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Bush: 'We've Got a Lot of Work to Do'

Aired December 5, 2000 - 10:25 a.m. ET

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

DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: We have some videotape we want to show you, George W. Bush, this is videotape from just a few minutes ago, from when he was leaving his Governor's Mansion to head to the office today. Let's go ahead and listen to Mr. Bush.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Good morning. Had a good briefing this morning. I appreciate the administration's willingness to send a member of the intelligence community over to give me a security briefing.

Today, as you know, Secretary Cheney is at Capitol Hill, gathering information about our transition, and I appreciate the cooperative spirit from the leaders in Washington. Obviously, we've got a lot of work to do, and the secretary is doing a very able job of leading my transition.

QUESTION: Any announcement today?

BUSH: Pardon me?

QUESTION: Any announcement today?

BUSH: No. Today is going to be a busy day here. I've got some state work to do. Condi Rice will be coming into town. I'll be meeting with her this afternoon. But no announcements today.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE)

BUSH: You know, I don't know. I thought the judge gave a very thorough opinion yesterday. It was a definitive opinion. And we'll just have to see how quickly the relevant courts act in the state of Florida.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE)

BUSH: Well, that's a decision the vice president has to make. It's a difficult decision, of course. And I can understand what he may be going through. It's been a very interesting period of time for both of us.

It's been one month from today that the people actually showed up and started to vote, and here we stand -- and here I stand, still, you know, without a clear verdict. Although, I must say that I am very encouraged by what's been taking place. Hopefully, the issue will be resolved quickly, so that we can start...

QUESTION: Are you ready to make an announcement, once these legal issues are cleared up?

BUSH: I think we'll be ready to make some announcements, I do.

And, as I say, I've been taking the transition very seriously. I've been in constant contact with people on my team, who are in Washington, D.C. I think it's going to be important to show some, once the election is over, to show the American people that this administration will be ready to seize the moment.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE)

BUSH: Haven't talked to him yet. I'm going to call him, here, in a minute. Thanks for asking. My dad underwent surgery today in Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. And I said a little prayer for him this morning, but I am confident that the surgery will go well.

My mother told me last night that he played in a tennis tournament with Chris Evert, I think it was over the weekend, and played quite well. And I can imagine what it's going to be like when he gets a new hip.

Thank you all.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

KAGAN: Brief comments there from Governor George W. Bush. Obviously pleased with the court decisions that came yesterday from the U.S. Supreme Court and also out of circuit court in Florida. In terms of words of Mr. Bush, the effort for his transition goes on. He has Dick Cheney on Capitol Hill today, meeting with Republican leaders, and Condoleezza Rice headed to Austin, Texas today, the woman who many believe will be the next national security adviser, if George Bush does go ahead and takes the office of president.

George W. Bush also talking about his dad, former President George Bush had surgery today. He had hip replacement surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Understand he's doing well, and we expect a paper statement from the hospital any moment.

As soon as we have update on former president we will bring that to you here at CNN.

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