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President Bush Discusses Tomorrow Night's Speech

Aired February 26, 2001 - 1:22 p.m. ET

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

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The president, meeting with Cabinet members this morning, made comments with cameras rolling. We will listen in for a moment.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE)

GEORGE BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Good.

(LAUGHTER)

BUSH: I -- hopefully all the focus on the past is over with. It's time to move forward. And tomorrow night's speech is a part of moving forward. We've worked hard here in this administration to reach out to people that may not have supported me. I think we're making pretty good progress to say that the discussions that take place around this table, for example, are what's best for America; not what's best for a political party, but what's best for the country.

QUESTION: Sir, in your speech, will you have specific areas in the budget where spending will slow down, and will you specify those areas in your speech?

BUSH: No. In my speech I will talk about the budget. And in the budget is where people will see all the particulars. If I tried to review every particular in the budget, I would set the all-time record for the amount of time in front of the Congress. And as you know, I'm the kind of person who likes to try to get to the point. I will spend enough time speaking so that people will understand where I'm coming from, but not too long so they go to sleep.

QUESTION: Mr. President, you've acknowledged that you're going to have to make cuts to the budget to some extent. What do you say to those who are saying that you're telling the American people essentially they can have their cake and eat it too?

BUSH: Well, I'm going to say the American people...

(END VIDEO CLIP)

ALLEN: All right. Just brief comments. Our apologies about the audio there with President Bush, talking a little bit about his speech tomorrow night, where he'll outline his budget plans in front of Congress. And again, we'll bring that to you.

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