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Bill Cosby Introduces Al Gore in Charleston, West Virginia

Aired October 27, 2000 - 10:31 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

BILL HEMMER, CNN ANCHOR: In the meantime, Bill Cosby, now, speaking at the podium in Charleston, West Virginia.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

BILL COSBY, COMEDIAN: And they said that he won because of their two votes. My father, he loved to tell that story. He loved it. He said: Well, your mother pushed it over the top, he said, and then I kept him from climbing up.

So, ladies and gentlemen, it's important. I would like all of you to get your little automobiles out. See the voting machine is wonderful, it's better than the slot machine.

Oh, yes, you don't lose when you pull. So, take somebody, take somebody who can't read, can't hear and tell them, tell them who to vote for, you know.

He's a good person, you know. Pull it like that. Then Humphries (ph) will be in there, you know. Humphries is going to get us bigger chickens, larger steaks and fresher vegetables.

I don't know what he told you but hold him to that, what I just said. By the way, my mother and father each got a dollar apiece. I know a lot of you old people remember that. You get -- well, now, I don't know if it was a lot of money back then. They kept saying they didn't have it. My parents were not poor, they were broke.

Now, I'm going to put my glasses on. Hmm?

CROWD: (INAUDIBLE)

COSBY: Who's not?

CROWD: (INAUDIBLE)

COSBY: No, this is my money. My mother and father are still broke. No, all the times I asked them to give me things and they didn't give it to me, I wrote that stuff down, man.

Here we go. All right, now, ladies and gentlemen, they are going to come down these steps and we want you to just welcome them, all right. The vice president of the United States, ladies and gentlemen, Al Gore. Senator Jay Rockefeller is in that crowd, Congressman Bob White. And you got Ritchie and Cecil. All right!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

HEMMER: Again, as we await the vice president to step up in front of the microphone, Bill Cosby, obviously and apparently, on the trail today with the vice president.

This stop in West Virginia has been met with mixed reaction from different Democratic circles simply because, for a number of years and a number of elections, West Virginia has been solidly Democratic. However, the vice president, due to the closeness of this race, has been forced to campaign in certain parts of the country where certainly he would rather spend his time in other areas, assuming that certain states were indeed a lock for his party and his candidacy in this year.

As the vice president works through the crowd, we do anticipate several people to come to the podium, the microphone there, and deliver an address. The crowd seems to be rather fired up. This follows an event last night in Wisconsin where it is said there by local police that greater than 30,000 people showed up for the appearance of the vice president and his speech last night in that critical state.

The latest Gallup Poll numbers here at CNN do show, as of yesterday, George W. Bush with a seven-point lead right now. That tracking poll has been known to fluctuate at different points during this election and part of the reason for that is simply because the election is indeed so tight.

In past years, where there's been a clear margin of difference between two or three candidates, and the fluctuations in the poll weren't as obvious. In a race such as this, it is quite apparent that the difference can be measured on a day-to-day basis and a measurement that appears to be a bit out of whack. But, indeed, in a close race, opinions can change nearly on a daily basis.

Back to West Virginia now, live.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A great Democrat, Bill Cosby!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

I want to say from the bottom of my heart to the UMWA members and their families who are here today, we've got coal miners from Virginia, coal miners from Ohio, coal miners from Kentucky, coal miners from Pennsylvania and coal miners from West Virginia.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

I got a head start on everyone yesterday. I'm not going to be here on election day, so I voted yesterday and I didn't take long to vote because I voted for health care for coal miners yesterday.

HEMMER: As the event continues in Charleston, we're going to get a quick timeout here. Again, comments from the vice president when he steps to the microphone.

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