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George W. Bush Comments on Presidential Race

Aired November 8, 2000 - 2:02 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: We see some videotape just received on the satellite of the Bushes and the Cheneys sitting down for lunch at the governor's mansion.

QUESTION: How about you?

GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I'm upbeat. How many hours of sleep did you get last night?

QUESTION: About two. How about you?

BUSH: About three. And a half, actually.

QUESTION: You going to do a seven-minute mile today, Governor?

BUSH: No, sir, Karl, I'm not. I'm going to rest, do a little business. I've been working all morning.

QUESTION: How does it feel? I mean...

BUSH: How does it feel not to be on an airplane headed somewhere?

(LAUGHTER)

QUESTION: Not knowing what your title will be in a couple days.

BUSH: Well, we feel very good about what our title's going to be. And it's -- the results are out there. They're now being certified. And we're -- we're pleased with the support we received.

QUESTION: Do you feel like a president-elect this morning, Governor?

BUSH: Karl, I feel like a man who worked my heart out, put out a positive message, and -- and -- and a person who is looking forward to a quick resolution of -- of the ballots in the state of Florida.

QUESTION: What were the emotional swings like last night, Governor? It must have been crazy.

BUSH: Well, it was -- it was a great night. It was an interesting night. My -- needless to say, there was some consternation with the -- Florida's governor during our family dinner, when somebody jumped the proverbial gun, as we say. And -- so he's -- he's the person that really went through some -- you know, obviously, some interesting emotions.

I was confident that when it was all said and done, that Florida would be taken off the -- the declared, you know, state roll and that cooler heads would prevail and the count would actually matter. That's what's happened.

QUESTION: What did you tell the vice president when he called the second time?

BUSH: Well, I just -- I thought it was an interesting comment he made and listened to what he had to say. And I didn't have much to say.

QUESTION: Were you amazed that it took place that way?

BUSH: Well, I -- I was. I felt like we -- I was fully prepared to go out and -- and give a speech and -- thanking my supporters, and he -- he withdrew his -- his earlier comments and -- and here we sit. I'm looking forward to this being speedily resolved and that the vote that we believe we've got in Florida is confirmed. And when that happens, I'll be the president-elect, and my friend'll be the vice president-elect, and we'll begin the transition.

QUESTION: (UNINTELLIGIBLE)

BUSH: My soup is getting cold. But since it was cold to begin -- no, it's -- thank you all. Everybody go back and get some rest. I'll -- we will try not to make too much news for you between now and...

QUESTION: Supper.

BUSH: ... between now and supper.

(CROSSTALK)

BUSH: Thanks, guys, girls.

(CROSSTALK)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Now for your entertainment...

BUSH: (UNINTELLIGIBLE) families.

WATERS: Governor Bush clearing up some of the drama overnight. If you were watching election coverage last night, you know that the networks projected early a Gore win in Florida. You heard Karl Rove, the Bush chief strategist, say that the networks may have rushed to judgment in that regard. They later pulled back. Then, in the middle of -- and then in the middle of the night, Al Gore called George W. Bush and conceded, and then an hour later retracted that concession. And now the race is too close to call, so close, in fact, with 1,700 votes separating the candidates, an official recount has been ordered in the state. And we wait. And George W. Bush promising not too much news while we wait for the result, expected before -- some time around late afternoon tomorrow.

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