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Democratic National Convention: President Clinton Expected to Pass Torch to Al Gore

Aired August 14, 2000 - 2:01 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: President Clinton will take center stage tonight delivering his prime-time speech. We caught up with him in his limousine earlier apparently working on his material for tonight. Aides say Mr. Clinton will address Republican claims that the Clinton- Gore administration has coasted over the past eight years. He's expected to cite achievements like the economic growth the nation has experienced during his administration. This is one of the last major political speeches of the Clinton presidency. Mr. Clinton now is preparing to pass the Democratic Party torch to Al Gore.

And in President Clinton, the Democrats have a homerun hitter batting lead-off tonight at this convention. His address seems likely to enliven the party faithful here on night one of the Democratic convention.

And as CNN's Bill Schneider reports, Mr. Clinton has a knack for knowing what an audience wants to hear.

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WILLIAM SCHNEIDER, CNN SR. POLITICAL ANALYST (voice-over): The cardinal principle of Clintonism: follow the voters. President Bill Clinton has an uncanny knack for figuring out where the voters are.

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WILLIAM J. CLINTON, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: How are you?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Fine, sir.

CLINTON: Thank you for your service. How long have you been in the Army?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Sixteen years.

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SCHNEIDER: Where are the American people? Moderately conservative on economic issues and moderately liberal on social issues, so Clinton shifted to the center on economic issues, moving from Clinton 1...

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) CLINTON: I believe government must do more.

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SCHNEIDER: ... to Clinton 2.

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CLINTON: The era of big government is over.

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SCHNEIDER: When the Republican Congress staked out popular positions on taxes, welfare reform and a balanced budget, Clinton simply co-opted them. How? By saying, I'm for that, but not that much. It was an amazing feat of political dexterity. Clinton stole the Republicans' issues and stood up to them at the same time. When Congress went to the extreme, shutting down the federal government, Clinton claimed the center.

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CLINTON: Someone has to stand up here for what's right for America instead of for this exercise of political power.

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SCHNEIDER: Clinton defined a new center in American politics and carried the Democratic Party with him.

(on camera): Bill Bradley challenged the Clinton consensus in the Democratic Party and got nowhere. Bradley claimed that under Clinton Democrats have lost their ambition. No we haven't, Democrats said. We've just gotten smart.

Bill Schneider, CNN, Los Angeles.

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WATERS: Join us for live coverage of day one of the Democratic National Convention. It all begins at 4:00 p.m. Eastern. That's 1:00 p.m. Pacific time. Set your clocks.

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