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Vice President Comments on Gary Graham Decision

Aired June 22, 2000 - 3:45 p.m. ET

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

BOBBIE BATTISTA, CNN ANCHOR: David, I'm sorry, I need to interrupt, because the vice president is evidently making a comment.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

AL GORE, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: ... in Illinois I think would be justified in also having a moratorium. But I don't know what the evidence shows in any other state. I don't know what it shows in Texas. I haven't independently had a chance to see it.

QUESTION: Do you generally support a more cautious approach when many serious questions have been raised about a particular case?

GORE: Those are your words, and I would choose different words. I am about to tell you. I think that wherever the evidence indicates that there are a lot of false convictions, there should be a very careful review of how the system of justice is administered. And that is in the hands of the governors and the various state legislatures, and I think that Governor Ryan did the right thing, confronted with the evidence that he had.

Yes, we're going to have to go. Thank you.

BATTISTA: The vice president, campaigning in Minnesota, making a comment on the decision in the Gary Graham case. And we should say that the vice president supports the death penalty.

We are assuming that we will hear from Governor Bush at any time commenting on this case as well.

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