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Speaker Hastert Comments on Bush DUI Arrest

Aired November 3, 2000 - 10:14 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: We want to go live to Capitol Hill. Once again, this is House Speaker Dennis Hastert. Let's listen in.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

REP. DENNIS HASTERT (R-IL), HOUSE SPEAKER: We have the water bill or the Everglades bill up. So move a rule, move that bill. And maybe our last business until the 13th of November.

QUESTION: Does that mean you're going to pass the two-week CR?

HASTERT: Be a CR presumably until the 14th.

QUESTION: You say maybe. What is it contingent on?

HASTERT: Well, if we don't pass it, then we're back here tomorrow.

QUESTION: Is it recorded vote or voice vote?

HASTERT: Any other questions?

QUESTION: Sir, what's your take on the Bush situation?

HASTERT: Well, you know, (inaudible) going to drop something yesterday, you know, drop something today and they'll drop something tomorrow. I think it's the last gasp of a campaign that they know they're losing and trying to find anything they can. I think people are tired of that kind of campaigning. I think they're tired of that type of personal attack.

So I think the candidate, our candidate, Governor Bush, handled that as well as possible. He was straightforward, told the people what happened, he was sorry, it was something that he did when he was 30 years old, and I think probably a lot of people can probably identify with that.

QUESTION: Does it hurt his credibility at all? Should he have come forward earlier with this?

HASTERT: Well, I think anybody who runs for public office has to look and think and say that probably they're going to have to stand up and do a complete confession of their whole life. You know, there's some things you do when you're young and for family reasons you decide to make it public or not make it public. But I think you probably have to understand that in public life, especially running for president or Congress or anything else, your life's going to be laid out open and you need to be able to talk about it when it happens.

QUESTION: Any effect on the House races, sir?

HASTERT: I don't think it does, no.

KAGAN: Listening to some comments there from House Speaker Dennis Hastert, as he speaks out on Capitol Hill. Reporters questioning him about the news that has broken over the last day about George W. Bush running for president, confirming that 24 years ago, he was arrested for driving under the influence. That news just coming out now. The governor then coming out and saying -- acknowledging that that report was accurate, but not believing that it has application to whether people should vote for him or not.

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