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Bush Holds Campaign Rally in Naperville, Illinois

Aired September 4, 2000 - 10:15 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: George Bush now speaking in Naperville, Illinois, again, just outside of Chicago, quick sample from the Texas governor now at the microphone there.

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GEORGE W. BUSH (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: And that's the same message for America: Help is on the way. It's time to elect some folks that've got good common sense.

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It's time to elect people who say what they mean and mean what they say when they tell the American people something.

(APPLAUSE)

It's time to get rid of all those words like "no controlling legal authority."

(APPLAUSE)

We need plain-spoken Americans in the White House. Just yesterday we had interesting example of, kind of, the Washington double speech. My opponent said he would debate me any place, any time, anywhere. I said, "Fine. Why don't we just show up at NBC, with Mr. Russert as a moderator, or why don't we just show up at "LARRY KING" and discuss our differences? Why don't we stand up and show the clear difference of opinion?"

But no, all of a sudden the words about any time, anywhere, don't mean anything. It's time to get some plain-spoken folks in Washington, D.C.

(APPLAUSE)

When we tell you...

AUDIENCE: No more Gore! No more Gore! No more Gore!

BUSH: When we tell you something, we mean it. When we say we're going to do something, we're going to do what we say. That's what America hungers for. America wants leadership that lifts its spirit. America wants leadership so that when you turn to your children they say, "These good men are going to do what they say they're going to do." You know, that's the kind of leadership we're going to provide this great country called America.

(APPLAUSE)

And we're running for a reason. We're running for a reason. There's some compelling issues.

As you know, we've got a big debate over the surplus. You know why I think the surplus exists? It doesn't exist because of the ingenuity and the hard work of the federal government. The surplus exists because of the ingenuity and the hard work of the American working people.

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The surplus exists because the federal government overcharges the people that work every single day.

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It's time to have new leadership when it comes to the surplus. You see, we understand the surplus is not the government's money; the surplus is the people's money.

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Here's the way I'd like to describe the surplus. The surplus exists after our budget's increase and yet there's still over $4 trillion of the people's money in Washington. After our budget's grow, there's still $4 trillion left over. Now, I want to take $2 trillion of that and set it aside for Social Security. It's time to have new leadership in Washington, D.C.

(APPLAUSE)

It's time so have new leadership that says to the seniors, "The promise of Social Security will be met." But it's also time to have new thinking in Washington that says we must trust younger workers, demanding some of your own money -- your own hard-earned money in the private sector.

(APPLAUSE)

HEMMER: Texas Governor George Bush, first stop today, Naperville, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, a heavily Republican area. From there he will travel on to Romeo, Michigan, just north of Detroit. Again, the Texas governor talking about the debate proposal he announced yesterday down in Austin, Texas. And also talking about his tax cut plan, if indeed he is elected to the White House.

(INTERRUPTED BY INTERVIEW)

HEMMER: Meanwhile, back to Naperville, here's the Texas governor, still talking there at the microphone in Illinois. BUSH: ... in stark contrast to the last few decades, which has clearly said, "If it feels good do it, and you've got a problem blame somebody else," our vision says each of us must understand we're responsible for the decisions we make in life.

If you're a dad or you're a mom, that you're responsible for loving your children with all your heart and all your soul and all your might. If you live in this good community, you're responsible for making sure the quality of education is the best it can possibly be.

Part of the responsibility era says we understand that there are some in our society who wonder whether the American dream is meant for them; some who wonder whether or not there's any hope in their lives.

This campaign says there's hope for every American in their lives. We understand, though, we must rally the armies of compassion: those good souls who're responsible when they hear the universal call to love a neighbor just like you'd like to be loved yourself.

No, America's better days are ahead of us, but it requires new leadership, it requires a willingness to change the attitude in Washington, D.C., to call upon the best. And it begins with having a president and vice president who, should we be fortunate enough to earn your confidence, when we swear in, we will swear in not only to uphold the laws of the land, we will swear to uphold the honor and the integrity of the offices to which we have been elected, so help me God.

Thank you all very much. God bless.

(APPLAUSE)

BUSH: Thank you.

HEMMER: The beginning of a week-long nine city stop all through key battle ground states. Dick Cheney, George W. Bush now back on the stump on this Labor Day morning.

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