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Democratic National Convention: Gore Headed to Los Angeles on Air Force Two

Aired August 16, 2000 - 2:06 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: We're at the halfway point of the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, time for the serious business to start, and Al Gore is on his way to town as we speak.

Lou Waters will be waiting for him.

Hi, Lou.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: I will, Natalie. Yes, you're right. We're getting into the critical area here now. Today and tomorrow, the American people will get their chance to take stock of the two men on the ticket. Here's what's ahead:

After 10:00 p.m. Eastern this evening, the vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman will deliver his acceptance speech to delegates here in L.A. Then Al Gore's former college roommate, actor Tommy Lee Jones, will be among those who formally nominate Gore for president. The nomination will be followed by a roll call of the states, pushing Gore over the top for the official nomination. That's ahead today at this Democratic convention.

Mr. Gore will accept his party's nomination tomorrow night, of course. Right now, he's on his way here to Southern California after leaving Michigan earlier. The vice president is expected within the hour.

CNN's Frank Buckley is in Burbank, California. He's waiting for Mr. Gore's arrival -- Frank.

FRANK BUCKLEY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Lou, just as you were tossing to us, the marching band started up, so it must truly be a real political event. They've got a marching band and it's playing very loudly.

The vice president is expected to pull up here at Hangar 70 at Burbank Airport in Air Force Two. Earlier today, he departed Detroit, boarding Air Force Two with Tipper Gore, the two of them boarding the airplane for the four-hour trip to California, expected to arrive here in Burbank at approximately 12:00 p.m. local time.

The Gores will be greeted by Governor Gray Davis. Also on hand will be Senator Joe Lieberman, his running mate; Hadassah Lieberman, his wife; and a crowd of supporters. Of course, this evening, Senator Lieberman will be the featured speaker at the convention. His intention is to introduce Al Gore to the American people, he says, as he puts it, "the Gore a lot of Americans still don't know" -- Lou.

WATERS: All right, Frank. It's fun watching a correspondent focus with a racket like that going on. Frank Buckley out there in Burbank.

We'll be checking back with Frank when Mr. Gore arrives.

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