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Liz Cheney Perry Previews Tonight's Vice Presidential Debate

Aired October 5, 2000 - 2:40 p.m. ET

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

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Let's get a little more inside information on tonight's debate. We are joined by the coordinator of Dick Cheney's debate team, Liz Cheney Perry, who just happens to be Dick Cheney's daughter. She is in Kentucky.

Thank you for being with us, Liz.

LIZ CHENEY PERRY, DICK CHENEY'S DAUGHTER: Thank you for having me, Natalie.

ALLEN: How did you get this job?

PERRY: Well, I have been very excited about my father joining the ticket, and wanted to help however I could. And so I have really been helping to kind of organize the efforts of a large number of people who are kind of expert and have the expertise, having been through previous presidential debates, and who also are kind of policy experts in a whole range of areas. So both my sister and I are working very hard on the campaign and doing whatever we can to help.

ALLEN: Joe Lieberman has reportedly been relentless in past debates. How have you helped your father to take him on tonight?

PERRY: Well, I tell you, Natalie, we have really focused more much at looking at this debate as an opportunity to talk to the American people, as an opportunity to have a conversation with the American people and really kind of layout in straight talk what the facts are, and what Governor Bush and my father would like to do at this momentous time in our history.

We have a chance to -- to really make some true reform, to maintain a safety net for all Americans, but to make sure that Medicare and Social Security and our educational system, you know, thrive and are there for our future generations.

ALLEN: Are there some key points your father wants to make tonight to try and change people's minds during this debate. Our polls showed, from the presidential candidate debate, that it just didn't change many people's minds.

PERRY: I really think that it's -- it's more of a focus on kind of having a conversation. I mean, I think what's important is for people to get a sense that when they go into the polling place on November 7th, they have a choice between two different men who have a track report, each of them, each of Al Gore and Governor Bush have a track record.

And Governor Bush's track record is one of being able to reach across the aisle, form bipartisan consensus to get things done. And I think that, you know, just explaining that to people, you know, continuing along those same themes that Governor Bush urged in his debate earlier this week so that people understand that they can look at the experiences of Al Gore and of Governor Bush and make a judgment about which of those two men is best able to actually lead us into this century.

ALLEN: Liz Cheney Perry, we thank you for joining us. We know that people there in Danville, Kentucky are very glad to be hosting this debate tonight. Thanks so much.

PERRY: Well, we're thrilled to be here. Thank you.

ALLEN: Thank you for joining us. And again, it is at 9:00 p.m. tonight. And of course you can see it right here on CNN.

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