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Gore Holds Rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania

Aired November 2, 2000 - 9:37 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: The presidential candidates are sharpening their attacks in the final five days of the campaign. Here we see Vice President Al Gore in Scranton, Pennsylvania today.

Let's go ahead and listen in to the vice president.

AUDIENCE: We want Gore!

VICE PRES. AL GORE (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Thank you.

AUDIENCE: We want Gore! We want Gore! We want Gore!

GORE: Thank you very much my friends. I can't thank you enough for the enthusiastic welcome and the warmth of all the greetings, I am glad to see so many veterans who are here. I -- members of my fellow VFW members and American Legion Members and so many good friends here.

Well, I am here near Scranton today with a message of hope for our country.

First of all, with your help, we're going to win Pennsylvania five days from now.

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

And we're going to win the White House on Tuesday. And then we're going to work together to win the future of our country for the American people.

There's something more at stake in this election than the contest between the candidates. What's at stake is the promise of prosperity for all of our people. We have never had a chance this great to help every hard-working family open the door to their dreams. And this election really is a fork in the road for our country.

Now, the other side likes to say that we were better off eight years ago than we are today.

AUDIENCE: No way!

GORE: That was my reaction also. We have been down that road. And I'm here to serve, we are not going back. We're going forward.

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) Are you with me! Thanks to your hard work, we have 22 million new jobs, the biggest budget surpluses ever, the lowest unemployment in more than a generation. The lowest African-American and Latino unemployment rates in history.

As a matter of fact, I looked at a column in the "Wall Street Journal" this morning that measured practically every category of where we are today compared to where we were eight years ago, crime has gone down eight years in a row, unemployment has gone down, inflation has gone down. The biggest surplus, as I said, but it is important to remember that we used to have the biggest deficits. The stock market has tripled.

Now we've got a lot of hard work to do, but yes we have come a long way.

Now the question before us is: Where do we go from here? What will we do with our prosperity?

Well, I want to put the work for you, the hard-working families of this country, and make sure that you get your fair share of the pie. That is what this election is all about.

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

Now, my opponent has a very different view. He wants to change the very best things about the economic course we're on. He wants to go back.

Do you want to go back to the way it was eight years ago?

He wants to use our surplus to give huge tax cuts to the wealthiest of the wealthy, almost half of all of it to families in the top 1 percent, making an average of a million dollars a year. And the problem is, that would take us back to deficit and debt. Been there, done that, still paying the bill.

As a matter of fact, the third biggest item in the budget this year is interest on the debt that was mounted up during the 1980s, mostly. We quadrupled our national debt in just a little over a decade, and I want to pay down the debt, and get rid of the national debt so that these kids will be able to grow up in a country that is debt free, and they can start out their lives building their own dreams without having to carry that burden from the past.

(APPLAUSE)

My opponent's -- my opponent's idea, is, as I said, very different. He would actually propose to give more of the surplus to the wealthiest 90,000 multimillionaires, than all of the new investments he would make in all of the 90,000 public schools in America. And we're not going to go along with those kinds of -- with that kind of a priority.

I have a simple message. We have worked too hard on this economy to put it all at risk. I want to balance the budget every year, pay down the debt every year, shrink government spending to the smallest share of our national economy in 50 years, have a smaller and smarter government that's on your side, that works for you, that invests in your priorities.

KAGAN: We have been listening to Vice President Al Gore, as he conducts a campaign rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania this morning. Trying to appeal to veterans, also Pennsylvania being a big union state, and one of the key states left that appears to be undecided, in terms of whether it's going to go for Al Gore or George W. Bush.

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