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George W. Bush Calls on Eastern Tennessee Residents to 'Help Turnout That Vote Four Days From Today'

Aired October 10, 2000 - 1:16 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: Back live now to Eastern Tennessee. George W. Bush has taken his campaign to Al Gore's home state, where one poll shows Bush with a slight lead. Hank Williams Jr. has just introduced the Republican presidential candidate and we'll listen in for a few minutes.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Be patient. Help is on the way. Twenty-eight days from today, the great people of this country are going to change government. We will have a new leader, a new attitude, a new way of conducting the nation's business by bringing people together. This nation does not want four more years of Clinton-Gore. This nation wants a new change for a better tomorrow.

(APPLAUSE)

One of my abilities, and I am proud of it in Texas, was to be able to attract Democrat votes. What we call discerning Democrats, open-minded Democrats. And today, I am so proud to be joined by three distinguished Americans, who represent the kind of support that I'm receiving across the country.

First, I wish you would join me in welcoming the former Attorney General of the United States under President Jimmy Carter, and now a strong supporter, General Griffin Bell.

(CHEERING)

Coming out of the great state of Florida, a state that has got a pretty good governor, too, by the way is Florida Agriculture Commissioner, elected statewide Democrat, Mr. Bob Crawford.

A fellow out of Atlanta who I got to know. He is a businessman, an entrepreneur. This guy is a good fellow. He is a man who in 1992 didn't see it our way. He was the fund-raising chairman for the state of Georgia for the Clinton-Gore campaign. After watching eight years, he decided this nation needs new leadership. I am proud to welcome Virgil Williams.

(APPLAUSE) It's so important for this campaign to reach across the partisan divide, and that's what I'm here to ask you to do. Listen, I was raised in the old-style politics. I was raised, if you didn't come and ask for the vote, you are never going to get it. I am here in East Tennessee asking for the vote. I want you to go to my behalf.

(APPLAUSE)

But I also want you -- I also want you to join this campaign. I'm here with a great friend of Tennessee, Senator Howard Baker. He taught me a lot of lessons. He said, you better make you invigorate the grassroots. You better ask the people for not only their vote, but their help.

Laura and I are here in Eastern Tennessee, to ask you to help turnout that vote four days from today. Four weeks from today, we need to turn out the vote. We need to get working hard. We need to start saying to our friends and neighbors: Let's go do what's right for America.

Now I understand -- I understand that my opponent is fixing to go down to Texas, or somebody on his team is, and kind of try to tear down our state. Come on down! We welcome to talk about the Texas record. This is a state where both Republicans and Democrats have worked together to improve public education; to retorm -- to reform the welfare system; to increase the job base by meaningful and real tort reform.

We got a juvenile justice system that says to our children: We love you, but discipline and love go hand in hand.

No, I look forward to talking about the Texas record. And Texas is a great place to live, just like the great state of Tennessee.

(APPLAUSE)

Tennessee is a fine place to live. I guess, though, it depends on who your landlord is.

(APPLAUSE)

We got a debate tomorrow night. I look forward to it. I look forward to it because there's a huge difference of opinion in our campaigns. There's a big difference about how we think. The best way to summarize it is this: My opponent is of Washington, for Washington and by Washington. He thinks all knowledge and all wisdom exists in Washington, D.C.

Ours is the campaign that trusts the American people. We trust you with your money, we trust with you children, we trust you when it comes to making health care decisions.

(APPLAUSE)

ALLEN: George W. Bush rallying Republican troops there in Eastern Tennessee, Al Gore's home state. And using a familiar refrain, "Be patient," he said, "help is on the way."

We brought you a Al Gore campaign rally a couple of hours ago here on CNN. Al Gore campaigning in Florida.

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