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Special Event

Gore Holds Campaign Rally in East Lansing, Michigan

Aired October 29, 2000 - 4:48 p.m. ET

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

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

TIPPER GORE, AL GORE'S WIFE: ... that this man has -- and I'm only going to say this since...

GENE RANDALL, CNN ANCHOR: Vice President Al Gore has brought his Democratic campaign for president to East Lansing in the battleground state of Michigan, he's being introduced by his wife Tipper. And we're going there now.

T. GORE: ... anybody that puts his family first is going to, for sure, put your family first. I want you to know that. I am very proud of that. And his entire career of public service has been built on getting up every day and not figuring out how much money he can make for himself, but what he could do to make lives better for people in Tennessee and all across this country, and I say that to tell you that's what he cares about. That's what drives him. That's what his passion is. That's what his conviction is. And I am so proud of him and I am so proud of this campaign and I am proud of his choice for vice president in Joe Lieberman. This is a dream ticket. This is a winning ticket. Thank you for helping us. Thank you for working for us. Thank you, all, over there.

I want to see Michigan choose Gore and Lieberman, and it can be in your hands. You can make the deciding vote happen. I want to tell you -- I want to remind you: people are saying this is a close race, and it is a close race, make no mistake about it, but you hold the future in your hands. When John Kennedy ran for president in 1960, he ended up winning by 1 vote per precinct. That could be your vote, or it could be the vote that you get, or way in the back, it could be the one that you convince to go and vote. And our young people, they are not cynical. They are not sitting home undecided. How many of you are young? You care about the future of your country, don't you? Yes, you do.

And everybody is not sitting home waiting for some pollster to call, right? You care about this country because you love this country, you know what works best for this country, you know that we are on the right track in this country, and it makes a difference who you elect.

I am so proud that you have put your trust in Al Gore and Joe Lieberman to lead this country. I am so proud that you recognize that the next person who is president of this country is going to have an impact, whether it's through the Supreme Court to continue civil rights, and womens' rights, and equal rights -- it matters!

Tell people. You got nine days -- that's right. So I am excited to present the passion of my life and somebody who can put passion in your life...

(LAUGHTER)

AL GORE, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: You are hot!

(LAUGHTER)

T. GORE: ... my husband, with your help, the next president of the United States who will work for you and work for people: Al Gore.

(APPLAUSE)

A. GORE: Tipper Gore!

(APPLAUSE)

Do you think Tipper rocks?

How come there are more signs that say "Tipper Rocks" than signs for me! Oh, I see the others.

Well, I love the way Tipper fights for me, and you'll love the way I fight for you.

(APPLAUSE)

And I want you to know that I believe it's especially important to make sure that we have the Congress in the hands of people who will fight for you, and we need Diane Byrum in the United States House of Representative as your next member of Congress from right here in East Lansing, and we need Debbie Stabenow to be the next senator from Michigan.

Sonya (ph), thank you for your kind words. God bless you. We're proud of you and appreciate you coming to be a part of this event. And to all of the distinguished guests who are gathered along with us and all of the people of East Lansing, this is a wonderful crowd. Can you hear me way in the back over there, way behind the press riser?

Thank you. This is a wonderful gathering. And you have come at the right time, because just nine days from today our country is going to make an extremely important choice that will determine the future prosperity of America. Prosperity itself is on the ballot, because there are two different plans, two very different agendas between which you have to choose.

I want to keep our prosperity going and extend it to every American and make sure everybody participates. I want to have middle- class tax cuts for the people who most need tax cuts, the ones who are having a hard time making car payments and house payments and making ends meet. This is the time when we have to take stock of where we have been and where we're going. And when my opponent, Governor Bush says that we were a whole lot better off eight years ago then we are today, I don't buy it.

When he recommends that we should go back to the kinds of policies that we had eight years ago, I disagree, because eight years ago we had the biggest deficits in the history of the United States, high unemployment, we were losing jobs, the crime rate was rising, we had repeat recessions, one after the other, one of them a triple recession.

Well, now, in the last years, because you gave Bill Clinton and me a chance to bring economic change to this country, instead of the biggest deficits, we have the biggest surpluses; instead of a triple- dip recession, we've had a tripling of the stock market; instead of high unemployment, we've got the lowest African-American unemployment ever measured, the lowest Latino unemployment ever measured, the lowest unemployment overall in 30 years, 22 million new jobs and officially the strongest economy in the 224-year history of the United States of America.

(APPLAUSE)

We need to keep it going. But I am not satisfied. I don't think it is nearly good enough. My message to you is this, you ain't seen nothing yet. We are going to do better still.

(APPLAUSE)

Getting hot up here.

Now, I am not asking anybody to vote for me on the basis of the economy we have, I'm asking for your support on the basis of the better, fairer, stronger economy that we can create together, especially for those who have not yet been able to participate in all this prosperity. I know that all these numbers sound good, the statistics measure success, but the truth is families in this country...

RANDALL: Vice President Al Gore bringing his Democratic campaign for president to East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan, of course, one of a handful of toss-up states which will help decide in a very big way who becomes the next president of this country. Election Day, November 7, less than two weeks away.

"CNN SUNDAY" is just ahead.

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