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Gore-Lieberman Champion Themes of Prosperity, Integrity at Atlanta Rally

Aired August 10, 2000 - 1:04 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: Al Gore and Joe Lieberman are basking in some Southern hospitality this hour in Atlanta. The Democratic ticket in election 2000 is championing themes of prosperity, integrity, and a theme that is not exactly intertwined with the party's roots: trimming the welfare rolls.

We are going to listen in for a few minutes, and see what Al Gore is talking about now.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

VICE PRES. AL GORE (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: ... You want schools that are the finest in the world. You want a job training programs that's based on some of the great ideas that Roy Barnes is putting into place right here.

(APPLAUSE)

You want -- you want a dynamic economy. Let me tell you, the majority of the business leaders in our nation say the biggest obstacle is that they can't find enough people with the training and education that they need to fill these new jobs. It's gotten so bad that now there's a debate every year in the Congress on how to raise the immigration limits to bring in well-educated people from other countries to fill jobs that our people can't fill.

We welcome immigrants, don't get me wrong. We are stronger in each generation because of the strength and talent that is brought into this country. But I believe it's time for us to recognize that we have got to beef up and fix and reform and improve our own schools for the children of the immigrants, for all of the children who are born and educated here, so they can perform any job in the world in the next generation and in the next four years.

(APPLAUSE)

Now, finally, before I close I want to say that this is also a time for us to bring our people together. It is a time to break down barriers and write history. It is a time to recognize that we are the only people that are bound together, not by a common race or a common religion or a common ethnicity or a common national heritage, we are bound together by a common devotion to a set of ideals, truths that we hold to be self-evident, that we're all created equal, that we've got a common destiny, that we're all Americans and we're in it together, one for all and all for one.

(APPLAUSE)

We have a chance in this election to make our country what we're supposed to be.

But it's going to take your help, and I ask for your support. I ask for your vote. I ask for your enthusiasm.

(APPLAUSE)

And I ask you -- and I ask you for one more thing that's hard for you to give. I ask you for one more thing that people hardly ever give anymore. I ask you to open your hearts and allow yourself to believe that we can do the right thing and be the better for it.

I ask you to rekindle the American spirit and reach out and embrace the highest common denominator of the human spirit. I ask you to make this country what it's supposed to be, by pushing away the fear of heartbreak and disappointment and instead doing what our founders did when they said, "We can do it. And we will do it."

Let's do it together. Let's win this election for the American future.

God bless you. Thank you.

ALLEN: Al Gore with Joseph Lieberman, his running mate, a high five, trying to rally the troops at Centennial Park in Atlanta, Georgia, on a very hot day here in Atlanta. They are heading west towards the convention in California. They will probably be glad to get out of this humidity.

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