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Bill Cosby Introduces Al Gore at Carnegie Mellon University Campaign Event

Aired October 27, 2000 - 2:21 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: Now we want to take you live to another campaign event. This for Al Gore at Carnegie Mellon University outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A familiar face introducing the vice president, traveling with him today, we'll hear from Bill Cosby first.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

BILL COSBY, COMEDIAN: ...Embraced them and they are now citizens, and they can 11 days from now make a statement. And they can pull it and then someone else can come in and pull the other side and that's even. And you keep going until somebody wins. But at least you made a statement that day, the biggest one. And you make a statement about the whole ticket, this state of Pennsylvania, the city of Pittsburgh.

I am a Pennsylvanian and I remember my days in Philadelphia, lower economic area. My parents were not poor, they were broke.

(APPLAUSE)

And I remember, I remember how important it was to them that day, rain, snow, whatever, when they both -- I'm not here. (PHONE RINGING]

(LAUGHTER)

When they both got off from work, and the committeemen, the aldermen, the whatever men, the one that got them out for whatever, came in a car, picked my mother and father up and left me with Russell and Bob. They would be right back, my father said, had something important to do that's going to change the course of this nation. That's how important my father made himself sound that day. Even when he brought home his paycheck, he wasn't that proud. You think I'm kidding, but it's the truth. And then they would come home and my father would say: You're mother put the man in office.

(LAUGHTER)

And my father would say: But I took him over the top.

(APPLAUSE)

I'm asking you to take someone to the polls. Take someone, especially someone who cannot get out. Please, take somebody and make sure that they vote, because this is very, very important. This is a time when those people that you don't want in office have a chance to get in office. And if you brought a friend along with you, you could take them over the top.

Now, I forgot to tell you one thing, my mother and father voted for the same man, Richardson Dillworth (ph).

(LAUGHTER)

But there was no one else running. They just had to have a count. And my mother and father, I have to tell you, were each paid a dollar apiece.

I needn't tell you that it was a lot of money in those days. But they voted, ladies and gentlemen. And today I want to now bring out some wonderful people along with the gentleman who is going to give up his family, his everything for the next four years. This is one hell of a job. And this is why we have to go to the poll because somebody's got to do it and why not give it to him. Does that make sense?

(APPLAUSE)

OK.

Marimba Malion (ph), come out please. I think I'm doing it properly. Marimba, hello, Laura Tyson.

(APPLAUSE)

Ladies and gentlemen, Al Gore!

(APPLAUSE)

VICE PRES. AL GORE (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: All right, I snuck out early.

(APPLAUSE)

ALLEN: All right, as you just heard, perhaps, Al Gore whisper to Bill Cosby, he snuck out early. When it's his turn to speak, we will rejoin that campaign event right now.

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