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President Bush Comments on the Health of Dick Cheney

Aired March 6, 2001 - 2:56 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: All right, Ed, we have to interrupt you. We have George Bush commenting on the health of the vice president. Let's listen to what he has to say. This is pool tape.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

MAYOR RICHARD DALEY (D), CHICAGO: ... very honored and pleased to be here at the luncheon with the president today.

GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I just got a lesson in Chicago politics.

(LAUGHTER)

Twice in six months.

(LAUGHTER)

DALEY: But I told him we both have great brothers.

(LAUGHTER)

BUSH: That if you run for president, make sure you get the mayor on your side.

(LAUGHTER)

I respect Mayor Daley.

I don't know if you remember. Every time I came to Illinois, I always made a point of saying that I wished the mayor were on my side because he'll make a huge difference in the people he backs. More importantly, he has made a huge difference for the people of this city. He's one of the nation's really good mayors.

We had a long-ranging discussion, and I came just to introduce myself so he got to know me. He now knows he can pick up the phone and call the White House anytime he needs to.

QUESTION: Do you want to give us a bit of insight into what you talked about?

BUSH: We talked about just about everything. We talked politics, of course, and we talked about issues that face Chicago. He gave me a lot of good advice, and I'm going to pay attention to the big city mayors. And I told him, we've got a lot in common. We're both problem solvers, the kind of people that when we identify a problem, we try to work hard to solve it. That's what the mayor's reputation has been. I also thanked him for the good work he's done on education reform here in Chicago.

QUESTION: Were you selling him on the budget and tax cuts?

BUSH: We didn't spend a lot of time on the budget. I'm going to spend a little more time downstairs on the budget. The mayor gave me some interesting advice on tax relief. As you know, he made -- well, he can speak for himself, but he talked about the Earned Income Tax Credit, and the need for the good citizens of this city, who are eligible for the EITC, to go out and find it.

QUESTION: How's the vice president?

BUSH: I haven't talked to him. I talked to him late yesterday afternoon. He sounded great. He told me he'd be back to work soon.

QUESTION: Should he cut back on work load?

BUSH: No, he shouldn't.

QUESTION: Why not? Is the job...

BUSH: Well, because he's needed. This country needs his wisdom and judgment. And he's the kind of man who listens carefully to his body. And he is not going to put himself in a position where he gets very sick. Any time there's any doubt as to whether or not he needs to see a doctor, he'll see a doctor.

And he's plenty strong and plenty capable of carrying the workload that he's been working in the past.

Keep in mind, I'm not his doctor. It's going to be up to his doctor and his wife and his family to make the decision, but I, you know, I don't think he needs to cut back on his workload.

Thank you.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

WATERS: George W. Bush in Chicago, selling his tax and budget proposals, commenting on the health of his vice president, Dick Cheney. Doesn't think he should give of his duties as vice president. The vice president himself left the hospital this afternoon, said he's feeling fine. We'll have to wait a few days, find out how he feels after another angioplast on the same artery that they worked on last November.

That time it was a heart attack. This time it was not. TO ORDER A VIDEO OF THIS TRANSCRIPT, PLEASE CALL 800-CNN-NEWS OR USE OUR SECURE ONLINE ORDER FORM LOCATED AT www.fdch.com

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