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Andrew: Democrats 'Looking Forward' to Hearing from Vice President Tonight

Aired December 13, 2000 - 11:53 a.m. ET

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

DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: Continuing our coverage here of the latest news from Vice President Al Gore, that he will be addressing the nation at 9:00 p.m. tonight. Let's bring in Joe Andrew -- and as we do that, we will get to Joe Andrew in a second. Here is live pictures, once again, Dick Cheney maybe his way through Capitol Hill, there to meet with the Republican congressman and senators. More on Dick Cheney and George W. Bush in just a moment. Now let's bring in Joe Andrew, national chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Joe, good to see you.

JOE ANDREW, DNC NATL. CHAIRMAN: Good to see you.

KAGAN: In light of today's news, have you had a chance to talk with the vice president?

ANDREW: I have not yet, and I think that all Democrats are looking forward to hearing from him tonight. We are so proud of how he has handled himself and the entire team during these interesting if not difficult several weeks here, and again, the only reaction that we can say is how proud we are of Al Gore.

KAGAN: Is this the time for Al Gore to throw in the towel?

ANDREW: Well again, we'll wait and let him speak for himself tonight. I don't know what he is going to say tonight.

KAGAN: But you can confirm that, and we have confirmed ourselves that he has called off, or has suspended the recount in Florida.

ANDREW: Absolutely. As you know, there are more than 81 other lawsuits that are going on in Florida the Democrats and Al Gore are not involved in as well. I don't anticipate any of those will make any changes. And rather than speculate on what he's going to say, I think we should look at of the entire career of public policy, where he has always stood up, done the right thing, brought people together, trying to find the ways to heal the wounds that have been created by the partisanship in our country. I know he'll continue to do the same thing. That's why we're so proud of him.

KAGAN: In terms of doing that, what kinds of words does the vice president need to use tonight? ANDREW: Well, I think that he will stick to the principles that we have always been fighting for here. There are thousands of people who were disenfranchised in the state of Florida, and this principle that every vote counts and every vote ought to be counted is one that the Democratic Party and civil rights groups and everyday citizens across this country will continue top fight for. Whatever happens this evening does not end that battle to make sure that every vote is counted in Florida, in all of the states, in the future.

KAGAN: Joe Andrew, Democratic National Committee. It's been a long election night, hasn't it?

ANDREW: It has been, but thank you.

KAGAN: It has indeed.

Thanks for joining. Real quickly, I want to bring in Patty Davis, who is outside the Gore residence with even more news for us -- Patty.

PATTY DAVIS, CNN ANCHOR: Well, Daryn, three Democratic members of Congress from Florida holding a conference call with reporters to plead for Vice President Al Gore not to concede this evening. They're saying, as long as there is a slim chance of the Florida Supreme Court taking another look at this, possibly working some kind of a deal out there, where votes could be recounted, something. There is some basis for which the Florida Supreme Court could go ahead, they are asking him not to concede. They are saying that they have a stake in this as much as their constituents. Both of them don't want the vice president to do what he is going to do today, do this evening. They're saying that once he does concede that that is the end of it. So they're asking him to hang on, watch and wait and see what the Florida Supreme Court could possibly come up with as a possible solution to this.

And they're safe the drop-dead date was not December 12th, it's not December 18th, that perhaps it's January 6th, when those electors must be put in place for the final time -- Daryn.

KAGAN: Patty Davis outside of the Gore residence. Once again, we want to repeat that we don't know if the word "concession" or "concede" will be used in the vice president's speech tonight, simply that he will be addressing the nation at 9:00 p.m., and that he has suspend his effort to push the count in the state of Florida.he will be addressing the nation at 9:00 p.m., and that he has suspend his effort to push the count in the state of Florida. We want to go now to Capitol Hill, listening in to California Congressman Christopher Cox, just met with Dick Cheney.

REP. CHRIS COX (R), CALIFORNIA: ... for weeks afterwards. But the game his to end, and there has to be a winner and a loser, and this was a close election, and there was a close victory. I think people need to emphasize the importance of upholding institutions of our country and in moving forward and working cooperatively. We never had a better chance than this to work cooperatively, because of the relatively even partisan split in the capitol and the closeness of the national election.

KAGAN: A few words there from Congressman Chris Cox of California, a Republican, met earlier with Dick Cheney. The visit of Dick Cheney to Capitol Hill planned even long before the news today, the significant news from Vice President Al Gore, and once again to wrap up the conference, for this hour at least. Once again, Vice President Al Gore has suspended his recount efforts in the state, and he will address the nation tonight, at 9:00 eastern and 6:00 p.m. Pacific. You can be sure you will see that speech live here on CNN.

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