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Bush Begins Tour of Midwest Battleground StatesAired October 23, 2000 - 11:52 a.m. ET
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DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: And from a humor point of politics to the real deal, very serious, 15 days left. George W. Bush on the campaign trail. He is in Kansas City today. Let's listen go ahead and listen in to what the Texas governor has to say.
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GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: These are good folks, really good folks. Yesterday, in Austin, Texas, 28 fellow governors stood up and we began the kickoff for the final stretch run. These are men and women who have served their states with distinction and honor and class and integrity, and I'm proud to call them friends. And I can't thank these four men for standing up here with me today. These are good folks, and I'm lucky to be able to stand with them.
And I appreciate my friend John Hill (ph). John Hill was the statewide elected official on the Democrat ticket in the state of Texas. He and other Democrat officials, former officials and some current folks are out for me, stumping for me. It's indicative of what can happen when you elect somebody to office who's willing to reach across the partisan divide. And that's what I've been willing to do to get things done.
We started this Barnstorm for Reform in Austin, as I mentioned, with 28 governors by my side. And they're all out campaigning, and they're going nonstop until November the 7th. And that's what I'm here to ask you to do as well.
I didn't want to send spokesmen to carry this message, I wanted to send examples. These men and women are part of this great movement of reform that's changing our country and changing American politics.
From Albany to Austin, from Madison to Phoenix, Republican governors are solving problems people once thought were hopeless. We've transformed education. We've moved millions of citizens from welfare to work. We've cut taxes over and over and protected the environment. Provided better health care and fought hard against crime.
I've always said government should do a few things and do them well. And that's exactly what we have done.
In the process, conservatism has become the creed of hope, the creed of compassion and the creed of reform. Instead of focusing on getting even, or even getting reelected, we have focused on getting results and of getting things done.
KAGAN: We have been listening to Texas Governor George W. Bush. Big push is on. Fifteen days left before election day. The Texas governor making a push through the battleground states in the Midwest.
As for his opponent, Democrat Al Gore will be in the Northwest today. And we will be stopping on his event live. He will be in Everett, Washington with his rally at a 2:35 p.m. Eastern. You will see that live here on CNN.
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