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George W. Bush Addresses Public High School Students in Redwood City, California

Aired September 26, 2000 - 11:52 a.m. ET

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

DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: Let's go to the other side of the country, to California, to Redwood City, California, just south of San Francisco. Here's Texas Gov. George W. Bush talking at a public high school in Redwood City.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

GOV. GEORGE. W. BUSH (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Anyway.

(LAUGHTER)

You know, I'm thrilled with what's happening in this part of our country. The entrepreneurial spirit is strong, the economy is pretty darn good for a lot of folks. By the way, government doesn't create wealth. Government's role is to create an environment in which small businesses can grow to be big businesses, in which people can dream big dreams.

But there's a...

(APPLAUSE)

But in some places there's a recession in America. In some school districts, there's a recession and this country needs to do something about it early before it's too late. Because as exciting the activities that take place here in the Silicon Valley, it also poses a threat for the future of our country, that if we don't make sure every child gets educated, people will be left behind. If American students don't lead the world in math and science, the next generation of Americans may not lead the world.

KAGAN: Listening a little bit to Texas Gov. George W. Bush as he speaks at a public high school in Redwood City, California, another take on the good economy that we just heard from President Clinton. The Texas governor pointing out, in his opinion, the government's job not to create wealth, rather to create an environment where companies like those in Silicon Valley can grow.

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