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Delaware Senate Race Too Close to Call

Aired November 6, 2000 - 2:23 p.m. ET

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

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: The Senate race in Delaware looks like it could be a squeaker. Veteran Senator William Roth, of Roth IRA fame, is battling the Democratic governor, Tom Carper.

Here's CNN's Bruce Morton with more on that.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You're our man. Better get in there.

BRUCE MORTON, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Democrat Tom Carper: two-term governor, now term-limited and running for the Senate. His opponent: Republican incumbent Bill Roth, 30 years in the Senate and seeking, at age 79, a fresh six-year term.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Are you here for your flu shot?

SEN. WILLIAM ROTH (R), DELAWARE: No, I'm trying to find -- I'm trying to get some polls.

MORTON: Ross one favored mandatory retirement at 70 for senators -- not now.

ROTH: I think, because of my seniority, my background, my chairmanship of Finance Committee enables me to make great contributions.

MORTON: But his chairmanship is term-limited -- would expire in two years. Carper doesn't raise the age question -- does talk about what he's done as governor: prescription-drug program for low-income seniors.

GOV. TOM CARPER (D-DE), DELAWARE SENATE CANDIDATE: Have any you of you signed up yet for the prescription-drug program here in the state of Delaware?

We get things done in Delaware. They don't do that so well in Washington. I just think we need a few more people in Washington who think and act like governors: folks that are result-oriented.

MORTON: And if that sounds like George W. Bush, so be it.

ROTH: I just got home from Washington, so I'm trying to shake as many hands as I can. MORTON: Ross, campaigning in between Senate sessions, has fallen twice: vertigo, he says.

ROTH: An inner-ear problem, right. And we went to the doctors, had a thorough examination. And I got a totally clean bill of health.

MORTON: Delaware is small -- three counties, three-quarters of a million people -- and prosperous -- banking, the DuPont Company. And because it's small and TV comes from out-of-state places like Philadelphia, retail campaigning still matters here.

CARPER: Thank you. Good luck. And thanks for the help.

MORTON: More than in most states, people here actually have met these candidates, and, in Roth's case, the family dogs. It's a tough choice for voters.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Is it time for Roth to go? I think it's a very difficult decision for many citizens.

MORTON: Most experts list it: too close to call.

Bruce Morton, CNN, Wilmington, Delaware.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Everyone will be watching closely.

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