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Trent Lott Delivers Remarks at the Republican National Convention

Aired August 2, 2000 - 10:14 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: Jeff, I'm down with the Florida delegation. They, of course, went wild when the ticket went over the top, because they have a Bush as governor, too. That is Jeb Bush. But there was little distraction here. Ralph Nader, Green Party candidate, came right out on the floor right next to the delegation to talk to the press about the need for campaign finance. And right now, let's listen to Trent Lott on the podium.

SEN. TRENT LOTT (R-MS), MAJORITY LEADER: Thank you, Wendy (ph). We are very proud of you, and of your parents, too. What an exciting night. We just nominated the next vice president of the United States!

(APPLAUSE)

But I want you to listen to this, now, just in case you forgot. The current vice president of United States voted to raise taxes on seniors' retirement income.

(BOOING)

He did. He voted to raise gas taxes.

(BOOING)

He voted to make the death tax retroactive! That is right. He voted to reach back to take more money from those who had already died. But even, worse, he proudly calls this the best vote he ever cast.

(BOOING) Now is there any wonder Americans don't want this vice president to be the next president?

AUDIENCE: No.

LOTT: Meanwhile, the Republican Congress has delivered on our commitment to improve education by restoring local control, requiring accountability and giving parents the right to determine their own children's future.

(APPLAUSE) We have begun to repair our defense capabilities, but we have a lot more work to do -- and to protect our allies from missile attacks from rogue nations.

And on taxes, we propose changes to the tax code that are simply fair for the American people.

(APPLAUSE)

The Democrat leaders say no to these changes. So let me ask you, do you want to end the tax on marriages?

(APPLAUSE)

Good. Do you want to end the death tax?

(APPLAUSE)

Do you want to end the 100-year-old Spanish-American telephone tax?

(APPLAUSE)

Then send us a vice president who will work with George W. Bush to cut taxes not to raise them.

(APPLAUSE)

One that will restore parental control to education instead of Washington interference. We still believe that the local people know what's best for their children...

(APPLAUSE)

And one who will proudly renew America's promise and renew America's prides.

Our new century offers us the opportunity, in partnership with George W. Bush, to save Medicare and to provide needy seniors with prescription drugs...

(APPLAUSE)

... to protect Social Security for our seniors like my mother, God bless her, and for our young like my son and daughter and grandson. That's what it's really all about. And to make our schools simply the best in the world.

(APPLAUSE)

George W. Bush will settle for no less than the best schools in the world.

(APPLAUSE)

We need new leadership and new policies for our new economy and our new millennium. George Bush, the governor of Texas, is the man for the job...

(APPLAUSE)

... along with his partner and our great friend, the next vice president, Dick Cheney.

(APPLAUSE)

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