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John McCain, George W. Bush Speak to Californian Supporters Before Super Tuesday Primary

Aired March 6, 2000 - 12:01 p.m. ET

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

FRANK SESNO, CNN ANCHOR: We're going to take you around the horn a bit, today, first starting with John McCain. He's been speaking for a while at this event. He's assailed George W. Bush and his campaign tactics.

We return now to his speech.

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REP. JOHN MCCAIN (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I want to tell you, I am a proud Ronald Reagan conservative. I hold those principles, those are my ideals, those are my views, and I hold to those. But I say, come on board. Come on, independents, come on, Democrats, libertarians, vegetarians, all of you. Join our banner. Come into this great crusade that began that might in New Hampshire. That's what this campaign is all about.

(APPLAUSE)

"Carnivore for McCain": Thank you, sir. "Catholics for McCain." "Omnivores for McCain": There's a great American. In Ohio yesterday we had "Ukrainians for McCain." Up in Sacramento not long ago there was a guy with a sign that said "Hippies for McCain." I knew I had arrived when we -- that happened. So we're doing great!

My friends, what this campaign is all about is a little bit hard to describe...

SESNO: John McCain in part of his upbeat address, there.

Switching over now to George W. Bush. He is now taking questions, and we want to bring that to you so you hear how he's handling some of the questions from the floor in San Diego.

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GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: ... interdict the distribution lines. I'm going to remind our country that so long as people are demanding a product, there's going to be somebody who supplies it. Part of the effort is to not only work closely with Mexico and Colombia, part of the effort is for parents to remind our children, remind our children that drugs will destroy their life. Part of it is to teach our children values in education. Part of it is to have after-school mentoring programs that remind people of the difference between right and wrong.

I want to work closely with Mexico. Let me expand a little farther on Mexico, if you don't mind. One of the jobs of the federal government is to enforce our border. We must enforce our border not only for people coming but for illegal substances. I support what's called "Operation Hold the Line," which is beefing up known border crossing points with manpower and equipment.

But also I understand why people are coming here. People are coming because moms and dads are worried about feeding their children, or moms and dads wondering, how are we going to feed our children. And if there's a job here and there's money here, they're going to come across our border in Texas and walk long distances because they love their children. Family values don't stop at the Rio Grande River. So one of the -- one of the reasons why I -- one of the reasons why I want to work closely with Mexico, particularly on areas like trade, is because I understand the hope and promise of trade will enable Mexico to develop a middle class so people can find work closer at home. To me, that's the long-term vision.

It's important for us also to have cordial relations, and the only reason I say that is because it's going to be hard to deal with common problems if there's not a -- if there's not mutual respect, if there's not this ability to dialogue on key issues. And I readily concede Mexico's got tough issues dealing with law enforcement. They must crack down...

SESNO: George W. Bush, the presidential candidate for the Republican side, there in California, as was John McCain. He was speaking in Santa Clara, California. Both of those gentlemen contesting California, New York and several other states that step up to the Super -- Super Tuesday primary and caucus balloting tomorrow. We will bring you more from both of those candidates and a great deal more throughout the day as to the Republican race, which is very tight and may well hinge on what takes place tomorrow.

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