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Vice. Pres. Al Gore Addresses Supporters in Tampa, Florida

Aired September 4, 2000 - 6:10 a.m. ET

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

LINDA STOUFFER, CNN ANCHOR: Democrat Al Gore and his running mate, Joe Lieberman, are in Tampa, Florida for an early-morning campaign event. We want to let you listen in live to Al Gore.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

VICE PRES. AL GORE (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: We want to honor you, we want to listen carefully, and we want to tell you what we believe is the right thing to do to get our country moving in the right direction.

We've got a big choice to make this November, and the choice is one that will have big, fateful consequences for the direction our country goes in the future. The Supreme Court's going to be picked, we're going to have decisions on the minimum wage, on the budget, on health care, the environment, education, all across the board.

Now, to start with the economy, the other side has been saying that the way they look at it we are worse off today than we were eight years ago, but I don't think so. I don't think so because, back then, after they tried their approach, we had the biggest deficits ever in history and the debt had been multiplied by four times and we had high unemployment and it was a time of great stress.

And you gave us a chance to bring some change. And since that change came in, we turn the biggest...

(AUDIO GAP)

... surpluses. And instead of a triple-dip recession, we've had a tripling of the stock market. And instead of high unemployment, we've got the lowest Latino unemployment in history, the lowest African-American unemployment in history, 22 million new jobs and the strongest economy in the 224-year history of the United States of America.

(APPLAUSE)

We need to keep that prosperity going and we need to make sure that our prosperity enriches not just the few, but all of our families. We need to invest in education and health care and middle- class tax cuts and retirement security.

(APPLAUSE) And that's why we are proposing a plan that will safeguard the surplus and not -- and let me repeat -- not -- I will not ever support the other side's plan to give away the surplus in a giant tax cut to the -- primarily to the wealthy at the expense of the middle class in a way that stops our prosperity and progress. I want middle-class tax cuts for you.

(APPLAUSE)

I want to make most college tuition tax deductible. I want tax cuts for health care and education and raising children and child care. And that's really the difference.

And then, instead of going back into deficits again, we believe that it's time to pay down the debt so we don't pass it on to our children and grandchildren. And if we do that the right way, we'll keep the interest rates down and that way we'll keep the economy strong.

STOUFFER: You've been listening to Al Gore speaking at a firehouse in Tampa, Florida at a campaign event on this Labor Day, speaking in part about the important decisions the next president will have to make as voters choose just who they will vote for in the presidential election.

Well, of course, Labor Day is the traditional time when the presidential campaign hits high gear. Both candidates today have several events. We plan to take you live to more Gore events as the day continues. And, of course, Texas Gov. George W. Bush, the Republican candidate, has several campaign events today, too. We will take you live to those throughout the day here on CNN as well.

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