE (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: ... responsible for. When Bill Clinton and I came in, and thank you for giving us a chance to bring change to this country.

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

And incidentally, let's make Hillary Clinton the next senator from New York.

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

RANDALL: This is Vice President Al Gore at a campaign event in New York.

GORE: Let's win back the House of Representatives and make Dick Gephardt speaker and make John (UNINTELLIGIBLE) the committee chair.

(APPLAUSE)

When Bill -- when you gave Bill Clinton and me a chance to bring change to our country, never forget that not one single Republican was willing to vote for change in either the House or the Senate, so we had to rely on Democratic votes alone. It was a one-vote margin in the Senate, the tie-breaking vote in the -- I mean a one-vote margin in the House and then the one-vote tie-breaking margin in the Senate, and we were able with that narrow margin, without a single Republican helping us, to turn the biggest deficits into the big surpluses, to end the deep recession and bring 20 million new jobs to the United States of America.

(APPLAUSE)

And now we're beginning to build momentum in this part of New York state, because, statewide, during the Reagan-Bush years, New York state was losing more than 130,000 jobs per year. Now, New York state is gaining more than 100,000 jobs per year. We need to bring more of them right here. It's important that we focus on economic development with (UNINTELLIGIBLE), with the other leaders here at the county and city level. It is -- it's critical.

Now, I personally believe that the Republicans are going through a kind of identity crisis right now. They are in a struggle for the soul of their party. I happen to agree with McCain on campaign finance reform and taking on tobacco and taking on the special interests, but I disagree with him on economic policy, and in fact, both McCain and Bush want to take away money from public schools, they want to privatize part of the Medicare program, they have -- they're against the health care patient's bill of rights, they're terrible on the environment. McCain two years ago had a zero rating on the environment, and Bush has been governor of a state that he's led to be worst -- number one in air pollution, number one in water pollution, number one in pollution of the land. I'm for protecting the environment in a way that creates more jobs.

(APPLAUSE)

RANDALL: Vice President Al Gore at a rally in Williamsville, New York, near Niagara Falls.

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