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Bush Promises to Keep Social Security Safe for Florida Voters

Aired October 25, 2000 - 1:05 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: Florida is one of several swing states that the candidates had hoped to have sewn up by now. Bush is, right now, in a campaign event in Sanford, Florida, that's just north of Orlando. Joining the Bush brothers today is Arizona Senator John McCain, himself a one-time candidate. Gore, -- excuse me, Bush this morning attacked Gore's Social Security plan, right now he's talking education.

We'll listen in for a new moments.

GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: There are no second-rate children in America and there are no second-rate dreams.

(APPLAUSE)

A major priority has got to be Social Security reform. Half of that surplus -- half of that surplus is going to go for one thing and that's only Social Security. The Congress in the past, over the objections of Senator McCain, have sometimes used that Social Security money for other things other than social security. Those days are over with. We're going to keep the promise to the elderly. We're going to say, once and for all, Social Security payroll taxes belong only to Social Security.

Now, I understand politics. Sometimes people in our family learn it the hard way about the politics of the elderly. As you may remember: 1994, people in this state sometimes try to scare people into the voting booth. Yes, that's what happened in '94 and they're going to try to do it again in the year 2000. You wait until they start -- they are, you're right sir.

They're moving some of these telephone calls in here trying to scare seniors into the booths. They're trying to say, you know, old George W. is going to take away your check -- but not when you set aside $2.4 trillion of Social Security surplus. They can't make that case -- they can try.

But we're not going to let them this time this year. We're going to tell them loud and clear, a promise made will be a promise kept to the seniors of this country.

(APPLAUSE)

ALLEN: George W. Bush in Sanford, Florida right now; and a poll by one newspaper, "The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel," finds Bush leading in Florida with 46 percent to Gore's 41 percent.

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