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Election Day 2000: Americans Stress Importance of Voting

Aired November 7, 2000 - 2:50 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: Bobbie Battista is in touch with just about everybody today, and they're telling her what they think about this Election Day.

Bobbie, what do you got?

BOBBIE BATTISTA, HOST, "TALKBACK LIVE": Lou, as you know, voters are the key today and we've been talking to folks being seated down here for "TALKBACK LIVE."

Eric (ph), this was your first time voting, right?

ERIC: Yes it was.

BATTISTA: And you were so nervous you couldn't sleep last night.

ERIC: A little bit.

BATTISTA: Who did you vote for?

ERIC: I voted for George W. Bush.

BATTISTA: Why?

ERIC: Because he's the candidate that represents honesty, integrity, freedom and capitalism.

BATTISTA: All right; and John (ph) is from the state of Texas and, interesting enough, you voted for...

JOHN: Al Gore.

BATTISTA: Why?

JOHN: I was more impressed with Al Gore's understanding and presentation in the debates about government. Medicare and Social Security and the HMOs -- and I felt he had more experience and had the mechanics and understood it much better than George W.

BATTISTA: And let me take a phone call now from Lou (ph) on the phone in Georgia -- Lou?

LOU: Hello?

BATTISTA: Hi.

LOU: My comment is that I think that people who thought they weren't voting by not going to the polls registered the dumbest vote of all because they voted twice for the other -- for the person that voted against their interest. One, they didn't cancel out their vote and second, they gave that person a free vote. So they voted, even if they didn't go to the polls.

BATTISTA: Good comment, Lou, thanks very much.

And Hunter (ph) in Mississippi e-mails us with a similar thing: "It's imperative that everyone vote today. There are many issues on the ballot, not just the presidency. Voting on these issues is how people have a direct impact on the government."

All right; "TALKBACK LIVE" is coming up at top of the hour and we have a show of talk show hosts. Imagine that today; that seemed appropriate -- there's not that much left to talk about among the candidates, but there's a lot for the voters to talk about. So Phil Donahue will join us, Neal Boortz, Sam Greenfield and a cast of thousands, so join us at the top of the hour.

Now back to Lou and Natalie.

WATERS: We'll be there for you.

ALLEN: All right, Bobbie, thanks.

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