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Gore Speaks at Campaign Rally in Dubuque, Iowa

Aired August 19, 2000 - 1:30 p.m. ET

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

GENE RANDALL, CNN ANCHOR: Now we take you back to Dubuque, Iowa, the site of the campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

AL GORE, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: You know we celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary this year. And we had our whole family out in -- you were born in '48, too?

We had our whole family out in Los Angeles, and our daughter and her husband Dr. Drew Schiff with us on the riverboat, traveling down the Mississippi here. And our grandson Wyatt was out there with us. He turned 1 year old on July 4. I see some other babies out here in the crowd.

Any other grandparents out here? Anybody have as many as 10 grandchildren? 15? 20? 25? How many you have? 26. 31? My!

You are counting your "greats" in there too.

(LAUGHTER)

Nevertheless, give me some pointers afterwards; I'm just a rookie. We just got one, and what I have learned so far is that the best technique is just to give that grandchild whatever he wants. And then if that causes any problems, give him back to his parents.

It is so great to be here on Tipper's birthday and, as she said, to be back here in Iowa, where this all started. Thank you, Iowa. Thank you for going to the caucuses. Thank you for opening your homes to me.

I learned so much in your living rooms and diners and in open meetings across this state. And one of the things that I learned was that you have one of the greatest governors every to serve in these United States in Tom Vilsack.

(APPLAUSE)

He fights for families and he fights for working men and women. And you have a great first lady in Christie Vilsack. And her political judgment is even better than Tom's, I might say. This is a very special state to me, and I will always remember what you have taught me and what you have done for me. This campaign that culminates in the election in November is actually about you. It is not about my opponent or me. It is about your future. It is about the choices we have to make...

RANDALL: Vice President Al Gore in Dubuque, Iowa, on the banks of the Mississippi River, sounding a bit hoarse, but then it's been a very busy week for the vice president.

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