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Election 2000: George Bush Addresses Daytona Beach Crowd on D.C. Cynicism

Aired October 25, 2000 - 10:26 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: Want to take you live now to Daytona Beach, Florida, where Governor Bush of Texas is holding a campaign rally. Let's listen in.

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GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: In less than two weeks, help is on the way.

I am excited to be here with a fantastic patriot, named John McCain. He mentioned the primary, but what he didn't mention was he knocked me down in the snows a couple of times. A tough competitor, but I want you to know, because of our competition and because of the friendship, and because he put me through my paces, I am a better candidate as a result of John McCain. But more importantly, our country is a better country because of John McCain. I am proud to call him friend.

Also on the stage with us today, we have got other patriots. We have got recipients of the Medal of Honor, men who served their country with distinction and men who understand that, should I be the president, should I be the commander-in-chief, should I be in charge, a promise made will be a (INAUDIBLE) who are in uniform, to the men and women who have worn our uniform, we make this solemn promise: We will keep our pledges. We will not only keep our pledges to you as veterans, we will keep our pledges to you as men and women who fought for freedom. We will rebuild our military power to keep the peace.

I want to thank George Epps (ph) and the good folks at this fine school, higher -- learning -- institution of higher learning. We are proud to be here. Thank you so much at Embry-Riddle for opening up this fantastic facility to the thousands who are inside and thanks to the thousands who are outside, who could not get in. We appreciate you being here.

I want to the thank David Merrill here. David represents the Florida police benevolent association. Yes, they took a poll among their members, the rank and file, the people who work every single day to make Florida a peaceful place. And I understand from David, the vote was overwhelming. They're not interested in the status quo. They want a fresh face in Washington, D.C. I am honored to have your support and the men and women who wear the uniform. And finally, before I get cranked up, I'm traveling with some pretty good company. You know you can judge the nature of a man by the company he keeps. And I keep really good company every day. I married well just like Senator McCain. We married above ourselves. You mark my words, if all goes well November seventh, you are going to love the next first lady of the United States. We value our faith. We love our family.

And I'm standing here asking for the vote because I love my country. I love what America stands for. Never forget this is the greatest nation on the face of the earth. We are a blessed land but we can do better in Washington, D.C. It doesn't have to be that way. It doesn't have to be a land of finger-pointing and name calling, and divisiveness. I want the young here to know that we can do better. And that's what this campaign is all about. It is a campaign -- it's a campaign of lifting this country's spirits and raising our sights. It's a campaign that has set a clear agenda for a better tomorrow.

Now, one of the reasons I'm here is not only to ask for your vote, but to ask for your help. Grassroots politics is what is going to win a close election, and we've got the best grassroots political organization around the country of any campaign in a long period of time. You know why? Because the American people don't (INAUDIBLE). They want a fresh start, a fresh start after a season of incredible cynicism.

KAGAN: We've been listening to Texas Governor George W. Bush as he makes a stop on his one-day bus tour of the state of Florida. He is traveling with his brother Jeb, who happens to be governor of that state. This was once thought to be a state that would go strictly to George W. Bush. It has now become a battleground state between him and Vice President Al Gore.

And speaking of the vice president, he, too, has a tough fight on his hands. He, today, will be in his home state of Tennessee. That should be coming our way, a speech there on education in the next hour. And you will see that live here on CNN.

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