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George W. Bush Addresses Independence Day Parade Watchers in Belton, Texas

Aired July 4, 2000 - 10:22 a.m. ET

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

DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: As we understand it, George W. Bush, presidential candidate, is speaking right now. He's in Belton, Texas. Let's go ahead and listen in.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH (R), TEXAS: And you didn't let me down.

(LAUGHTER)

I also love the 4th of July, I love Texas, I love my fellow countrymen. It's an honor to be here.

(APPLAUSE)

I want to thank the general for those stirring comments. I want to thank Congressman Edwards for being here. I appreciate so very much my friend Diane Delici (ph) and Susanna Gracia Hupp (ph) for being here as well. I want to thank the mayor and the city council folks. But I want to thank the people who've worked so hard to put on this fantastic celebration of America's heritage.

(APPLAUSE)

Laura and I are honored to be here. We are, and we appreciate the warm welcome. Today's the day to count our blessings, and they're all around us, the friends we cherish, the families we love, the gifts of a prosperous land; and freedom, the freedom to worship, the freedom to speak our mind, the freedom to rise as high as our dreams can take us. No, God has richly blessed the United States of America.

(APPLAUSE)

Two-hundred and twenty-four years ago today, a band of patriots pledged their sacred honor for freedom and independence. It was a day unlike any other day. For the first time, a new nation dedicated itself to liberty and proclaimed to the entire world.

KAGAN: ... listening to presidential candidate George W. Bush as he makes an appearance in Belton, Texas at that Independence Day parade. Big month for George W. Bush. The last day of this month begins the Republican National Convention. TO ORDER A VIDEO OF THIS TRANSCRIPT, PLEASE CALL 800-CNN-NEWS OR USE OUR SECURE ONLINE ORDER FORM LOCATED AT www.fdch.com

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