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National Federation of Republican Women Hold Tribute to Laura Bush

Aired August 3, 2000 - 1:28 p.m. ET

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

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: We want to switch now live to an event that Governor Bush is at. He has just taking to the podium. He is before the National Federation of Republican Women.

GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Mother, I didn't know you were going to be here.

(LAUGHTER)

Enough said.

(LAUGHTER)

Florence, thank you for your kind words. She's a great state senator from Texas -- a good buddy. I really appreciate your talking about our record. It's a good record. But it's not a record just of George Bush; it's a record of people who care about the people of our state, both Republicans and Democrats. And thank you for sharing that with the good folks.

(APPLAUSE)

And Jennifer, thanks. And J.C. Watts, thanks as well. I know Elizabeth Dole is here. I also want to appreciate your great words the other day, Elizabeth, at the convention. Thank you very much for coming.

(APPLAUSE)

Well done.

(APPLAUSE)

You and Laura certainly raised the bar, if you know what I mean.

(LAUGHTER)

But thanks so much for coming.

I want to say something to the NFRW. First, I love your slogan. But first things first, let's go out and win in November.

(APPLAUSE) And I know that you can't win without the Republican women.

(APPLAUSE)

I know that first-hand. I know that first-hand; just ask the Texas Republican women.

(APPLAUSE)

I appreciate you, Marion Miller, for taking on this important assignment, and Jan Kennedy.

I remember being in Seattle -- just seemed like yesterday -- talking about our hopeful message, a positive approach to government, the need to lift the spirit of the country, and here we are at a fantastic convention that's sending a message all across America.

We're going to do things differently, if given the chance to lead the country.

We've got just a positive, hopeful agenda. Just give us a chance to work with people to get it done so America's Promise can reach its -- spread its wings throughout all our society.

(APPLAUSE)

Anyway, if you want to hear more of that, just tune in at 10:00 tonight.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

My job is to introduce a great mother, a fabulous wife, a great first lady of Texas, and if all goes well, a fabulous first lady for America.

(APPLAUSE)

LAURA BUSH, WIFE OF GEORGE W. BUSH: Thank you all, thank you so much. Thank you very, very much.

Thank you, George, for that very nice introduction.

Thank you, thank you all.

I want to thank everyone here very, very much. I want to also add my thanks to Lynne Cheney and to Secretary Cheney for joining George and me on this mission. We had a great time the other night; they ended up being stuck in Joplin, Missouri. They couldn't fly out, so we had the opportunity to have a quiet dinner together. And we're going to have a great time on this campaign. They will be great campaigners with us, and we're really looking forward to it.

Thank you, Lynne.

(APPLAUSE)

And many thanks also to Marion Miller and to all the members of the executive committee of the NFRW and to the sponsors for this wonderful luncheon. Thank you for your generosity.

(APPLAUSE)

Compassionate conservatism is nothing new to the NFRW. Republican women have been caring for America for years.

(APPLAUSE)

I'm grateful and honored to be here today. This day is especially meaningful to me because our parents are here. Also, because not that many years ago, your honoree was someone who means a lot to George and me: A great first lady, Barbara Bush.

(APPLAUSE)

The poet John Keats once said that childhood should be full of sweet dreams and health and quiet breathing.

I was blessed to know such a childhood. Some of my fondest memories are of sitting with my mother's arm around me, listening to her read. Little did I know that she was doing much more than providing comfort and entertainment. She was paving the way for learning and for success.

I'm proud that my mother is here today. She and my father gave me the greatest gift that parents can give a child: Unconditional love. My mother, Jenna Welch.

(APPLAUSE)

I'm also very proud that my daughters are here today. I want you all to meet Jenna and Barbara Bush.

(APPLAUSE)

Stand up, girls.

ALLEN: Laura Bush being honored today by the National Federation of Republican Women. She was introduced by her husband. Governor Bush talked about his visit, just this morning, with Gerald Ford, saying that Gerald Ford is doing well, and he is expected to fully recover, as we also heard from the hospital just a short time ago.

This is George Bush's last event this afternoon before he gets some rest and prepares for his big night here at the Republican National Convention, when he gives his acceptance speech.

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