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Folk Rock Singer Jewel Warms Up Crowd Ahead of Official Gore- Lieberman Debut in Nashville, Tennessee

Aired August 8, 2000 - 1:01 p.m. ET

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

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: The man of the hour on this very busy news day, Al Gore. And the other man of the hour, Joe Lieberman. The Democratic ticket in election 2000 will make its official debut in about 15 minutes in Nashville.

And CNN's John King is there watching and waiting -- John.

JOHN KING, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Lou, the crowd gathered behind me. For the first time in campaign 2000, signs that read Gore- Lieberman. The two candidates themselves due on stage about 15 minutes from now as Vice President Al Gore officially introduces his new running mate, the Connecticut Democratic Senator Joseph Lieberman.

Both men in their speeches, we're told, will make reference to the ground-breaking part of this event today, Mr. Lieberman the first Jew to be on the major party national ticket. Both will make reference of that.

Both also will make the case that the Democratic ticket is more in tune with working families. They'll also talk about their own family histories today as they try to get a bit of momentum heading into the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles a week from now.

Warming up the crowd -- that probably not the right term on such a steamy day here in Nashville -- is Jewel. We can listen in a second.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

JEWEL, FOLK ROCK SINGER: I can do mouth-to-mouth if you need it.

Oh, you are listening. I had no idea. Now, I have two fans. That's nice.

KING: OK, she's checking in on the crowd.

It's so hot here, they're distributing cold water bottles throughout the crowd.

Again, the Democratic ticket due on stage in just a few minutes. The vice president hoping his choice of Joe Lieberman helps him close the gap now and cut into the lead currently enjoyed by Governor George W. Bush.

John King, CNN, reporting live from Nashville.

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