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Gore Arrives at Burbank Airport to Attend Democratic National Convention

Aired August 16, 2000 - 3:39 p.m. ET

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

BOBBIE BATTISTA, HOST: Let me return to CNN's Frank Buckley at the scene there at Burbank Airport for some more information -- Frank.

FRANK BUCKLEY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: OK, Bobbie, we're just watching the vice president, Tipper Gore, Joe Lieberman and Hadassah Lieberman work the line of dignitaries, local officials, friends and supporters as they approach the stage. They are just about inside of Hangar 79 -- or Hangar 70 -- and the first person to approach here, Vice President Al Gore with Tipper Gore.

(APPLAUSE)

A rousing welcome here. Joe Lieberman now on stage, Mayor Richard Riordan and his wife. There is Hadassah Lieberman, Governor Davis and his wife. We are expecting Governor Gray Davis to make the introductions, followed by speeches, we believe, by the candidates.

(APPLAUSE)

The supporters that are here arrived in a variety of ways, I was talking to one who is a volunteer, who said that he received an e-mail inviting him and his friend to come and that's how they showed up.

BATTISTA: How many people...

BUCKLEY: Mostly grassroots supporters here.

BATTISTA: How many people are there, Frank? And exactly how hot is it in that hangar?

BUCKLEY: Well, Bobbie, I don't know if you can see my collar, but it's a little warm for this guy. And I would say there -- you know, in excess of a thousand, I can't give you an exact count, but a lot of folks in here.

(APPLAUSE)

BUCKLEY: This is Mayor Richard Riordan, the mayor of Los Angeles, who is a Republican. It's a non-partisan office in Los Angeles, but he is the mayor.

MAYOR RICHARD RIORDAN (R), LOS ANGELES: (OFF-MIKE)

GOV. GRAY DAVIS (D), CALIFORNIA: (OFF-MIKE)

She is a wonderful woman of accomplishment, born in Czechoslovakia, came to this country at a very early age, she was an accomplished singer, ice skater, studied the arts. She could be running for president of the United States, and I know that Joe Lieberman counts her as one of his very best blessings, please give a warm California welcome to Hadassah Lieberman.

(APPLAUSE)

HADASSAH LIEBERMAN, JOSEPH LIEBERMAN'S WIFE: I have to lower the mic because you have such a tall governor.

Thank you so much for welcoming us and our family. We are thrilled. It's been the most exciting week of our lives. We're on this incredible roller-coaster adventure.

Thanks for welcoming us. And it gives me great, great honor to be here today. And I am personally introducing the next first lady of the United States of America, the beautiful Tipper Gore.

(APPLAUSE)

TIPPER GORE, WIFE OF AL GORE: Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you. Hi, everybody. Thank you. Thank you for being here. Thank you for this great California welcome. We love you.

(APPLAUSE)

Thank you so much. This is great. You are wonderful. We love you.

No, thank you. It's hot, I know.

Thank you very much.

Listen, what I want to say is thank you. You make my heart very full with joy. It is a pleasure to be campaigning and to be on this journey with the Liebermans. Hadassah Lieberman is a good friend to me and to Al, and Joe Lieberman for 15 years. It is wonderful to have them be a part of this winning ticket.

I want to thank her for her friendship, thank her for that introduction, thank her for being her.

Thank you so much. You're wonderful. Love you.

(APPLAUSE)

And of course the governor and Mrs. Davis, you all are so lucky to be led in this great state by Sharon (ph) Davis, a first lady that I love to emulate, and by the Riordans. We appreciate very much the hospitality that this city has given to all of us. Thank you so much to the Riordans, Mayor and Mrs. Riordan, thank you.

(APPLAUSE) And now, I know you've been here, it's warm, it's hot, it's just heating up, you're going to be with us on this campaign, it's going to be terrific for people. I want to introduce to you Senator Joe Lieberman, a man who has stood for conviction.

(APPLAUSE)

Your next vice president. A man who with my husband has the vision to unite us all, the heart to bring us all together, and the leadership that we need so very much.

(APPLAUSE)

Be a wonderful partner, a wonderful vice president for all Americans, I present you with great pride in my heart, the Honorable Senator Joe Lieberman, the next vice president of the United States with your help.

(APPLAUSE)

SEN. JOSEPH LIEBERMAN (D-CT), VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Thank you, thank you so much.

