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Vice President Al Gore Addresses Women's Health Forum in Las Vegas

Aired September 18, 2000 - 4:21 p.m. ET

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

BERNARD SHAW, CNN ANCHOR: Thank you, Jan.

Presidential candidate Al Gore is in Las Vegas at this hour, addressing a women's health forum at the University of Nevada.

AL GORE, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: ... earlier, and Andre Agassi was part of that conversation, it's always good to see the greatest tennis player ever in history...

(APPLAUSE)

... from Nevada. And incidentally, I want to say a word about Lori Harrigan, who is the great softball pitcher at the Olympics from Las Vegas.

(APPLAUSE)

And, in fact, the women's track and field head coach, Karen Dennis, lives in Las Vegas, and also Charlene Tagaloa in volleyball. And it's great to be able to watch those.

Let me tell you why I came here. I came here to ask for your support and to talk about the challenges that we face. Just seven weeks from tomorrow, Americans will go to the polls to choose a new future for our country. Seven short weeks from tomorrow, we face a choice not of politics or personalities so much as a choice of priorities.

What are we going to do with our nation's prosperity? What are we going to do with those budget surpluses that have been built up? What are we going to say is most important when we talk to our kids and follow up our words with our actions? Will we squander this chance on a huge tax cut for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class that hurts our prosperity and progress, or will we fight for middle-class families and men and women who are paying the bills, making mortgage payments and house payments and car payments, I mean, and doing right by their kids?

I'll tell you, it makes a huge difference whether or not you have somebody who will fight for you, and I want to fight for you!

(APPLAUSE) That's why I'm running, that's what this race is all about. We have actually seen something of a test of the approach I'm recommending and the approach my opponent is recommending, because eight years ago, we saw the results of the same prescription that is being offered on the other side now. When my opponent says that we were a whole lot better off eight years ago than we are today...

(BOOING)

... I don't remember it that way either. Because I remember the big deficits approaching $300 billion a year and predicted to keep going up, and no plan to do anything about them -- high unemployment, jobs being shipped overseas, the crime rate was rising, all the social problems were getting worse, and people were beginning to lose hope that we could get our act together and start moving in the right direction again.

Well, Harry mentioned the tie-breaking vote in '93, there was a new plan and you helped President Clinton and me bring about change in this country, and when that plan was adopted we started beginning to turn things around. And over the last eight years, we've made some progress, we haven't gone far enough.

But the biggest deficits have now become the biggest surpluses. Instead of a triple-dip recession, we've seen a tripling of the stock market. Instead of high unemployment, we've got the lowest African- American unemployment ever measured, the lowest Hispanic unemployment ever measured, 22 million new jobs and the strongest economy in the history of the United States of America.

(APPLAUSE)

SHAW: Vice President Al Gore in Las Vegas at the University of Nevada addressing a women's health forum.

Now back to Jan Hopkins in New York.

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