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George W. Bush, The Next President: Elected Administration Begins Transition Efforts in Earnest

Aired December 14, 2000 - 4:00 p.m. ET

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

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Five weeks after the presidential election, George Bush's team is descending on the nation's capitol. With Vice President-Elect Dick Cheney at the helm, Bush staffers are busy working on the transition.

CNN's Eileen O'Connor is in McLean, Virginia, following it all -- Eileen.

EILEEN O'CONNOR, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Natalie, they're poring over some 21,000 resumes upstairs right now. They work 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; and they say, though that -- they will only say that they expect some announcements soon. They're not setting any timetable for giving out the all-important cabinet appointments.

Although today there was a ceremony here in these offices -- these rented offices where the General Services Administration actually handed over a key to Vice President-Elect Dick Cheney. Well, it's not really a key, it's more like a swipe card -- a smart card. And they said it's very indicative of the high-tech office space they have just a few miles down the road in the center of Washington, some 90,000 square feet. They'll move a bit over there, they'll still keep some offices open here for a while.

The vice president-elect saying it is now time for them to kick into high gear, aggressively search out and seek really good cabinet potential people, especially Democrats.

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DICK CHENEY, VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT: The area, for example, of talking with those in the Democratic Party, have been awkward while there was still a contest underway; so we're now, those constraints are now off and we're able to begin to be much more aggressive in that regard.

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O'CONNOR: As the vice president-elect directs these efforts, President-Elect Bush attended a church service this morning, a prayer service where, again, the talk was of unity and of bringing the country, the nation, together after this divisive battle.

Vice President-Elect Cheney says that he felt that the speeches last night by the vice president -- a phone call he had this morning from Senator Lieberman and Senator Lieberman's speech this morning to the Senate were all very appropriate and that he felt that they now could move on.

I'm Eileen O'Connor, reporting live from the Bush-Cheney transition headquarters in McLean, Virginia.

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