AUDIENCE: Joe, Joe, Joe, Joe, Joe.

J. LIEBERMAN: Thank you.

AUDIENCE: Joe, Joe, Joe, Joe, Joe.

J. LIEBERMAN: Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. Wow. As I just said to Al, I could get used to this.

(APPLAUSE)

Thank you for this extraordinary, warm greeting.

Dear Tipper, thank you for your kind words and thank you for being the great woman and friend that you are. You are the best.

(APPLAUSE)

I've been waiting for a week to say this line and I can't control myself anymore: In this election, will you help me win this one for the Tipper?

(APPLAUSE)

That's it.

Since I have been here two glorious days, Al and Tipper, dear friends, I am so excited and proud to welcome you to this great City of the Angels. And let me tell you, the angels have been smiling over our Democratic Convention this week.

(APPLAUSE)

It is possible that I'm a bit biased, but I think this is the most excited and united Democratic Convention that we have ever had.

(APPLAUSE)

We have had some wonderful speeches that have described our principled past, our strong and humane present. We have adopted a platform that expresses the hopes and values and dreams for a better future of the American people.

(APPLAUSE)

And Al, let me tell you this as I've walked the floor of the convention and spoken to the delegates this is a convention that believes in you and loves you.

(APPLAUSE)

And they do because they know your courage, your character, your experience, your principles, your sense of purpose will make you the next great president of the United States.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you my friend, our friend, our running mate, Al Gore.

(APPLAUSE)

AL GORE, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Thank you, Joe.

Thank you my friends for this great welcome. Thank you.

(APPLAUSE)

This is a wonderful way to arrive in California.

(APPLAUSE)

I love California. I love your governor, Gray Davis, and your great first lady, Sharon Davis.

And Mr. Mayor, thank you for being a great host.

And Nancy Daley (ph), thank you for being right in here with us. We appreciate you.

Tipper and Joe and Hadassah and I are so proud to have our families on stage here on behind us. And we can't thank you enough for being a part of this effort to bring about positive change to America, continue the prosperity and progress and build the kind of future that our children and grandchildren deserve. Are you with us?

(APPLAUSE)

There's some big choices we have to make. And I'm looking forward to addressing the nation at the convention podium tomorrow night with some specific, hard choices that I believe we have to make in order to ensure that we have a bright future. I believe that you deserve to know exactly what the candidates are proposing to do so you can make an informed judgment. I'm going to tell you.

(APPLAUSE)

I believe we need to start treating teachers like the professionals that they are, with smaller classes...

(APPLAUSE)

... higher standards, new accountability, with new resources.

I believe it's time to increase the minimum wage for those who most need some help in balancing their own budgets.

I believe it's time to give the medical decisions back to the doctors instead of leaving them with the HMOs. I believe it's time for our seniors to have a prescription drug benefit under the Medicare program.

(APPLAUSE)

I believe it's time to pass a hate crimes law and bring our people together, and support affirmative action. I believe it's time to get guns out of the hands of children and criminals with mandatory child safety trigger locks.

(APPLAUSE)

I believe it's time to clean up our air and water and our environment for all of our families.

(APPLAUSE)

More than any of that, I believe it's time for all of us to come together and lift up the ideal of the best America that we can move toward. In every generation, we have to make the hard choices between one direction or another, between going back to the past or forward to the future. Let others argue the case for the old guard. We're the new guard and we're going to bring positive change to the United States of America.

(APPLAUSE)

Well, as we arrived here, Tipper and I looked out the airplane window and saw this overwhelming crowd and felt your enthusiasm. And to walk out here and have the chance to greet many of you and shake hands with you and to tell you thanks personally, I just want you to know it couldn't possibly be any better as a way to start the convention activities that Tipper and I are going to be able to enjoy.

And along with the Liebermans, we are looking forward to being here in Los Angeles.

The future starts in California. The victory starts in California. With your help we'll win. I need your help to fight for you.

God bless you and thank you.

(APPLAUSE)

BATTISTA: All right, Vice President Al Gore and his running mate, Joe Lieberman, with their wives at the Burbank Airport, arriving in Los Angeles for the Democratic National Convention. The vice president will make his appearance tomorrow. Joe Lieberman will be making a speech tonight to the convention delegates.

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