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Gore Addresses Family Reunion Conference

Aired November 20, 2000 - 9:54 a.m. ET

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

LEON HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: Let's take you now down to Tennessee. We are actually watching now Vice President Al Gore is addressing a Families conference there. He is in Washington right now addressing the group by satellite.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

MARTY BEYER, FAMILY REUNION CONFERENCE MODERATOR: ... You're in our prayers. You're in our hearts.

(APPLAUSE)

VICE PRES. AL GORE (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Well, thank you. Thank you very much.

Thank you, Marty, and thank you, Andy. You two have done such a fantastic job as cosponsors of this conference, and I can't thank you enough. I'm very pleased, obviously, that you're going to be moderating today's first forum.

And let me also say how grateful I am to Chancellor Gordon Gee, whose hospitality has made Vanderbilt a very welcoming home for this annual event.

And, of course, I want to thank, in addition to Marty, our other sponsor, formerly the University of Minnesota, a real leader in the field of family and children's policy and also the Vanderbilt Institute as well.

Let me thank Conference chair Elliot Moore, who has worked for 18 months on this project. And a special thanks to my great friend, Bill Moyers, who is going to be leading the second panel.

And to Mayor Bill Purcell, thank you for leading the closing session and also opening up the conference today. And thank you for joining with my friend, Ralph Smith, vice president of the Annie Casey Foundation, in that closing session.

And let me say to all of you, Tipper and I owe a very special debt of gratitude to our great friend and close adviser, Nancy Hoyt, who has given her heart and soul to make each one of these family conferences a great success.

And, Nancy, thank you very much for the hard work that has gone into this one as well.

Now, I want to welcome all of you to our 9th annual family reunion, to talk about the steps we can take to strengthen America's families across the generations. Over the past decade, these policy conferences have helped to shape my thinking on the broad range of challenges that families face, from education to health care, to strong and sustainable community life.

I want you to know how much I wish I could be there in person with you today. Many of you know that we normally hold these conferences in the summertime. And because it is nonpolitical, or above politics, in the sense that foundations are involved and people of both political parties are involved, we decided to move this one out of the heat of the election to late November so we could be sure that it was well after the conclusion of the election. And you know, I just assumed that by November 20 the election would be over with, but I guess not.

I'm especially pleased that this year's family reunion is focused on families and seniors.

HARRIS: We are going to break away. And we are listening to remarks by Vice President Al Gore to the opening of the conference, the Family Reunion Conference taking place at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. We had anticipated that Mr. Gore would have some comments to make about the decision that is pending right now on the recounts under way in Florida. But, as you see, it did not happen.

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