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Election 2000: Stars Help Gore Become Democratic $6-million Man

Aired September 15, 2000 - 1:00 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: It now seems clear that George W. Bush and Al Gore will face off at least three times between now and election day in events produced by the Commission on Presidential Debates. That much was settled when the Bush camp abandoned its opposition to the commission's dates and venues. And we'll have more about the debates in a moment.

Today, the two camps and the commission are negotiating formats, with Bush insisting on something less formal than the tightly planned Q&As of years past. In the meantime, Democrat Gore is taking questions today at Howard University in Washington. He's promoting his plans to boost college enrollment by making college tuition largely tax-deductible.

Last night in New York, the stars came out to help Gore become the Democrats' $6-million man. The timing could have been better, but Hollywood, apparently, doesn't hold a grudge.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

JULIA ROBERTS, ACTRESS: Republican in the dictionary comes just after reptile and just before repugnant.

WATERS (voice-over): In a week that saw the Democratic presidential ticket blast the entertainment industry, some of the biggest names in show business showed their loyalties haven't changed.

(MUSIC)

It was music to the ears of Al Gore and Joe Lieberman. Don Henley, Crosby Stills & Nash, Sheryl Crow, Paul Simon, K.D. Lang, Jimmy Buffett and Jon Bon Jovi helped drum up $6.5 million for the Democratic National Committee.

But when the vice president took center stage, he said his condemnation of sex and violence in popular culture isn't just words on a script.

VICE PRES. AL GORE (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: It's wrong to market inappropriate material to children. We believe in this very deeply. If I'm entrusted with the presidency, we're going to fight to change that. And I know that all of you care so much about children and your families and loved ones, and I know that we will have your support as we move forward to make this a better country.

WATERS: Gore's Radio City gig followed a guest appearance a few blocks away on "The Late Show with David Letterman." With some help from Dave's writers, the candidate shared a few slogans his campaign considered but turned down.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, "THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN")

GORE: Number 10: Vote for me or I'll come to your home and explain my 191-PAGE economic plan to you in excruciating detail.

(APPLAUSE)

Number 9: Remember, America, I gave you the Internet and I can take it away. Think about that.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

(END VIDEOTAPE)

WATERS: And we know you're dying to hear the rest on that list, and we are going to play it for you later this hour. And in the next hour of "CNN TODAY," I'll be chatting with Karenna Gore, the vice president's daughter.

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