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Gov. George W. Bush Addresses Supporters During Whistle-Stop Tour in Salinas, California

Aired August 10, 2000 - 2:20 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: George W. Bush has now paused in Salinas, California on his whistle-stop tour of the state traveling by train, and he is rallying with his former rival today, John McCain.

We're going to listen in for a few moments.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: We're a better country because of John McCain, and he's going to help me become president of the United States.

(APPLAUSE)

And by the way, I'm a better man because I married well.

(LAUGHTER)

I think you can judge the nature of a man by the company he keeps.

(APPLAUSE)

And I'm keeping pretty darn good company. And if you didn't know it prior to the convention, you certainly learned it at the convention. What a great speech she gave.

(APPLAUSE)

It reminded people, I hope, this convention, where our personal priorities are. Our priorities are our faith, our priorities are the families of America, and our priority's a country we love more than anything, the greatest land on Earth, this country called America.

(APPLAUSE)

I'm so proud of my wife. I can guarantee you, should we be fortunate enough to win, she is going to be a fabulous first lady for the United States of America.

(APPLAUSE)

Several weeks ago, they kept asking me about the vice presidential selection, and I kept saying, if I -- when I pick somebody, it's going to be somebody, if need be, if need be, could become president of the United States. I found that man in Dick Cheney.

(APPLAUSE)

I said that, should I be fortunate enough to earn the vote of the American people, I would want a vice president with whom I could work, somebody who would be a partner, somebody to bring good solid judgment and would help us unite America. I found that man in Dick Cheney.

(APPLAUSE)

We are proud to call him friend, and you're going to be proud to call him Mr. Vice President.

(APPLAUSE)

I feel so upbeat about this campaign, I feel upbeat about our chances in California, because this is a campaign that is a campaign of ideas, positive ideas, that stands on the side -- that stands on the side of the people of California. See, when you hear our message, you're going to hear, we don't trust government, we trust people. We trust the people of California.

(APPLAUSE)

And let me give you a good example. It's on the issue of taxes. We have a surplus. The surplus does not exist because of the ingenuity and hard work of government, the surplus exists because of the ingenuity and hard work of the people who pay the bills.

(APPLAUSE)

There's a difference of opinion in the campaign. Our opponents believe the government owns the surplus. No, we believe the surplus is the people's money and we want to share some of it with the people who pay the bills.

(APPLAUSE)

No, there's a big difference of opinion. The other day, as a result of support out of the Senate and the House, the senators and congressmen voted to get rid of the marriage penalty in the tax code. It makes a lot of sense to get rid of the marriage penalty. After all, our government ought to be encouraging marriage and family. And yet this president vetoed the marriage -- the ending marriage penalty. My opponents supported it. It's a clear sign that they stand on the side of big government. We stand on the side of the families in America.

(APPLAUSE)

Our farm economy is incredibly important to the future of this nation. It's not only a matter of good economics for this country, it's a matter of national security that we have a strong farm economy. I want you to know that farmers are not going to be secondary thoughts to a Bush administration. They will be in the forethought of our thinking.

But I want to tell you something where this administration has not helped the farmer. We need to get rid of the death tax in the tax code. The death tax forces farmers to sell. It's bad for small business people.

No, there's a big difference of opinion. There's a big difference of opinion. They stand on the side of government. We stand on the side of individuals. Which leads me to this whole credo of this campaign. We want no child left behind. We don't want anybody left behind as we go into the 21st century, which means every child must be educated.

Todos los jovenes pueden leer es el motto de Jorge Bush.

ALLEN: George W. Bush on his whistle stop tour of the state of California, slowly heading north, a stop there in Salinas, California and appearing with his former adversary, John McCain.

We brought you Al Gore last hour campaigning with Joe Lieberman here in Atlanta. He'll be heading, of course, to California next for the convention.

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