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Bush Addresses Voters in Tampa, Florida

Aired November 5, 2000 - 7:02 p.m. ET

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

GENE RANDALL, CNN ANCHOR: And we're going back to Tampa, Florida, Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush is speaking at a rally. Let's listen in.

(APPLAUSE)

GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: Thank you all very much. Thanks for coming. This is a huge crowd, which leads me to be able to say, Florida is going to be Bush-Cheney country.

(APPLAUSE)

Laura and I are so honored that so many came tonight. We're counting on you. You're counting on me, and I'm counting on you to turn out a huge vote next Tuesday.

(APPLAUSE)

This is a night of many honors for me. I'm honored to be introduced by a great American, a strong American, a plain-spoken American: the great General Norman Schwarzkopf.

(APPLAUSE)

I'm proud to call Hank Williams Jr. my friend.

(APPLAUSE)

If he owns a tux, he might get to come to the inauguration if it all works out right. If not, we'll just rent him one.

I'm honored that my brother is such a fabulous brother and a great governor.

(APPLAUSE)

I mean, a great governor.

Connie Mack has done a fabulous job in the United States Senate.

(APPLAUSE)

And he is going to be replaced by a good friend of mine, a great Floridian, please welcome the new senator-to-be, Senator Bill McCulloch.

(APPLAUSE)

Got a few more announcements to make. You got a great mayor here in Tampa.

(APPLAUSE)

I know he's a Democrat, but he's what I call an open-minded Democrat. He's one of these Democrats who knows Washington doesn't have to be a place of bitterness and name calling and finger pointing. He understands that a leader can make a difference in Washington just like he has made a difference in Tampa Bay. I'm proud to call Dick Greco my friend.

(APPLAUSE)

You got another hometown man running for statewide office. He cares about children. You call him Charlie Crist, I call him Chalkboard Charlie.

(APPLAUSE)

And finally, I think you can judge the nature of a man by the company he keeps. I'm keeping really good company with the fabulous first lady...

(APPLAUSE)

We've been married, as of today, 23 years.

(APPLAUSE)

She's obviously a patient woman. I guarantee you, 23 years ago, when I proposed to her in Midland, Texas, she never thought that we'd be two days away from holding the highest office of our land.

(APPLAUSE)

But I promise you this, she's going to make a great first lady of the United States.

(APPLAUSE)

I came up in the world of politics, where you learned to ask for the vote and thank people for help, so I'm here -- I'm here to look you all in the eye and say, I want your vote. I want your help. I want you to join forces to turn out a huge vote next Tuesday.

(APPLAUSE)

And we got a great chance, we got a great chance, because the people are beginning to understand, we stand side by side with the people, and I'm running against a man who thinks differently than most of us do. I'm running against a man who trusts the federal government to make decisions for our lives. (BOOING)

We trust people, and if you listen to the different policies that I outlined, every one of them has at its core, the American people need to be trusted by the president and the federal government out of Washington, D.C.

(APPLAUSE)

Take, for example, Social Security -- you know, when I first got running, a lot of the folks said, well, you better not talk about Social Security. They call it the third rail of American politics. It's the rail that when you touch it, it shocks you. But, folks, I'm running for a reason, I don't want to just hold the office, I want to bring Republicans and Democrats together to solve important problems on behalf of the American people.

(APPLAUSE)

General Schwarzkopf is right, he's right, we've got to reject the old-style politics of scaring seniors into the voting booth. Where I come from, the person who tries to scare the voters is a person who isn't very comfortable with his own positions. Where I come from, if you try to tear somebody down it means you're not too proud of your own stance.

(APPLAUSE)

I think that's the way the people of Florida feel as well. Our -- the promise this nation has made to our seniors will be a promise this nation keeps should I be fortunate enough to be your president. But I'm also going to bring Republicans and Democrats together to be able to make sure there is a system for the younger workers -- we got to trust the younger workers to manage their own money in the private markets.

(APPLAUSE)

I want to thank you all for bringing your children, if you're a mom, or a dad, or a grandparent, because I want to say as clearly as I can, Dick Cheney and I will do everything we can to make the world more peaceful. But I want a strong hand when it comes to keeping the peace. The role of a leader is to anticipate, is to look down the road. I'm anticipating problems in the military, because the military has been neglected. Too many captains are leaving, too many enlisted personnel aren't happy.

I worry, I worry a lot about running against an opponent who uses the word "U.S. military" and "nation building" in the same breath. I worry about a unfocused mission. You see, the mission of the United States military must be well prepared, to fight and win war and, therefore, prevent war from happening in the first place. We need a new commander-in-chief who will rebuild the military power of the United States of America.

(APPLAUSE) This great nation has got issues ahead of us that's going to require new leadership, somebody who won't be pitting one group of people against another, somebody who will have a positive vision. Perhaps the biggest challenge as we head into the 21st century is to make sure every child in America is educated and not one child gets left behind.

(APPLAUSE)

(speaking Spanish)

So important that every child learn to read and every child learn. It's a challenge, but I want to assure your good governor, I don't want to be the federal superintendent of schools. Now, I'm not interested in being the national principal. See, I believe in local control of schools. I trust the people of Tampa, Florida. I trust you.

(APPLAUSE)

And when we find children trapped in schools that will not teach nor will -- nor change, instead of accepting the status quo -- you see, I understand what happens when you move kids through the system -- instead of accepting the status quo, we'll empower parents to make different choices for their children, because that will give parents that option of saying, I'm sick and tired of mediocrity for my child. We'll free the children and free the parents, because there is no second-rate children in America.

(APPLAUSE)

There is a lot of talk about Medicare during this campaign. You've heard the discussions. Here's my view, every senior ought to be -- have prescription drug benefits in Medicare. The government ought to help all seniors afford prescription drugs, with the most help going to the poorest of seniors.

Our political philosophy says that in this great nation, if somebody can't help themselves, we will help them. Our philosophy says that when -- anytime we find a senior having to choose between medicine and food, we will help them. And by the way, if you're unhappy with Medicare under our vision, you should be given different alternatives and different choices to be able to plan your health future. Now, I want -- there has been a lot of talk about Medicare, you know, he's got a plan and I got a plan, and we're throwing this number around, and all these ads, you know -- I think it's trying to confuse people.

But one thing that is not confusing is the record. One thing that isn't confusing is this, and I want you to tell the undecided senior, or undecided citizen, in '92, they campaigned around the country saying, we'll fix Medicare, and then they had another election that's four years later, they said the same thing, give us a chance, we'll fix Medicare -- here we are eight years later, eight years from '92, four years from '96, it sounds like echoes from the past, they're still saying the exact same thing. Now, I'm running against an opponent whose favorite -- one of his favorite expressions is, "you ain't seen nothing." And he's right, we ain't seen nothing.

(APPLAUSE)

RANDALL: Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush in Tampa, Florida. Both he and Al Gore are working battleground states this weekend, and Florida is certainly one of those states.

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