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Election 2000: New York Republicans Set to Announce Rick Lazio as U.S. Senate CandidateAired May 30, 2000 - 1:01 p.m. ET
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LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: A little-known United States congressman from New York is due to become much better known just a few hours from now in a hotel ballroom in Buffalo, New York. Rick Lazio is about to be selected by New York Republicans to run against Hillary Rodham Clinton for the vacated U.S. Senate seat in New York. And though the fight is just beginning, Lazio already is sporting a fat lip.
CNN's Frank Buckley joins us from Buffalo -- Frank.
FRANK BUCKLEY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I'll tell you about that in just a second, Lou.
This was the room where Rudy Giuliani was supposed to be nominated for the U.S. Senate seat from New York. Within a couple weeks of time, the Republicans have had to change gears, and now this is a room that is set up for Rick Lazio to be formerly nominated for the U.S. Senate seat selection.
Rick Lazio continues to campaign. Earlier today, he appeared at a restaurant here in Buffalo. Lazio has been campaigning furiously over the last 10-12 days since Rudy Giuliani dropped out of the race citing his prostate cancer. Giuliani and Lazio campaigned together in Queens in a parade just yesterday. Earlier at another parade, Lazio fell on his face, as you mentioned, as he attempting to run to catch up to his group in the parade. He got a fat lip and it took eight stitches to repair it.
This morning, Lazio was back on the campaign trail preparing for his acceptance speech to be delivered here this afternoon.
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REP. RICK LAZIO (R-NY), U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE: I think we're going to be talking about ways in which we can bring New Yorkers together, how we can inspire them. We can talk about quality of life issues that they care about. And people are going to leave that convention, I hope, with a sense of purpose that we can go out there and have a positive message for change.
QUESTION: How are you feeling today?
LAZIO: I'm feeling fine.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BUCKLEY: Following Lazio's speech here, he will be embarking on a bus-style campaign tour throughout the state of New York, which will end on Friday in his home congressional district in Suffolk County -- Lou.
WATERS: Frank, will Giuliani be with Rick Lazio today?
BUCKLEY: Well, there was some question about that, whether or not it would be a good idea to have Rudy Giuliani appear at this to show the unity, the party unity, or for him to not be here because he might upstage, in some way, Rick Lazio. The campaign has decided, or at least Rudy Giuliani has decided, not to make an appearance here at this convention.
WATERS: And what are the polls already saying about Rick Lazio versus Hillary Rodham Clinton?
BUCKLEY: Well, the most recent polling was the Zogby poll that suggested that, within a week's time, Rick Lazio was able to make up a great deal of ground and essentially pull to a statistical dead heat with Hillary Clinton. Clinton aides tell me privately that they're not putting a lot of stock in that yet, although they have said all along, and continue to say, that this will be a close race and this will eventually be where the polls may end up.
WATERS: All right, Frank Buckley keeping watch in Buffalo, New York today.
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