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Bush/Cheney Attend Prayer BreakfastAired August 4, 2000 - 9:15 a.m. ET
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BILL HEMMER, CNN ANCHOR: Texas Governor George W. Bush now speaking at the prayer breakfast in Philadelphia.
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GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Mr. Mayor, you need to be proud of what you city did. It's a remarkable feat.
Mr. Commissioner, thank you all.
A lot of folks even from the state of Texas going, "Philadelphia does it pretty good."
I'm grateful for the religious leaders who are here. It's good to see my friend, Leese (ph). I've been to his neighborhood.
I've seen Way's (ph) vision. I've seen his compassion for people that may not be as fortunate as us. And I know the rest of the leaders up here feel the same.
I'm so honored to have the Cheneys as friends. Dick Cheney is a humble man, he's a strong man, he's a good man.
Brian (ph), thank you as well.
I say a prayer breakfast is a good ending to what has been a fantastic experience for a couple of reasons. Sitting up here at the dais just reminds me that we're all God's children in America, that the gateway to heaven takes different paths, that in my case, I was a person who sought redemption and found it, and my life is better for it.
It's fitting that we be at a prayer breakfast afterwards because it reminds us that while government can feed the body, it cannot nourish the soul.
(APPLAUSE) A government should be about laws and justice and freedom. But as I told a lot of folks in Texas over the years, I wish I knew the law to make people love one another. I would sign it.
I wish I knew the budget that would be required, because we'd pass it.
The truth of the matter is, love comes from a higher calling, a higher being, and our jobs as leaders, Republicans, Democrats, non- affiliates, is to rally that compassion of America, is to call upon the love that exists, not because of government, it exists because of a gracious and loving God.
And our jobs as leaders, Republicans, Democrats, non- affiliates, is to rally that compassion of America, is to call upon the love that exists, not because of government, it exists because of a gracious and loving God.
Our mission, regardless of political party, is to work together to make sure no child is left behind as we go into the 21st century, is to focus our efforts on rejecting bigotry and hatred and promoting that which we find in prayer in our respective books of God.
And so, as we depart the City of Brotherly Love, we depart with a good feeling in our heart. We depart with the understanding that this nation is in fact one nation, under God, indivisible.
HEMMER: The first of many stops planned for George W. Bush, the night after his acceptance speech last evening here at the Republican National Convention. Few nice words for the city of Philadelphia that has done such a wonderful job the past week here, of taking care of not only the Republicans, but also folks like us in the media. Also words about about his running mate, Dick Cheney there, and saying he is leaving now Philadelphia with a good feeling.
In about an hour's time, we are going to here more from the Texas governor, his departure time scheduled for 10:20 a.m. Eastern time from an airport north of town here.
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