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Lieberman Introduces Gore to Firefighters in Tampa, FloridaAired September 4, 2000 - 6:03 a.m. ET
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LINDA STOUFFER, CNN ANCHOR: The presidential candidates are pulling out all the stops today as they head into the final stretch before the November election.
We want to take you now to a live picture out of Tampa, Florida where Democrat Al Gore and his running mate, Joe Lieberman, are at Firehouse No. 9 in Tampa, Florida. They had breakfast with firefighters there and they're doing a meet-and-greet with neighbors in the area.
We want to listen in for a brief moment on what Joe Lieberman is saying now.
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SEN. JOE LIEBERMAN (D-CT), VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: No one understands the American dream and how government can help people realize that more than Al Gore. This election is, like all elections, about the future and the choices you make. And it's not about the two of us or Bush and Cheney, it's about you and your future and your evaluation of the programs that each ticket has, which are very different for your future. And Al will talk about that in a minute.
But I want to think about the man that I'm privileged to be the running mate for. Al Gore I've known for almost 15 years now. And let me be honest: I'd be pretty excited if anybody asked me to run for vice president.
But because I know him and I love him and I believe in him, I'm particularly proud to be Al Gore's running mate.
He is -- he's a man of real courage and character, and a lot of it comes from within his family. His dad -- on this Labor Day, I want to remember a note. His dad was one of the first commissioners of labor of the state of Tennessee in the 1930s under Franklin Roosevelt. During that time, fought to adopt and then enforce one of the first unemployment compensation laws; and then as a legislator, proposed some of the first minimum wage laws there.
And I look back in history, the first one that he recommended -- and it was a real step forward at that point -- 25 cents an hour first year, 40 cents an hour second year.
Sometimes I think some of the folks in the other party would like to go back to that level of the minimum wage. But give us a chance and we'll have a real increase in the minimum wage next year to help the working families of America. Nobody should work in this country 40 hours a week and not have a decent wage to bring home.
Al's a man of real courage and service. He volunteered for service in Vietnam, and let's not forget that. He came home and...
STOUFFER: That was Sen. Joe Lieberman there about to introduce Al Gore, of course, the Democratic presidential nominee. They're on a 27-hour campaign marathon. Joe Lieberman called it a bit ago the "Labor Day work-a-thon." Of course, throughout the day, we will have much more on the campaign events by the Democratic ticket right there.
Also, George Bush had several big events today. Throughout the day, we will be taking you live to those as well.
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