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Bush/Cheney Hold Rally in Springdale, ArkansasAired July 28, 2000 - 1:41 p.m. ET
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NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Dick Cheney has just introduced George W. Bush in Springdale, Arkansas. So we'll listen in to their rally for a few moments.
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GEORGE W. BUSH (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I wanted somebody by my side who, if need be, could be president of the United States.
I told the American people loud and clear that I was interested in finding somebody who, if he or she decided to serve, would help me bring dignity and honor, someone who I would call upon for the best of America, I found the right man in Dick Cheney.
This man -- this man is a good man. He's a solid man. He's a man who understands what the definition of "is" is.
Not only is he going to be a great partner on the campaign trail. This man is going to be a fabulous vice president of the United States.
And he married well, just like me.
I don't know if you know a lot about Lynne Cheney, she's really smart. She's got a passion in her heart for making sure that every child in America, I mean every child, gets educated. This is a great partner of our team and we're honorer to have Lynne Cheney with us today.
As -- as Secretary Cheney said, we're on our way to Philadelphia. We're sure glad that we were able to make a stop here in Arkansas. I don't know -- I don't know -- I don't know if you would have invited me had the Cotton Bowl gone a different way! I'm not holding it against you. But one of the interesting things about our convention is that we got a fabulous kickoff speaker. We got a wonderful speaker to set the tone. I hope people pay attention particularly on Monday night when Laura W. Bush of the state of Texas will be kicking off this convention.
What's interesting about this speech is, first of all, it's going to be a great speech, because she's a fabulous speaker, she's one of these people that speaks from the heart. She's not interested in having, you know, somebody kind of doll up her speech. She's going to say it just like she believes it, and it's going to be good, people are going to like it. After all, she's coming from Midland, Texas, that is a land where we don't have pretenses, we judge people not based on how they're born, we judge them on who they are. We judge them on their heart and their willingness to work hard.
But Laura, let me tell you what's unusual about this. When I asked Laura to marry me, she was a public school librarian, and an elementary school teacher.
You keep teaching. You keep teaching, you got -- you got one of the most important jobs in America. Anyway, I said: Would you marry me? And she said, yes, only if I don't have to give any speeches. It's the only promise I've ever broken. And I can't wait for you to get on see this great lady, she's a fabulous wife, a wonderful mother.
ALLEN: A pep rally there at Springdale High School in the president's home state in Springdale, Arkansas today, George W. Bush rallying the students, talking about his team, Dick and Lynne Cheney, and talking about his wife who will be opening this convention come Monday.
After Arkansas, Bush and Cheney head to Joplin, Missouri. Then it is on to Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, all states the Democrats carried back in 1996, as they head here to Philadelphia.
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