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George W. Bush Holds Campaign Rally in Holland, Ohio

Aired August 31, 2000 - 10:23 a.m. ET

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

BILL HEMMER, CNN ANCHOR: Live to Toledo, Ohio, Springfield High School, Texas Governor George W. Bush now visiting his 100th school since announcing his charge for the White House more than a year ago.

We shall listen now. The theme, as expected: education.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: But I want to remind the high school students here, if you ever have a child, you need to be a teacher at home, and you start by teaching them.

(APPLAUSE)

If you ever have the awesome responsibility of being a mom or dad, it starts by teaching your children that you love with them all your heart and all your soul and all your mind.

(APPLAUSE)

I'm glad to be here. I want -- I appreciate so very much the governor of the great state of Ohio traveling with me. He's doing a fine job on behalf of the citizens of Ohio.

Thank you, Governor.

(APPLAUSE)

I appreciate my fellow citizens from Toledo, Ohio, being here. Thank you all for coming today.

(APPLAUSE)

I'm honored you all came out. I had a chance to work the rope line outside the high school here. There was a lot of folks who had tickets who couldn't get in. And for those listening, I want to apologize, but thank you for coming.

And to the students, thank you for allowing me to come to your high school. I want to make it clear to you, I'm here to not only give a speech, but I'm here to ask for the vote.

When you get in that voting booth, for those of you who are 18 on Election Day or before, I want you to remember who came to Toledo, Ohio, to ask for the vote.

(APPLAUSE)

And I hope you do vote. It's so important to vote. Don't listen to the voices of cynicism that say, "My vote doesn't count, therefore, I'm not going to show up." You've got to vote. That's what makes America strong. That's what makes our democracy thrive and flourish.

(APPLAUSE)

We're counting on you.

(APPLAUSE)

We're counting on you. We're counting on you to do your duty and to do your responsibility.

You know, somebody asked in the press corps -- somebody asked in the press corps today at the airport, they said, "Well, you know, this part of the great state of Ohio is Democrat country." I said, "That doesn't stop me from coming."

That doesn't stop me from coming. You know why? Because I'm seeking the vote for everybody in America. I don't care whether you're Republican, Democrat or independent, our message applies to you.

(APPLAUSE)

And I say to those -- I say to those folks, if you want four more years of Clinton-Gore, I'm not the right man. But if you're interested in something different -- a new style of leadership, leaders that will unite our country and call upon the best of America -- give this campaign a chance, regardless of your political party.

(APPLAUSE)

We're running for a reason.

HEMMER: George W. Bush embarking now his 100th school visit since his march to the White House more than a year ago. Again, the location Holland, Ohio, just outside of Toledo, Ohio, northwestern section of the state there. Springfield High School our location. And Ohio said to be one of the major battleground points for this campaign to be wound up on November 7.

And throughout his candidacy, the Texas governor has said education at the centerpiece of his campaign. That theme continues today.

Also want to let our viewers know, Vice President Al Gore and his running mate, Joe Lieberman, on the road as well. We'll bring you live coverage of their campaign stop in Seattle, Washington later today; 2:00 scheduled there, 11:00 a.m. in Seattle and on the West Coast.

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