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Bush Calls for Stronger Military, Solvent Social Security

Aired July 29, 2000 - 5:22 p.m. ET

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

FRANK SESNO, CNN ANCHOR: We're going to take you back to Owensboro, Kentucky, back to the candidate, George W. Bush, see how he's connecting with his audience there.

Right now let's listen.

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GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: ... this is a campaign of ideas. We're running for a reason. I just don't want to hold the job. I want to lead America in new directions. I want to talk about -- let me talk about some of the issues that I think Americans wants to talk about.

First, we're talking about Social Security. This man right here, Chris was standing up saying, I support the idea of the government trusting workers to manage their own money, their own money in the private sector. That's what he's saying. He says, give us trust, government. I want you to know.

And we must give young workers that option. Otherwise, there will be no Social Security system when the baby boomers retire. We must have a president who's willing to work with Republicans and Democrats, a president who will seize this moment and get something done.

I want the elderly here in this audience to hear me loud and clear. Don't be fooled by the politics of the past. Don't be fooled by that kind of politics where they're going get on your TV screen and try to scare you. President George W. Bush will keep the promise to the elderly in America.

Oh, you'll hear a lot of talk. You'll hear a lot of talk during the course of the campaign. But for seven years, this administration has not seized the moment, and its time to get some new thinking in Washington, D.C.

And I'm going to remind the people of this country that over the last seven years morale in the United States military is dangerously low. And I'm going to remind the people of this country, and I hope you join me in reminding them, that in order to keep the peace, in order to make sure this world is a peaceful world -- and I want to tell you, I'm committed to keeping the peace -- we must rebuild the military power of the United States of America. SESNO: Governor George W. Bush working his way towards Philadelphia.

And perhaps he -- if he didn't listen directly into the conversation we had here a few moments ago, some of what he addressed here may address some of the issues raised, saying he needs to speak about, we need to speak, about, referring to the politicians, the issues that Americans want to talk about. And one that he cited, of course, Social Security, connecting that to both the younger voters out there, he said, and the seniors. Listen up, he said. And we're doing just that.

We'll be doing that throughout the day, as he and the other candidates make themselves available and some of the strategist as well, and as we keep our on the convention as it takes shape here in Philadelphia.

We'll be back throughout the day. Don't go away. We'll take this short break.

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