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Gore-Lieberman Campaign Holds Rally in Bridgeport, PA

Aired August 11, 2000 - 11:16 a.m. ET

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

DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: And we want to go live once again to Bridgeport, Pennsylvania to see the vice president, Al Gore. He is speaking at the Little Soles Incorporated. It is a doll factory. Speaking on his labor proposals.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

VICE PRES. AL GORE (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: ... the room where we were getting briefed, and it really is so impressive. You could get a sense of it from the description that was given so briefly earlier. This whole business is focused not only on making profits and providing good jobs, but also on promoting good values and being a good corporate citizen and helping define the right tone and the community in which it's located and the world of which it's a part and the country in which it's a part. And I appreciate your willingness to step out and say that you're willing to make this statement today with Joe and me. And I appreciate all of you being here, including Lea (ph)...

(LAUGHTER)

... and Maddie (ph) and Luca (ph). And I haven't heard all the names yet.

What is your baby's name?

AUDIENCE MEMBER: Caroline (ph).

GORE: Caroline (ph).

(CROSSTALK)

GORE: All right. OK.

It's true that Joe and I are both grandfathers and it's true that we both have daughters and it's true that we both have very strong and determined mothers who made their own way in the world. I've often said that when my sister and I were growing up there was never any doubt in our minds that women and men were equal, if not more so. And...

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE) This company is proof of that, too. I'm told that early on the goal was to make enough money for Colleen (ph) to buy a new set of bathroom towels.

(LAUGHTER)

And for Gretchen (ph) to get some new carpeting for her family room. With the way Little Soles has grown, if you ask them to they could probably carpet all of Montgomery County now.

(LAUGHTER)

Let me focus -- we're going to have a give and take and there are a lot of stories I'd like to tell you about Tipper and my mother and my daughters and my sister and the role that women have played in shaping my life. But I want to talk about economics and the facts of life here in dollars and cents, because an awful lot is at stake in this election.

And you know that we have indeed come a long way in these last eight years. We've turned the deficits into the biggest surpluses.

(APPLAUSE)

Instead of a triple-dip recession we've now got a tripling of the stock market. Instead of high unemployment we've got those 22 million new jobs and higher wages. And the number of new women-owned business has grown by far more than...

KAGAN: We wrap up in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania, listening to Vice President Al Gore. He is courting the labor vote today. He will get the endorsement of United Auto Workers later today in Michigan.

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