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CNN Today

Super Tuesday: On to November for Gore?

Aired March 7, 2000 - 1:11 p.m. ET

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

DONNA KELLEY, CNN ANCHOR: If Al Gore does not put the Democratic nomination beyond the reach of Bill Bradley today, a whole lot of pollsters will be looking for new jobs tomorrow. The vice president is hoping for a clean sweep of Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses, and he could well get it.

Our coverage continues with CNN's Gary Tuchman.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

GARY TUCHMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Bill Bradley's native state was Al Gore's last state for Super Tuesday campaigning.

VICE PRES. AL GORE (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Missouri has a chance to make a decisive statement about the Democratic nomination. I ask for your vote and your support in the vote tomorrow here in Missouri. I ask for your help to be the Democratic nominee.

TUCHMAN: The vice president's late Monday night rally in St. Louis, Missouri, followed a hectic day of campaigning in New York City where the candidate, who says he is not taking anything for granted in the Democratic primaries, nevertheless, continued to concentrate his attacks on the Republicans.

He blasted George W. Bush during a stop at a hospital in Brooklyn.

GORE: Under his leadership, the state of Texas now ranks 49th in health insurance for children, and health insurance for women 50th, 50 out of 50.

TUCHMAN: He spoke to traditional Democratic constituencies, meeting with American-Jewish leaders in Manhattan.

GORE: The United States must have an absolute, uncompromising commitment to Israel's security and an absolute conviction that Israel alone must decide the steps necessary to ensure that security.

TUCHMAN: And he also spoke to a gay and lesbian group.

GORE: It is an unparalleled opportunity in this election of the year 2000 to build a future where all Americans are seen for who they really are, not because of who they fall in love with.

TUCHMAN: Fifteen states and American Samoa hold Democratic presidential contests on this Super Tuesday.

And Al Gore takes great comfort in the fact that, in not one of those places, is he behind in the polls.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

TUCHMAN: Nobody in the upper levels of the Gore campaign will say this publicly because it sounds presumptuous, but, privately, they are gearing up for a celebration here in Nashville, Tennessee, tonight.

The vice president is now getting ready to leave St. Louis. Aboard Air Force Two, he will arrive here in Nashville, his home state of Tennessee.

Later this afternoon, he will meet with union members. He will then take it easy for a while. And then at a hotel in Nashville, he will watch election returns with his wife, Tipper, tonight. If all goes well, a party will then ensue.

Tomorrow, he will visit his mother in Carthage, Tennessee, his hometown, 40 miles east of here. And then he'll leave Dixie to go back on the campaign trail in Michigan and Minnesota tomorrow, two states that hold caucuses this weekend.

This is Gary Tuchman, CNN, live in Nashville, Tennessee.

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