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Special Event

The Spin Room: Hillary and the Vice Presidential Candidates on Capitol Hill

Aired December 5, 2000 - 11:00 p.m. ET

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

BILL PRESS, CO-HOST: Do you think they know that they're our heroes?

TUCKER CARLSON, CO-HOST: They are the wind beneath our wings.

(LAUGHTER)

ANNOUNCER: From CNN Washington and all over the United States, THE SPIN ROOM is open.

PRESS: Good evening, everybody. It is THE SPIN ROOM where we play the hits of the early '90s here, Tucker, tonight. Thank you for joining us. I'm Bill Press.

CARLSON: I'm Tucker Carlson. It is indeed easy listening night here on THE SPIN ROOM. We want to know what you think of, of course, the easy listening hits of the '70s, but also of Hillary and the vice presidential candidates. You can call us toll free, 1-800-310-4CNN. You can join our chat live. That's at cnn.com. Or you can send us an e-mail. Our address, needless to say, is spin@cnn.com.

PRESS: Spin.

CARLSON: Spin.

PRESS: Good to have you with us tonight, folks. And don't forget, we need to hear from you because we are just the channels here. We just channel your comments back out to our great nationwide television audience. And that's why we need to get those phone calls and those e-mails in as quickly as you can.

CARLSON: Sort of a new wave show.

PRESS: Tucker, this is a big night for THE SPIN ROOM, which you were the first to tell me early this morning. You want to tell all of the viewers?

CARLSON: I will. And it was a little confusing to me because time is proceeding at a dog pace recently. This is our two-month anniversary today. Happy anniversary, Bill.

PRESS: Thank you, Tucker. We've been on the air. Two months ago was the very first SPIN ROOM, right? CARLSON: It was. We've laughed, we've cried, we've had our ups, we've had our downs, little mediation. But, you know, it's worked in the end, I'll tell you. You're scaring me again.

PRESS: That calls for a little celebration, Tucker.

CARLSON: Oh, my gosh, Bill.

PRESS: Yes, we, in fact, have to celebrate THE SPIN ROOM.

CARLSON: A brownie.

PRESS: Tucker, we have our...

CARLSON: So is the two-month anniversary, is that the brownie anniversary?

PRESS: It is. It's now the brownie anniversary, Tucker.

CARLSON: Oh, that is tremendous.

PRESS: There's a little two, and we have to celebrate in style tonight. So here it is for the two-month anniversary of THE SPIN ROOM.

CARLSON: Oh, well, happy birthday to us. You're going to make a wish?

PRESS: Happy birthday to us. No, yeah, I wish that maybe, you know, that maybe this might continue.

CARLSON: I wish that, too.

PRESS: And my feeling is if it doesn't continue on CNN, well, you know, we've had lots of offers from Canadian TV.

CARLSON: We are so big in -- we're bigger than maple syrup in Canada, Bill. They love us.

PRESS: And in honor of our two-month anniversary, we also have a definition of spin. You know, a lot of people, lot of you guys have been calling in saying, "What does spin really mean?" Well, Ben Bradley, he's one of my heroes, real heroes in the world of journalism.

CARLSON: That's a great American.

PRESS: Ben Bradley has given us this definition. Here he is: "I hate this word, spinning. It's a nice uptown way of saying lying."

CARLSON: Nice.

PRESS: Whoa.

CARLSON: And he knows it when he sees it. That is excellent. PRESS: He knows it when he sees it. I think he called it correct, but I do have to say that we're still, Ben, we're not going to change the name of THE SPIN ROOM to the lying room...

CARLSON: No, I don't think...

PRESS: ... even though that's the definition.

CARLSON: That would not go over well with the marketing department. Bill, I think we're about to start a fire. Shall we blow it out?

PRESS: I like it.

CARLSON: You do? Kind of a s

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