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George W. Bush Holds Rally in Philadelphia

Aired August 2, 2000 - 12:40 p.m. ET

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

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, CNN ANCHOR: Let me just stop right now, and let's listen to George W. Bush, who is at the podium.

GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Thank you very much. I appreciate it. Thank you.

Mr. Chairman, thank you very much. I appreciate so much so many folks coming to support what's going to be the winning ticket next November.

(APPLAUSE)

I'm sure, by now, you've heard I made a presidential decision last week. I picked a great man to become the next vice president of the United States.

(APPLAUSE)

I am so honored to have Dick Cheney by my side. This man is a man of enormous integrity, great depth, solid judgment. He is really fun to be around. I care for him a lot. America's going to care for him. I'm proud to call him friend and this great land is going to be proud to call him Mr. Vice President.

(APPLAUSE)

We also had a big moment in our family last Monday night. My wife raised the bar. She elevated the standards for public speaking. I can't tell you how proud I was to see Laura Bush...

(APPLAUSE)

She gave an unbelievable speech, a speech that spoke from her heart and a speech that spoke to Americans from all walks of life, and if all goes well next November, America just go to see a great first lady of the United States.

(APPLAUSE)

I'm so proud to be here with my family members. I see the great governor from the state of Florida, Jeb Bush.

(APPLAUSE)

And I'm so proud, my brother Neil is here and his wife, Sharon. Thank you all for coming.

(APPLAUSE)

And, of course, with Neil is his son, Pierce, and with Jeb is Jeb, Jr., and the hot member of the family, George P. Bush.

(APPLAUSE)

I'm not so sure we should be campaigning with him anymore, Jeb. People are kind of looking beyond us these days.

I'm proud of mother and dad. I can't wait to address the convention tomorrow night. The first thing I'm going to do is share with America how proud I am and how much I love my parents.

(APPLAUSE)

And I'm proud of Chairman Jim Nicholson and all the folks who have worked hard to put on this convention. This is a fantastic convention, at least it seems that way from TV. I'm looking forward to showing up there tomorrow.

And I also want to thank my friend, Andy Card. Andy has done a fantastic job.

(APPLAUSE)

Today we had a rally coming in with our Latino friends and...

(APPLAUSE)

Gracias. Gracias, por tu apoyo.

At any rate, John McCain was there. And I had a chance to say publicly at that event what I felt last night. I was so moved by his address, so honored to have his support, so pleased that America got to see this good man on prime time TV.

I told him that, and I meant it, I can't wait to campaign with John McCain, all across our country, together. Together we can win this election.

(APPLAUSE)

I'd like to give you a report from the field. I don't know if you've been paying attention or not, but the CHABOT and Laura and I have been traveling toward the convention. We were in Arkansas, we were in Kentucky, we were in Missouri, Ohio, and we finished, yesterday, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where a mere six or seven thousand people showed up.

Let me tell you what I'm seeing, and what I'm feeling. I'm feeling America's ready for change. They're interest in something different.

They don't want four more years of Clinton-Gore. They want somebody to appeal to our better angels, not our darker impulses.

America's hungry for new leadership. And that's exactly what Dick Cheney and I are going to give them.

I want to thank you all for supporting the grassroots efforts of the Republican Party. Dick and my job is to deliver the message, and it'll be a message that makes you proud -- a message that's cause to lift the spirit of this country.

Your job, and others', is to get out and turn out the vote. It's to make sure that we make sure that we do what we used to do well.

Your job and others is to get out and turn out the vote, it's to make sure that we do what we used to do well: Identify the voters and turn them out to the polls. It's to convince not only Republicans but Democrats and independents that the future will be better under a Bush-Cheney administration.

So I want to thank you all for coming. A crowd this big kind of makes me want to go through the full speech.

(LAUGHTER)

But I decided I better wait until tomorrow night. And so instead I want to thank you again.

I want to say what an honor it is to be the nominee of the Republican Party. I want to tell you how hopeful I am about this country and about what we stand for.

And I want to say one more time: I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. If all goes all, if all goes all, you're looking at the next president of the United States.

God bless. Thank you very much.

VAN SUSTEREN: Listening to nominee in the Republican Party for the president of the United States, obviously a very excited George W. Bush, proud of his candidate he has chosen, Dick Cheney, as well as his family, mentioned his wife, who has raised the bar in public speaking, pointed out the governor from Florida, his brother Jeb is present in the audience.

And of course quipped that his brother Jeb and he may be a little bit worried because George P. Bush also in the crowd is, as he says, "a hot member of the family."

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