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Gore Delivers Education Speech in Manchester, New Hampshire

Aired September 14, 2000 - 11:37 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: All throughout the morning we have been talking about this matter surrounding Democratic donations. The vice president, Al Gore, on the campaign stump in New Hampshire. Now set to address things there.

We will listen now and see, as we expect, reaction to the reports that we have been giving throughout the morning here.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

VICE PRES. AL GORE (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I said last night, when I arrived late to a wonderful crowd that had been patient and gave me an overwhelming warm greeting, last night, that in a way it was good to be home. I've spent so much time here that -- and I've made so many close friends here. I really appreciated the way all of you made it feel like home when I returned here, last night.

And let me say, I'm very pleased to be at Parkside Middle School. I want to thank Principal Michael Rooney for the excellent leadership here at the school.

And I want to thank Mayor Bob Baines, a former principal and teacher, for bringing the priority of education right to the top of the list in Manchester.

And I want to thank Governor Shaheen, a former teacher, for making education the number one priority in New Hampshire. And we appreciate your leadership, Governor.

(APPLAUSE)

You know, this school is a model of what's right with American education. It was here, in New Hampshire, during the first-in-the- nation primary, that I took this campaign to the people, to the hard- working, middle-class families who have always been the hope and the soul of our country.

It was here, in New Hampshire, in classrooms and living rooms and high-tech office suites and on factory floors that I listened and learned from you about the cares and concerns of American families.

I'm running for president to fight for you. And it is for you and your families that I intend to win this election.

(APPLAUSE)

All week long, all across America, I've been talking about an issue that is fundamental to our families and our future, a dramatic new commitment to education, not just for the early years, but for life.

So today I want to speak very concretely about the choice we face in education and what it means to families.

For me, it all comes down to this: If we want a strong economy to enrich all our families, then we have to give everyone who wants it, the opportunity to learn more and make the most of themselves. We have to make American education the best, most accessible, most affordable in the entire world.

(APPLAUSE)

We've come a long way, these past eight years. Everybody knows we were worse off eight years ago than we are today.

You remember what it was like here in Manchester in the cold winter of recession. It was practically a nightmare over on Elm Street; it's not that way anymore.

But this election is not an award for past performance. I'm asking you to vote for me, not on the basis of the economy we have, but I'm asking for your support on the basis of a better, fairer, most prosperous America that we can build together. Let's make sure that our prosperity enriches not just a few, but all of our families.

(APPLAUSE)

Let's support parents and strengthen families. Let's invest in education, middle-class tax cuts and a secure retirement.

We stand at a decisive moment. Will we raise our sights and broaden our vision? Will we use our prosperity and our record surpluses to help you and your families make a better life?

For all of our progress, I am not satisfied. I've been to places like the Lilly C. Evans School (ph) in Dade County, Florida, which was so overcrowded, the students had lunch in shifts with the first shift starting at 9:30 in the morning.

I've been to Avondale Elementary School in Columbus, Ohio, a great school, but one which was so crowded, children spent recess in the hallways, and art and music classes were held in a trailer.

And I'm not satisfied when parents have to worry whether their children are being taught in modern, high-quality schools and classrooms.

I visited elementary schools, schools where the oldest student isn't even a teenager; yet, schools where there are fears of violence and conflict. And I'm not satisfied when a parent's most basic lessons of decency, discipline and respect aren't reinforced in the classroom.

HEMMER: Vice President Al Gore on the stump this morning in Manchester, New Hampshire. Again, the topic is education for the vice president.

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