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Election 2000: Gore Honored at Picnic in Pittsburgh

Aired September 4, 2000 - 1:07 p.m. ET

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

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: For Democrat Al Gore, Labor Day weekend is a blur of rallies, speeches, drop-ins, and we imagine gallon after gallon of coffee. The vice president and his running mate Joe Lieberman are on a 27-hour campaign marathon that brought them to all- night coffee shops in Tampa, Florida; very early this morning, while in Tampa, the pair also visited firefighters, a group that was among the first to publicly endorse Gore for president. His rally followed a private breakfast with leaders of the firefighters' union.

At the moment, Gore is a guest of honor at a picnic in Pittsburgh, while Lieberman attends a Labor Day rally in Detroit.

Gore is due to speak any minute now. CNN will take you to that event when it begins.

Traveling with the Gore campaign is CNN national correspondent Tony Clark.

Tell us about Gore's day, Tony.

TONY CLARK, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Lou, the kind of reception that the vice president is getting here he won't need any coffee. In fact, if you look behind me, the vice president, in a red shirt standing there getting ready to speak. The audience here in Pittsburgh filled with union members, and that's very important for the Gore-Lieberman campaign.

What he's been trying to do, throughout this scheduled 27-hour marathon campaign, is to energize the union members, who are essentially the unpaid army for the Democratic Party because he can depend on them for the upcoming election. And he's trying to energize them.

The welcome he has received here today so far has been very good, throughout this campaign swing, he has talked about middle class tax cuts, he has talked about health care, the kinds of issues that are designed to attract the middle class.

We expect to hear the vice president speak here very shortly. As Lou said, we will carry the vice president's comments live when they occur. That should be shortly -- Lou.

WATERS: OK, we will get back to that, Tony.

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