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CNN Today

Super Tuesday: Bill Bradley Makes Last Stand in New York

Aired March 7, 2000 - 2:07 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: Among the Democrats, the primary season has been one disappointment after another for former New Jersey senator Bill Bradley. Unless political fortune smiles on Bradley today, the nomination may soon be out of his reach.

CNN's Pat Neal joins us from New York, where the Bradley campaign is making what could be its last stand -- Pat.

PAT NEAL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Natalie.

Well, the Bradley campaign is hoping for a fourth-quarter comeback, and this morning Bradley got a little show of support from some of his male staffers. The guys, like many avid sports fans, bared their chests to reveal the name Bradley spelled out. Now, Bradley had come to greet commuters on their way to work. He said he thinks today he will win a couple of states. He says he'll think he'll move on, but he added, quote, we're far from the end.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

(voice-over): Despite the gloomy predictions, Bill Bradley remains upbeat.

BILL BRADLEY (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Do you believe we can do it?

CROWD: Yes!

BRADLEY: What?

CROWD: Yes!

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: His name is Bill Bradley!

NEAL: He worked the turf at second-home New York. After 10 years with the New York Knicks and 18 year as a Senator from New Jersey next door. Bradley's team thought New York would be in his corner.

BRADLEY: There is no state in America that is more important than New York in that selection.

NEAL: But polls show he's down by double digits to Vice President Gore in New York and is losing in every state with a primary or caucus. Even so, his staff puts on the good face.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We think we've got to win some states, do well in others and surprise some people tomorrow. I think we've got a good chance to do that.

NEAL: For 14 months, he pushed his agenda of big ideas in health care, gun control and campaign finance reform, but the campaign hasn't gotten the momentum or media attention it so coveted, and Bradley does not appear to have made any dents in Gore's support, among core Democratic groups of women and minorities and unions.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

NEAL: The Bradley campaign plans a rally tonight here in New York at 8:00. Tomorrow, they say, will be a day of assessment. They're going to need to look at those results when they come in and decide whether or not this campaign should go on.

Pat Neal, CNN, reporting live from New York.

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