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Special Event

New DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe Speaks

Aired February 3, 2001 - 1:21 p.m. ET

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

BRIAN NELSON, CNN ANCHOR: We've got to go to Washington to join the new president -- I'm sorry, the new chairman the Democratic National Committee, who was elected and is about to make his first remarks.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

TERRY MCAULIFFE, DNC CHAIRMAN: ... served our party so brilliantly these last years, Joe Andrew and Ed Rendell.

(APPLAUSE)

MCAULIFFE: Please join me in applauding them for their fantastic service to our party. I also want to thank you their cochairs, Mayor Dennis Archer, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez and the DNC vice chairs, Lottie Shackelford, Bill Lynch, Gloria Molina, Linda Chavez-Thompson, Joan Menard for their tremendous worth to the party. My thanks to Treasurer Andy Tobias and secretary Kathy Vick for helping to build and support the Democratic Party.

And to my fabulous friends in finance Joe Kerry, Carol Penske and Joel Hyatt, I thank them for working so hard to give our candidates the resources to wage winning campaigns.

Let's hear it for all of the officers.

(APPLAUSE)

MCAULIFFE: There are three women sitting together who deserve special notice. A person who knows more than anyone in this room what it means to support a party chairman, Alma Brown.

(APPLAUSE)

MCAULIFFE: A great Democratic soldier from Syracuse, New York, my mother, Milly McAuliffe.

(APPLAUSE)

MCAULIFFE: And to Dorothy McAuliffe, my incredibly loyal and loving wife, I thank you each of you.

(APPLAUSE) MCAULIFFE: And I see another special woman who's joined the crowd over there, Valerie Jackson. I thank you for you support of the Democratic Party as well.

(APPLAUSE)

MCAULIFFE: Thank you Maynard Jackson, for giving this party...

(APPLAUSE)

MCAULIFFE: ... for giving this party a great, open race; a vigorous and healthy debate, I thank you and I also compliment you and thank you for your great staff and the great campaign that they waged.

(APPLAUSE)

MCAULIFFE: Thank you to the men and woman of the labor movement for defending the interests of working Americans and giving strength to the party that represents them.

(APPLAUSE)

MCAULIFFE: I thank Bill Clinton and Al Gore forgiving us eight years of prosperity and peace.

(APPLAUSE)

MCAULIFFE: But most of all, to the members of the DNC, thank you for this incredible honor and this great opportunity. To you.

(APPLAUSE)

MCAULIFFE: This would not have been possible without the help of a very large group of very talent and selfless organizers. They waged the greatest grass-roots campaign ever for chair of the DNC. Would the staff of the McAuliffe for chair campaign please rise and take a bow. You are terrific. Let's hear it for my campaign team, and to Amy Chapman of the AFL-CIO, who has served as my campaign manager, thank you to you and also happy birthday today. Thank you.

(APPLAUSE)

MCAULIFFE: Six weeks ago, I got into this campaign for one simple reason, I love America and I love the Democratic Party. And I believe our country is a better place when Democrats win elections.

(APPLAUSE)

MCAULIFFE: All my life, I've believed in the Democratic Party. My dad was the leader of the Onondaga County Democratic Party and he kindled that belief in my heart. Hand-in-hand, we began walking his precincts together when I was seven years old.

NELSON: You're listening to Terry McAuliffe, the newly elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee, who is addressing delegates today and will tell them how he plans to put the Democratic National Committee on a war footing for the 2002 Congressional elections and the 2004 presidential elections.

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