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George W. Bush The Next President: Gore Not Saying If He'll Run Again

Aired December 14, 2000 - 2:11 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: The vice president's graceful exit last night left the door open for his return to national politics.

CNN's Patty Davis joins us now from Washington with more about that -- Patty.

PATTY DAVIS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Lou, it may have left the door open for the vice president, but he is not saying whether he will walk through that door or not. Some supporters do want him to consider that for 2004 as he came out of the Old Executive Office Building last night where he gave his concession speech. In fact, they were chanting, "Gore in '04."

As for the immediate future, the vice president says he doesn't know what he'll do. In fact, he said he didn't think he'd have to think about that. He thought he would win the presidency. He will, he said, spend some time in Tennessee. He has a farm in Carthage. He will mend fences there, both literally and figuratively.

Now, he said in the past that he would write. He was asked a hypothetical question before this election came to a conclusion, what would he do? And he said that that was a possibility. He has written a best-seller -- that was in the early 1990s -- called "Earth in the Balance." He might go back and do some more writing.

One thing is for sure. If he decides to stay here in Washington, D.C., he will have to be house hunting. He lives in the house that you see behind me. Soon that will become Dick Cheney's house when he becomes the vice president in a little less than five week -- Lou.

WATERS: Patty, it's been suggested that Tipper Gore herself is not that thrilled with political life, that she's given up a couple of careers to support her husband in his political quest. Might her opinion about what should be done next be factored heavily in what the Gore family does next?

DAVIS: I'll tell you, I wouldn't doubt that. She is a key adviser to her husband. She's been now through two presidential campaigns. Of course, he ran in 1988 and bowed out then. And they just came on the verge of winning this time, a thread away from that. It's been a long, hard haul here. What Tipper Gore thinks will probably hold a lot of weight with her husband -- Lou.

WATERS: All right, Patty Davis in Washington.

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