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Gov. George W. Bush Delivers Remarks to Supports in Des Moines, Iowa

Aired October 23, 2000 - 2:36 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: Two weeks to go till we all go to the polls and the candidates are going at it nonstop. Right now, we want to listen in as George Bush tries to get votes in Des Moines, Iowa. He's visiting a printing company.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: ... surplus means and how it's going to affect not only business, but people's lives in a positive way.

First, we have a projected surplus, and that's after, but the budgets of our government grow. Surplus means that after 10 years of growth of programs there's still money. And that's important to realize, it's important to realize the cash flows coming into government, there's $25 trillion projected cash flow over 10 years and $21 trillion, roughly, of expenditures. That means we've got to have a lot of programs funded, but still there's money.

And the fundamental difference of this campaign, if you listen closely to the rhetoric, is I don't think the surplus exists because of the ingenuity and hard work of the federal government. I think the surplus exists because of the ingenuity and hard work of hard working American people. That's why the surplus exists.

(APPLAUSE)

I don't think the surplus is indicative of our people being under-taxed.

(LAUGHTER)

If you have more money than projected expenditures, seems like to me that the government may be taking too much of people's checks.

(APPLAUSE)

ALLEN: Gov. Bush, again, barnstorming there in Iowa. And he is also launching his "Barnstorm for Reform." That's a tour to send 28 of the nation's Republican governors across the country. All the while, Al Gore and the Democratic National Committee are sending out a videotape across the country, some Texans who don't like George Bush's record there. So with just a few days to go before people go to the polls, the campaigns are staying busy. We expect Al Gore to hold an event in Washington State this hour. We'll bring you a snippet of that as well.

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