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Bush, Cheney Make Campaign Stop in Pontiac

Aired August 5, 2000 - 9:57 a.m. ET

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

KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: Once again we're going to take you back to these live pictures from Pontiac, Michigan.

MILES O'BRIEN, CNN ANCHOR: The whistle-stop continues, and the candidates are traveling, trying to take full advantage of the so- called bounce subsequent to the Philadelphia convention. George W. Bush has just been introduced.

Let's listen in for just a few moments.

GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: We're so honored you came this morning. It's a great way to start the morning in this wonderful state to see so many of our citizens who want one thing, good, honest government, who are interested in changing the tone of Washington, D.C., and that's exactly what we're going to do.

I appreciate Pastor Clark and his daughter, Shannon, for being here. Thank you so very much for coming. I'm so glad that the great governor of Michigan and his Texas-raised wife is with us today. We value the friendship of the Englers a lot, and I know you value his leadership.

I also want to say something about your United States senator. He's joining me in rejecting the dark image of America that does not welcome legal immigrants into our country. He's a man who's taken a strong stand that says the American dream belongs to every willing heart. Please send Senator Abraham back to the United States Senate.

Last week, before our convention, last week before our convention, they asked me, they said, What are you going to pick in a vice president? And I said, I'm going to pick somebody who can be president of the United States should he or she need be. I found that man in Dick Cheney.

I said, I'm going to pick somebody who, should we be fortunate enough to earn the will of the people, will be somebody with whom I can work, somebody who will bring tremendous value to the administration, somebody who will join me in quieting the angry voices and calling upon the best of America. I found that man in Dick Cheney.

And he married well too. Laura and I are honored to call Dick and Lynne Cheney friends. You'll be honored to call him Mr. Vice President. And how about Laura Bush? What a great speech she gave. I was so proud of her when I saw her on TV. I loved her smile, I loved her inner strength. Now you know why I married her. America will love Laura Bush should we become the president and first lady.

PHILLIPS: Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush and his running mate, Dick Cheney, making their way through Michigan today on their whistle-stop tour.

O'BRIEN: Spouses in tow, going through what is like to be a big battleground as the election draws near in November. We, of course, will be following it all along the way.

Stay with CNN Election Central all throughout this election season for the latest.

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