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New York Senators Lose Bet, Read 'Raven'

Aired January 30, 2001 - 2:27 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: Ed, hold that thought. We hate to interrupt you, but we have to switch just for a moment to Capitol Hill; the Senate gallery is packed. Senator Schumer and Clinton from New York, along with Barbara Mikulski and Paul Sarbanes from Maryland; they aren't introducing new legislation. It seems the New York senators lost a bet on the Super Bowl. And they're about to have to pay up. So, we will listen in:

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

SEN. CHARLES SCHUMER (D), NEW YORK: The Ravens are a great football team and they deserve victory. They outplayed the Giants. They're Super Bowl champions and no-one can take that away from them. And, although the game was painful for Hillary and I to watch, in some ways perhaps the outcome was fair. You see, in New York, we're used to success. We've got the Knicks, we've got three hockey teams, St. John's won the Big East title last year. And of course, we've got the defending world champion Yankees and the defending National League champions Mets, and Baltimore, well, you've got the Orioles to look forward to.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Careful, you may regret that comment.

SCHUMER: Oh, by the way; as far as a repeat goes, Hillary and I quote "The Raven."

"Never more."

As for the Giants, I've been wearing this shirt around the office. It was our 1990 Super Bowl champion shirt.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Looks a little worn.

SCHUMER: It is worn. I was hoping to get a new shirt this year -- guess I will have to wait until next year. But the Ravens did play great and Barbara and Paul where great sports. Unfortunately, we won't get to eat any of those crustaceans. But, they will get some Peter Lugar steaks and some good Junior's cheesecake, and also they'll also get our reading -- our rendition of "The Raven."

SEN. HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON (D), NEW YORK: But before we start, though, Chuck, don't you think we should remind people that Edgar Allen Poe wrote this poem in New York?

SCHUMER: Excellent idea. Now:

"Once upon a midnight dreary. While we pondered weak and weary over many acquaint and curious volume of forgotten lore while I nodded nearly napping, suddenly to New York there came a tapping, as 22 gently wrapping, wrapping at our Giant's door. 'Tis some visitor we muttered tapping at our Giant's door. Only this and nothing more.

CLINTON: "Ah, distinctly I remember, it was in the bleak December. And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor. Eagerly I wished the morrow. Vainly I had sought to borrow from my books or cease of sorrow, sorrow for the lost Lenore. For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore, nameless here forever more."

SCHUMER: They picked a very long poem.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You picked it.

SCHUMER: We picked it. Oh, God.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We were trying to stick it to you.

SCHUMER: Woe is us!

CLINTON: We didn't expect we would have to read it.

SCHUMER: Who knew? .

ALLEN: As you can see, for losing the bet in the Super Bowl, the senators from New York are having to read "The Raven" in its entirety. And as you know, it's a bit lengthy, so we will move on.

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