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Election 2000: Gore Considers Cabinet Appointments

Aired November 28, 2000 - 1:24 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: You may need a dance card to keep track of all the names because, as we understand, the vice president too, as -- is thinking about Cabinet appointments. As Natalie mentioned, the vice president is expected to step out in front of his residence in Washington at any moment.

Let's get the latest on the Gore campaign from CNN's Patty Davis, who is covering all of that.

Patty, what's this about? do you know?

PATTY DAVIS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Lou, let me tell you a little aside first of all. There was just a little bit of a protester scuffle out front here across the street, just moments ago, across from the vice president's official residence. One -- appeared to be a Bush protester snatching a Gore supporter's sign, smashing it in half. That man was taken by police here behind me into the little hut, where the police guard the vice president's official residence here. No word on exactly what transpired there. But it was right across the street from us. So emotions running high here.

As you said, Vice President Al Gore is here at the official residence, meeting with Treasury Secretary Laurence Summers. Now Summers has been suggested as a possible treasury secretary for Vice President Al Gore should he become president.

We do expect to hear from the vice president momentarily, continuing to make public relations push here, as he started last night, he launched an offensive, urging the public to be patient, as he continues his court challenges to get those votes counted: Miami- Dade, Palm Beach as well.

Ignoring votes, he said last night, means ignoring democracy itself.

And his running mate, Joe Lieberman, made his own pitch this morning.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

SEN. JOE LIEBERMAN (D-CT), VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: This is not a take-every-legal-opportunity-you-can-possibly-have strategy, we are focused on simply counting the votes. We are working, now, according to a schedule, that the Florida Supreme Court set out, and that should end all this by December 12th in plenty of time.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

DAVIS: The Gore campaign also going on the legal offensive. They have asked a motion today, filed in Leon County Circuit Court, asking a judge to decide the matter before him on an expedited basis.

And so they are hoping that this will all come to a conclusion, very soon. They're all very mindful that the public may not have much more stomach to keep this going much longer -- Lou and Natalie.

WATERS: Patty, do you know the motivation for the talk today, of apparent transition plans within the Gore campaign. Since yesterday was filled with all the stories of the Bush campaign push in a transition with Dick Cheney in Washington, trying to get the keys to the transition office. Is this, in a way, pushing the Gore campaign to get out front more and act more presidential?

DAVIS: You know, it could very well be. Earlier -- late last week, just a few days ago, the vice president did meet with his -- his transition advisers, especially Roy Neel, who is heading that up. William Daley was here as well, his campaign chair; Alexis Herman, who is the current labor secretary.

So he has made it clear that he is going ahead, obviously, with his transition plans too. Because he is fully expecting to be the next president of the United States. And he says that he needs to be planning, as well as George W. Bush. He says that no one know who the next president will be. So he needs to be responsible in that as well.

WATERS: All right, Patty Davis at the National Naval Observatory, the official residence of the vice president, which we're watching closely. The front door should open any minute now. Al Gore is expected to step out. What he says is anybody's guess.

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