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Special Event

Gore Campaigns in New York on Eve of Super Tuesday

Aired March 6, 2000 - 10:24 a.m. ET

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

KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: We are going live to New York now where Vice President Al Gore is addressing the United Jewish Appeal Conference of Presidents.

We are going to listen in.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

VICE PRES. AL GORE (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: ... a issue among virtually all the people of our country. I always enjoy coming back here to New York City to campaign, partly because my oldest daughter and her husband just made us grandparents for the first time last summer and our grandson Wyatt is a New Yorker. And he lives here in the city. He was born on the fourth of July. He's a Democrat, Ron.

He -- any other grandparents here? Could I see a show of hands? Anyone have as many as five grandchildren? 10? 10? How many? 16. 12. 24. I was -- pardon me?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They are not all from his family.

GORE: They are not...

(LAUGHTER)

GORE: Well, anyway. I need some advice, then, on grandparenting. I'm just a rookie; I only have one. What I have learned so far is that, evidently, the preferred technique is to just give that grandchild whatever he wants and then, if that causes any problems, give him back to his parents. And any -- it -- that was a grandchild applauding there.

I look at the future in terms of what is going to be best for my four children that Tipper and I have raised, and for our grandson. And I see a future in which we have peace with stability and security. The world is becoming, in the words of the oft repeated cliche, a smaller place, increasingly interconnected, where the concerns in one region can quickly become the concerns of the entire globe.

Peace with security in the Middle East has been a concern and a cause of the United States for many decades. I am very proud -- I know this is a bipartisan audience, I'm keenly aware of that -- but I'm very proud as a Democrat of the courage shown by President Harry Truman, went against the advice of many. He adopted a courageous policy, called courageous at the time, seemed to me in retrospect to be simply common sense. That has been followed to a greater or lesser degree by every administration since that time.

I have always believed that Israel, as America's strongest ally in the Middle East, as the nation which shares our values, is deserving of the strongest possible U.S. support. That means assuring a continued qualitative edge; it means not pressuring Israel to adopt the contours of some hypothesized agreement drafted here; but rather it means facilitating talks, to play a constructive role in carrying communications that cannot be delivered in any other way, and helping the parties move toward an agreement that will be in their interests. I have followed these issues...

PHILLIPS: Once again, that was Al Gore addressing United Jewish Appeal Conference of Presidents in New York on this eve of Super Tuesday. He says he is not taking a single vote for granted. He's a little superstitious about getting ahead of himself.

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