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Bush Campaigns in Arkansas

Aired July 28, 2000 - 12:52 p.m. ET

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

JEANNE MESERVE, CNN ANCHOR: Greta, Governor George W. Bush is on his way here to Philadelphia for the Republican National Convention, campaigning on the way. Right now, he speaking in Springdale, Arkansas, home turf of President Bill Clinton.

Let's listen to what he has to say.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: It's an honor for us to be here with such distinguished officials -- well, officials. The governors here. We're honored, governor, you would take time, and the first lady of Arkansas, to take time to be with us today.

The Hutchinson boys, who graduated from high school right around the corner. Sounds like the boys brought a few of their relatives here.

Congressman Jay Dickey, from Southern District of state of Arkansas. Thank you for coming, Jay.

It's -- it might surprise you, of course, Congressman Blunt from the great state of Missouri us here, my friend governor of Montana, Governor Rosco is here.

Tony Garza, another great friend of mine, elected statewide official in Texas is here.

I tell why we are all here because we are king of working our way toward the convention.

At least that's why we are together. So it may come as a surprise to you that in the midst of all this politicking, our campaign decided to stop at the Jones Center, and we did so for a couple of reasons: one, we wanted to see firsthand a -- the actions and the compassion and the energy of people who hear that universal call to love a neighbor just like you'd like to be loved yourself.

There is something so powerful in that message. It's much bigger than government. It comes from a higher calling. It's a message that affects our hearts. But when properly channeled, it's a message that can affect people's lives in such a constructive and positive way. So we're here to see and feel and hear firsthand the acts of this particular platoon in the army of compassion. You see, the great strength of America, I'm going to tell you what the great strength of our country is. The great strength lies in the hearts and souls of decent and caring and loving citizens. That's where the great strength of America is.

MESERVE: Speaking in Springdale, Arkansas, talking about compassionate conservatism, a subject you will hear much more about during the Republican National Convention.

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