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Republican National Convention: Harley-Davidson Workers Speak OutAired August 4, 2000 - 2:53 p.m. ET
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ANDRIA HALL, CNN ANCHOR: A little bit earlier we heard the Republican National Convention critiqued as a masquerade for special interests. Well, that was Al Gore's take.
LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: CNN's Jeff Flock has found some folks in Kansas City with their own takes on George Bush and the GOP convention. Jeff joins us from Kansas City now.
JEFF FLOCK, CNN CORRESPONDENT: All viewpoints represented here on the Harley-Davidson line, we come to you from the assembly plant, the Harley assembly plant, where they turn out upwards of 200 Harleys a day here, from Kansas City. As we said, talking all day to see how this campaign is playing out, post-Republican convention.
I am joined by Ed Bisel (ph), who is a man on the line here, who considers himself Republican, watched the speech last night.
What did you think of it?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I was impressed, I thought it was really good. It gave me a little more insight to where he was coming from. Previous to that I really was kind of vague on where he was standing.
FLOCK: Well, you know, the union that represents you here at this plant has endorsed Al Gore. Does that have any impact on you at all?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I have been union all my life and every union always endorses the Democrats. I, personally, it's my vote, I'll vote the way that I want.
FLOCK: And you're going to vote?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This election, I'll probably vote Republican.
FLOCK: Did this convention have any impact on you? did it fire you up? did you like what you saw. There was an attempt to include more folks perhaps, more broadly. What did you think of all of that?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, they don't tend to get me too enthusiastic. If anything they just fill in the gaps on my knowledge of where the candidate stands. That's more what I'm looking for is just to see where their position is. FLOCK: OK, Ed Bisel, thank you for your comments, appreciate it very much. We want to go make sure we get at the other side of the story here at this plant. It's an extraordinary opportunity for us really, to get a look inside this Harley plant.
They make the Sportsters here, which for those motorcycle aficionados know that they are a very, very popular motorcycle. And we want to end up our day here near where they test the bikes before they go out on the -- out on the course.
And I want to talk to Linda Lane Dickson (ph) who is not Republican but Democrat.
What did you make of the Republican convention over the course of the last week?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Well, I figure that they got each other really hyped up for the race and that they'll do their best to win.
FLOCK: Is there any chance that you would vote Republican this fall?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There is a possibility, I'm kind of up in the air right now, because some issues I agree with Gore, and some issues I don't agree; and same thing with Bush.
FLOCK: Is there anything that you like about George Bush? are their things that you like about him?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, there are some things that I like about him.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, I do.
FLOCK: No, I mean, like, what would those be?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: OK, this would be his stance on Medicare, his stance on the defense issues.
FLOCK: And you typically wouldn't be a Republican voter looking at a Republican candidate, correct?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, I wouldn't be.
FLOCK: So perhaps encouraging news here for the Bush camp here at the -- on the production line. And as we leave you, we want to you what it looks like to test one of these Harley-Davidsons. Speaking of tests, obviously big political tests coming up and I know you're going to be watching that Democratic convention, aren't you?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, I will be.
FLOCK: OK, well, you won't be alone. We will be on CNN too. Linda, thank you so much, we appreciate all of the comments here today at the Harley-Davidson plant in Kansas City, Missouri, where we're getting, at first blush, reaction to the Republican campaign now being kicked off across this country.
I'm Jeff Flock, CNN, reporting live from Kansas City.
WATERS: All right.
HALL: Well, thank you, Jeff.
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